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Answer to trivia question

Here's the answer to Sunday's trivia question from the Political Buzz:

Mississippi's ties to the "teddy bear" began with an editorial cartoon in 1902. President Theodore Roosevelt was at the time trying to help settle a border dispute between Mississippi and Louisiana. While in Mississippi, he attended a bear hunt, during which the president came upon a wounded young bear and ordered a mercy killing of the animal.

The Washington Post ran a cartoon titled "Drawing the Line in Mississippi" that illustrated the dispute and the hunt. The drawings of Roosevelt with a cuddly cub eventually inspired a toy for children called the teddy bear.

In 2003, the Mississippi Legislature designated the teddy bear as the official state toy.

-- Geoff Pender/political editor

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