Latest Mississippi state government News

Officers shoot 2 people in 2 days in northern Mississippi

Aug. 18, 2022 17:46 PM EDT

HORN LAKE, Miss. (AP) — Employees of a sheriff's department in north Mississippi have shot two people within two days. The DeSoto County Sheriff's Department told WMC-TV that one of its deputies shot and wounded an armed person during a traffic stop at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in...

Mississippi sees rebound in latest student test scores

Aug. 18, 2022 17:18 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss (AP) — Mississippi student test scores are exceeding pre-pandemic levels in two subjects after a decline the previous year, according to results released Thursday by the state Department of Education. The statewide results from the 2021-22 Mississippi Academic...

Mississippi changes legal team to handle welfare fraud case

Aug. 18, 2022 14:12 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Human Services is hiring a different law firm to try to recover millions of dollars in welfare money that was misspent in the state's largest public corruption case in decades. The state Personnel Board on Thursday approved a...

Mississippi trooper cleared in probe of chokehold video

Aug. 12, 2022 18:38 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Public Safety said Friday that its internal investigation found no criminal conduct by a white Highway Patrol trooper who used physical force against a handcuffed Black man during an arrest — a confrontation caught on video by relatives of the...

Huggins, former Mississippi public safety commissioner, dies

Aug. 12, 2022 14:44 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — David Huggins, who led the Mississippi Highway Patrol under one governor and the Department of Public Safety under another, died Wednesday. He was 74. A Department of Public Safety news release on Friday said Huggins died of health complications, but it did...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Aug. 11, 2022 12:03 PM EDT

Greenwood Commonwealth. August 5, 2022. Editorial: State May Not Need All Those Cellphones A billion here, a billion there; pretty soon you’re talking about real money. That oft-quoted phrase about government spending and the federal debt may never...

Mississippi governor halts rental assistance funds

Aug. 04, 2022 18:25 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss (AP) — Mississippi will soon stop accepting applications to a federal rental assistance program created during the COVID-19 pandemic to help people stave off evictions, Gov. Tate Reeves announced Wednesday. The Rental Assistance for Mississippians Program will not...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Aug. 04, 2022 01:54 AM EDT

Greenwood Commonwealth. August 2, 2022. Editorial: Reeves Digs A Deeper Hole Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves needed to explain why he “called the dogs off” the University of Southern Mississippi Athletic Foundation for being one of the top beneficiaries in the...

3 face charges after cyber crime operation in Mississippi

Jul. 30, 2022 15:59 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Three people face charges related to the sexual exploitation of children following a week-long cyber crime operation in North Mississippi, state officials said. The joint effort, known as Operation Catfish, involved finding people online who were trying to...

Former Mississippi governor subpoenaed in welfare fraud case

Jul. 27, 2022 18:42 PM EDT

The attorney for a woman who pleaded guilty in what has been described as welfare fraud totaling $77 million has subpoenaed former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant for documents about a multimillion-dollar volleyball center at his alma mater. The University of Southern Mississippi’s...