Latest Mississippi state government News

US judge hears arguments about Mississippi election system

Oct. 11, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge is giving no indication of how or when he will rule in a lawsuit that challenges Mississippi's unique, multistep process of electing a governor and other statewide officials. U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III heard arguments Friday, just over three weeks before...

Reeves and Hood clash on teacher pay, roads, health care

Oct. 10, 2019 11:01 PM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's Republican lieutenant governor and Democratic attorney general debated teacher pay raise plans, road repairs, health care and taxes as they clashed for the first debate in the governor's race. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Attorney General Jim Hood met Thursday at the...

GOP runoff cuts Reeves' cash, but Democrat Hood still trails

Oct. 10, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

A contested Republican primary and runoff dented the cash cushion of Tate Reeves, but the lieutenant governor still has more money than Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood as the two wrestle for the governor's chair. Reeves burned through $5.8 million between July and September to win the GOP nomination,...

Reeves says education agenda includes teacher pay raises

Oct. 9, 2019 7:31 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves released his education proposals Wednesday, saying he has a four-year plan to increase Mississippi teacher salaries if he's elected governor. He said the plan will not require a tax increase because Mississippi's economy is good and state tax...

Hood: Deal should bring Mississippi better internet service

Oct. 9, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says the state will settle its part of a lawsuit that opposed the merger of cellphone companies T-Mobile and Sprint. Fourteen states and the District of Columbia have been part of the lawsuit. The merger awaits final federal approval. Hood said...

US judge to hear challenge of Mississippi election system

Oct. 9, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge will hear arguments Friday in a lawsuit that challenges Mississippi's unique, multistep process of electing the governor and other statewide officials — an electoral process that critics say is designed to thwart black political power. The hearing happens less...

Appeal denied in case tied to killing of 2 police officers

Oct. 8, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court says it will not consider an appeal from a woman convicted on charges related to the 2015 killing of two Hattiesburg police officers. The Hattiesburg American reports the court on Thursday declined to re-examine Joanie Calloway's case. Calloway , now...

Mississippi defends 15-week abortion ban in appeals court

Oct. 7, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal court that rejected Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban should have let the state present evidence about whether a fetus experiences pain, an attorney for the state argued Monday. But a lawyer for Mississippi's only abortion clinic said the Supreme Court has been clear that a...

2 candidates for Mississippi governor agree to 2nd debate

Oct. 7, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The two major-party nominees for Mississippi governor have agreed to a second debate. Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood said Monday that he has accepted an invitation for Oct. 14 at WCBI-TV in Columbus. Republican Tate Reeves accepted the invitation last month. That debate in...

Authorities: Missing Mississippi inmate found at prison

Oct. 7, 2019 5:35 AM EDT

PARCHMAN, Miss. (AP) — Authorities in Mississippi say a convicted murderer who was thought to have escaped from a maximum security prison has been found on the facility's grounds. News outlets report that the Mississippi Department of Corrections announced Saturday afternoon they'd located 34-year-old...