Latest Mississippi state government News

Lawsuit: Mississippi puts burdens on eyebrow threading

Aug. 17, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A group that advocates limited government is suing Mississippi over the state's licensing requirement for people who earn money by plucking eyebrows with thread. Mississippi Justice Institute filed the lawsuit Monday on behalf of Dipa Bhattarai, a University of Mississippi graduate...

Recording studio opens at Mississippi entertainment museum

Aug. 17, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A recording studio is now open at a museum called The Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience. The Meridian Star reports the Governor's Recording Studio is equipped with technology for recording and for musical rehearsals and tracking and session work. It can also handle...

Louisiana seeks federal aid for Mississippi River flooding

Aug. 16, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards is asking the Trump administration to issue a federal disaster declaration for Louisiana because of Mississippi River flooding. The Democratic governor's office said Friday it sent a letter to FEMA seeking the designation that would give state and local...

Recount coming in Mississippi Senate race with 1-vote margin

Aug. 15, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Ballots will be recounted next week after a candidate was certified the winner of a Mississippi legislative race by a single vote. News outlets report that Biloxi City Councilwoman Dixie Newman was certified Wednesday as the winner over state Rep. Scott DeLano in the Republican primary...

Mississippi driver's license offices reopen, department says

Aug. 14, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — All offices that issue Mississippi driver's licenses were closed for several hours because of technology problems. The Mississippi Department of Public Safety says the offices reopened by late Wednesday afternoon. The offices are supposed to be open for regular business hours,...

Child care license restricted after unresponsive baby dies

Aug. 14, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi State Department of Health is restricting the license of a child care facility after a 5-month-old baby boy was found not breathing and later died at a hospital. The state health officer, Dr. Thomas Dobbs, tells news outlets Wednesday that operators of Crossgates...

Mississippi could drop high school history exam

Aug. 13, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

One of the four tests that Mississippi public school students take in high school may be going away. A testing task force voted by email last week to recommend that the state Board of Education scrap a now-required U.S. history test. Students formerly had to pass that test, plus exams in English, algebra and...

Oxford becomes latest Mississippi government to ban kratom

Aug. 13, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Another north Mississippi government is banning the sale of kratom, a legal but unregulated herbal product. The Oxford Eagle reports the city banned sale of synthetic kratom products immediately beginning Aug. 6. Thirty or more Mississippi cities and counties have criminalized...

Foster backs Waller in GOP runoff for Mississippi governor

Aug. 13, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The candidate eliminated from the Republican primary for Mississippi governor is endorsing former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. for the party nomination. State Rep. Robert Foster on Tuesday announced his support of Waller, who's competing with Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves...

After Mississippi ICE raids, job fair draws hopeful workers

Aug. 12, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

FOREST, Miss. (AP) — Days after immigration agents arrested 680 Latino workers in a massive workplace sting at seven Mississippi chicken processing plants, job seekers flocked to an employment fair Monday in hopes of filling some of those now-empty positions. Koch Foods, based near Chicago, held the job...