Latest Mississippi state government News

GOP governor and attorney general's races headline runoff

Aug. 24, 2019 10:23 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Republicans head to the polls Tuesday to decide nominees for governor and attorney general, while some Republicans will vote for a transportation commissioner nominee and some Democrats will vote for a public service commissioner nominee. The GOP race for governor is the...

Single charter school recommended for launch in Mississippi

Aug. 23, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

State officials on Friday moved toward approving one new charter school this year, acting on the recommendation of consultants who reviewed applications. The decision by a three-member committee of the Charter School Authorizer Board will go before the full board for a vote on Sept. 9. Consultants hired by the...

Mississippi gubernatorial candidate not going for 'nice guy'

Aug. 23, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican Tate Reeves was a 29-year-old banker and political novice when he won his first statewide office in Mississippi in 2003. After two terms as treasurer and the next two as lieutenant governor, Reeves now has his sights set on becoming governor. To advance to the Nov. 5...

Mississippi runoff in-person absentee voting ends Saturday

Aug. 23, 2019 5:21 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Saturday is the deadline for people to cast in-person absentee ballots for Mississippi runoff elections. Circuit clerks' offices are scheduled to be open 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. People mailing back their absentee ballots must have the envelope postmarked by 5 p.m. Monday, the day...

Democrat Hood wants 3 debates in Mississippi governor's race

Aug. 22, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Democratic nominee for Mississippi governor said Thursday that no matter who wins the Republican nomination next week, he wants to debate that person three times before the general election. Attorney General Jim Hood said he watched the 30-minute Republican debate Wednesday night...

Mississippi Republican governor candidates spar in debate

Aug. 21, 2019 9:31 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two Republicans running for Mississippi governor were asked during a televised debate Wednesday night to name one disagreement they've had with current Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said he and Bryant have been in step up to 98% of the time on big issues, including...

The Latest: Reeves, Waller: Driver's license lines too long

Aug. 21, 2019 8:53 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on the Mississippi governor's race (all times local): 7:40 p.m. Two Republican candidates for Mississippi governor say they want to increase teacher pay and shorten the wait time at driver's license bureaus. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and retired Mississippi Supreme Court Justice...

Man in Mississippi Walmart shooting fights extradition

Aug. 21, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — A man accused of killing two people at a Mississippi Walmart and then setting part of it on fire is fighting extradition to the county where it happened. Southaven city spokeswoman Tish Clark Dunning tells the Commercial Appeal that Martez Tarrell Abram doesn't want to be sent from...

Judge acquits Mississippi lawmaker accused of punching wife

Aug. 20, 2019 8:17 PM EDT

LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday acquitted a Mississippi lawmaker of a domestic violence charge in which he was accused of punching his wife in the face because she didn't undress quickly enough when he wanted to have sex. George County Justice Court Judge Mike Bullock found state Rep. Doug McLeod...

Ex-Governor Barbour backs Reeves in Mississippi GOP runoff

Aug. 20, 2019 7:57 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Tuesday that he is supporting Tate Reeves for the Republican nomination for governor. Barbour said that "two good people" are in the Aug. 27 party primary runoff. Reeves is in his second term as lieutenant governor after serving two terms as...