Latest Mississippi state government News

Mississippi inmate dies after being hospitalized since June

Nov. 30, 2020 7:02 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The state Department of Corrections said Monday that a 75-year-old inmate has died in the hospital of the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. An autopsy is set on Troy Mark Guidroz, who had been hospitalized since June and died Wednesday. The department announced his death...

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs speaks Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. Dobbs urged Mississippi residents to wear face masks, social distance themselves, avoid crowds, resist holiday travel to be with family and friends who do not live in the same residence, and to take preventive measures to limit themselves to potential COVIE-19 exposure. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi reports record number of virus hospitalizations

Nov. 30, 2020 6:03 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is reporting a record number of coronavirus hospitalizations for a single day. The state Department of Health said Monday that 1,008 people were hospitalized with the virus Sunday, marking the first time the number of coronavirus hospitalizations in the state has topped...

State Superintendent Carey Wright, follows virus protocol and remains masked while speaking to lawmakers following a legislative hearing on distance learning and broadband for schools Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. The impact of COVID-19 forced school closure statewide and use of the existing broadband system for learning proved to be taxing, especially in rural communities. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi schools receive computers for distance learning

Nov. 30, 2020 5:22 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi schools are closer to overcoming the digital divide that quickly became evident at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, state Superintendent of Education Carey Wright said Monday. The state Department of Education has delivered about 325,000 laptop computers or tablets...

Tubb wins Mississippi House runoff election

Nov. 28, 2020 6:29 PM EST

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi businessman Joseph “Bubba” Tubb, has won a state House seat after a Tuesday runoff election between him and teacher Matthew Conoly. Tubb, 57, of Lamar County, is a Republican with no prior political experience. He works in commercial real estate. He fills...

FILE - This Sept. 2, 2020, file photo shows the magnolia centered banner chosen by the Mississippi State Flag Commission displayed outside the Old State Capitol Museum in downtown Jackson, Miss. Voters approved the design in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. It replaces a Confederate-themed flag state lawmakers retired in late June as part of the national reckoning over racial injustice. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

City of Jackson officially approves flying of new state flag

Nov. 26, 2020 10:38 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's capital is the latest place where officials have decided to fly the new state flag ahead of legislative approval in January. Jackson will fly the flag, which voters approved Nov. 3. It is decorated with a magnolia and the phrase “In God We Trust," replacing a...

Burl Cain, the former warden at Angola prison in Louisiana, responds to a lawmaker's question during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Corrections Committee at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, June 16, 2020. The committee unanimously endorsed Cain, who faced ethics questions in Louisiana, to be the new commissioner of Mississippi's troubled prison system. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

17 inmates positive for coronavirus at Mississippi prison

Nov. 25, 2020 4:33 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Corrections is testing 500 inmates at a south Mississippi prison after a coronavirus outbreak, officials said Wednesday. Seventeen inmates at South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville tested positive for the coronavirus over the past two...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Nov. 25, 2020 2:37 PM EST

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ Nov. 24 The Greenwood Commonwealth on the need for another national coronavirus aid package: The pandemic has taken some of the joy out of the upcoming holiday season. It could be a real downer for some 12 million Americans if Congress does not work out its...

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs implores the residents of Mississippi to social distance, avoid crowds, wear facemasks in public and resist travel to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends who do not live in the same residence, during a news briefing with other state health care leaders, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in Madison, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Gov. expands mask mandate to half of Mississippi counties

Nov. 24, 2020 5:34 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves announced Tuesday that he is expanding his mask mandate to cover half of Mississippi’s 82 counties. Reeves had previously placed under the mandate 22 counties with the highest number of new cases of coronavirus in the state. “It's clear we...

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Analysis: Politics infuse Mississippi governor's budget plan

Nov. 22, 2020 5:00 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves is using his state budget proposal to appeal to a conservative voting base. He's proposing a new $3 million “Patriotic Education Fund” because he says young people are being filled with ideas that undermine the belief in American greatness....

Special election runoff will fill seat in Mississippi House

Nov. 22, 2020 10:44 AM EST

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Two candidates will compete in runoff Tuesday to fill a seat in the Mississippi House. Joseph “Bubba” Tubb of Lamar County and Matthew Conoly of Hattiesburg are running in District 87 in parts of Forrest and Lamar counties. Three people were on the ballot Nov. 3....