Latest Mississippi state government News

Appeals court won't rehear Mississippi 15-week abortion case

Jan. 17, 2020 3:24 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court said Friday that it will not reconsider its ruling that Mississippi's law banning most abortions after 15 weeks is unconstitutional. The 2018 state law remains blocked and Mississippi's only abortion clinic remains open. The owner has said the clinic d oes...

This is an undated Mississippi booking photo provided by Department of Corrections shows Willie Nash. . The Mississippi Supreme Court confirmed Nash's 12-year prison sentence for carrying his mobile phone into a county jail cell,  on Jan. 9, 2020. The ruling on the 2018 sentencing is being slammed by some people as a brutal example of racial injustice. (Mississippi Department of Corrections via AP)

12-year sentence for jail phone is 'failure,' justice says

Jan. 16, 2020 7:19 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court's confirmation of a 12-year prison sentence for an African American man who carried his mobile phone into a county jail cell is being slammed as a brutal example of racial injustice. Even one of the justices who joined in the unanimous ruling said that...

Republican Gov. Tate Reeves reacts to a question during a news conference regarding his establishing a diverse group of experienced Mississippians to help with a nationwide search for a new Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) commissioner, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi governor: Prison violence was a 'catastrophe'

Jan. 16, 2020 4:42 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's new governor said Thursday that the state will conduct a nationwide search for a new commissioner to lead a state prison system that's reckoning with what he called a “catastrophe” — a recent outburst of deadly violence and longstanding problems with...

Senate panel OKs last bit of teacher pay for current year

Jan. 15, 2020 4:20 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators are pushing ahead with a plan to pay the full cost for this year's teacher pay raise. The $1,500-per-person raise was approved during the 2019 session. But, officials later discovered a bureaucratic error that resulted in too few teachers being counted as the...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jan. 15, 2020 2:13 PM EST

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ Jan. 12 The (Tupelo) Daily Journal on building a technical center to serve the county: By now most eligible voters have likely decided where they stand on the Lee County School District’s proposed $15 million bond issue to construct a proposed career and...

Mississippi board denies controversial landfill permit

Jan. 15, 2020 2:13 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s Department of Environmental Quality has denied a permit request that would have placed a third landfill inside a county where the project faces opposition. The permit board voted 5-2 on Tuesday against NCL Waste's request to establish a new trash dumping site in...

This combination photo of undated file photos released by the Mississippi Department of Corrections shows Roosevelt Holliman, left, who was beaten and stabbed at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman on Jan. 2, 2020, and Denorris Howell, who was found dead in his cell on Jan. 3. More than two dozen Mississippi inmates sued the state Tuesday, Jan. 14, saying understaffed prisons are

Lawsuit says Mississippi prisons are 'plagued by violence'

Jan. 15, 2020 10:20 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — More than two dozen Mississippi inmates sued the state Tuesday, saying understaffed prisons are “plagued by violence” and inmates are forced to live in decrepit and dangerous conditions. The federal lawsuit follows an outbreak of violence that killed five inmates and...

Gov. Tate Reeves and his wife, Elee Reeves, dance Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, while their daughters watch, as part of the inaugural activities in Jackson, Miss. The parade was canceled due to rain. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

New Gov. Tate Reeves pledges to work 'for all Mississippi'

Jan. 14, 2020 11:04 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican Tate Reeves was inaugurated Tuesday as Mississippi's new governor, pledging to provide economic opportunities for all people in the state and to defend a “loving culture that underpins our quality of life.” Reeves, 45, is the 65th governor of Mississippi. He...

Tate Reeves is inaugurated as 65th governor of Mississippi, succeeding fellow Republican Phil Bryant, who served 2 terms

Jan. 14, 2020 11:51 AM EST
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Tate Reeves is inaugurated as 65th governor of Mississippi, succeeding fellow Republican Phil Bryant, who served 2 terms.
Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves speaks to members of the state Senate in Jackson, Miss., during opening day of the 2020 legislature at the Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (Sarah Warnock/The Clarion-Ledger via AP)

Mississippi's new governor inheriting troubled prison system

Jan. 13, 2020 5:30 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican Tate Reeves will face immediate problems as the new governor of Mississippi, including an understaffed prison system that was recently rocked by deadly violence. Reeves is being inaugurated Tuesday at the state Capitol in Jackson. He will succeed Republican Phil Bryant, who...