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Is abortion illegal in the U.S. now? Depends where you live

Jun. 25, 2022 13:18 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Mississippi Rep. Wright, a longtime educator, dies at 69

Jun. 17, 2022 18:28 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A longtime educator who won a special election to the Mississippi House in 2020 died Friday. Republican Rep. Joseph L. “Lynn” Wright of Columbus was 69. State Sen. Chuck Younger of Columbus told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that Wright had Lou...

2 Mississippi businessmen indicted in pandemic fraud case

Jun. 17, 2022 18:01 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two Mississippi businessmen, including one who served on the governor's economic recovery advisory commission, have been indicted on charges connected to the fraudulent receipt of more than $2 million in pandemic relief money, prosecutors said Friday. A...

Lawsuit challenges Mississippi private schools grant program

Jun. 15, 2022 16:39 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is violating its own constitution by directing $10 million in pandemic relief money to private schools, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by a parents' group that supports public schools. The lawsuit challenges the Independent Schools...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jun. 08, 2022 15:02 PM EDT

Columbus Dispatch. June 3, 2022. Editorial: ARPA funds should be maximized When Congress passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act in March 2021, Mississippi Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann called it a once-in-a-generation windfall for the state, its cities and...

Health Department: Mississippi medical marijuana months away

Jun. 06, 2022 18:27 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — It could be the end of the year before medical marijuana is available in Mississippi because businesses need time to receive licenses and to grow, test and prepare to sell the products, state Health Department officials said Monday. The department opened the...

Ex-governor seeks to open medical marijuana testing facility

Jun. 01, 2022 13:13 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove is teaming up with a health care executive to apply for a state license to open a medical marijuana testing facility. The Mississippi State Department of Health started taking applications Wednesday for the state's new...

Judge dismisses lawsuit over citizenship check for voting

May. 31, 2022 14:33 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit accusing Mississippi of using a discriminatory proof-of-citizenship requirement for some new voters under a law dating back to the Jim Crow era. The dismissal came weeks after the state repealed a 1924 law that...

If Roe falls, some fear repercussions for reproductive care

May. 23, 2022 15:43 PM EDT

If the Supreme Court follows through on overturning Roe v. Wade, abortion likely will be banned or greatly restricted in about half the U.S. states. But experts and advocates fear repercussions could reach even further, affecting care for women who miscarry, couples seeking fertility treatments and...

Reeves sets special election to fill House vacancy

May. 20, 2022 15:43 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on Friday set a special election to fill a state House seat vacated by Democratic Rep. Sonya Williams-Barnes, who resigned earlier this month. Williams-Barnes, 53, of Gulfport, took a job as Mississippi policy director for the...