Latest Mississippi state government News

2 GOP congressmen in Mississippi at risk of defeat in runoff

Jun. 26, 2022 13:13 PM EDT

MAGEE, Miss. (AP) — Congressional primary runoffs with incumbents are rare in Mississippi. This year, two of the state's Republican representatives are fighting to keep their jobs in runoffs against challengers from their own party. U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo is seeking a seventh...

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

Jun. 25, 2022 15:46 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 Veterans Affairs Board appoints new director

Jun. 23, 2022 14:08 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss (AP) — The Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board announced Thursday that it has appointed Mark Smith as new executive director. Smith had served as the agency’s interim executive director since May, when he replaced Stacey Pickering. Pickering, a former...

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...

Mississippi school district on path back to local control

Jun. 16, 2022 16:16 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi school district under state governance is on the path back to local control. The State Board of Education voted Thursday to begin the process to return the Tunica County School District to local officials. The vote triggers an 18-month process...

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...

US judge: Woman on Mississippi death row gets state appeal

Jun. 11, 2022 08:45 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The only woman on Mississippi death row can go to state court to challenge her conviction and sentence, a federal judge has ruled. Lisa Jo Chamberlin, 49, intends to argue she has received ineffective legal representation, according to a ruling issued June 1...

Ezell endorsed, Palazzo seeks debate in Mississippi race

Jun. 09, 2022 19:11 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A sheriff who is trying to unseat a six-term Mississippi congressman picked up support Thursday from all the candidates eliminated in this week's first round of Republican primary voting. Later in the day, Rep. Steven Palazzo dismissed the endorsements of...

Former probation officer sentenced in embezzlement case

Jun. 09, 2022 14:32 PM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A former Mississippi Department of Corrections probation officer has started serving a six-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to four counts of embezzlement for taking more than $4,000 from people who were trying to pay court-ordered fines and fees ...