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Angie Calhoun of Madison, speaks about her son Austin, in the photo below the lectern, having to move to Colorado when he was 19 for medical marijuana treatment because treatment for his chronic conditions including focal seizures, severe joint pain and nausea then required his taking 17 prescriptions including opioids, during a Initiative 65 rally in Ridgeland, Miss., Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Initiative 65 would amend the Mississippi Constitution to allow the prescription by a doctor of up to 5 ounces (142 grams) of marijuana per month for people who suffer from more than 20 medical conditions. The state lawmakers are offering a more restrictive measure as an alternative. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Dueling medical marijuana measures on Mississippi ballot

Oct. 31, 2020 6:24 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — After years of seeing medical marijuana proposals shot down by the Mississippi Legislature, supporters decided to try something else: adding it to the state constitution. Citizens collected signatures of more than 100,000 Mississippi residents to force the issue onto the ballot. In...

Incumbents face challenges in Mississippi House, court races

Oct. 31, 2020 6:23 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Three out of four incumbents in Mississippi's U.S. Congressional Districts are facing challenges on Election Day. Two Republicans — Trent Kelly and Michael Guest — and the state federal delegation's sole Democrat, Bennie Thompson. Also on the ballot are several Supreme...

A sailboat on a trailer sits overturned in Pass Christian, Miss., Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in the aftermath of Hurricane Zeta, which passed through Wednesday . (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Latest: Calls for voting extension in Georgia after Zeta

Oct. 29, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Zeta (all times CDT): 5 p.m. ATLANTA — A group of civil rights organizations is asking Georgia’s governor to extend early voting hours Friday after the storm disrupted voting Thursday in the battleground state. Groups including the Georgia NAACP and Fair Fight...

Mississippi investigating apparent suicide by inmate

Oct. 29, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Corrections said investigators are examining an apparent suicide by an inmate. Jamie L. Eaton, 28, was pronounced dead in his cell just before midnight Saturday at Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. Sunflower County Coroner Heather Burton ruled...

Mississippi businessman to join state Ethics Commission

Oct. 29, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi businessman is joining the state agency that enforces ethics rules within the government. Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph on Monday appointed Maxwell J. Luter, of Tylertown, to the Mississippi Ethics Commission. Luter, will replace Paul V. Breazeale, who served...

A passing car's headlights illuminate a darkened Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Hurricane Zeta passed through Wednesday leaving much of the city and metro area without power. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Latest: President declares emergency in Mississippi

Oct. 28, 2020 11:57 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Zeta (all times CDT): 10:45 p.m. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has declared an emergency exists in Mississippi and ordered federal assistance be expedited to aid state, local and tribal efforts to recover from Hurricane Zeta. The president authorized the...

Ronnie Pollard, a former lieutenant with the DeSoto County Sheriff's Department, explains why he is in support of Initiative 65, a strictly regulated medical marijuana program, that is on the general election ballot this November, during a Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2020 news conference in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi marijuana ballot dispute: No ruling before vote

Oct. 28, 2020 6:46 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court will wait until after next week's election to consider whether a medical marijuana initiative got onto the ballot through proper procedures. Chief Justice Mike Randolph filed a one-page order Wednesday giving Secretary of State Michael Watson a Nov. 6...

10th Arkansas lawmaker tests positive for coronavirus

Oct. 28, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A tenth Arkansas lawmaker tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday in what has become the second largest outbreak of the virus in a state legislature. Rep. Marcus Richmond said he tested positive for the virus. He's the latest in an outbreak that prompted legislative...

Birdia Williams turns on her ceiling fan onThursday, Oct. 22, 2020, to help cool the house she and her husband John Williams, 23 years ago in Itta Bena, Miss., home a few blocks from what was then a busy downtown. Now, the couple, living on a fix income as retirees, constantly worry on how to budget to compensate for what they believe are high electric bills from the city-run and owned utility. Because of a long standing debt with the wholesale electrical provider, the Municipal Energy Agency of Mississippi, the city is facing complete disconnection on Dec. 1. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi city may be left in dark over unpaid power bill

Oct. 28, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) — A decade ago, the sole grocery store in the city of Itta Bena shuttered. The last bank left a few years later, followed by the pharmacy — lifelines for a small, rural community. Now, the lights may go out for all 1,800 residents. Because of long-standing debt with its...

Jonathan C. Brown, 35, a Hattiesburg businessman and former U.S. Air Force staff sergeant, explains how to vote for Initiative 65, a strictly regulated medical marijuana program, that is on the general election ballot this November, during a Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2020 news conference in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi mayor challenges medical marijuana initiative

Oct. 27, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi mayor on Tuesday challenged the petition process that put one of two medical marijuana proposals on the statewide ballot, arguing that the number of signatures gathered does not meet standards set in the state constitution. Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler filed papers...