Latest Mississippi state government News

Mississippi Governor: $53M in coastal restoration projects

Nov. 15, 2019 7:14 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s governor has announced more than $53 million in projects to help coastal communities recover from BP’s 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Money for the 15 projects is coming from civil or criminal penalties resulting from the spill. “I am proud of the...

Flags lowered after death of ex Mississippi House speaker

Nov. 14, 2019 4:12 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Gov. Phil Bryant has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff to honor former Mississippi House Speaker Billy McCoy. The Democrat from Prentiss County died Tuesday at age 77. McCoy served in the House from January 1980 to January 2012. He was instrumental in passing a 1987 highway...

Watson: Mississippi should change multipart election system

Nov. 13, 2019 6:59 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s incoming secretary of state says he will work to change a Jim Crow-era election system that requires multiple steps for statewide races. “I’m definitely supportive of moving away from the current system,” Republican Michael Watson told the...

Mississippi dedicates Phil Bryant Wildlife Management Area

Nov. 13, 2019 5:33 PM EST

ROLLING FORK, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is naming a stretch of land in the south Delta in honor of the two-term governor who is leaving office in January. Officials gathered Wednesday to dedicate the Phil Bryant Wildlife Management Area. The 18,000-acre (7,285-hectare) site is made up of bayous, cypress...

Mississippi editorial roundup

Nov. 13, 2019 2:58 PM EST

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ Nov. 12 The Columbus Dispatch on organized coat drives: Today's bitterly cold weather is more a preview of coming attractions than the arrival of winter, which doesn't officially begin until Dec. 21. As we arose to the first genuinely cold day since last winter,...

Mississippi woman seeks pardon in crash that killed couple

Nov. 13, 2019 8:09 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi woman is seeking a pardon, years after pleading guilty in a crash that killed two doctors. But Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has not issued any pardons during nearly eight years in office. Karen Collins was named Karen Irby in 2009, when the crash occurred in Jackson. At...

Former Mississippi House Speaker Billy McCoy dies at 77

Nov. 12, 2019 9:05 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former Mississippi House Speaker Billy McCoy, an advocate for public education and economic opportunities for the less fortunate, died Tuesday after an extended illness. He was 77. Rep. Steve Holland of Plantersville said McCoy died at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, where...

Former Mississippi House Speaker Billy McCoy, a Democrat known for supporting public education, has died at age 77

Nov. 12, 2019 8:21 PM EST
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former Mississippi House Speaker Billy McCoy, a Democrat known for supporting public education, has died at age 77.

Democrat Mike Espy starts 2020 US Senate bid in Mississippi

Nov. 12, 2019 6:51 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Democrat Mike Espy announced Tuesday that he's running again for U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith, setting up a 2020 rematch of a race that churned up the state's painful racist history. "I can and will do a better job for the people of Mississippi...

Mississippi among worst states for dams rated in bad shape

Nov. 10, 2019 9:45 AM EST

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Maybe it's in a subdivision in Olive Branch, on a hill above Interstate 20 in Meridian, or in rural Carroll County. But across Mississippi, there are dams waiting for one inch too much of rain, or one year too many of neglect. The state has one of the highest numbers of dams that...