Latest Mississippi state government News

Special election to be called for race with 1-vote margin

Sep. 18, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — A special election has been ordered for a Mississippi Senate district where a candidate won by a single vote. The Sun Herald reports the certification of Dixie Newman as the winner of Senate District 50 in Harrison County was vacated by special judge Richard McKenzie on Tuesday....

Hood calls for preschool, teacher pay, higher K-12 spending

Sep. 17, 2019 8:26 PM EDT

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jim Hood on Tuesday detailed an ambitious education program which, if fully implemented, would bring the biggest increase in Mississippi education spending in more than a decade. Hood, Mississippi's attorney general, told reporters after appearing at a school in Greenville that he...

Letter grades rise for Mississippi public schools

Sep. 17, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

Mississippi's public school districts and schools showed broad improvement under the state's letter grading system in 2018-2019. The number of A-rated districts rose from 18 to 31 in data published Tuesday, while the number of districts earning a C, D or F rating fell. The state Board of Education still must give...

Mississippi governor candidates agree on 1 debate date

Sep. 16, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The two major-party candidates for Mississippi governor are debating about debating. Second-term Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and fourth-term Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood say they have accepted multiple invitations for televised debates before the Nov. 5 election. But, so...

Mississippi reports additional west Nile virus cases

Sep. 16, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Health says four more people were confirmed to have West Nile virus, bringing the state's total this year to 13 cases. The department said Monday two of the new cases of the mosquito-borne illness are in Forrest County and the others are in Hinds and...

Mississippi offering $25,000 to help pay for field trips

Sep. 15, 2019 9:46 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Archives and History is offering aid to offset the cost of field trips to the state's twin history museums in Jackson. The department says it has $25,000 to help students who attend most public schools to visit the Museum of Mississippi History and...

Agency seeks to shorten lines at driver's license offices

Sep. 13, 2019 6:33 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The head of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety told lawmakers Friday that his agency is working to reduce long waiting times at driver's license offices. Commissioner Marshall Fisher said the department has increased the starting salaries for driver's license examiners from...

Jury can't reach verdict in former Mississippi mayor's trial

Sep. 13, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A long-delayed trial of a former Mississippi mayor has ended in a hung jury. A Hinds County judge declared a mistrial Friday on charges against former Rolling Fork Mayor Eldridge "Butch" Walker. Attorney General Jim Hood's office was trying Walker on charges that he defrauded the...

Man charged with shooting 3 at Walmart to be extradited

Sep. 13, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Mississippi man accused of shooting two Walmart workers and a police officer won't fight extradition to face murder charges in his home state. Martez Abram appeared in court in Tennessee on Friday on a fugitive warrant. He waived extradition proceedings. The 39-year-old Abram was...

Lt. governor candidates both advocate teacher pay raises

Sep. 12, 2019 8:59 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Both candidates for Mississippi lieutenant governor say they will push to increase teacher pay and to make the operation of the state Senate more transparent. Democratic state Rep. Jay Hughes of Oxford and Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann of Jackson, who are both...