Latest Mississippi state government News

Lawyers joust over property tax transfers to charter schools

Jun. 18, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's charter school law unconstitutionally diverts property tax money away from local school districts, lawyers for a group of parents told the state's high court on Tuesday. But the state urged justices to uphold the law, arguing charter schools also belong to the local...

More than 20 Mississippi students hospitalized in bus crash

Jun. 17, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

MCCARLEY, Miss. (AP) — A bus fell onto its side on a busy Mississippi highway Monday, causing more than 20 high school students to be hospitalized. One student was airlifted to a hospital with severe injuries, Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Ronnie Shive told The Greenwood Commonwealth . Shive...

Louisiana governor: Upriver floods a disaster for fisheries

Jun. 17, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's governor says floodwaters from the Midwest are severely hurting people who make their living from coastal seafood, so he's asking the federal government to declare a fisheries disaster for the state. Floodwaters rushing from the Bonnet Carré Spillway north of New Orleans...

The Latest: Gov asks feds to declare fisheries disaster

Jun. 17, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on how Midwest flooding affects seafood (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Louisiana's governor has asked the federal government to declare a fisheries disaster for the state. Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday that he asked Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for the declaration. He...

3rd worker suspended after death in child abuse case

Jun. 14, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services has suspended a third employee after a death in a child abuse case. Department spokeswoman Lea Anne Brandon tells the Clarion Ledger that the latest suspension happened Thursday. A supervisor and another caseworker were suspended...

2 state workers suspended in wake of deadly child abuse case

Jun. 13, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two workers with the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services are on administrative leave over the death of a 4-year-old girl and the severe injuring of her younger sister. The department had months ago received two reports of alleged abuse involving the girls, but the...

Mississippi school board names 2 nonvoting student members

Jun. 12, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's state Board of Education is choosing two students for the first time as non-voting representatives. Board members on Wednesday named junior Omar Jamil of Hernando and senior Shelby Dean of Clinton. They will join the board beginning in July. Dean will step down after she...

Fight over district's racial makeup back at appeals court

Jun. 11, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Mississippi officials asked a federal appeals court Tuesday to overturn a district court ruling that said boundary lines for a state Senate district illegally diluted vote African American voting strength. Mississippi's Legislature redrew the lines for Senate District 22 in March after...

New trial set for Mississippi man in killing of 2-year-old

Jun. 11, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

LAUREL, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man faces a new trial in the killing of his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter. WDAM-TV reports the retrial of Justin Blakeney is set for September in Neshoba County. Circuit Court Judge Dal Williamson approved attorneys' request for the trial to be moved from Jones County,...

Republican Reeves holds $6.3M in Mississippi governor's race

Jun. 10, 2019 9:59 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has five times as much cash to spend in the final five months of the governor's race as his best-financed opponent, and he's already spending at a rapid clip. Reports filed Monday show Reeves continues to lead all candidates in fundraising, with $6.3...