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FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2016 file photo, Rep. Cory Wilson, R-Madison, discusses a transportation issue during a House Transportation Committee meeting at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. The American Bar Association is rating the Mississippi judge as “well qualified” to serve on one of the most conservative federal appeals courts. But Wilson’s nomination is drawing opposition from groups that advocate voting rights and support the 2010 health care law signed by then-President Barack Obama. The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee was scheduled to hold a hearing Wednesday, May 20, 2020, on Wilson’s nomination to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which handles cases for Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Dems question judicial nominee about past partisan remarks

May. 20, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Democratic members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday repeatedly asked a federal appeals court nominee from Mississippi about derisive comments he made in newspaper opinion pieces and on social media about former President Barack Obama and his signature health care...

Court of Appeals Judge Sean Tindell responds to a reporter's question after being introduced by Gov. Tate Reeves as the newly appointed commissioner for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, during his daily coronavirus update for media in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Tindell is a former state senator. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Judge nominated as Mississippi public safety commissioner

May. 20, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Sean Tindell of Gulfport is in line to become the new public safety commissioner in Mississippi. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves announced his nomination of Tindell on Wednesday. It must be confirmed by the state Senate. Tindell served as a Republican in...

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2018, file photo, former NFL quarterback Brett Favre speaks with reporters in Jackson, Miss., about his support for Willowood Developmental Center, a facility that provides training and assistance for special needs students, The Mississippi state auditor said Wednesday, May 6, 2020, that Favre is repaying $1.1 million he received for multiple speaking engagements where auditor’s staffers said Favre did not show up. An audit of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, released May 4, said a nonprofit group used welfare money to pay Favre for $500,000 in December 2017 and $600,000 in June 2018. Favre is not charged with any wrongdoing. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Favre repaying $1.1 M for no-show speeches, auditor says

May. 6, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre is repaying $1.1 million in welfare money that he received for multiple speeches where he did not show up, the Mississippi state auditor said Wednesday. Auditor Shad White said his office received $500,000 from Favre on Wednesday, plus a commitment...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

May. 6, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ May 6 The Greenwood Commonwealth on spending by the Mississippi Department of Human Services: News earlier this year about spending practices at the Mississippi Department of Human Services made the agency a shameful example of corruption. But further revelations...

Winners announced in Louisiana-Mississippi AP contest

Apr. 17, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Winners have been announced in the Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors competition to honor the best in professional and college journalism in 2019. The two-state competition, which received more than 1,200 entries, is sponsored by the Manship School of...

US engineers examine impact of Mississippi pump proposal

Apr. 16, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Thursday that it will re-examine the potential environmental impact of a proposal for massive pumps to drain floodwaters from parts of rural Mississippi, drawing immediate criticism from conservation groups that say the project would be harmful...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Apr. 8, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ The Greenwood Commonwealth on the NCAA's decision to give spring sports athletes an extra year of eligibility: American sports fans have resigned themselves for now to watching reruns of athletic contests, thanks to a pandemic that has delayed or cancelled nearly...

Trump nominates Mississippi judge for 5th US appeals court

Mar. 30, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A judge on the Mississippi Court of Appeals is being nominated to serve on a federal appeals court that handles cases for Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, the White House announced Monday. Cory Wilson joined the 10-member state court in February 2019 after being appointed by...