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Election do-over set in part of Mississippi Senate district

Sep. 20, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — A special election will be Nov. 5 in part of a Mississippi Senate district — the same day as the general election for other offices. Gov. Phil Bryant on Friday set the date to finish the Republican primary in Senate District 50 in coastal Harrison County. A Republican committee...

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...

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...

Dem seeks cash for 2020 challenge of Mississippi GOP senator

Sep. 12, 2019 5:23 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Democrat who tried to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith in Mississippi last year is seeking money to challenge her again in 2020. Mike Espy said in a fundraising appeal Thursday that he can "work with others across party lines and labels." Espy served in the U.S. House...

Mississippi gov signs extradition warrant in Walmart killing

Sep. 9, 2019 7:48 PM EDT

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's governor has signed an extradition warrant for the 39-year-old man accused of killing two managers at a Walmart and then setting a fire there. WMC-TV of Memphis, Tennessee, reported Monday that Gov. Phil Bryant signed the warrant for arrest of Martez Abram, who is...

All 8 Mississippi GOP statewide nominees campaign together

Sep. 9, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

MADISON, Miss. (AP) — Republican nominees for all eight statewide offices in Mississippi appeared together at a campaign rally Monday, and the nominee for governor, Tate Reeves, predicted that all eight will win this fall. Speaking to standing-room-only crowd of Republicans at a Madison restaurant, Reeves...

Signatures may get medical pot on Mississippi 2020 ballot

Sep. 6, 2019 7:05 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi group advocating for medical marijuana legalization has turned in more than 105,000 signatures to get the initiative on the ballot next year. News outlets report Mississippians for Compassionate Care submitted the signatures Wednesday to the secretary of state's office,...

Mississippi high court affirms charter schools' funding

Sep. 5, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday affirmed the state's method of using tax money to pay for charter schools, rejecting a challenge that sought to cut off local money to the schools. The Southern Poverty Law Center sued the state in 2016 on behalf of seven parents who send...

Mississippi appeals court judge nominated to federal bench

Aug. 28, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Cory Wilson is being nominated for a federal judgeship. Wilson joined the 10-member state court in February after being appointed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. Before that, Wilson was a first-term Republican member of the Mississippi House....

Mississippi getting set for hard-fought governor's race

Aug. 28, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi governor's race this year could be the toughest in nearly a generation, between two politicians who have already won statewide races and are known for digging in against opponents: two-term Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and four-term Democratic Attorney General Jim...