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Mississippi Republican governor candidates spar in debate

Aug. 21, 2019 9:31 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two Republicans running for Mississippi governor were asked during a televised debate Wednesday night to name one disagreement they've had with current Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said he and Bryant have been in step up to 98% of the time on big issues, including...

The Latest: Reeves, Waller: Driver's license lines too long

Aug. 21, 2019 8:53 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on the Mississippi governor's race (all times local): 7:40 p.m. Two Republican candidates for Mississippi governor say they want to increase teacher pay and shorten the wait time at driver's license bureaus. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and retired Mississippi Supreme Court Justice...

Man in Mississippi Walmart shooting fights extradition

Aug. 21, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — A man accused of killing two people at a Mississippi Walmart and then setting part of it on fire is fighting extradition to the county where it happened. Southaven city spokeswoman Tish Clark Dunning tells the Commercial Appeal that Martez Tarrell Abram doesn't want to be sent from...

Judge acquits Mississippi lawmaker accused of punching wife

Aug. 20, 2019 8:17 PM EDT

LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday acquitted a Mississippi lawmaker of a domestic violence charge in which he was accused of punching his wife in the face because she didn't undress quickly enough when he wanted to have sex. George County Justice Court Judge Mike Bullock found state Rep. Doug McLeod...

Ex-Governor Barbour backs Reeves in Mississippi GOP runoff

Aug. 20, 2019 7:57 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Tuesday that he is supporting Tate Reeves for the Republican nomination for governor. Barbour said that "two good people" are in the Aug. 27 party primary runoff. Reeves is in his second term as lieutenant governor after serving two terms as...

The Latest: Reeves tops Waller in campaign cash on hand

Aug. 20, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on Mississippi elections (all times local): 6:35 p.m. Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has nearly 10 times more campaign cash than his opponent in the Republican primary for governor. Documents filed with the secretary of state's office Tuesday show Reeves had about $3.4...

Ex-publisher and political staffer Wayne Weidie dies at 78

Aug. 19, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — Wayne Weidie, a former Mississippi newspaper publisher and political columnist who later became a congressional aide, has died. He was 78. Weidie died Thursday at his home in Venice, Florida. He was publisher and editor of two Mississippi Gulf Coast newspapers, the Ocean Springs...

Mississippi steps toward scrapping high school history test

Aug. 19, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi education officials are taking another step toward scrapping a now-required U.S. history test. The state Commission on School Accreditation voted unanimously on Monday to recommend to the state Board of Education that Mississippi stop giving the test to high school...

Power plant tax change could hit Vicksburg, Warren budgets

Aug. 18, 2019 9:38 AM EDT

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Local officials in Warren County say the Mississippi Department of Revenue could decrease the tax assessment on a power plant there. The change would affect budgets for the county, the city of Vicksburg and the Vicksburg Warren School District. Entergy's Baxter Wilson power plant in...

Lawsuit: Mississippi puts burdens on eyebrow threading

Aug. 17, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A group that advocates limited government is suing Mississippi over the state's licensing requirement for people who earn money by plucking eyebrows with thread. Mississippi Justice Institute filed the lawsuit Monday on behalf of Dipa Bhattarai, a University of Mississippi graduate...