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This is a Saturday, March 7, 2020 photograph of Brian Flowers, taken in Clinton, Miss. Flowers, a military veteran who works at Grand Gulf Nuclear Station, faces two opponents in the Republican primary for Mississippi's Second Congressional District seat. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi delays a GOP primary runoff amid pandemic

Mar. 20, 2020 6:59 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves announced Friday that he is postponing the March 31 Republican primary runoff in the state's 2nd Congressional District because of the coronavirus. The new date is June 23. Mississippi joins a number of other states that have postponed elections amid the...

Mississippi governor is postponing March 31 Republican primary congressional runoff to June 23 because of coronavirus

Mar. 20, 2020 4:21 PM EDT
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi governor is postponing March 31 Republican primary congressional runoff to June 23 because of coronavirus.
Mike Espy readies to speak with reporters in Jackson, Miss., after winning the Democratic nomination for a U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. After his victory Tuesday, he will face Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Libertarian candidate Jimmy Edwards in November. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Espy wins Mississippi US Senate race; will face Hyde-Smith

Mar. 10, 2020 10:44 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy won the Democratic nomination for a U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi on Tuesday, setting up a rematch with Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, an outspoken ally of President Donald Trump. Republicans hold most major offices in Mississippi,...

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, left, gestures while seated next to U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., prior to speaking at New Hope Baptist Church, Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. Seated right, is Thompson's daughter, B.J. Thompson. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Biden in Mississippi, Sanders in Michigan before primaries

Mar. 9, 2020 7:43 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden worshiped at a predominantly African American church in Mississippi two days before the state's primary, in which black voters will play a pivotal role. Rival Bernie Sanders was campaigning Sunday roughly 900 miles (1,450 kilometers) to the...

House Judiciary B Committee Chairman Nick Bain, a Republican from Corinth, explains the facets of House Bill 1295 that would prohibit abortion if a woman is seeking the procedure because of the race, sex or genetic abnormality of the fetus, to committee members at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, March 3, 2020. The only exception would be in case of a medical emergency. The bill, which passed the committee, now goes to the full House for action. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi seeks abortion ban for race, sex, genetic error

Mar. 3, 2020 2:55 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's Republican-led Legislature is trying to restrict the reasons women may seek abortion, after federal courts blocked time limitations that the state tried to put on the procedure the past two years. Abortion would be prohibited if a woman is seeking one because of the...

Autopsy set for another Mississippi inmate who dies

Mar. 2, 2020 3:14 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi prisoner died Monday, becoming at least the 22nd inmate in just over two months to die in a state prison system that's under U.S. Justice Department investigation because of violence and shoddy living conditions. A state Department of Corrections news release said...

FILE - This is a July 12, 2002 file photo of the entrance to the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, Miss. The Justice Department has opened a civil rights investigation into the Mississippi prison system after a string of inmate deaths in the past few months, officials said Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis, File)

Autopsies set for 2 more inmates from Mississippi prison

Feb. 28, 2020 3:17 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Autopsies will be done on two more inmates who died in a Mississippi prison that is under U.S. Justice Department investigation. One death occurred Thursday and the other occurred Friday at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. There is “no evidence of foul...

Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., speaks during a news conference about the

House makes lynching a federal crime, 65 years after Till

Feb. 26, 2020 4:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sixty-five years after 14-year-old Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi, the House has approved legislation designating lynching as a hate crime under federal law. The bill, introduced by Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush and named after Till, comes 120 years after Congress first considered...

Many attendees of a rally at the Mississippi Capitol in Jackson, carried signs that protested conditions in prisons where inmates have been killed in violent clashes in recent weeks, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. They called upon the administration to specifically close the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, where a number of deaths have occurred. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

New lawsuit: Mississippi prison has 'abhorrent conditions'

Feb. 26, 2020 4:25 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman is a violent, rat-infested place where inmates live in “abhorrent conditions” and their medical needs are routinely ignored, attorneys say in a new lawsuit filed on behalf of 152 prisoners The suit was filed in federal court...

'They weren't gonna make it': Worker delivers baby on I-20

Feb. 25, 2020 7:44 AM EST

BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — A routine road closure for a transportation worker in Mississippi turned into the quick delivery of a baby on the interstate. Wayne Evans, Superintendent II with the Mississippi Department of Transportation, was getting ready to shut down a lane Monday morning on I-20 near Brandon....