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Analysis: Republicans line up to support immigration arrests

Aug. 18, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

Many Mississippi Republican officials see the immigration raids on seven chicken processing plants earlier this month not only as good policy, but as good politics. The raids were maybe most a gift to Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who lucked into a Twitter clash with Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar, currently a huge...

Mississippi firms affected by cyanobacteria can seek help

Aug. 14, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Businesses along Mississippi's Gulf Coast might be able to get federal aid if they've suffered economic losses due to toxic blue-green bacteria in the water. News outlets are reporting on the process that could enable Small Business Administration loans to affected businesses. At least...

Foster backs Waller in GOP runoff for Mississippi governor

Aug. 13, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The candidate eliminated from the Republican primary for Mississippi governor is endorsing former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. for the party nomination. State Rep. Robert Foster on Tuesday announced his support of Waller, who's competing with Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves...

Documents: Plant owners 'willfully' used ineligible workers

Aug. 9, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Six of seven Mississippi chicken processing plants raided Wednesday were "willfully and unlawfully" employing people who lacked authorization to work in the United States, including workers wearing electronic monitoring bracelets at work for previous immigration violations, according...

The Latest: Mississippi plant sets job fair after raid

Aug. 9, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on immigration raids in Mississippi (all times local): 5:35 p.m. One of the Mississippi chicken processing plants caught in an immigration raid plans a job fair Monday. Illinois-based Koch (cook) Foods says it will be recruiting new workers for its Morton plant at a state...

Immigrants lock doors, rally around children of detained

Aug. 8, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

MORTON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi residents rallied around terrified children left with no parents and migrants locked themselves in their homes for fear of being arrested Thursday, a day after the United States' largest immigration raid in a decade. A total of 680 people were arrested in Wednesday's raids,...

The Latest: Superintendent says students absent after raids

Aug. 8, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

MORTON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on immigration raids in Mississippi (all times local): 5:45 p.m. A Mississippi school superintendent says more than 150 students in his district remained absent from school Thursday, many kept at home out of fear after immigration raids rocked two towns in his county. Scott...

Governor candidates reset for Mississippi GOP primary runoff

Aug. 7, 2019 7:10 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi second-term Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves fell short of the majority needed to win the Republican nomination for governor. Now facing a party primary runoff, Reeves says he will tell voters that he's the only conservative in the race. His rival in the Aug. 27 runoff is Bill Waller...

The Latest: Mississippi GOP governor primary goes to runoff

Aug. 7, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on party primaries in the Mississippi governor's race (all times local): 3:45 p.m. After falling short of a majority needed to win the Republican nomination for Mississippi governor, the state's two-term lieutenant governor, Tate Reeves, says he's the only conservative in...

Hood, Watson, McRae among Mississippi primary winners

Aug. 7, 2019 2:42 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Democrats and Republicans decided many nominees for state offices Tuesday, although two top Republican races will be decided in runoffs. In the Democratic primary for governor, Attorney General Jim Hood vanquished seven candidates. On the Republican side, Lt. Gov. Tate...