Latest Phil Bryant News

Disaster declaration for Mississippi areas in Oct. 26 storms

Dec. 6, 2019 3:43 PM EST

President Donald Trump on Friday approved a disaster declaration for parts of Mississippi affected by severe weather that hit in late October, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker's office said. Trump approved Gov. Phil Bryant's request for the declaration a day after the entire Mississippi congressional delegation requested...

Former Mississippi utility regulator Cochran dies at 78

Dec. 2, 2019 6:39 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Nielsen Cochran, a Republican who served 24 years as a utility regulator on the Mississippi Public Service Commission, died Monday. He was 78. Cochran family friend Brad White said the former commissioner died after a long illness. Cochran was elected in 1977 and 1981 to the Jackson...

Possible tornadoes strike parts of Mississippi, Louisiana.

Nov. 28, 2019 6:46 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Residents in northeast Louisiana and central Mississippi were cutting up fallen pine trees and assessing damage Wednesday after tornadoes hit the region. Officials in Mississippi said eight to 10 houses were damaged in Star, a fringe suburb southeast of Jackson. Trees for a time...

Mississippi Lottery gears up for its first ticket sales

Nov. 23, 2019 9:18 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi residents have been driving to Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee for years to buy lottery tickets. They will soon be able to spend that money closer to home. The Mississippi Lottery starts selling tickets for the first time Monday morning. Nearly 1,200 convenience stores...

Mississippi governor-elect looks to hire for administration

Nov. 19, 2019 6:11 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov.-elect Tate Reeves says he is looking to hire talented and driven people to work in his administration. The Republican was elected Nov. 5 and begins his four-year term Jan. 14. He said during a news conference Monday that his focus since the election is “laying...

Report: Mississippi laws cause ‘extreme’ prison sentences

Nov. 19, 2019 3:59 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s habitual offender laws are causing “extreme” prison sentences that are disproportionally affecting African American men and are costing the state millions of dollars for decades of incarceration, according to a new report by a nonprofit advocacy...

Mississippi Governor: $53M in coastal restoration projects

Nov. 15, 2019 7:14 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s governor has announced more than $53 million in projects to help coastal communities recover from BP’s 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Money for the 15 projects is coming from civil or criminal penalties resulting from the spill. “I am proud of the...

Flags lowered after death of ex Mississippi House speaker

Nov. 14, 2019 4:12 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Gov. Phil Bryant has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff to honor former Mississippi House Speaker Billy McCoy. The Democrat from Prentiss County died Tuesday at age 77. McCoy served in the House from January 1980 to January 2012. He was instrumental in passing a 1987 highway...

Mississippi dedicates Phil Bryant Wildlife Management Area

Nov. 13, 2019 5:33 PM EST

ROLLING FORK, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is naming a stretch of land in the south Delta in honor of the two-term governor who is leaving office in January. Officials gathered Wednesday to dedicate the Phil Bryant Wildlife Management Area. The 18,000-acre (7,285-hectare) site is made up of bayous, cypress...

Mississippi woman seeks pardon in crash that killed couple

Nov. 13, 2019 8:09 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi woman is seeking a pardon, years after pleading guilty in a crash that killed two doctors. But Republican Gov. Phil Bryant has not issued any pardons during nearly eight years in office. Karen Collins was named Karen Irby in 2009, when the crash occurred in Jackson. At...