Latest Mississippi state government News

Historic designation considered for iconic Jackson hotel

Nov. 20, 2019 11:04 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A hotel that was a gathering spot for Mississippi lawmakers and lobbyists may be saved from demolition if it can become a historic landmark. Trustees for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History have put downtown Jackson’s Sun-N-Sand Motor Hotel on consideration for a...

Mississippi Highway trooper charged with domestic violence

Nov. 20, 2019 6:48 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper accused of grabbing a woman and forcing her into a car has been charged with domestic violence. News outlets reported Tuesday that Columbus Police also charged 33-year-old Devodrick Sims with malicious mischief. The victim accused him of grabbing...

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...

Voting suit challenges Mississippi law on citizenship proof

Nov. 18, 2019 4:46 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A new federal lawsuit challenges a Jim Crow-era law in Mississippi that requires naturalized U.S. citizens to show proof of citizenship when they register to vote. The lawsuit was filed Monday by the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance. A Mississippi law enacted in 1924 requires...

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...

Watson: Mississippi should change multipart election system

Nov. 13, 2019 6:59 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s incoming secretary of state says he will work to change a Jim Crow-era election system that requires multiple steps for statewide races. “I’m definitely supportive of moving away from the current system,” Republican Michael Watson told the...

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 editorial roundup

Nov. 13, 2019 2:58 PM EST

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ Nov. 12 The Columbus Dispatch on organized coat drives: Today's bitterly cold weather is more a preview of coming attractions than the arrival of winter, which doesn't officially begin until Dec. 21. As we arose to the first genuinely cold day since last winter,...