Latest Mississippi state government News

The Latest: Forecasters confirm 4 tornadoes in Virginia

Apr. 20, 2019 12:15 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on severe weather in the South (all times local): 12:15 a.m. Four suspected tornadoes have been reported in Virginia. The National Weather Service says damage has been reported Friday night after twisters touched down in Reston, Fredericks Hall, Barham and Forksville. Authorities...

Mississippi officials defend 'heartbeat' abortion law

Apr. 18, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The office of Mississippi's Democratic attorney general filed papers this week defending a law that bans most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy. It's one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed...

Mississippi drivers can put flag minus rebel X on license

Apr. 17, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi residents who want a state flag without the Confederate battle emblem will soon be able to display one on their license plate. Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill Tuesday authorizing the state to sell several new specialty license plates, starting July 1. One of them features a...

Mississippi governor signs $1,500 pay raise for teachers

Apr. 16, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill Tuesday to give teachers and assistant teachers a $1,500 pay raise during the year that begins July 1. Bryant's Twitter account posted a photo of him signing Senate Bill 2770 nearly three weeks after legislators agreed on the plan....

Second woman indicted in Mississippi fire department theft

Apr. 15, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

SUMRALL, Miss. (AP) — A former bookkeeper of a south Mississippi fire department is charged with stealing $69,000 from the agency just months after her predecessor was named on similar charges. Jessica Delancey was indicted and arrested Friday on one count of embezzlement from the Oloh Fire Protection...

Analysis: Redistricting a big task for incoming lawmakers

Apr. 14, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — People elected to the Mississippi House and Senate this year will be in charge of redrawing legislative districts in the coming term. It's an important and inherently political task. And things could get ugly in the push-and-pull between the two major parties. Mississippi has 52...

Candidates qualify in 2 redrawn Mississippi Senate districts

Apr. 12, 2019 8:06 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Candidates qualified Friday for two Mississippi state Senate districts that lawmakers redrew after a federal judge ruled that one of them diluted black voting power. The moves come even as Republican state officials are asking all the judges on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to...

Oh, shoot: Mississippi Capitol loses its World War I cannons

Apr. 11, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Capitol is losing its cannons. The two World War I cannons have stood for decades on the south side of the building. On Thursday, they were permanently moved to the Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby near Hattiesburg, where they will be restored and put on display....

Mississippi school board votes to take over 2 districts

Apr. 11, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two school districts in Mississippi's Delta region will be the first to be folded into a new statewide district aimed at improving academic performance. Mississippi's state Board of Education voted Thursday to take control of the Humphreys County and Yazoo City school districts. The...

Mississippi politico in skit that had others in blackface

Apr. 11, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A white Republican running for Mississippi attorney general said Thursday that he is "embarrassed" about taking part in a college skit 40 years ago in which other actors wore blackface. "I regret it very much," Andy Taggart told The Associated Press. A photo in the 1979 yearbook for...