Latest Mississippi state government News

Correction: Mississippi Election 2019 story

Jun. 22, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — In a story June 21 about candidates speaking at the Mississippi Press Association convention, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Hood had spoken in favor of increasing the gasoline tax. Hood said Mississippi needs to fund highway...

Prosecutor could decide on seventh trial in Mississippi case

Jun. 22, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi prosecutor has tried and failed six times to send Curtis Flowers to the death chamber, with the latest trial conviction and death sentence overturned on Friday because of racial bias in jury selection. Now, that same prosecutor must decide whether to try Flowers a...

Mississippi will appeal judge's ruling on abortion law

Jun. 21, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is giving notice that it will continue defending one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the U.S. The law would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. That's at about six weeks' gestation, when a woman may not yet know she's pregnant. The state...

Hood says he'll appeal blocking of Mississippi abortion law

Jun. 20, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's attorney general says he will appeal a federal judge's ruling blocking a restrictive abortion law. Attorney General Jim Hood said Thursday that he would file an appeal Friday the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves last month blocked a...

Lawyers joust over property tax transfers to charter schools

Jun. 18, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's charter school law unconstitutionally diverts property tax money away from local school districts, lawyers for a group of parents told the state's high court on Tuesday. But the state urged justices to uphold the law, arguing charter schools also belong to the local...

More than 20 Mississippi students hospitalized in bus crash

Jun. 17, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

MCCARLEY, Miss. (AP) — A bus fell onto its side on a busy Mississippi highway Monday, causing more than 20 high school students to be hospitalized. One student was airlifted to a hospital with severe injuries, Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Ronnie Shive told The Greenwood Commonwealth . Shive...

Louisiana governor: Upriver floods a disaster for fisheries

Jun. 17, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana's governor says floodwaters from the Midwest are severely hurting people who make their living from coastal seafood, so he's asking the federal government to declare a fisheries disaster for the state. Floodwaters rushing from the Bonnet Carré Spillway north of New Orleans...

The Latest: Gov asks feds to declare fisheries disaster

Jun. 17, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on how Midwest flooding affects seafood (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Louisiana's governor has asked the federal government to declare a fisheries disaster for the state. Gov. John Bel Edwards said Monday that he asked Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for the declaration. He...

3rd worker suspended after death in child abuse case

Jun. 14, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services has suspended a third employee after a death in a child abuse case. Department spokeswoman Lea Anne Brandon tells the Clarion Ledger that the latest suspension happened Thursday. A supervisor and another caseworker were suspended...

2 state workers suspended in wake of deadly child abuse case

Jun. 13, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two workers with the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services are on administrative leave over the death of a 4-year-old girl and the severe injuring of her younger sister. The department had months ago received two reports of alleged abuse involving the girls, but the...