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Mississippi: Election lawsuit is not about voting rights

Jul. 16, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Attorneys defending Mississippi say a lawsuit that challenges the state's system of choosing a governor is about "partisan politics," not about protecting African Americans' voting rights. The election-year lawsuit was filed May 30 in federal court by four black plaintiffs with...

2nd candidate: No solo meeting with any woman not his wife

Jul. 16, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A second Republican man running for Mississippi governor said he won't meet alone with a woman who isn't his wife, even in a professional setting. Former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Bill Waller Jr. said he tries to have at least one staff person with him, including when he met...

The Latest: Toxic bacteria keep Mississippi beaches closed

Jul. 16, 2019 1:55 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Barry (all times local): 3:25 p.m. Beaches along the Mississippi Gulf Coast remain closed because of toxic bacteria detected before Barry blew ashore. Polluted Midwest floodwaters have fed an outbreak of cyanobacterium. Commonly known as blue-green algae, it can cause...

Final blast of torrential rains unleashed by weakened Barry

Jul. 15, 2019 9:15 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tropical Depression Barry spared New Orleans and Baton Rouge from catastrophic flooding, but even as it weakened and moved north through Arkansas, its trailing rain bands swamped parts of Louisiana with up to 17 inches (43 centimeters) of rain and transformed part of the Mississippi...

Candidates: Mississippi should focus on vocational education

Jul. 15, 2019 6:19 PM EDT

CLINTON, Miss. (AP) — Candidates for Mississippi governor are saying the state should strengthen vocational education programs to boost the economy. Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that he's proposing the state spend $100 million to try to improve job skills. Reeves said the single largest...

The Latest: National Guard trying to rescue family of 5

Jul. 14, 2019 12:45 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Barry (all times local): ___ 11:40 p.m. Authorities are trying to rescue a family of five who are trapped by high water in a south Louisiana home. KTBS-TV reports that the family was trapped Saturday night in the town of Franklin. The Shreveport television station reports...

Movie incentives bring some of Hollywood to Mississippi

Jul. 13, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is seeing benefits from reviving an economic incentive program for movie making. "Breaking News in Yuba County" started filming in Natchez in early June. The movie will tell the story of a housewife whose husband has a heart attack when she walks in on him with another...

The Latest: Mississippi River won't be as high as feared

Jul. 12, 2019 11:41 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Storm Barry (all times local): 11:05 p.m. Forecasters expect the Mississippi River to crest about 2 feet (0.6 meters) lower in New Orleans than previously predicted — good news for those who feared the river might spill over the levees that protect the city....

'It's powerful': Tropical storm starts lashing Louisiana

Jul. 12, 2019 11:28 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Homeowners sandbagged their doors and tourists trying to get out of town jammed the airport Friday as Tropical Storm Barry began rolling in, threatening an epic drenching that could test how well New Orleans has strengthened its flood protections in the 14 years since Hurricane Katrina....

Reeves has most campaign cash in Mississippi gov's race

Jul. 10, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — With party primaries less than a month away, second-term Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves still has more campaign cash than any candidate running for Mississippi governor. Finance reports filed Wednesday show Reeves, of Flowood, had more than $5.8 million in his campaign fund at the...