Latest Mississippi state government News

Pumping Mississippi River water west: solution or dream?

Feb. 02, 2023 09:35 AM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Waves of torrential rainfall drenched California into the new year. Snowpacks in the Sierra Nevada Mountains have swelled to more than 200% their normal size, and snowfall across the rest of the Colorado River Basin is trending above average, too. While...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Feb. 01, 2023 19:49 PM EST

Greenwood Commonwealth. January 28, 2023. Editorial: A Unanimous Medicaid Vote It may not change anything, but Mississippi House Republicans who are dead-set against any form of Medicaid expansion now have a bit of cover if they wish to reconsider. As...

20 attorneys general warn Walgreens, CVS over abortion pills

Feb. 01, 2023 12:40 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Attorneys general in 20 conservative-led states warned CVS and Walgreens on Wednesday that they could face legal consequences if they sell abortion pills by mail in those states. A letter from Republican Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey to the nation's...

Mississippi initiative proposal survives Capitol deadline

Jan. 31, 2023 20:58 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators have narrowed down the list of issues they will consider with two months remaining in their three-month session. Tuesday was the session's first major deadline, with House and Senate committees passing or killing general bills filed in their own...

Reeves: Mississippi primed for 'challenges of tomorrow'

Jan. 30, 2023 19:30 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is seeing higher wages, an increase in the high school graduation rate and an “economic boom” that has led to a $4 billion surplus in the state budget, Republican Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday in his State of the State speech. “The people of...

State capital mayor: Plan for courts is like apartheid

Jan. 30, 2023 18:27 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Legislation that would create a separate court system run by unelected judges in part of Mississippi’s capital city is racially motivated, Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said Monday. At a Monday news conference, Lumumba excoriated several bills moving...

DOJ appointee releases new plan for 'tenuous' Jackson water

Jan. 27, 2023 21:39 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The interim manager appointed by the U.S. Department of Justice to reform the troubled water system in Mississippi's capital city released a new financial plan Friday to change the way Jackson bills for water and spend hundreds of millions of federal relief funds paying down...

Maternal deaths and disparities increase in Mississippi

Jan. 26, 2023 20:43 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Deaths from pregnancy complications have become more prevalent in Mississippi, and racial disparities in the health of those who give birth have widened in recent years, according to a report released Thursday by the state's Department of Health. The...

1st legal medical marijuana sales are made in Mississippi

Jan. 26, 2023 12:23 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Patients have started buying medical marijuana in Mississippi, nearly a year after the products were legalized in the state. The Mississippi Medical Marijuana Association said in a news release Thursday that the first purchases happened Wednesday at The...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jan. 26, 2023 01:04 AM EST

Vicksburg Post. January 24, 2023. Editorial: It’s simple — We need to address the state’s health care crisis If it’s what the majority of the electorate wants, shouldn’t we be able to get it? That’s a simple question with a complex answer,...