Latest Mississippi state government News

Mississippi election officials argue against quick work on drawing new majority-Black districts

Jul. 11, 2024 19:14 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Redrawing some Mississippi legislative districts in time for this November's election is impossible because of tight deadlines to prepare ballots, state officials say in new court papers. Attorneys for the all-Republican state Board of Election Commissioners...

Governors of Mississippi and Alabama place friendly bets on lawmakers' charity softball game

Jun. 18, 2024 15:37 PM EDT

PEARL, Miss. (AP) — State lawmakers from Mississippi and Alabama are playing each other in softball this weekend to raise money for charity — and the states' Republican governors are placing friendly bets on the outcome. The Battle of Tombigbee takes place Saturday at Trustmark...

Mississippi high court declines to rule on questions of public funds going to private schools

May. 02, 2024 15:48 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court has declined to rule on whether the state is violating its own constitution with a program that would spend $10 million of public money on infrastructure grants for private schools. The justices on Thursday ruled 7-2 that an...

Mississippi police were at odds as they searched for missing man, widow says

Apr. 26, 2024 19:40 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In the weeks after Sudanese Civil War refugee Dau Mabil vanished without a trace in Mississippi, officers from two police agencies blamed each other for the stalled investigation, his widow told The Associated Press. Fishermen, not police, spotted Mabil's body...