Latest Mississippi state government News

Mississippi child protection leader retiring in mid-January

Dec. 10, 2019 5:27 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The head of Mississippi's foster care agency is retiring next month shortly after a new governor takes office. Jess Dickinson sent a letter to current Gov. Phil Bryant on Tuesday, saying that Jan. 16 will be his last day as commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Child...

Brrr: Cold front brings a bit of snow to north Mississippi

Dec. 10, 2019 4:42 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A cold front is bringing a preview of winter to parts of Mississippi. A light snowfall was happening Tuesday in several places, including Batesville and Oxford. The National Weather Service says up to 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) of snow could accumulate in the northern parts of the...

Georgia man serving life for Mississippi murder seeks pardon

Dec. 10, 2019 8:01 AM EST

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A Georgia man serving a life in prison in Mississippi for murder wants that state's governor to commute his sentence. Jodon Antonio Slaughter, 53, ran a legal notice required to make the reduction request in the classified ads section of The Sun Herald. Friends and family can...

Mississippi justices consider airport hangar tax dispute

Dec. 10, 2019 4:26 AM EST

PICAYUNE, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court will decide whether a company should be exempt from paying more than $61,000 in local property taxes. Justices heard arguments Wednesday in the case of a company called G4, which is owned by Pearl River County resident Tyron Gill. The company wants to be...

Some Mississippi inaugural events reserved for sponsors

Dec. 9, 2019 9:10 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's new governor was elected to serve everyone, but not just anyone will be allowed into some of the events celebrating his inauguration. The inaugural committee for Republican Tate Reeves on Monday sent out a list of events that are open to the public. The committee's...

Analysis: New leaders set course for Mississippi Legislature

Dec. 8, 2019 4:00 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers begin their new term Jan. 7, with Republicans maintaining large majorities in the House and Senate. Some leadership jobs will change hands, including chairmanships of important committees. Republican Philip Gunn of Clinton has enough support among current and...

Changes sought to Mississippi law on college trustees

Dec. 7, 2019 2:29 PM EST

CORINTH, Miss. (AP) — A college president and supervisors in a northeast Mississippi county want changes to a law that revised how trustees are appointed for community colleges. The Daily Corinthian reports that Alcorn County supervisors are unhappy with a law passed by the 2019 Legislature that...

Disaster declaration for Mississippi areas in Oct. 26 storms

Dec. 6, 2019 3:43 PM EST

President Donald Trump on Friday approved a disaster declaration for parts of Mississippi affected by severe weather that hit in late October, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker's office said. Trump approved Gov. Phil Bryant's request for the declaration a day after the entire Mississippi congressional delegation requested...

Mississippi felons push court to restore voting rights

Dec. 3, 2019 5:11 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The man at the center of a Mississippi case aimed at restoring the voting rights of felons said Tuesday that he is fighting on behalf of everyone like him who "made a mistake in life." Dennis Hopkins spoke after judges at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans heard arguments in...

The Latest: Felons push court to restore voting rights

Dec. 3, 2019 2:18 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on court case seeking to restore voting rights to Mississippi felons (all times local): 1:15 p.m. A key advocate for restoring voting rights to felons in Mississippi says he’s fighting to restore his rights as a “human being.” Dennis Hopkins spoke after...