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Head of Mississippi foster care agency retiring in January

Dec. 10, 2019 6:30 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The leader of Mississippi's long-scrutinized 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...

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...

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...

Former Mississippi utility regulator Cochran dies at 78

Dec. 2, 2019 6:39 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Nielsen Cochran, a Republican who served 24 years as a utility regulator on the Mississippi Public Service Commission, died Monday. He was 78. Cochran family friend Brad White said the former commissioner died after a long illness. Cochran was elected in 1977 and 1981 to the Jackson...

Possible tornadoes strike parts of Mississippi, Louisiana.

Nov. 28, 2019 6:46 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Residents in northeast Louisiana and central Mississippi were cutting up fallen pine trees and assessing damage Wednesday after tornadoes hit the region. Officials in Mississippi said eight to 10 houses were damaged in Star, a fringe suburb southeast of Jackson. Trees for a time...

Mississippi Lottery gears up for its first ticket sales

Nov. 23, 2019 9:18 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi residents have been driving to Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee for years to buy lottery tickets. They will soon be able to spend that money closer to home. The Mississippi Lottery starts selling tickets for the first time Monday morning. Nearly 1,200 convenience stores...

Mississippi governor-elect looks to hire for administration

Nov. 19, 2019 6:11 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov.-elect Tate Reeves says he is looking to hire talented and driven people to work in his administration. The Republican was elected Nov. 5 and begins his four-year term Jan. 14. He said during a news conference Monday that his focus since the election is “laying...

Report: Mississippi laws cause ‘extreme’ prison sentences

Nov. 19, 2019 3:59 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s habitual offender laws are causing “extreme” prison sentences that are disproportionally affecting African American men and are costing the state millions of dollars for decades of incarceration, according to a new report by a nonprofit advocacy...

Mississippi Governor: $53M in coastal restoration projects

Nov. 15, 2019 7:14 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s governor has announced more than $53 million in projects to help coastal communities recover from BP’s 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Money for the 15 projects is coming from civil or criminal penalties resulting from the spill. “I am proud of the...

Flags lowered after death of ex Mississippi House speaker

Nov. 14, 2019 4:12 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Gov. Phil Bryant has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff to honor former Mississippi House Speaker Billy McCoy. The Democrat from Prentiss County died Tuesday at age 77. McCoy served in the House from January 1980 to January 2012. He was instrumental in passing a 1987 highway...