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Michigan man indicted in cyberstalking of ex-Mississippi gov

Aug. 5, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Michigan man accused of making threats against a former Mississippi governor has been indicted by a Mississippi grand jury on a cyberstalking charge. Harold Joseph Collins, 49, of Detroit, was indicted by the Hinds County grand jury on the single count last month, The Clarion Ledger...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2016, file photo, Bob Dearing listens to opening arguments before a Mississippi Senate committee on his recent disputed election victory, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. Former state Sen. Dearing, of Natchez, who worked to expand highways, legalize casino gambling and strengthen laws against animal cruelty, died Thursday, July 30, 2020, at home, a funeral home said. He was 85. Dearing was a Democrat who was first elected to the state Senate in 1979. He served 32 years before he was defeated in 2011 by Republican Melanie Sojourner. In a 2015 rematch, Dearing defeated Sojourner. He chose not to seek reelection in 2019. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Former Mississippi state Sen. Bob Dearing of Natchez dies

Jul. 30, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former Mississippi state Sen. Bob M. Dearing of Natchez, who worked to expand highways, legalize casino gambling and strengthen laws against animal cruelty, died Thursday at home, a funeral home said. He was 85. Dearing — often called Bob M. by his friends and colleagues...

Mississippi Department of Revenue Commissioner Herb Frierson speaks about anticipated revenue during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the state's economic outlook and anticipated revenue collections as affected by COVID-19, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Former lawmaker retires as Mississippi's top tax collector

Jul. 1, 2020 1:27 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's top tax collector is retiring after four years in that job, and Republican Gov. Tate Reeves will nominate someone to succeed him. Herb Frierson said Wednesday that he retired as revenue commissioner when the state budget year ended Tuesday, ending a 42-year career in...

CORRECTS SPELLING OF NAME TO ISIAC NOT ISAAC General Missionary Baptist State Convention of Mississippi president Rev. Isiac Jackson calls for a change in the Mississippi state flag, Thursday, June 25, 2020, during a news conference at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. A large number of Black pastors lobbied their legislators, calling on them to strike the current flag. The current flag has in the canton portion of the banner the design of the Civil War-era Confederate battle flag, that has been the center of a long-simmering debate about its removal or replacement. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Lobbying grows against Mississippi's rebel-themed flag

Jun. 25, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — University coaches and Christian ministers filled the Mississippi Capitol on Thursday, urging legislators to seize the moment and remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag while Americans are reckoning with difficult discussions about race and history. “It...

Court of Appeals Judge Sean Tindell responds to a reporter's question after being introduced by Gov. Tate Reeves as the newly appointed commissioner for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, during his daily coronavirus update for media in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Tindell is a former state senator. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi public safety commissioner is confirmed to job

Jun. 22, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Senate has confirmed a former judge as the state's new public safety commissioner. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves nominated Sean Tindell of Gulfport to be commissioner last month. Tindell has been serving since June 1, and senators confirmed him to the job Thursday. The...

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White lawmaker likens abortion limits to civil rights issue

Jun. 17, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A white Republican lawmaker invoked the name of a black civil rights leader Wednesday as the Mississippi Senate advanced a bill to ban abortion based on the race, sex or genetic anomalies of a fetus. The bill is expected to go soon to Republican Gov. Tate Reeves, who favors more...

Mississippi Senate confirms keeping Medicaid director on job

Jun. 14, 2020 10:13 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The director of the Mississippi Medicaid program has received approval to remain on the job. The state Senate on Thursday confirmed Gov. Tate Reeves's nomination of Drew Snyder to continuing leading the government health insurance program for the needy. Snyder had held the job the...