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Analysis: Initiatives seek to bypass Mississippi lawmakers

Apr. 18, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi voters circumvented the Legislature in 2020 by approving a medical marijuana ballot initiative. People are now looking to bypass the House and Senate by proposing initiatives to expand Medicaid, authorize early voting and reconsider the state flag design. ...

Food boxes with fresh produce to be given away in Jackson

Apr. 18, 2021 12:02 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Thousands of food boxes of fresh produce will be available for pick-up at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds in Jackson on Wednesday. The food is being provided as part of a federal program to support families who have lost income during the coronavirus pandemic. ...

Bruce Willis films action pic in Mississippi capital city

Apr. 16, 2021 17:51 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — People in Mississippi's capital city are being told to expect downtown street closures and explosions for the filming of an action movie that stars Bruce Willis. A bank heist movie called “A Day to Die" has been filming in Jackson this month,...

Jackson crews work to clean trash from illegal dump site

Apr. 16, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Crews were cleaning up trash from an illegal dump site in Mississippi's capital city after an elected official and local residents complained to a television station about the unsightly mess. WAPT-TV reported that Glen Erin...

Tuition to go up at most Mississippi public universities

Apr. 16, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Tuition is increasing at most of Mississippi's public universities this fall. Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning's Board of Trustees unanimously approved the increases at a meeting on Thursday. Jackson State University is the only...

Former city councilman in Jackson dies at 85

Apr. 16, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Funeral services are scheduled next week for former Jackson City Councilman Frank Bluntson who died Tuesday. Bluntson represented the city's Ward 4 from 2005 to 2013, serving several years as president of the council. He was in bad health the last...

Police probe death of man found in abandoned house

Apr. 16, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Jackson police have launched an investigation after a man was found shot to death inside an abandoned house. Sam Brown, a spokesman for the police department, confirmed the investigation in an email Wednesday. He said the victim's bullet-riddled...

Mississippi official defends own comment about 'woke' voters

Apr. 15, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's top elections official says he thinks people are doing a “hatchet job” on him over comments he made in a television interview about “woke” and “uninformed” voters on college campuses. Secretary of State Michael Watson, a...

Trustees of Walt Disney's grandson negotiate sale of ranch

Apr. 12, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The trustees of Walt Disney’s grandson Bradford Lund have reportedly negotiated the sale of a family ranch in Wyoming against Lund's wishes. Lund has been in a legal battle with his trustees over Eagle South Fork, a 110-acre (45 hectares) ranch...

Experienced journalist named Clarion Ledger executive editor

Apr. 12, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An experienced journalist who has been a leader in a national organization was named Monday as the new executive editor of the Clarion Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi. Marlon A. Walker, 39, also was named Mississippi editor for the USA TODAY...