Latest Mississippi state government News

Some Mississippi inaugural events reserved for sponsors

Dec. 9, 2019 3:50 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...

Mississippi judges appointed to hear 8 election challenges

Dec. 1, 2019 6:22 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court has appointed judges to hear challenges in eight local elections. County supervisor races are being challenged in Jasper, Leflore, Madison, Monroe and Washington counties. Elections for chancery clerk and circuit clerk are disputed in Quitman County. The...

Investigators probe 2 inmate deaths at Mississippi prison

Nov. 21, 2019 3:32 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Corrections is investigating the deaths of two inmates at the state penitentiary at Parchman. The Clarion Ledger reports the deaths occurred Tuesday night. Department spokeswoman Grace Fisher says in each case the cause and manner of death are pending the...

Mississippi editorial roundup

Nov. 20, 2019 2:50 PM EST

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ Nov. 19 The (Tupelo) Daily Journal on obesity: The latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show Mississippi at the top of the list again with the highest adult and youth obesity rates in the nation. Sunday’s (Nov. 17) front...

Historic designation considered for iconic Jackson hotel

Nov. 20, 2019 11:04 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A hotel that was a gathering spot for Mississippi lawmakers and lobbyists may be saved from demolition if it can become a historic landmark. Trustees for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History have put downtown Jackson’s Sun-N-Sand Motor Hotel on consideration for a...