Latest Mississippi state government News

Mississippi's interim deputy to be interim superintendent

May. 26, 2022 16:21 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Education Department’s interim chief academic officer and deputy superintendent will become interim superintendent at the end of June, the State Board of Education said Thursday. Kim Benton will take the higher interim post when...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

May. 25, 2022 20:07 PM EDT

Tupelo Daily Journal. May 19, 2022. Editorial: Mississippi’s charitable giving leading way with Ukraine aid Year after year, Mississippi is recognized as among the most charitable state in the nation. It is a reflection of the giving spirit of the people here and...

Edney named Mississippi's next State Health Officer

May. 25, 2022 13:06 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's next State Health Officer is Dr. Daniel P. Edney, who will replace Dr. Thomas Dobbs on Aug. 1. Dobbs is resigning from the post he's held since 2018 at the end of July. Edney currently holds the position of Deputy State Health...

After killer's reversal, motion for quick execution tossed

May. 24, 2022 16:28 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A convicted Mississippi killer’s effort to get his execution quickly scheduled has been dismissed by the state's Supreme Court, weeks after the condemned man changed his mind. Blayde Nathaniel Grayson, 46, filed a handwritten letter to the high court in...

Reeves sets special election to fill House vacancy

May. 20, 2022 15:43 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on Friday set a special election to fill a state House seat vacated by Democratic Rep. Sonya Williams-Barnes, who resigned earlier this month. Williams-Barnes, 53, of Gulfport, took a job as Mississippi policy director for the...

$39 billion state budget quickly passed by state Senate

May. 18, 2022 18:52 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A $39 billion state operating budget that includes teacher pay raises and a down payment on a proposed bridge across the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge was approved with little discussion Wednesday afternoon by the state Senate. The House-passed bill,...

Mississippi investigators and Capitol Police get new leaders

May. 18, 2022 17:47 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has a new director, and the state Capitol Police have a new chief and assistant chief. Gov. Tate Reeves and Department of Public Safety Commissioner Sean Tindell on Wednesday announced the hiring of the new employees in...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

May. 18, 2022 15:42 PM EDT

Greenwood Commonwealth. May 17, 2022. Editorial: A Plan For Angry White Men Whenever a racially motivated crime attracts national attention, it’s not too hard to find a link that involves Mississippi. And sure enough, after this past weekend’s...

Petition: Name lake for outdoorsman, not segregationist

May. 18, 2022 12:27 PM EDT

BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — A petition calls for rebranding a manmade lake in central Mississippi by removing the name of a racist former governor and replacing it with the name of a longtime journalist who wrote about hunting and fishing. The Ross Barnett Reservoir, northeast of...

Mississippi revises eviction law that judge called 'absurd'

May. 15, 2022 09:18 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has revised its landlord-tenant law to give renters time to gather their belongings from a home before being forced to leave, after a federal judge ruled that the previous law was unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills wrote in his...