Latest Mississippi state government News

DOJ appointee releases new plan for 'tenuous' Jackson water

Jan. 27, 2023 21:39 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The interim manager appointed by the U.S. Department of Justice to reform the troubled water system in Mississippi's capital city released a new financial plan Friday to change the way Jackson bills for water and spend hundreds of millions of federal relief funds paying down...

Maternal deaths and disparities increase in Mississippi

Jan. 26, 2023 20:43 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Deaths from pregnancy complications have become more prevalent in Mississippi, and racial disparities in the health of those who give birth have widened in recent years, according to a report released Thursday by the state's Department of Health. The...

1st legal medical marijuana sales are made in Mississippi

Jan. 26, 2023 12:23 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Patients have started buying medical marijuana in Mississippi, nearly a year after the products were legalized in the state. The Mississippi Medical Marijuana Association said in a news release Thursday that the first purchases happened Wednesday at The...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jan. 26, 2023 01:04 AM EST

Vicksburg Post. January 24, 2023. Editorial: It’s simple — We need to address the state’s health care crisis If it’s what the majority of the electorate wants, shouldn’t we be able to get it? That’s a simple question with a complex answer,...

Mississippi secretary of state, GOP's Watson, seeks 2nd term

Jan. 25, 2023 18:38 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican Michael Watson filed qualifying papers Wednesday to run for a second term as Mississippi secretary of state, ending speculation that he might instead challenge Gov. Tate Reeves in the GOP primary. Watson had told The Associated Press on Monday that...

Today in History: JAN 22, Supreme Court gives abortion right

Jan. 22, 2023 00:02 AM EST

Today in History Today is Sunday, Jan. 22, the 22nd day of 2023. There are 343 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court, in its Roe v. Wade decision, declared a nationwide constitutional right to...

March for Life eyes Congress for post-Roe abortion limits

Jan. 20, 2023 17:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A half century after Roe v. Wade, March for Life supporters on Friday celebrated the Supreme Court's dismantling of that constitutional right to abortion and heralded the political struggle set loose by the court's decision. President Joe Biden pledged to do all in his limited...

Mississippi board approves operation of burn center at UMMC

Jan. 19, 2023 15:13 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The University of Mississippi Medical Center has received permission to provide care for burn patients, months after another hospital closed the only other burn center in the state. The governing board for the state's eight public universities met Thursday and...

US divided over Roe's repeal as abortion foes gird for march

Jan. 18, 2023 12:52 PM EST

Anti-abortion activists will have multiple reasons to celebrate — and some reasons for unease — when they gather Friday in Washington for the annual March for Life. The march, which includes a rally drawing abortion opponents from across the nation, has been held annually since...

Mississippi nursing schools turn away students amid shortage

Jan. 17, 2023 18:00 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Amid a nursing shortage that is worsening poor health outcomes in Mississippi, nursing programs at the state's public universities are turning away hundreds of potential students every year because of insufficient faculty sizes. Alfred Rankins Jr.,...