Latest Mississippi state government News

Mississippi chief justice extends COVID-19 order for courts

Oct. 15, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The head of the Mississippi Supreme Court is extending a emergency order that allows judges to postpone jury trials to try to slow the spread of COVID-19. The extended order by Chief Justice Mike Randolph remains in place through Nov. 12. ...

Reeves: Work still happening on medical marijuana proposal

Oct. 12, 2021 19:10 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Tuesday that he and legislative leaders are continuing to negotiate changes in a proposal to create a medical marijuana program, including putting tight limits on how much of the medicine one person could buy. The...

Mississippi auditor demands payments in human services fraud

Oct. 12, 2021 18:40 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi auditor said Tuesday that he is demanding repayment of $77 million in misspent welfare money in one of the poorest states in the nation. This includes $828,000 the auditor is seeking from retired NFL player Brett Favre and an employee of his business,...

Friends remember 2 men lost in Mississippi highway collapse

Oct. 10, 2021 00:04 AM EDT

LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) — Kent Brown and Jerry Lee died on Aug. 30 after their vehicles fell into a collapsed portion of Highway 26 near Lucedale, Mississippi. The men were in separate vehicles and both were on their way home after running errands. A third victim,...

Repairs to collapsed highway should be finished by Christmas

Oct. 09, 2021 11:04 AM EDT

LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) — The collapsed portion of Highway 26 in Mississippi's George County should be ready for drivers before Christmas. On Thursday, the Mississippi Department of Transportation selected a contractor to rebuild the highway that washed out after...

Child care providers say they can't access relief money

Oct. 09, 2021 10:41 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Child care providers are complaining that they are being forced to endure financial hardships, some even being forced to close their doors, because of the challenge of accessing federal funds through the Mississippi Department of Human Services. ...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Oct. 06, 2021 13:35 PM EDT

Greenwood Commonwealth. Sept. 30, 2021. Editorial: Lawmakers Trump Agency Heads Andy Gipson doesn’t want to have anything to do with Mississippi’s probable legalization of medical marijuana. The state’s agriculture...

Dispute over Mississippi House race goes to state high court

Oct. 04, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court acted quickly Monday to block a circuit judge's order in a dispute over whether a special election is needed to fill a vacancy in the state House of Representatives. Two people signed up to run in a Nov. 2 special...

Analysis: Equal pay efforts reviving in Mississippi in 2022

Oct. 03, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is the only state without a law requiring equal pay for equal work by women and men, after Alabama enacted one in 2019. Efforts have fallen short in Mississippi in recent years, but Senate Labor Committee Chairman John Hohrn, a Democrat...

Mississippi high court affirms conviction on dogfighting

Sep. 30, 2021 18:50 PM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday affirmed a man's conviction on three felony counts of dogfighting. Tommie Queen was arrested in November 2017 and found guilty in November 2019. Adams County Circuit Judge Debra Blackwell gave him a...