Latest Mississippi state government News

State law enforcement official named to public safety post

Jul. 23, 2021 08:44 AM EDT

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety has named on of its officials to oversee its officer-involved shootings division along with other responsibilities. Commissioner Sean Tindell this week announced the appointment of Maj. Charles Haynes to Coordinator of...

Mississippi argues Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade

Jul. 22, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court should overturn its landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide and let states decide whether to regulate abortion before a fetus can survive outside the womb, the office of Mississippi's Republican attorney general argued in papers...

Jackson reviews water system staff to comply with EPA order

Jul. 22, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Officials in Mississippi’s capital city said Thursday that they’re confident they can meet the first deadlines in an agreement with the federal government on steps to improve the quality of Jackson’s drinking water. The initial tasks include...

Mississippi lawmakers work toward medical marijuana program

Jul. 22, 2021 13:27 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two Mississippi lawmakers say they're continuing to work on proposals to create a medical marijuana program, two months after the state Supreme Court invalidated one that voters had approved. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported that...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jul. 21, 2021 13:45 PM EDT

Tupelo Daily Journal. July 14, 2021. Editorial: Lawmakers don’t need gifts to pass good laws Mississippi has some of the weakest laws in the nation governing lobbyist spending on lawmakers. There are no limits on how much lobbyists can spend on...

Mississippi Lt Gov: Corps ignored spillway operating manual

Jul. 20, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers ignored its own operating manual when it twice opened a Mississippi River spillway in 2019, causing an environmental and economic disaster in Mississippi and Louisiana, Mississippi Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann said Tuesday. He...

Top doctor: Mississippi faces 'rough few weeks' with COVID

Jul. 20, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi state health officer on Tuesday implored people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as a highly transmissible variant of the virus is spreading a state with one of the lowest vaccination rates in the U.S. “Y'all, we're going to...

Health officer: Mississippi seeing '4th wave' of COVID cases

Jul. 19, 2021 17:21 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's top public health official said Monday that the state is seeing a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in July. “4th wave is here,” Dr. Thomas Dobbs, the state health officer, wrote on Twitter. The Mississippi...

Ex-lawmaker joins Mississippi Archives and History board

Jul. 19, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former state lawmaker is the newest member of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History Board of Trustees. Trustees met Friday and elected Kimberly L. Campbell of Jackson to finish a six-year term started by former state Supreme Court...

Analysis: Mississippi lawmakers could set Parole Board path

Jul. 18, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators will decide next year whether to keep the state Parole Board as a separate entity or transfer the board's functions to the Department of Corrections. Some state agencies come up for review every few years. The law...