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Supreme Court Justice Kenny Griffis greets a lunchtime crowd outside Mama Hamil's Restaurant in Madison, Miss., Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, as he campaigns for their vote in Tuesday's general election. Griffis faces Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Latrice Westbrooks, who is seeking to become the first African American woman on the Mississippi Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Griffis certified as winner of Mississippi high court race

Nov. 20, 2020 3:10 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi election commissioners on Friday certified that Kenny Griffis of Ridgeland won a Supreme Court race in the central part of the state. Final results from the Nov. 3 election show that Griffis received 52% and challenger Latrice Westbrooks of Lexington received 48%. Griffis...

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves expresses his concern over the growing number of people testing positive with coronavirus statewide, during a press briefing with members of the state's COVID-19 response team, Monday, July 20, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi governor proposes phasing out state income tax

Nov. 16, 2020 6:02 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that the state should phase out its individual income tax by 2030 to attract new residents and businesses that could boost economic growth. “We, as a state, need to think big,” said Reeves, a Republican who became governor in...

Voters slowly make their way through the long line at the J.T. Neely Building at Veterans Park in Tupelo Miss., Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, as they and others vote for the next president.(Thomas Wells/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via AP)

Mississippi U.S. reps keep seats, medical marijuana passes

Nov. 4, 2020 1:34 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is sending all four of its U.S. House members back to Washington. Two Republicans — Trent Kelly and Michael Guest — and the state federal delegation’s sole Democrat, Bennie Thompson, all bested challengers on Election Day. Republican Rep. Steve Palazzo...

Incumbents face challenges in Mississippi House, court races

Oct. 31, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Three out of four incumbents in Mississippi's U.S. Congressional Districts are facing challenges on Election Day. Two Republicans — Trent Kelly and Michael Guest — and the state federal delegation's sole Democrat, Bennie Thompson. Also on the ballot are several Supreme...

Southwest Airlines returning to Mississippi airport in 2021

Oct. 22, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Southwest Airlines will start offering flights to and from Mississippi's capital city in 2021, about seven years after the low-cost carrier stopped the service. Southwest board chairman and CEO Gary C. Kelly said in a third-quarter financial statement Thursday that in the the first...

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., speaks as Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Health Adm. Brett Giroir, Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Dr. Bob Kadlec, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield appear at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on a

Analysis: Same names, some new dynamics in US Senate contest

Oct. 18, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's 2020 U.S. Senate race has the same top candidates as in 2018 — Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith and challenger Mike Espy. The world is different because of the coronavirus pandemic, which puts new emphasis on the candidates' differences over health care...

Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mo., speaks during a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee oversight hearing to examine the Environmental Protection Agency, Wednesday, May 20, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (Al Drago/Pool via AP)

Engineers' report bolsters proposed Mississippi pump project

Oct. 16, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday published a draft of a new environmental impact statement that supports a proposal for massive pumps to drain floodwaters from parts of the rural Mississippi Delta — a reversal of a previous federal report that said the project would...

Mike Espy speaks to reporters, in Jackson, Miss., prior to winning the Democratic nomination for a U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. After his victory Tuesday, he will face Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Libertarian candidate Jimmy Edwards in November. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Espy: Hyde-Smith 'disrespecting' Mississippi by not debating

Oct. 14, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Democratic challenger Mike Espy on Wednesday criticized Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith for not accepting invitations to debate him. Espy said the incumbent senator is depriving Mississippi voters of a chance to make a direct comparison between them on issues. He said, for...

Mississippi Supreme Court candidate looks to bring diversity

Oct. 12, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A challenger in a Mississippi Supreme Court election said Monday that she would bring diversity of perspective and experience to a court that has had only four women among the 137 justices who have served during the state's history. Judge Latrice Westbrooks of Lexington is seeking to...

Mike Espy readies to speak with reporters in Jackson, Miss., after winning the Democratic nomination for a U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. After his victory Tuesday, he will face Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Libertarian candidate Jimmy Edwards in November. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Biden endorses Democrat Espy in Mississippi US Senate race

Sep. 30, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss (AP) — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is endorsing Mike Espy in Mississippi's U.S. Senate race as the former agriculture secretary again tries to unseat Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, a Republican loyal to President Donald Trump. Hyde-Smith was appointed to the Senate in the spring of 2018...