Latest Mississippi News

In mostly abortion-free Mississippi, court battle continues

Jan. 28, 2023 08:55 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A physicians' group based in the Midwest lacks legal standing to challenge a 25-year-old Mississippi Supreme Court ruling recognizing a right to abortion under the state constitution, lawyers for six women who support abortion rights argued in court papers filed Friday. ...

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...

Falcons hire defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen from Saints

Jan. 27, 2023 19:18 PM EST

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons found their new defensive coordinator from an NFC South rival’s coaching staff on Friday by hiring Ryan Nielsen, the former New Orleans Saints co-defensive coordinator. Nielsen replaces Dean Pees, 73, who retired on Jan. 9 following...

Federal sentencing delayed in Mississippi welfare fraud case

Jan. 27, 2023 13:51 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge signed an order Friday to indefinitely delay sentencing of a former Mississippi welfare director in a case about misspending money that was intended to help needy families in one of the poorest states in the U.S. John Davis pleaded guilty to...

Jesmyn Ward novel 'Let Us Descend' to be published Oct. 3

Jan. 27, 2023 09:12 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The next novel by Jesmyn Ward, the two-time National Book Award winner, is the story of an enslaved teenage girl that the publisher is calling a blend of magical realism, historical narrative and Dante's “Inferno.” Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster,...

Davis, FAU win school-record 19th straight, beat Middle Tenn

Jan. 26, 2023 22:13 PM EST

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Johnell Davis scored 25 points as No. 21 Florida Atlantic won its school-record 19th straight game, beating Middle Tennessee 85-67 Thursday night. The victory gave FAU (20-1, 9-0 Conference USA) only the second 20-win season in the program’s Division I...

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...

Hosemann: Strengthen penalties for carjacking, other crimes

Jan. 26, 2023 17:22 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann said Thursday that he wants to set stronger penalties for carjacking, resisting arrest and fleeing from law enforcement officers. The proposals are being considered during an election year when lawmakers and statewide...

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,...