Latest Mississippi state government News

Q&A: How Ted Henifin plans to fix Jackson's water system

Dec. 08, 2022 14:42 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The manager appointed by the U.S. Department of Justice to help fix the long-troubled water system in Mississippi’s capital has an expansive list of reforms on his plate. Over one year, Ted Henifin intends to make substantial progress on all of them. ...

Judge allows Mississippi execution amid inmates’ lawsuit

Dec. 08, 2022 10:36 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that he will not block Mississippi from carrying out with next week’s scheduled execution of an inmate who is suing the state over its use of three drugs for lethal injections. Thomas Edwin Loden Jr., 58, faces a Dec. 14 execution...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Dec. 07, 2022 13:47 PM EST

Columbus Dispatch. December 6, 2022. Editorial: Ethics Commission’s ruling is a blow to open government Mississippi has the appearance of a representative government. Legislators — 52 senators and 122 representatives — from all parts of the state...

Mississippi grain company's ex-CEO indicted on fraud charges

Dec. 06, 2022 19:08 PM EST

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The former leader of a Mississippi grain storage and processing company has been indicted on federal and state charges, more than a year after the company filed for bankruptcy, prosecutors said Tuesday. John R. Coleman, 46, of Greenwood, Mississippi, is the...

Mississippi budget blueprint has slight spending increases

Dec. 06, 2022 17:14 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Top legislators are recommending only a slight increase in Mississippi state government spending for the coming year, even as Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn renews his push to eliminate the state income tax. Mississippi's 2023 budget year ends June 30,...

DOJ appointee eyes 1-year window for Jackson water upgrades

Dec. 05, 2022 18:06 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The manager appointed by the U.S. Department of Justice to oversee reforms to the beleaguered water system in Mississippi's capital city said he hopes to wrap up work in one year or less. Ted Henifin outlined his intended time frame during a news conference...

Mississippi revises demands on Favre in welfare lawsuit

Dec. 05, 2022 15:37 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Human Services on Monday changed its demands against retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre in a lawsuit that seeks repayment of misspent welfare money that was intended to help some of the poorest people in the U.S. The department...

Man pleads guilty to federal hate crime for cross burning

Dec. 02, 2022 17:28 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man who burned a cross in his front yard to intimidate his Black neighbors pleaded guilty to a hate crime in federal court, the Justice Department announced Friday. Axel Cox, 24, of Gulfport, was charged with violating the Fair Housing Act over...

Judge OKs federal intervention in struggling water system

Nov. 30, 2022 18:57 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department has won a federal judge's approval to carry out a rare intervention to improve the precarious water system in Mississippi’s capital city, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Wednesday, months after the system's partial failure. ...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Nov. 30, 2022 16:51 PM EST

Tupelo Daily Journal. November 26, 2022. Editorial: Lawmakers should consider tax break on baby supplies In his executive budget proposal, Gov. Tate Reeves called for the complete elimination of the state income tax. This has been a bad idea for the past few years...