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Many attendees of a rally at the Mississippi Capitol in Jackson, carried signs that protested conditions in prisons where inmates have been killed in violent clashes in recent weeks, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. They called upon the administration to specifically close the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, where a number of deaths have occurred. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi governor: Close part of notorious state prison

Jan. 27, 2020 7:38 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi will take steps to close part of a state prison that has been rocked by deadly violence and beset by longstanding problems such as broken toilets and moldy showers, Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday in his first State of the State address. At least 12 inmates have died in...

FILE - This file photo combination shows Mike Espy, left, a former congressman and former U.S. agriculture secretary, on Oct. 5, 2018, and U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., on Nov. 5, 2018, both in Jackson, Miss. If Espy and Hyde-Smith win their respective party's primaries, they will face each other in the November 2020 general election. Hyde-Smith defeated Espy in a November 2018 special election. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Mississippi will have Democratic primary for US Senate

Jan. 10, 2020 6:36 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy is aiming for a rematch of a U.S. Senate race that he lost to Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith in Mississippi in 2018, in hopes of reversing the outcome. To compete with her in November, he will first have to push past two candidates in the Democratic...

U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., left, thanks fellow Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, of Mississippi, second from left, Lt. Gov.-elect Delbert Hosemann, center, and former Mississippi Republican Gov. Haley Barbour, for supporting her bid for re-election, Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at state GOP headquarters in Jackson, Miss. Hyde-Smith filed papers to run at party headquarters, with many Republican elected officials in attendance. She is expected to campaign by emphasizing her loyalty to President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Trump-loyal Mississippi senator qualifies for reelection

Jan. 3, 2020 4:06 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi filed papers Friday to run for reelection, emphasizing her loyalty to President Donald Trump on border security and other issues. Speaking to more than 100 supporters at the state GOP headquarters, Hyde-Smith recalled how she backed...

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2019 file photo, an abortion opponent sings to herself outside the Jackson Womens Health Organization clinic in Jackson, Miss. A federal appeals court declared Friday, Dec. 13, 2019 that Mississippi's ban on abortion at 15 weeks is unconstitutional, dealing a blow to those seeking to overturn the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi 15-week abortion ban is blocked by appeals court

Dec. 13, 2019 9:11 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court declared Friday that Mississippi's ban on abortion at 15 weeks is unconstitutional, dealing a blow to those seeking to overturn the landmark Supreme Courtruling that legalized abortion nationwide. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said U.S. District Judge...