Latest Mississippi state government News

Two new members nominated for state health board

Nov. 29, 2021 17:32 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An obstetrician-gynecologist and a pharmacist have been nominated by Gov. Tate Reeves to join the Mississippi State Board of Health. Dr. James Patrick “Pat” Chaney and Dr. Lee Ann Griffin are both graduates of Mississippi public universities....

Mississippi's Reeves touts anti-abortion law before hearing

Nov. 28, 2021 18:04 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Ahead of oral arguments Wednesday at the U.S. Supreme Court, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on Sunday defended the state's 2018 law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The Republican Reeves told NBC's “Meet the Press” that he believed...

Mississippi unveils mobile ID program -- an app for phones

Nov. 27, 2021 09:12 AM EST

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is unveiling a new app that’s designed to store someone’s driver license on their phone. The app is being billed as a safe and effective way to make sure your ID is always on you, WLOX-TV reported. ...

Some families still waiting for pandemic food benefits

Nov. 24, 2021 14:41 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Department of Human Services officials say inaccurate data provided by school districts is leading to delays in families receiving pandemic food cards. Meanwhile, families say they are waiting hours on hold when they to reach out to...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Nov. 24, 2021 13:36 PM EST

Greenwood Commonwealth. Nov. 20, 2021. Editorial: Entergy’s Big Bet On Renewables It doesn’t seem all that long ago when Entergy had grand plans for nuclear power. But a recent announcement by the utility company shows how much things have...

Attorney wins state senate seat in eastern Mississippi

Nov. 24, 2021 11:28 AM EST

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — An attorney won a seat in the state senate representing eastern Mississippi during a special election Tuesday. According to complete, but unofficial returns, Rod Hickman won the runoff against optometrist Dr. Minh Duong, getting 60% of the vote,...

Mississippi loses Supreme Court water fight with Tennessee

Nov. 22, 2021 16:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court on Monday rejected a claim that the Memphis, Tennessee, area has been taking water that belongs to Mississippi from an underground aquifer that sits beneath parts of both states. The high court's first decision of the term...

COVID-19 state of emergency allowed to end in Mississippi

Nov. 21, 2021 08:14 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's state of emergency order related to the coronavirus has expired, with Republican Gov. Tate Reeves citing increased coronavirus vaccine numbers and declining hospitalizations related to the pandemic. The state of emergency related to...

Mississippi executes man who killed wife, terrorized family

Nov. 17, 2021 21:55 PM EST

PARCHMAN, Miss. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to killing his estranged wife and sexually assaulting her young daughter as her mother lay dying was put to death Wednesday evening, becoming the first inmate executed in Mississippi in nine years. ...

Favre misses payment of $228K in welfare case, auditor says

Nov. 16, 2021 20:01 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Retired NFL player Brett Favre missed a deadline to pay $228,000 in interest on welfare money he was paid for a public speaking contract he did not fulfill, the Mississippi state auditor said Tuesday. Auditor Shad White said he is turning the...