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Mississippi legislators to revise some virus relief spending

Posted less than 6 hours ago in State

Mississippi lawmakers are returning to the Capitol to reconsider how the state is spending some coronavirus relief money from the federal government



Biden endorses Espy in Mississippi Senate race

Posted less than 6 hours ago in State

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.



Officials request federal audit of internet provided by AT&T

Posted yesterday in State

The state of Mississippi on Tuesday questioned whether AT&T has adequately followed through on a federally funded initiative to make internet service available to residents as officials asked the U.S. government to perform an audit into the matter.



Sales of Mississippi lottery tickets exceeding expectations

Posted yesterday in State

Sales of Mississippi lottery tickets are surpassing estimates, with proceeds averaging about $10 million or more a week statewide.



Mississippi middle school in quarantine after virus outbreak

Posted yesterday in State

An entire middle school in Mississippi is in quarantine after more than a dozen students tested positive for coronavirus.



Another Mississippi school removing its Confederate name

Posted yesterday in State

Confederate President Jefferson Davis's name will be removed from a school in the city where he his final years on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.



Mississippi: 'Fake' letter claims mask mandate abolished

Posted 9/29/2020 in State

A letter circulating on social media claiming to be from the office of Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves and abolishing the statewide mask mandate is fake, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency officials said Sunday.



Analysis: Lawsuit lingers long after bitter 2014 Senate race

Posted 9/28/2020 in State

Six years after a contentious U.S. Senate race that divided Mississippi Republicans and more than a year after the death of the incumbent who won, a civil lawsuit connected to the case is still winding through the courts.



University of Southern Mississippi creates free COVID course

Posted 9/28/2020 in State

The University of Southern Mississippi is offering a free online course aimed to educate the public about the coronavirus.



Mississippi gov: Don't let politics hinder virus vaccination

Posted 9/24/2020 in State

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on Wednesday praised the Trump administration's efforts to make a coronavirus vaccine available to the public in the next few months and asked residents not to allow political divisions to stop them from getting vaccinated when the time comes.



Attorneys: Mississippi gov properly vetoed parts of bills

Posted 9/23/2020 in State

Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves acted within his constitutional powers when he issued partial vetoes of budget bills this year, the state attorney general's office is arguing in court papers.



4 special elections will fill Mississippi legislative seats

Posted 9/22/2020 in State

Four nonpartisan special elections are being held to fill vacant seats in the Mississippi Legislature.



Gunn: Mississippi legislators to return by early October

Posted 9/22/2020 in State

Mississippi legislators will probably return to the Capitol before Oct. 5 to examine how the state is spending coronavirus relief money it received from the federal government, Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn said Monday.


Analysis: Quirky or serious, legal opinions guide officials

Posted 9/21/2020 in State

Can a Mississippi school district give financial rewards to students who do well on college entrance exams? Can a city government remove a dilapidated building if the owner does not do it? Is the sheriff's son allowed to work as a volunteer deputy?


Mississippi State Fair set to go on with COVID-19 rules

Posted 9/19/2020 in State

Mississippi is planning to go ahead with its annual state fair in early October with new rules to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.



Mississippi justices: No broad absentee voting amid COVID-19

Posted 9/19/2020 in State

Mississippi law does not allow absentee voting by all people who have health conditions that might make them vulnerable to COVID-19, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday.



Teacher fired for refusing to work in crowded classroom

Posted 9/19/2020 in State

A Mississippi teacher says she was fired after refusing to teach in a crowded classroom amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


AT&T will provide records after a government subpoena

Posted 9/18/2020 in State

Major telecommunications conglomerate AT&T has agreed to provide the state of Mississippi records detailing how it used the almost $284 million it was paid by the federal government to expand internet access in the state.

Mississippi extends mask mandate, eases other virus rules

Posted 9/15/2020 in State

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves is extending a statewide mask mandate through the end of September, saying Monday he believes it is helping slow the spread of the new coronavirus.


Analysis: Mississippi ballot will have candidates and issues

Posted 9/14/2020 in State

Mississippi residents will vote on people and issues in the Nov. 3 general election. The ballot will list candidates for president, U.S. House and Senate and state Supreme Court. Three issues are on the ballot.



Fifth indicted in a scheme to rig state education contracts

Posted 9/14/2020 in State

A Memphis lawyer has been indicted for conspiring with a former top official in the Mississippi Department of Education to rig contracts and steal public money, authorities said Friday.



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