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GOP governor and attorney general's races headline runoff

Posted yesterday in State

Mississippi Republicans head to the polls Tuesday to decide nominees for governor and attorney general, while some Republicans will vote for a transportation commissioner nominee and some Democrats will vote for a public service commissioner nominee.



Democrat Hood wants 3 debates in Mississippi governor's race

Posted yesterday in State

The Democratic nominee for Mississippi governor said Thursday that no matter who wins the Republican nomination next week, he wants to debate that person three times before the general election.



Mississippi Republican governor candidates spar in debate

Posted 8/22/2019 in State

Two Republicans running for Mississippi governor were asked during a televised debate Wednesday night to name one disagreement they've had with current Republican Gov. Phil Bryant.



New Mississippi boat maker invests $1.6M and hires 75

Posted 8/22/2019 in State

A new company has begun making boats in northeast Mississippi and hired 75 people.



Judge acquits Mississippi lawmaker accused of punching wife

Posted 8/21/2019 in State

A judge on Tuesday acquitted a Mississippi lawmaker of a domestic violence charge in which he was accused of punching his wife in the face because she didn't undress quickly enough when he wanted to have sex.



Ex-Governor Barbour backs Reeves in Mississippi GOP runoff

Posted 8/21/2019 in State

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Tuesday that he is supporting Tate Reeves for the Republican nomination for governor.



45 Mississippi counties primary agriculture disaster areas

Posted 8/21/2019 in State

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has named 45 Mississippi counties primary natural disaster areas because of freezing, flooding, flash flooding and excessive rain.



Mississippi steps toward scrapping high school history test

Posted 8/21/2019 in State

Mississippi education officials are taking another step toward scrapping a now-required U.S. history test.



Ex-publisher and political staffer Wayne Weidie dies at 78

Posted 8/21/2019 in State

Wayne Weidie, a former Mississippi newspaper publisher and political columnist who later became a congressional aide, has died. He was 78.



Analysis: Republicans line up to support immigration arrests

Posted 8/19/2019 in State

Many Mississippi Republican officials see the immigration raids on seven chicken processing plants earlier this month not only as good policy, but as good politics.



4 Louisiana men to plead guilty in Mississippi bribe scheme

Posted 8/19/2019 in State

Four Louisiana men say they'll plead guilty to charges that they tried to bribe a Mississippi sheriff with $2,000 in casino chips, seeking lucrative jail contracts.



O'Rourke visits town targeted by 'terrifying' ICE raids

Posted 8/17/2019 in State

Beto O'Rourke on Friday became the first Democratic presidential candidate to visit one of the Mississippi towns where federal immigration agents raided chicken processing plants and arrested nearly 700 people -- kicking off a new phase of his campaign he says will focus on President Donald Trump's damaging policies.



Advocates: Mississippi plant fires workers left after raid

Posted 8/16/2019 in State

A Mississippi chicken processing plant fired most of its remaining workers after nearly 100 accused of immigration violations were arrested last week, witnesses said, an indication that the crackdown could make finding work in the state's poultry industry more difficult for Latino immigrants.



White sheriff's text: Lawmaker 'worse than a black person'

Posted 8/15/2019 in State

A Mississippi sheriff said in a text message to another white elected official that a Hispanic state lawmaker is "worse than a black person."



Mississippi could drop high school history exam

Posted 8/15/2019 in State

One of the four tests that Mississippi public school students take in high school may be going away. A testing task force voted by email last week to recommend that the state Board of Education scrap a now-required U.S. history test.



Oxford becomes latest Mississippi government to ban kratom

Posted 8/15/2019 in State

Another north Mississippi government is banning the sale of kratom, a legal but unregulated herbal product.



US homeland security chief: Racism is fueling some terrorism

Posted 8/14/2019 in State

White supremacist ideology is helping fuel domestic terrorism in the United States, the head of Homeland Security said Tuesday.



Foster backs Waller in Republican runoff for Mississippi governor

Posted 8/14/2019 in State

The candidate eliminated from the Republican primary for Mississippi governor is endorsing former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. for the party nomination.



After Mississippi ICE raids, job fair draws hopeful workers

Posted 8/13/2019 in State

Days after immigration agents arrested 680 Latino workers in a massive workplace sting at seven Mississippi chicken processing plants, job seekers flocked to an employment fair Monday in hopes of filling some of those now-empty positions.



Analysis: Runoff candidates need to keep voters motivated

Posted 8/12/2019 in State

Mississippi candidates working toward Aug. 27 party primary runoffs have two important tasks: keep the base motivated and find new voters.



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