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Mississippi could drop Jim Crow-era statewide voting process

Posted less than 6 hours ago in State

Mississippi just ditched its Confederate-themed state flag. Later this year, the state's voters will decide whether to dump a statewide election process that dates to the Jim Crow era.



Hospitalization rising for COVID-19 cases in Mississippi

Posted yesterday in State

Mississippi is seeing a steady increase of patients hospitalized with confirmed or suspected cases of the new coronavirus.



90 years later, Prohibition officially ending in Mississippi

Posted yesterday in State

The state of Mississippi is officially ending Prohibition, almost 90 years after alcohol was legalized in the United States.



Mississippi tightens its belt for new state budget year

Posted yesterday in State

Mississippi government is on track to spend less during the new budget year than it did during the one that just ended, as questions remain about the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.



New leader appointed for Mississippi Highway Patrol

Posted yesterday in State

The Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol has a new leader.



Democrat Dortch leaves Mississippi House to lead state ACLU

Posted yesterday in State

A Democratic member of the Mississippi House has stepped down and will become the new state director of the American Civil Liberties Union.



Mississippi pausing reopening process after COVID surge

Posted 7/2/2020 in State

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Wednesday the state is pausing its efforts to reopen the economy after a recent surge in new reported coronavirus cases.



Former lawmaker retires as Mississippi's top tax collector

Posted 7/2/2020 in State

Mississippi's top tax collector is retiring after four years in that job, and Republican Gov. Tate Reeves will nominate someone to succeed him.



Old times not forgotten: Mississippi furls rebel-themed flag

Posted 7/2/2020 in State

Mississippi officials held a ceremony Wednesday to retire the former state flag and send it to a history museum, a day after Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed a law stripping official status from the last state banner in the U.S. that included the Confederate battle emblem.



Mississippi bill would give thousands a chance at parole

Posted 7/2/2020 in State

The Mississippi Legislature has passed a bill that could grant thousands of incarcerated inmates a chance at parole.



Bills to help former prisoners re-enter workforce 'dead'

Posted 7/2/2020 in State

Two criminal justice bills aimed at helping former prisoners re-enter the workforce have stalled in the Mississippi Legislature after lawmakers couldn't come to an agreement.



With a pen stroke, Mississippi drops Confederate-themed flag

Posted 7/1/2020 in State

With a stroke of the governor's pen, Mississippi is retiring the last state flag in the U.S. with the Confederate battle emblem -- a symbol that's widely condemned as racist.



Netflix invests $10M in Black-owned credit union in south

Posted 7/1/2020 in State

Netflix on Tuesday announced a $10 million investment in a Mississippi-based credit union to build economic opportunities in Black communities across the Deep South.



Mississippi Mayor: ANTIFA not coming, COVID-19 not a hoax

Posted 6/30/2020 in State

In the Mississippi city where Elvis Presley was born, the mayor announced last week that masks would be required in public buildings and businesses starting Monday because of the COVID-19 pandemic -- and he used the opportunity to debunk an array of rumors.


128-37: Mississippi votes to change flag

Posted 6/29/2020 in State

Mississippi will retire the last state flag in the U.S. with the Confederate battle emblem, more than a century after legislators adopted the design a generation after the South lost the Civil War.

Mississippi announces 550 new reported COVID cases

Posted 6/29/2020 in State

The Mississippi Department of Health announced an additional 550 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus Friday, after record-high numbers reported the day before.


Bill proposes $50M to expand broadband access for students

Posted 6/29/2020 in State

Legislation in the Mississippi House proposes using $50 million of the state's federal coronavirus relief funding to improve broadband access for students in underserved areas during the pandemic.



Court rules officer's fatal shooting of Black man justified

Posted 6/29/2020 in State

An appeals court has upheld a ruling that a Mississippi police officer was justified when he fatally shot a Black Louisiana man, who called police after a car crash.


'It's been time to get rid of that flag': Local legislators react to vote on flag bill

Posted 6/27/2020 in State

Golden Triangle legislators overwhelmingly supported the resolution passed in the state Capitol Saturday to suspend legislative deadlines and allow for a bill to change the state flag.


Lobbying grows against Mississippi's rebel-themed flag

Posted 6/26/2020 in State

University coaches and Christian ministers filled the Mississippi Capitol on Thursday, urging legislators to seize the moment and remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag while Americans are reckoning with difficult discussions about race and history.



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