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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.



Reeves: Virus outbreak during election year 'unfortunate'

Posted 9/9/2020 in State

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said it's "unfortunate" that the coronavirus pandemic broke out during an election year, adding that the upcoming election has made conversations about the virus overly political.



Kanye West makes presidential ballot in Mississippi

Posted 9/9/2020 in State

Kanye West will appear as a presidential candidate on Mississippi's ballot in November, after being approved as a qualified candidate by the State Board of Election Commissioners on Tuesday.



Mississippi protesters rally against Confederate monument

Posted 9/9/2020 in State

Dozens of demonstrators gathered in a Mississippi county to call for the removal of a Confederate monument officials have previously refused to relocate.



No 7th trial for Mississippi man freed from prison in 2019

Posted 9/9/2020 in State

A Mississippi man freed last year after 22 years in prison will not be tried a seventh time in a quadruple murder case, a judge ruled Friday after prosecutors told him they no longer had any credible witnesses.



Mississippi receives grants to help with rent, utility bills

Posted 9/8/2020 in State

The state of Mississippi has received $24 million in federal grants to help people struggling to pay rent and utility bills during the coronavirus pandemic, the Mississippi Department of Human Services announced Friday.



Confederate statue protest turns tense after militia arrives

Posted 9/5/2020 in State

A protest around a Confederate monument in Harrison County turned tense Thursday night after a militia group wearing bulletproof vests and carrying firearms arrived on site.



Judge: Absentee voting OK with pre-existing health issues

Posted 9/4/2020 in State

Mississippi voters with health conditions that might make them vulnerable to COVID-19 must be allowed to vote by absentee ballot, a state court judge has ruled.



Former Catholic brother returned to face Mississippi charges

Posted 9/4/2020 in State

A former Catholic brother has been extradited from his home state of Wisconsin to Mississippi, where he faces sexual battery charges in a case involving two impoverished Black boys who say they were pressured as men into accepting paltry payouts to settle their abuse claims.



Mississippi governor defends his use of phrase 'China virus'

Posted 9/4/2020 in State

Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves on Wednesday defended his practice of referring to the new coronavirus as the "China virus."


State flag: Magnolia could replace old rebel symbol

Posted 9/3/2020 in State

Mississippi voters will decide whether to accept a new state flag with a magnolia to replace an old one legislators retired under pressure because it included the Confederate battle emblem that's widely seen as racist.


Decision day: Magnolia or shield for new Mississippi flag?

Posted 9/2/2020 in State

A commission on Wednesday is choosing a single proposal to replace a state flag that Mississippi retired because the 126-year-old banner included the Confederate battle emblem that's widely seen as racist.



Mississippi university to rename 'Dixie Darlings' dance team

Posted 9/2/2020 in State

A Mississippi university says it is beginning the process of renaming its dance team, the "Dixie Darlings."



Mississippi extends mask mandate, other limits, by 2 weeks

Posted 9/1/2020 in State

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that he is extending a statewide mask mandate and most other restrictions another two weeks to try to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.



Mississippi governor: No plan for pardon in life sentence for pot

Posted 9/1/2020 in State

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that he's not currently thinking about pardoning a woman who is serving a life sentence after she was caught with marijuana during a traffic stop and was sentenced as a habitual offender because of previous convictions.


Analysis: Push to revise parole survives despite gov's veto

Posted 8/31/2020 in State

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves killed a bill but not an idea when he vetoed the Mississippi Correctional Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2020, which would have made more inmates eligible for the possibility of parole.

After victories, Medicaid expansion revisited in state

Posted 8/31/2020 in State

After voters expanded Medicaid in conservative states like Missouri and Oklahoma, health care advocates are renewing a push for expansion in Mississippi and other Southern states where Republican leaders have long been opposed.


Virus mask dispute disrupts city meeting in Mississippi

Posted 8/28/2020 in State

Elected officials in a Mississippi city got into a dispute after some refused to wear masks to guard against the new coronavirus, prompting the mayor to clear out the room and enforce social distancing between board members after the meeting restarted.



Lawsuit: Mississippi voting laws cause risk during pandemic

Posted 8/28/2020 in State

Mississippi election laws could force people to choose between their health and their constitutional right to cast a ballot, according to a lawsuit that voting-rights groups filed Thursday to challenge the state's restrictions on absentee voting.



US and Mississippi sue Hattiesburg over wastewater problems

Posted 8/28/2020 in State

The U.S. government and the state of Mississippi are suing Hattiesburg over alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act, including the release of untreated sewage.


New Mississippi cases still high, but virus hospitalizations declining

Posted 8/27/2020 in State

Mississippi is reporting a higher number of new cases of coronavirus per capita each day than any other U.S. state, according to Johns Hopkins University data analyzed by The Associated Press. The data was evaluated over a 14-day period.


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