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Mississippi governor: 'College football is essential'

Posted less than 1 hour ago in State

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves described college football -- even amid the coronavirus pandemic -- as "essential" Tuesday, his comments echoing a tweet President Donald Trump posted the day before and coming on the same day his Republican counterpart in Florida also pushed for games to be held this fall.



Agency swats down prospect of mosquito flag for Mississippi

Posted less than 1 hour ago in State

Mississippi will not put a huge mosquito on its new state flag.



Reeves: Mississippi can't afford jobless benefit supplement

Posted less than 1 hour ago in State

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves says the state cannot afford $100 per recipient, per week, to bolster unemployment payments during the coronavirus pandemic. But, the Republican governor is praising President Donald Trump for proposing that states provide the money.



Mississippi lawmakers leave without Marine Resources budget

Posted less than 1 hour ago in State

Mississippi legislators left the Capitol on Tuesday without setting a budget for the state Department of Marine Resources.



Over 500 people tested for COVID in experimental initiative

Posted less than 1 hour ago in State

More than 500 people in one of the poorest counties in Mississippi were tested for the coronavirus by the state Department of Health over the past week as part of a new experimental initiative to slow the spread of the virus by community transmission.



Mississippi flag design process: Elvis has left the building

Posted yesterday in State

The new Mississippi state flag will not include beer cans, crawfish, a caramel cake, Elvis or Kermit the Frog.



Mask up: Mississippi lawmakers return amid coronavirus outbreak

Posted yesterday in State

Most Mississippi legislators wore masks and practiced social distancing Monday as they returned to the state Capitol for the first time since the start of the largest coronavirus outbreak in any statehouse in the U.S.



Mississippi school funding feud resolved with veto, new bill

Posted yesterday in State

Mississippi legislators returned to the Capitol on Monday and resolved a dispute over education funding for the budget year that began July 1.



Analysis: Budget dispute goes to one judge in Hinds County

Posted 8/10/2020 in State

Mississippi Republican legislative leaders helped defeat a 2015 education initiative by arguing that if someone sued the state over school funding, one judge in Hinds County would make budget decisions for the whole state.



Mississippi lawmakers returning to work on state budget

Posted 8/10/2020 in State

Mississippi legislators are returning to the Capitol to wrap up unfinished parts of the state budget as leaders are clashing with Republican Gov. Tate Reeves.



Three suspects arrested in death of off-duty Mississippi trooper

Posted 8/10/2020 in State

Three people are in custody on murder charges in the shooting death of an off-duty Mississippi trooper, authorities said Saturday.



Autopsies set for 3 latest inmate deaths in Mississippi

Posted 8/10/2020 in State

The Mississippi Department of Corrections says three inmates from three different prisons have died after being hospitalized.



4 poultry plant execs indicted after 2019 immigration raid

Posted 8/10/2020 in State

Four executives from two Mississippi poultry processing plants have been indicted on federal charges tied to one of the largest workplace immigration raids in the U.S. in the past decade.



Program will provide work training to those hurt by pandemic

Posted 8/8/2020 in State

Gov. Tate Reeves has announced a $55 million initiative to create workforce training programs at community colleges and offer financial incentives to employers to hire individuals who have lost work due to the coronavirus.



Mississippi schools delayed by mandate can cut from calendar

Posted 8/8/2020 in State

The Mississippi State Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to allow school districts mandated by the governor to delay the start of the school year because of the coronavirus the ability to cut up to 10 days from their academic calendars.



Mississippi schools not required to disclose COVID outbreaks

Posted 8/6/2020 in State

A Mississippi school district that has seen a handful of coronavirus cases among students since reopening for in-person classes last week is doing a good job of being transparent with the public, the governor and the state's top health official said Wednesday.



Tribe, economy, even cemeteries hurt as virus hits Choctaws

Posted 8/6/2020 in State

When Sharon Taylor died of coronavirus, her family -- standing apart, wearing masks -- sang her favorite hymns at her graveside, next to a tiny headstone for her stillborn daughter, buried 26 years ago. Fresh flowers marked row after row of new graves.



Mississippi House leaders sue governor over partial vetoes

Posted 8/6/2020 in State

The two top leaders of the Mississippi House are suing Gov. Tate Reeves over his partial veto of some state budget bills, setting up another conflict among some of the state's top Republicans.


Mississippi gets statewide mask mandate

Posted 8/5/2020 in State

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Tuesday that he's setting a statewide order for people to wear masks in public amid a recent surge in cases of the new coronavirus. The Republican also delayed the start of the school year for upper grades in eight counties that are hard-hit by COVID-19.


In Lee County, Mississippi: No vote on moving rebel statue

Posted 8/5/2020 in State

A Mississippi county named for a Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee is keeping a Confederate monument outside a courthouse -- at least for now.



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