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From a flag to medical marijuana: State ballot will have candidates and issues

JACKSON — Mississippi residents will vote on people and issues in the Nov. 3 general election. The ballot will list candidates for president, U.S. House ... Read more

1 month ago by The Associated Press.

GOP keeps control amid special legislative races

JACKSON (AP) — The Mississippi Legislature is already seeing some turnover just a few months into this four-year term, but it’s not enough to tilt ... Read more

2 months ago by The Associated Press.

Lawsuit seeks clarity on Mississippi voting amid COVID-19

JACKSON (AP) — A new lawsuit says Mississippi’s absentee voting law is confusing and could be applied inconsistently during the coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuit was ... Read more

3 months ago by The Associated Press.

Biden picks Kamala Harris as running mate, first Black woman

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden named California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, making history by selecting the first Black woman ... Read more

3 months ago by The Associated Press.

Flag commission trims new state flag designs down to 147

The Commission to Redesign the Mississippi State Flag considered the nearly 3,000 flag submissions and narrowed their choices to 147. View their choices here: https://picti.net/X7UB8. Commission ... Read more

3 months ago by Staff Reports.

Mississippi farmers can start applying for hemp license

JACKSON (AP) — Mississippi farmers or those interested in becoming farmers can start applying for hemp grower licenses. The license application period began Saturday and ... Read more

3 months ago by The Associated Press.

Flag commission aims for simple flag design

JACKSON (AP) — Nine commissioners designing a new Mississippi flag have the complicated task of choosing a simple design. Mississippi recently retired the last state ... Read more

3 months ago by The Associated Press.

Mississippi National Guard’s largest unit welcomes first female commander

HATTIESBURG — The Mississippi National Guard’s largest unit, the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, welcomed its first female battalion commander during a change of command ... Read more

3 months ago by Staff Reports.

Flag commission calls on residents to submit flag designs

How many times in history do you get the chance to design a state flag? Not many. But, here’s your chance. The Mississippi Department of ... Read more

4 months ago by Staff Reports.

Mississippi’s now-former state flag retired to Museum of Mississippi History

JACKSON (AP) — State officials held a ceremony Wednesday to retire the former state flag and send it to a history museum, a day after ... Read more

4 months ago by The Associated Press.

Reeves signs legislation retiring state’s flag to history

JACKSON — With a stroke of the governor’s pen, Mississippi is retiring the last state flag in the U.S. with the Confederate battle emblem — ... Read more

4 months ago by The Associated Press.

Reeves: We can move on, and with God’s help, we will

Below is the transcript from Gov. Tate Reeves’ speech Tuesday evening moments before he signed legislation retiring the state’s flag: Tonight, I am signing a ... Read more

4 months ago by Staff Reports.

Reeves to sign legislation retiring state’s flag

JACKSON (AP) — Gov. Tate Reeves will sign a bill Tuesday evening to retire the last state flag in the U.S. that includes the Confederate ... Read more

4 months ago by The Associated Press.

Southern Miss cancels commencement set for August

HATTIESBURG (AP) — Class of 2020 graduates from the University of Southern Mississippi are facing yet another delay in getting their diplomas. The university said ... Read more

4 months ago by The Associated Press.

Vicksburg residents, lawmakers celebrate historic votes changing state’s flag

In 2001, then State Rep. George Flaggs Jr. from Vicksburg was surprised, not necessarily by the outcome, but by the margin by which a referendum ... Read more

4 months ago by Tim Reeves.

Indictment: Brandon man threatened to kill Congressman Thompson

JACKSON (AP) — A federal indictment accuses a Brandon man of threatening to kill the state’s only Black U.S. representative and his staffers. The indictment ... Read more

4 months ago by The Associated Press.

Baptists and Walmart criticize rebel-themed Mississippi flag

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Confederate-themed Mississippi flag drew opposition Tuesday from two big forces in the culturally conservative state: Southern Baptists and Walmart. Walmart ... Read more

4 months ago by The Associated Press.

Confederate statue to be moved from central spot at Ole Miss

JACKSON (AP) — A Confederate monument will be moved from a prominent spot at the University of Mississippi to a Civil War cemetery in a ... Read more

4 months ago by The Associated Press.

Move by Hosemann nearly assures death of bill that would change state flag

Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann broke precedent and assigned legislation that would change the state flag, which contains the Confederate battle emblem, to a little-used committee ... Read more

4 months ago by Staff Reports.

Mississippi revises outlook for budget year starting July 1

JACKSON (AP) — Top lawmakers said Monday that Mississippi state government can avoid spending cuts during the final two weeks of the current budget year ... Read more

4 months ago by The Associated Press.

State faces reckoning on Confederate emblem in flag

JACKSON (AP) — The young activists who launched a protest movement after George Floyd’s death are bringing fresh energy to a long-simmering debate about the ... Read more

4 months ago by The Associated Press.

Mississippi sees increase in alcohol sales during pandemic

JACKSON (AP) — Alcohol sales in Mississippi are seeing a big jump during the coronavirus pandemic, the state Department of Revenue says. “Since March 16, ... Read more

4 months ago by The Associated Press.

Arkansas murder suspect shot and killed following pursuit in Oxford

A man who was wanted in connection with an Arkansas murder was shot and killed following a pursuit in Oxford on Friday. According to a ... Read more

5 months ago by Staff Reports.

Study finds drug works against coronavirus

An experimental drug has proved effective against the new coronavirus in a major study, shortening the time it takes for patients to recover by four ... Read more

6 months ago by The Associated Press.

City will give Sports Force Parks a break on contract obligations

City officials will not make Sports Force Parks Vicksburg LLC, which operates and manages Sports Force Parks on the Mississippi, meet its obligations under the company’s ... Read more

7 months ago by John Surratt.

Stuart is making a difference one mask at a time

In these uncertain times, it is nice to know good deeds, acts of kindness and reaching out to those in need are still alive and ... Read more

7 months ago by Terri Cowart Frazier.

Mississippi mulls checking tax info of welfare recipients

JACKSON (AP) — Mississippi is moving toward more intense scrutiny of low-income people on public assistance, an action that comes as a former state welfare ... Read more

8 months ago by The Associated Press.

Hyde-Smith announces $7.5M in additional funding for backwater pumps

An additional $7.5 million has reportedly been allocated to address future flooding issues in the Yazoo Backwater Area. The additional funding was announced Monday by ... Read more

9 months ago by Tim Reeves.

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