Proposed effort could revive Mississippi’s rebel-themed flag

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Some Mississippi residents are rebelling against the Legislature’s decision to retire a Confederate-themed state flag, and they are being encouraged by conservative legislators who fought the change. Organizers of a group called Let Mississippi Vote said Monday that they are starting an initiative to put the retired flag and three other […]

2020 primary takeaways: Joe Biden’s nomination to lose

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden’s path to the Democratic presidential nomination widened significantly Tuesday with commanding victories in Mississippi, Missouri and Michigan, a state that his rival Bernie Sanders won four years ago. Key takeaways: IT’S BIDEN’S NOMINATION TO LOSE Biden has become the reliable Buick of this race. His momentum accelerated as he broadened […]

Republican Lt. Gov. Reeves wins Mississippi governor’s race

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republicans are keeping their hold on the governorship in Mississippi, despite facing the best-funded Democrat to run for the position in more than a decade. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves on Tuesday defeated Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood and two candidates who ran low-budget campaigns. Reeves will succeed Gov. Phil Bryant, who […]

‘Here we go again’: Judge blocks Mississippi abortion ban

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, at about six weeks of pregnancy. “Here we go again,” U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves wrote in his order. “Mississippi has passed another law banning abortions prior to viability.” His […]

Jury awards $250,000 to woman jailed without seeing a judge

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi jury awarded $250,000 in damages Tuesday to a woman jailed 96 days without seeing a judge, a case spotlighting how Mississippi still struggles to provide access to lawyers or bail to people jailed before trial. The verdict included $200,000 in damages against Choctaw County Sheriff Cloyd Halford and $50,000 […]

GOP US Sen. Hyde-Smith wins runoff, keeps her seat

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith won the Mississippi runoff Tuesday, defeating a former federal official who hoped to become the state’s first African-American senator since Reconstruction and who attempted to play race as an issue in the campaign. President Donald Trump made a strong effort on behalf of Hyde-Smith, holding last-minute […]

No. 1 Alabama blows past Mississippi 62-7

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Top-ranked Alabama faced a rare bit of adversity Saturday night when Mississippi’s first offensive play turned into a 75-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Ta’amu to D.K. Metcalf. The angst lasted a grand total of 11 seconds. Alabama wasn’t going to let one play shake its confidence. Unleashing a relentless onslaught from […]

At least 16 die in military plane crash in rural Mississippi

ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) — A U.S. military plane used for refueling crashed into a soybean field in rural Mississippi, killing at least 16 people aboard in a fiery wreckage and spreading debris for miles, officials said. Leflore County Emergency Management Agency Director Frank Randle told reporters at a briefing late Monday that 16 bodies […]