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Appeals court won’t rehear Mississippi 15-week abortion case

A federal appeals court said Friday that it will not reconsider its ruling that Mississippi’s law banning most abortions after 15 weeks is unconstitutional. The 2018 state law remains blocked and Mississippi’s only abortion clinic remains open. The owner has said the clinic d oes abortions up to 16 weeks. Mississippi is likely to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to ...

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Board delays vote on moving Confederate monument at Ole Miss

A Confederate monument will remain, for now, in a prominent spot on the University of Mississippi campus, nearly a year after student leaders requested that it be moved to a Civil War cemetery. The board that governs Mississippi’s eight public universities met Thursday and delayed a vote on a proposal to move the monument. Trustee Tom Duff said he wants ...

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Mississippi: Wide search for new leader of troubled prisons

Mississippi will conduct a nationwide search for a new commissioner to lead a state prison system that’s reckoning with a recent outburst of deadly violence and longstanding problems with vacant jobs and damaged facilities. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves will hold a news conference Thursday afternoon to announce the group that will conduct the search. Reeves’ spokeswoman, Renae Eze, said the ...

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Senate panel OKs last bit of teacher pay for current year

Mississippi legislators are pushing ahead with a plan to pay the full cost for this year’s teacher pay raise. The $1,500-per-person raise was approved during the 2019 session. But, officials later discovered a bureaucratic error that resulted in too few teachers being counted as the state budget was written. The error meant that too little money was initially set aside ...

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Both parties in new Mississippi Senate leadership roles

Mississippi’s new Republican lieutenant governor is putting together a bipartisan leadership team in the state Senate for the new four-year term. Delbert Hosemann was inaugurated to the state’s second-highest office Thursday and announced committees of the 52-member Senate on Friday. He told senators to spend the weekend thinking about their priorities and to return to the Capitol next week ready ...

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Mississippi, lacking guards, sends inmates to private prison

Mississippi’s prison system signed a 90-day contract to shift 375 inmates from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman to a nearby private lockup, saying it doesn’t have the guards to safely keep the inmates in state custody in the wake of recent violence. The state and CoreCivic announced the contract Thursday, a day after it was signed. The inmates were ...

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7 of 8 Mississippi statewide officials are inaugurated

Mississippi’s new lieutenant governor, Republican Delbert Hosemann, said immediately after his inauguration Thursday that he wants to work with all lawmakers to improve education, enact pay raises for state employees and address problems in a state’s prison system that has been rocked by deadly violence. “We’re all in this together,” Hosemann told lawmakers and other officials in a crowded House ...

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Mississippi working to cover full cost of teacher pay raise

Mississippi lawmakers are working on funding the final portion of a pay raise that teachers started receiving this school year. The $1,500 raise was approved during the 2019 legislative session, but officials later discovered a bureaucratic error. Because of the way some school districts keep records about certain categories of teachers, too few teachers were counted in the total cost ...

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Mississippi legislators starting their new 4-year term

Mississippi lawmakers will be sworn in Tuesday to begin their four-year term with Republicans maintaining control of both the House and the Senate. The opening day will be filled with formalities. Members of the House of Representatives will elect Republican Philip Gunn to serve a third consecutive term as speaker. They also will choose a new speaker pro tempore, the ...

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Analysis: 6 women have held statewide office in Mississippi

Republican Lynn Fitch will be sworn in as Mississippi’s new attorney general Thursday, becoming the first woman in that job. Fitch is one of only six women ever elected to statewide office in Mississippi. Two of them — Nellah Massey Bailey and Julia Henrich Kendrick — are often overlooked. Bailey was elected three times as state tax collector, in 1947, ...

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