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Mississippi gaming industry rebounding well after earlier shutdown

COVID-19 forced the closure of Mississippi's casinos early on in the pandemic but folks returned when they reopened.

Graham: Trump should attend Biden’s inauguration

  Public comment period comes to close for Yazoo Backwater Pumps project

  Miss. councilwoman charged in Walmart parking lot shooting

  Plan in place for Mississippi’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Election Results: Voters cast their ballots for several races across the state

  Governor Reeves says statewide mask mandate not best approach right now

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  Experts: Putting your dog on a chain can be dangerous

WATCH: Gov. Reeves talks mask mandates, dumping the state income tax, and the election

Griffis certified as winner of Mississippi high court race

  Popular Tchula Police Chief is back and things have changed

  Lawmakers react to Governor Reeves’ executive budget recommendation

  Congressman Steven Palazzo’s campaign fighting back against allegations

  Mixed reactions to Reeves’ comment that Mississippi would not participate in national lockdown

Governor Reeves says Mississippi wouldn't participate in a national lockdown if one happens.

Fmr. Mississippi governor slams state representative who wanted to ‘succeed from the union'

“Your ideas are as awful as your spelling.”

  Questions raised about inconsistencies with private schools and COVID-19 reporting

Not all Mississippi private schools are reporting COVID-19 data to the state health department.

  Mississippi Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Reeves v. Gunn case

Questions about the Governor's veto power is now being weighed by the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Tennessee governor not recognizing Joe Biden as president-elect

  Hearing on year-round school model held at State Capitol

  Thousands of absentee ballots still being counted in Hinds Co., three races at stake

2020 Latest: International observers see no fraud in US vote

‘This is despicable’: Reeves blasts Cuomo for saying it’s ‘bad news’ Trump admin. will implement vaccine plan

South Mississippians voice their support for medical marijuana

A church speaks out uplifting President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, describing it to be historic

Pastor Dickey highlighted the 2020 presidential election as historic and believes this is the first step to bridge the gap to unite the country.

Palazzo: ‘Relax and let (election) process run its course’

Mississippi’s 4th District congressman Steven Palazzo reacts to the declaration from news organizations that Joe Biden won the presidential election.

Miss. Republican leadership in Washington issue call for transparency in election count

Trump has pointed to delays in processing the vote in some states to allege with no evidence that there was fraud and to argue that his rival was trying to seize power.

Supporters of presidential candidates get opinionated on election

The country is on pins and needles watching the vote count for the presidential election drag on for days, with the margin of victory, whichever way it goes, guaranteed to be razor thin.

  Mississippi leaders weigh in on presidential election

The common thread is that all of Mississippi’s leaders seem to agree, regardless of party, that all votes should be counted.

ELECTION RESULTS: Where each race stands

Tuesday is Election Night across the United States, and we’re all watching closely as results begin to come in.

  Mississippi lawmakers weigh in on early voting discussions

Mississippi leaders discuss the option of adding in-person early voting for future elections.

Gov. Reeves rebukes idea of early, mail-in voting in Mississippi: ‘Too much chaos’

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves shut down the idea of no-excuse early voting in a social media post Thursday.

  Southern Miss students react to vote on new state flag

Some University of Southern Mississippi students are reacting to Tuesday’s vote to adopt a new state Flag for Mississippi.

  Analysis: Mississippi U.S. Senate race

Analysts breakdown takeaways from Mississippi's U.S. Senate race.

Initiative 65 passes in Miss., clearing way for medical marijuana

Initiative 65 and Alternative 65A were introduced to voters as away to legalize medical marijuana in Mississippi.

  Medical marijuana on today’s ballot

Mississippians will make the decision to include or not include medical marijuana in the state constitution.

  Today is Election Day: Here’s what you need to know

Election Day has finally arrived and polls open at 7 a.m. in Mississippi.

  Watson: Surge in absentee ballots won’t delay Miss. election results more than one day

While experts fear a pandemic-related surge in absentee voting could delay the outcome of Tuesday’s election, Mississippi’s elections chief believes the delay will be minimal.

  Mississippi’s U.S. Senate race predictions

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Mike Espy are facing off again and analysts expect it will be a close race.

Biden campaign cancels Austin rally; Trump supporters reportedly harass bus

The Biden-Harris Bus made a brief appearance in Downtown Austin at 11th and Lavaca on Friday.

  U.S. Senate candidates vie for votes at 2020 virtual Hobnob event

Five days before the election, U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and challenger Mike Espy appealed to voters virtually at this year’s Hobnob.

Hinds Co. warns of election-related phone scam

Hinds County Election Commission says phone scammers are making false claims about voting precincts.

  Dr. Dobbs says Initiative 65 is ‘Wild West’ proposal for medical marijuana

Dr. Dobbs weighs in on Initiative 65

Hinds Co. announces precinct changes ahead of Tuesday’s election

Hinds County Election Commission announced several precinct changes ahead of Tuesday’s election.

  Surge of young voters is expected on Election Day

A surge of young voters is expected to create waves at the polls.

Miss. Sec. of State: 190,000 absentee ballots requested before Election Day

Secretary of State Michael Watson is discussing final preparations for Election Day.

Mississippi absentee voting continues to increase

Mississippi’s top elections official says absentee voting continues at a brisk pace.

  Absentee voting reaching record numbers

Absentee voting reaching record numbers

  One absentee ballot mistake gets fix in Mississippi with new rule

Absentee voting is a tedious process and even minor mistakes can invalidate a ballot.

  Canton city leaders ask for community cooperation in solving crimes

“We do not celebrate this violence, but we condemn acts of violence of this magnitude,” said Canton Mayor William Truly.

  Political report does not list Mississippi’s senate race as a ‘toss-up’

The U.S. Senate race could be a close one despite not being on some national lists of toss-ups.

Video captures 91-year-old Delta woman on her way to vote for the first time

A video posted Tuesday captured a 91-year-old woman in Greenville, Mississippi on her way to vote for the first time.

  Medical marijuana politics heating up ahead of election day

Initiative 65 and the political back and forth is heating up ahead of election day.

  Magnolia aldermen extend mask mandate until January, rescind outdoor party and firework allowance

La Mariposa has now been open 14 years. In spite of plans to social distance, aldermen rescinded the owner's permit to hold her yearly anniversary party. She and others feel like it was a vindictive political move.

  Mississippi again taking county-level approach in attempt to slow COVID-19 spread

Governor Tate Reeves adds new COVID-19 restrictions but most at a county-level.

Hyde-Smith, Wicker join Ted Cruz in proposals against ‘packing’ the Supreme Court

The proposals are is in response to some Democrats who have threatened to expand the size of the Supreme Court.

Mississippi absentee ballot requests outpacing those of 2016 election

As of Sunday, the Statewide Election Management System reported a total of 120,253 absentee ballots requested in Mississippi.

As virus cases rise, Rep. Thompson suggests Mississippi reimplement statewide mask mandate

Gov. Reeves is set to provide an update on the virus and the state’s response to it Monday at 2:30 p.m.

Same names, some new dynamics in US Senate contest

Mississippi’s 2020 U.S. Senate race has the same top candidates as in 2018 — Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith and challenger Mike Espy.

  Miss. Republicans host rally in support of SCOTUS nominee

The U.S. Senate is expected to take up Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination next week.

Gov. Tate Reeves extends Hinds County judge’s term through 2022

Judge Carlyn Hicks was sworn in as a special judge for the Hinds County Court on July 14.

  Hyde-Smith: Debates for ‘losing candidates, reporters’

There’s still no planned debate between Mississippi U.S. Senate candidates Cindy Hyde-Smith (R) and Mike Espy (D).

  Election day is less than three weeks away. Are you ready?

Mississippians will have a lengthy ballot to sort through on November 3.

  Voters learn more about Initiative 65 and alternative in public hearing

The future of Medical Marijuana in Mississippi is now in the hands of voters, so this hearing aims to inform them.

De’Keither Stamps wins Special Runoff election for Miss. House District 66

Stamps received 909 votes, while Lee received 570.

  Woman facing multiple charges for allowing dozens of teens to drink alcohol during a party

It's illegal to host a party with alcohol for minors. Adults can be held responsible under the social host law in Mississippi.

Mississippi Association of Educators endorse Espy and Thompson, look forward to their ‘bold’ leadership

The association says this was a “rigorous, non-partisan” endorsement that included a multi-step process.

  Mississippi lawmakers hear from doctors on what they’d like to see in next Medicaid tech bill

Mississippi lawmakers are considering what should be included in the next Medicaid tech bill that allows the program to be reauthorized every three years.

Miss. governor responds to Biden’s claim that Harris is fit to serve as VP

Governor Tate Reeves responded to Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden’s tweet about Kamala Harris.

  Masks will not be required for the November election in Mississippi

Mississippi voters will not be required to wear a mask when they vote in the November election. Secretary of State Michael Watson says no voter should be denied the right to vote for not wearing a mask.

  Miss. Senate candidates discuss priorities in Washington

Hyde-Smith and Espy respond to uncertainty in next round of stimulus relief funding.

Eric Trump: President Trump ‘literally saved Christianity' from the Democrats

On a radio show Friday, President Trump’s son said that his father “literally saved Christianity."

  Commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety discusses first 120 days

Commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety Sean Tindell has been on the job for 120 days.

Special Election date announced to fill Ward 2 vacancy in Jackson City Council

The deadline to qualify is October 28.

Former Hinds Co. Sheriff Tyrone Lewis announces run for Jackson City Council seat

His announcement comes days after Melvin Priester, Jr. announced his resignation to focus on his law practice.

  National attention on Mississippi’s U.S. Senate race

National attention is coming for the U.S. Senate race in Mississippi but will it make a difference in the outcome.

Sample ballot: Here’s everything Mississippians will vote for in November

With November 3 nearing, all options on Mississippi’s ballots are finalized.

Gov. Reeves files appeal to court’s partial veto ruling

The Hinds County Chancery Court ruled against Governor Tate Reeves' partial veto of a House Bill earlier this year.

Mayor Lumumba discusses COVID, Jackson Zoo, other issues

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba discusses issues impacting the city.

  Poor People’s Campaign says Senate should focus on stimulus package, not Supreme Court nominee

The Poor People’s Campaign is calling Oct. 5 “Moral Monday” and say Senators are causing more families to hurt even more during the pandemic.

  U.S. Senate race in Mississippi: Just more than a month away from election day

The U.S. Senate race is a rematch between Cindy Hyde-Smith and Mike Espy.

  Mississippi legislature works to move around unused CARES Act money before end of year

Mississippi is trying to divvy up the remaining CARES Act funds that haven't been distributed.