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  Receding flood waters reveal piles of trash

As those folks along the Pearl River think about cleaning their homes from the impacts of the flooding-- others look to clean up the trash that's now washed up.

  MDHS discusses largest embezzlement scheme in state history, upcoming policy changes

Federal court shoots down City of Jackson’s request on abortion protesting lawsuit

  Uptick in surprise medical billing prompts legislation push in Mississippi

  DHS Embezzlement Case: State Auditor goes to FBI and makes legislative request

  How TANF dollars are allowed to funnel into non-profits

  Mississippi embezzlement scheme: Red flags raised on TANF spending for years

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Gov. Reeves discusses storms, prisons, other issues

  Mississippi Senate unanimously approves teacher pay raise bill

  Bill being drafted would require computer science class in Mississippi schools

Teacher pay bill clears first step in Miss. Senate

  Considering potential impacts of the USMCA trade deal for Mississippi

Former Miss. governor Phil Bryant joins consulting firm

  Former inmates say Parchman Unit 29 problems are not new

Because every situation brings bloodshed, a violent mindset grows among the inmates.

  New details on Parchman’s Unit 29 and what closing it will involve

Governor Reeves announced a decision to begin work of shutting down Unit 29. Families and advocates are reacting to what that will mean.

  ‘Shut it down:’ Families, advocates and celebrities demanding Mississippi prison reform

The intersection of N. Congress and Mississippi Streets were filled with people chanting "shut it down" in reference to Parchman.

  Prayer For Prisons rally brings emotional appeals from family members, pastors, politicians

Prayer for the Prisons rally brings emotional appeal from speakers at the Capitol.

  Governor Tate Reeves details action steps to restore order at Parchman

  Another attempt to scrap Mississippi U.S. History exam is in the works

  Interim MDOC commissioner lays out plans to improve prison system

On visit to Memphis, Vice-President visits National Civil Rights Museum

  Task force meets to discuss progress and needs to advance Mississippi’s criminal justice reforms

  Governor Tate Reeves discusses next steps for MDOC

IHL delays vote on request to relocate Confederate statue at Ole Miss

IHL has decided to delay voting on the request to relocate the Confederate monuments on the Ole Miss campus.

  Advocates and parents lobby for continued investments in early childhood education

Mississippi doesn't require preschool.But the state is pouring more money into those programs. Wednesday's day at the Capitol for the advocates was also about raising awareness of the work being done with the state's little ones.

  Inauguration Day: Tate Reeves is sworn in as Mississippi’s 65th Governor

Tate Reeves is officially sworn in as the state's 65th Governor.

  Tate Reeves officially becomes 65th Governor of Mississippi

Tate Reeves was officially introduced as Mississippi’s 65th Governor on Tuesday.

  Inauguration 2020: Tate Reeves to be sworn in as Mississippi’s 65th Governor Tuesday morning

Due to rain, the ceremony will now be held inside the State Capitol in the House chamber.

  Mayor says social issues fueling crime in Jackson

Mayor says social issues fueling crime in Jackson

  Six officials take the oath of office at Miss. Capitol

Six elected officials take the oath of office

  Governor Phil Bryant reflects on his time in office

Mississippi's 64th Governor Phil Bryant is in the final days of his second term.He'll maintain the title until next Tuesday when Tate Reeves is sworn in.

Hinds Co. appoints new public defender

The Honorable Judge Tomie Green appointed a new public defender on Monday, January 6.

  Inaccurate gang names in MDOC database lead to questions

The Mississippi Department of Corrections has a gang database that lists errors in gang names that may have been there for years.

  Anti-gang legislation expected to be filed again in Mississippi Legislature

Mississippi lawmakers will soon have another opportunity to pass what's been called an "anti-gang" bill.

  ‘That’s somebody’s son’: Families of inmates at Parchman say they’re worried, angry at conditions

Family members have concerns about their loved ones amid the gang violence and reportedly deplorable conditions at Parchman.

  2020 legislative session begins amid concerns about MDOC

Both the incoming and outgoing leadership were meeting Tuesday afternoon to discuss temporary solutions for MDOC’s problems.

  Gov. Bryant says blame falls on inmates for violence in state prisons, not his administration

"The inmates are the ones that take each other’s lives. The inmates are the ones that fashion weapons out of metal."

State lawmaker says the only way to fix Mississippi’s prison crisis is with money

When the 2020 Legislative Session opens this week in Jackson, one of the very first topics lawmakers will tackle is the Mississippi’s prison crisis.

Miss. congressman to request investigation into MDOC after week of unrest

He is planning to request an investigation from the U.S. Attorney General, “into the ongoing failures in safety, security, health, and environmental standards within the Mississippi Department of Corrections.”

Miss. leaders react to U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian general

The Pentagon is scrambling to reinforce the American military presence in the Middle East in preparation for reprisals. As part of that, the U.S. is sending nearly 3,000 more Army troops to the Mideast.

Executive Director of MDEQ to step down Jan. 13

The executive director of the MDEQ announced Friday that he will be leaving the agency this month.

  Mississippi’s qualifying period opens for candidates running for federal office

You'll be heading back to the polls soon. This time you'll be casting a ballot for federal races. The qualifying period for candidates to file papers opened today and will close on the 10th.

MDA director to step down Jan. 30

Glenn McCullough, Jr., the executive director of Mississippi Development Authority, will step down at the end of the month.

  New federal law aimed at combating robocalls

No one wants to ring in the new year with...more robocalls. There's some good news to pass along in the fight to keep those calls at bay.

  Former JPD officers talk about area where 2 children were shot on Medgar Evers

Two former JPD officers tell us about the area where two children were shot in a drive by on Tuesday. It's known for a high crime rate, drugs, and gangs.

  Cecil Brown reflects on 24 years of service and what he hopes for future of Mississippi

Tuesday marks the last day in office for Central District Public Service Commissioner Cecil Brown.

  Mississippi pastor discusses security measures in wake of Texas church shooting

Pastor Jesse Horton at Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson is rethinking the security of their sacred space.

  Vicksburg approves plan to recover unpaid fines by going after income tax refunds

Vicksburg city officials are giving the green light to exercise a plan allowed under legislation signed into law last year. It will let the city go after state income tax refunds to recover those unpaid fines.

  Using federal charges to put away violent criminals in Jackson

The "convicted felon in possession of a firearm" charge is helping to get violent criminals off the streets of Jackson, officials said.

  U.S. Attorney chastises Jackson officials, judges over crime in the capital city

U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst had strong words for criminals, but also for officials he said are not helping the problems.

  Churches and others respond to Christianity Today editorial saying that Trump should be removed from office

The magazine editorial is sparking a strong social media reaction.

‘God bless Miss.’: Jim Hood thanks Magnolia State as he wraps up final term as Attorney General

Attorney General Jim Hood issued a note of thanks to Mississippians on Thursday.

  Brandon and Flowood outlaw teen vaping; Rest of Rankin County expected to follow

Vaping under the age of 18, or 21 for students of Rankin County Schools, has been outlawed in Brandon and Flowood.

Mississippi lawmakers respond to House impeachment vote

After the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump in a historic vote Wednesday night, several Mississippi lawmakers immediately responded.

  Lt. Governor-elect Delbert Hosemann discusses preparations for the 2020 legislative session

Lt. Governor-elect Delbert Hosemann discusses his legislative priorities for the 2020 session that begins in January.

  Mississippi Congressional leader react to latest in the impeachment process

Mississippi Congresssional leaders weigh in on impeachment latest.

  Miss. Democratic Party Headquarter’s lone staffer to leave post

MS Democratic Party Headquarter's lone staffer to leave post

  Gov. Phil Bryant attends White House summit on child care and paid leave

Support for working families was a main topic discussed at the bipartisan panel Thursday, with first daughter and senior presidential adviser Ivanka Trump catalyzing these conversations.

  Proposed Constitutional Amendment would provide strengthened crime victims’ rights

Mississippi does have a crime victims' bill of rights in law. But a law can be changed, so the attempt is to get it enshrined in the State Constitution.

  Miss. farmers remain hopeful that a deal will be reached in the US-China trade war

U.S.-China trade war continues to weigh on soybean farmers.

  Natchez Mayor Darryl Grennell will not seek re-election

Now to the city of Natchez, where Mayor Darryl Grennell speaks out for the first time since announcing he will not seek a 2nd term in office in the 2020 election. Grennell won in a landslide victory for mayor of Natchez back in 2016.

  Madison Middle School parents defend son accused of school threats: ‘He’s gentle’

His parents say he's been bullied and harassed online for months.

  Future of Mississippi’s flag discussed in shadow of state’s birthday

There's still no consensus on what the state's flag should be moving into the future, but there's momentum behind an alternate design.

  Governor-elect Tate Reeves discusses 2020 legislative session

Reeves will be sworn in as Governor on January 14th.

  Presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg makes campaign stop in Mississippi

A presidential candidate makes a campaign stop in Jackson.Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg was here for a roundtable discussion on criminal justice reform.

Mississippi case pushes to restore felons’ voting rights

A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments on whether Mississippi laws that restrict the voting rights of certain felons are unconstitutional

Mike Bloomberg to make stop in Jackson

Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg will be in Jackson on Tuesday.

Former public service commissioner Nielsen Cochran passes away

Former public service commission Nielsen Cochran has passed away.

Mississippi judges appointed to hear 8 election challenges

The Mississippi Supreme Court has appointed judges to hear challenges in eight local elections

  Lottery ticket sales begin. So, how will it help Mississippi?

You may be buying your scratch-off lottery tickets, but do you know where the money is set to go?

  Christian Andreacchio’s family files residency suit against District Attorney

The Andreacchio family has filed suit against District Attorney Kassie Coleman, saying she doesn't live in Mississippi.

Canton’s Ward 5 runoff results are being challenged by candidate

One of the candidates in the runoff election for Canton's Ward 5 is not challenging the results of the race claiming voter irregularities.

  Tips on how to navigate political Thanksgiving table talk

How to avoid awkward conversations this Thanksgiving as politics can spark passionate debate.

  Mississippi gets “A” grade for human trafficking laws

Human trafficking isn't as much of a hushed topic as it once was and those increased conversations are leading to changes in Mississippi laws.

  Simpson County man dies after wedding party; Newlyweds arrested

Reuben Mayes and Amanda Warren were married on the day Willie Davis was killed. Now the couple have been arrested and are considered "persons of interest."

  Mississippi College Professor of Law explains how the impeachment process works

Impeachment has been in the headlines for weeks, but we're breaking down what that actually means.

Mike Espy makes it official, announces bid for U.S. Senate

Mike Espy launched his campaign for U.S. Senate Tuesday.

  U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security holds field hearing about impacts of ICE raids

The U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security held a field hearing on the impacts of the ICE raids on communities in Mississippi.

  After election day, more than one-third of the state’s sheriffs are new

Talking to two new sheriffs -- one from a small county and one from the largest county in the state about their plans and the challenges they see in the future.

  Newly-elected Mississippi Republican leaders have some policy differences

While all the statewide elected positions are going to be held by Republicans, not all of them see eye to eye on some of the big issues.

  Tate Reeves wins competitive race against Jim Hood for Mississippi governor

Republicans are strengthening their dominance in Mississippi by keeping the governorship and picking up the last remaining statewide office that has been held by a Democrat.