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Analysis: Politicians Split on Questions of Bodily Autonomy

Republican Gov. Tate Reeves and several other Mississippi politicians make clear that they don't think the government should mandate vaccination against COVID-19. They take a different stance on bodily autonomy ...

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U.S. Supreme Court Weighs Mississippi’s Abortion Ban, Pink House Carries on in Interim

After hearing oral arguments in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, the U.S. Supreme Court will soon cast preliminary votes that move the court closer in deciding the ...

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Mississippi Abortion Activists Protest as Justices Weigh Ban

Supporters and opponents of abortion rights rallied, blared music and shouted taunts Wednesday during protests in Mississippi's capital as the state took center stage in a pivotal U.S. Supreme Court ...

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‘A Dream of Mine’: Tyree Jones Wins Sheriff Election

With 60.34% of the vote going to Hinds County Sheriff's Office Investigation Captain Tyree Jones at the Tuesday, Nov. 23, run-off election, he became the new sheriff, defeating Interim Sheriff ...

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Mayor Plans Contracts For Grass Cutting, Litter Pickup

Conversations veered into the cleanliness and appearance of the City of Jackson during a garbage-contract townhall held on Thursday, Nov. 18, at the New Horizon Church on Ellis Avenue and ...

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Mississippi School Boards Association Leaving National Group

The Mississippi School Boards Association is joining a handful of other states in breaking ties with the National School Board Association after the nonprofit sent a letter to President Joe ...

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Pickett v. Banks, Lindsay: City Garbage Contract Fiasco Breeds a Lawsuit

Dwayne K. Pickett, Sr., New Jerusalem Church's senior pastor, sued Council President and Ward 7 Councilwoman Virgi Lindsay and Ward 6 Councilman Aaron Banks for slander on Oct. 14.

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‘Another Layer of Objectivity’: City Opts for Blind Evaluation of Garbage Disposal Contract Proposals

The City of Jackson has opted for blind evaluation of garbage-disposal technical proposals to guard against claims of unfairness, City officials said at the town hall held at Fondren Church ...

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Mississippi Names Next Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Staci Turner

Dr. Staci Turner, previously the state's interim chief medical examiner, is stepping into the role of chief medical examiner, Mississippi Public Safety Commissioner Sean Tindell announced Wednesday.

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10 Years After Mississippians Rejected ‘Personhood,’ New ‘Life at ‘Conception’ Efforts Underway

A decade after Mississippi rejected the opportunity to adopt the most anti-abortion law in the nation, a national anti-abortion group is working with a top Republican U.S. senator to push ...

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Reeves Touts Conservative Talking Points in Budget Pitch

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves' proposed budget for the upcoming year includes money for teacher pay raises, a water and sewer improvement grant program and a plan for eliminating the state ...

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City Council Approves 'Rules of Ethical Conduct,' $365,674 for Water Treatment Plant Repairs

After introducing the ordinance at a special meeting on Oct. 28, the Jackson City Council adopted a code of ethics on Tuesday, Nov. 9, with violations attracting a $500 fine ...

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Analysis: Mississippi Faces Big Decisions on Relief Money

Mississippi is running behind many other states in deciding how to spend billions of federal dollars for pandemic relief.

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Councilman Stokes To Host ‘Stop The Madness’ Summit Against Violent Crime

Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes announced that he is hosting a summit dubbed ‘Stop The Madness’ on Nov. 8 in hopes of reducing violent crime in Jackson and turning youth ...

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New Mississippi House Member Formerly Secured the Senate

The newest member of the Mississippi House of Representatives used to be in control of security on the other end of the state Capitol.


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