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Gov. Announces Nationwide Search for New Corrections Commissioner
Mississippi's new governor makes one of his first official acts tackling the state's embattled prison system. He's appointing a team to begin a nationwide search for a new commissioner.
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1/17/2020 12:00:00 AM
Mississippi upholds 12-year sentence for cellphone in jail
The Mississippi Supreme Court's confirmation of a 12-year prison sentence for an African American man who carried his mobile phone into a county jail cell is being slammed as a brutal example of racial injustice.
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1/16/2020 12:00:00 AM
Hinds County Supervisors Approve Funds for Detention Center Security
The Hinds County Board of Supervisors has allocated nine hundred thousand dollars for upgrades at the county's detention centers.
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1/16/2020 12:00:00 AM
Advocates lobby for More Early Learning Collaborative Funding
Thirty Mississippi organizations are lobbying legislators for more funding to help educate the state's four-year olds.
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1/16/2020 12:00:00 AM
Legislators React to Governor's Inauguration Speech
State legislators at a joint session are giving their reactions to the inauguration speech of Governor Tate Reeves and his plans for office.
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1/15/2020 12:00:00 AM
Tate Reeves Sworn-In as Governor, Says He'll Represent All the People
Mississippi's new governor strikes a conciliatory tone in his inaugural address. He says it's the love Mississippians have for one another that will propel the state forward.
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1/15/2020 12:00:00 AM
Bus Line Offers Free Ride Home for Runaways
A company is offering free bus tickets for runaways to get home, but youth advocates say reconnecting families is only half the battle.
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1/14/2020 12:00:00 AM
What Lawmakers Want to Hear From Governor-Elect Tate Reeves
Mississippi lawmakers are weighing-in on what they want to hear from in-coming governor Tate Reeves when he takes the oath of office today.
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1/14/2020 12:00:00 AM
Lawmakers Begin Work to Fix Problems that Led to Prison Riots
Mississippi lawmakers are working on a plan to fix the problems that led to recent riots at state prisons.
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1/13/2020 12:00:00 AM
Upcoming Marijuana Vote Could Change Laws
Mississippians will soon decide if medical marijuana should be legal, but health officials say they have concerns.
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1/13/2020 12:00:00 AM
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
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1/11/2020 12:00:00 AM
Mike Espy files to run for U S Senate
Former Mississippi Democratic Congressman Mike Espy filed papers to run again for U S Senate.
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1/10/2020 12:00:00 AM
Mississippi, lacking guards, sends inmates to private prison
Mississippi's prison system is transferring 375 inmates to a private prison after recent eruptions of violence
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1/10/2020 12:00:00 AM
Two House Democrats Leave Party to Become Independents
As the 2020 legislative session gets underway, two Mississippi Democrats are dropping their Democratic party affiliation to become independents.
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1/9/2020 12:00:00 AM
2020 Legislative Session: 174 Lawmakers Take Oath of Office
Lawmakers are back at the capitol for the start of Mississippi's 2020 legislative session--with formalities taking center stage.
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1/8/2020 12:00:00 AM
Advocates rally, call for federal intervention in state prisons
Prisoner advocates are calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the Mississippi prison system for possible civil rights violations.
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1/8/2020 12:00:00 AM
Newly Elected Transportation Commissioners Sworn In
Three newly elected Transportation Commissioners have been sworn into office. They are working to secure funding to make state roads safer.
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1/8/2020 12:00:00 AM
Church Denomination May Split
A proposal over LGBTQ people serving in the United Methodist Church may cause a split in the congregation.
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1/8/2020 12:00:00 AM
Thirty-Nine New Members at Capitol for Start of 2020 Legislative Session
Today marks the start of the 2020 Mississippi Legislative session with newly elected lawmakers joining those returning for the new four year term. Hear what's at the top of the Republican leadership's agenda.
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1/7/2020 12:00:00 AM
State officials and inmate families are responding to Mississippi's prison unrest
Families of prisoners in the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman say they are worried about their loved ones after a recent string of fatal fights among inmates. As MPB's Ashley Norwood reports, state prison systems remain on lock down.
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1/7/2020 12:00:00 AM