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  Sister Act: Presidential hopeful relies on sister to help execute ‘Operation Restoration'

Speaker Gunn sues Gov. Reeves over partial vetoes

  WATCH: Congressman Steven Palazzo on COVID-19 aid package and more

  Diamondhead Mayor Tommy Schafer dies at 53

  Medical marijuana headed to Mississippi ballots in November

  Change is in the air for the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center

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  DNC delegates to get dry run on virtual voting

  Hundreds of boats cruise the Pascagoula River in support of President Trump

  South Mississippians protest to let the people vote on retired state flag

  ’Gestalt Gardener’ Felder Rushing pushing for magnolia as state flag

Former gov. candidate ‘openly defying’ new mask mandate, says Reeves is acting ‘like a dictator’

Week after Miss. flag retired, Sen. McDaniel spearheads push for future referendum

  Ocean Springs leadership not ready to pull trigger on tough COVID-19 mandates

According to Singing River Health System CEO Lee Bond, hospitalizations on his campuses due to COVID-19 are increasing at an alarming rate. He shared this with the Board of Aldermen, the mayor and other city leadership Tuesday in Ocean Springs.

Bill aimed at cutting down on vaping in Miss. schools sits on Governor’s desk

Senate Bill 2596, aimed to cut down on vaping in schools, is currently awaiting a signature from Governor Tate Reeves.

Lt. Gov. Hosemann tests positive for COVID-19

Hosemann is self-quarantining and working at home.

Lawmakers from South Mississippi test positive for COVID-19

A number of state legislators from the House of Representatives have tested positive for coronavirus, including multiple Coast lawmakers.

Gov. Tate Reeves takes shot at ‘liberal media,’ blames protests for rise in COVID cases

  Prison reform bill raises ire of Jackson County sheriff

  WATCH: Gov. Tate Reeves stops by WLOX to talk DMR funding, COVID-19 response, other top issues

  DMR budget uncertainty concerns some boaters ahead of holiday weekend

  DMR closure creates problems for employees, fishermen

  History Made: Gov. Reeves signs bill officially changing state flag

  Senator: Bill to change state flag would have died under then-Lt. Gov. Reeves

While legislators wait for Gov. Tate Reeves to fulfill his promise and sign the bill which will retire Mississippi’s state flag, that same man would have silenced the bill in his former role as lieutenant governor, Senate Minority Leader Derrick Simmons said.

  Retired state flag comes down outside of Harrison County courthouse

"History moves on. Time moves on. Times change. People get a better sense of what a good society ought to be," said Gulfport resident, Joseph P. Hudson.

  ‘We’re not losing history': Coast legislators celebrate bipartisan bill to retire state flag

The flag was voted on in a bipartisan measure that passed both the House and the Senate by wide margins.

  Coast residents react to legislature’s decision regarding state flag

Residents in South Mississippi have mixed feelings after Sunday’s vote to retire the state flag.

  ‘We are a part of history;’ Young Miss. voters react to historic vote to remove state flag

New voters have until September to register to vote in order to cast a ballot on November 3rd.

Ocean Springs mayor lowers state flag after vote by legislature

The City of Ocean Springs made the move to be one of the first Coast cities to lower the state flag in regards to the historic vote in the legislature Sunday.

How South Miss. legislators voted on changing state flag

The Mississippi Senate and House of Representatives both approved on Sunday to create a commission to redesign the state flag and order the current one be brought down.

How South Miss. legislators voted on resolution to suspend rules, create committee to change flag

The Mississippi House and Senate both voted on Saturday to suspend rules, allowing for a vote to take place to change the current state flag.

  Remembering 2001: Voters choose to make current state flag official

Surprise revelation from Supreme Court prompted historic vote nearly 20 years ago

  Lawmakers still unsure if they have votes needed to remove state flag

From state leaders, to educators, to football coaches - there has been a joint effort to remove the state flag this week.

  Miss. lawmaker claims thousands have voiced displeasure over changing state flag

As more and more people come out in favor of changing Mississippi’s flag, it might appear that those who want change far outnumber those who don’t.

Sen. Wicker on state flag: ‘Difficult but necessary change’

Wicker tweeted his support for adopting a “new and unifying flag.”

  After busy day at Capitol, some feel momentum build for flag change: ‘The votes are there’

The efforts to change the state flag are picking up momentum at the State Capitol.

Thompson wants Mississippi statues removed from U.S. Capitol; Guest says state should decide

There are 11 total Confederate statues being considered for removal from the Capitol, including the two from Mississippi.

Lt. Gov ‘open’ to changing flag, says legislature should address it today

Mississippi Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann is calling for a discussion on the state flag.

  Supporters of Mississippi state flag want to see issue brought to a vote

Rallies, protests and demonstrations have taken place calling for a change to the Mississippi state flag. But some South Mississippians feel that taking down the flag might not be the right decision for all.

  Miss. black caucus calls for immediate change of state flag

“We want one unifying flag that does not incorporate confederate symbols or connotations. Our constituents, student athletes and businesses deserve better.”

Having 2 state flags ‘well-intentioned’ but ‘does not meet the threshold,' says Gov. Reeves

Gov. Reeves does not support the idea of having two state flags.

  Mississippi actress speaks out after Facebook post to First Lady Reeves about state flag

In a Facebook post from June 8, Aunjanue Ellis implores Mississippi’s First Lady Elee Reeves to use her voice for change in the debate over the state flag.

  Presidential candidate-hopeful using metal elephant to catch people’s attention

Kasey Wells is trying to gather enough signatures to appear on the 2020 presidential ballot as an independent.

Proposed pay raise for Miss. teachers dies amid budget concerns

Tuesday was the deadline for House committees to act on the teacher pay bill, and the plan died.

‘This is a divisive issue’: Republican senator calls for vote on state flag

Whether it’s done by a legislative vote or by a referendum vote, Sen. Brice Wiggins says he thinks it’s time to revisit the issue of changing the flag.

Lt. Gov. Hosemann frustrated over time taken to sign legislation

Earlier Wednesday afternoon, just before Governor Reeves’ announced he will sign an aid bill for small businesses, Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann expressed frustration over how long it’s taking to sign.

  Gov. Reeves: ‘I do not want you to wake up in August with no job to return to’

Reeves says he has concerns that a second wave of economic crises could still be on the horizon.

Sen. Hyde-Smith gives away tainted campaign donation after Espy calls her out

Espy, a Democrat, is running against Republican Hyde-Smith for her Senate seat in November.

  Gov. Reeves, Lt. Gov. Hosemann find common ground after week of political sparring

The Governor, Lt. Governor and Speaker have met and come to some agreements on how to move forward with the CARES Act spending.

  Mississippi Legislature to reconvene Thursday

State lawmakers are being called back to Jackson earlier than anticipated. The 2020 Legislative Session will now reconvene at 1pm on Thursday, May 7.

  Political tug-of-war in state capitol over who gets to spend $1.25B in federal cash

It remains to be seen now who will get to make the call.

Miss. Legislature challenging governor on use of $1.25B in relief money

The Mississippi Legislature will reconvene on Friday afternoon.

  Biloxi mayor takes cautious approach at reopening city’s economy

“You can’t just instantly turn on business... so we’re planning,” said Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich about jump-starting Biloxi’s economy.

  Pass Christian to consider hazardous duty pay for first responders

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, first responders are among those most at risk. Pass Christian is now the next city to discuss hazardous pay for the city’s first responders.

  WATCH: One-on-one interview with Gov. Tate Reeves

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves spoke exclusively with WLBT’s Wilson Stribling on Wednesday, discussing some tough decisions he’s had to make with just three months on the job.

  State senators ask Gov. Reeves to close coastal beaches to all non-residents

Six members of the Coast legislative delegation say it’s time to keep outsiders off Mississippi’s beaches.

  Restaurant dining rooms still open in Gautier but abiding by 10 people or less order

Gautier will be sticking to the statewide orders, allowing patrons to dine-in as long as they abide by the 10-people-or-fewer rule.

State lawmakers want legislative session suspended

Some Democratic lawmakers are asking state leaders to suspend this session of the legislature.

  Community groups encourage Census 2020 participation

The U.S. government is taking a digital-first approach to the 2020 Census. The online survey now allows residents to respond in 59 languages.

  Palazzo re-elected for 6th term, Espy to face Hyde-Smith once again for U.S. Senate

The field is narrowing after the results of Mississippi’s primary elections Tuesday night.

  Meth labs may increase if Sudafed is once again sold over the counter, says Coast sheriff

It may soon be easier for you to get medications containing pseudoephedrine, like Sudafed, in Mississippi.

Miss. Democrats say House Republicans are trying to confuse voters on marijuana ballot

If the Senate passes it, both initiatives would appear on the November ballot.

INTERACTIVE MAP: See Mississippi’s presidential primary vote county-by-county

To use our interactive map, click on any county in Mississippi to see how the vote breaks down between all presidential candidates.

  Slow voter turnout for Mississippi Primary 2020

According to Harrison County Circuit Clerk Connie Ladner, between 10% and 15% of registered voters had actually voted at the designated polling locations.

Miss. House passes alternative medical marijuana initiative to be listed alongside original

If approved by the Senate, House Concurrent Resolution No. 39 would be listed alongside the original Ballot Initiative Measure No. 65 during the Nov. 3 elections.

MISSISSIPPI PRIMARY ELECTION: Here’s what you need to know

To make this patriotic time a bit less stressful, we’ve decided to tackle some general questions regarding Mississippi’s 2020 primary election.

  Meet South Mississippi’s Congressional candidates

Before heading to the polls on Tuesday, you may want to get familiar with the candidates running in the Congressional primary race.

  Voters weigh in on what’s motivating them for the Mississippi primary elections

Campaign ads, endorsements and candidate visits have all picked up in the last week.

President Trump endorses Rep. Palazzo on Twitter

On the eve of Mississippi’s primary election, President Donald Trump tweeted praise for Congressman Steven Palazzo.

Presidential Candidate Field Guide 2020

Learn about the candidates for president and see where they stand on key issues with this guide.

Danny Glover stumps for Bernie Sanders in Jackson

Mississippi supporters say they will continue to campaign for Senator Sanders until the primary election on Tuesday.

Joe Biden attends New Hope Baptist Church in Jackson

Joe Biden attends New Hope Baptist Church in Jackson

Bill says Mississippi could check for voters’ US citizenship

A senator who opposes the bill called it “radical” and said it could disenfranchise thousands of citizens.

  Analysts discuss Biden and Sanders’ chances in upcoming Mississippi primary election

Mississippi's primary election day is less than a week away.And the state is garnering attention from Democratic candidates Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.

Senator Bernie Sanders cancels campaign stop in the Capital City

Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has canceled his stop in Jackson.

  President Trump holds leads against Biden, Sanders in latest Mason-Dixon poll

A new poll is giving some insight into how some voters are feeling about the presidential candidates.

  State Health Officer says coronavirus may be ‘pandemic scenario of our generation’

"This is something we have been anticipating and planning for for well over a decade," said Dr. Thomas Dobbs.

Joe Biden bringing actress Vivica A. Fox to campaign event in Jackson

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is possibly coming to Jackson this weekend.

  Mississippi Community College faculty and staff make the case for more funding

The Faculty and Staff Association of Mississippi’s Community Colleges held a press conference to highlight the legislative needs of all fifteen of Mississippi’s community colleges.

  Bloomberg campaign explains importance of Miss. in presidential election

Bloomberg has spent more money than any of the other candidates in Mississippi.

Chuck Clark wins Diamondhead special election

Republican Chuck Clark is the new city council representative of Ward 4.