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Distracted driving bill dies in House Judiciary Committee

A bill that would have enforced tougher penalties for anyone caught texting and driving died Tuesday in the House Judiciary Committee.

  2,074 new COVID-19 cases, 65 new deaths reported Wednesday in Mississippi

  COVID-19 in Mississippi: 65 new deaths reported by MSDH

New scam entices victims by offering ‘pandemic relief package’

MSDH to host special COVID-19 town for Hispanic, Latino groups

  MSDH face challenges reaching out to Hispanics during COVID-19

Gov. Reeves delivers 2021 State of the State address

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ACLU decries Senate bill as ‘voter suppression tool’

  South Mississippi teachers honored as Extraordinary Educators

Resolution would make Mississippi a ‘Bill of Rights Sanctuary State’. Here’s what that means.

  Gov. Reeves focused on jobs, education in 2021 State of the State address

  Miss. senator gambles on mobile sports betting legislation

Bill prevents public, private employers from requiring COVID-19 vaccine

Bill would legalize alcohol delivery in Mississippi

A bill being considered in the Mississippi Legislature would allow for home delivery of beer, wine and hard liquor.

  1,452 new COVID-19 cases, 75 new deaths reported Tuesday in Mississippi

378 new cases and 13 new death reported in South Mississippi on Tuesday.

  Multiple bills filed in attempt to eliminate Mississippi’s grocery tax

Mississippi's grocery tax is the highest in the country. Some proposals are seeking to change that.

Sen. Wicker will vote to dismiss ‘pointless and divisive’ article of impeachment against Trump

The article of impeachment were brought against Trump in the wake of the riot on and inside the U.S. Capitol

  Historic Clinton, quaint atmosphere lures producers to film Lifetime movie

Bill would make texting and driving punishable by $500 fine

Dog owners could face penalties for pets’ actions

  927 new COVID-19 cases, 5 new deaths reported Monday in Mississippi

37,000 new vaccines arrive this week, earmarked for three groups

  State health leaders send samples to CDC to determine if new strain has made it to Miss.

  1,196 new COVID-19 cases, 21 new deaths reported Sunday in Mississippi

199 new cases and 1 new death reported in South Mississippi on Sunday.

  Mississippi National Guardsmen return home after successful mission in nation’s capital

While in Washington D.C., the soldiers provided military and strategic support to law enforcement, ensuring a peaceful transition of power during the historic inauguration.

  1,856 new COVID-19 cases, 39 new deaths reported Saturday in Mississippi

391 new cases and 5 new deaths reported in South Mississippi on Saturday.

  Several education proposals are pending for Mississippi

Both the legislature and state board of education are considering proposals that seek to balance out the impacts of COVID-19 on districts, teachers and students.

‘Mayor Pete’ Buttigieg accepts invitation to tour Amtrak route on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Mayor Pete could be headed to Mississippi.

State health officials work to tamp down anxiety over vaccine supply

MSMA hosts weekly COVID-19 conversation.

Miss. senator shuns vaccine, encourages unapproved drug to treat COVID-19

Rep. Angela Burks Hill (R) introduced a bill using Hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19.

Miss. hospital offers single-dose radiation therapy for breast cancer patients

Merit Health Woman’s Hospital in Flowood is offering single-dose radiation therapy for qualifying early-stage breast cancer patients.

State flags on National Mall will be handed out to Mississippians

The flags were placed on the National Mall for each state to represent those who could not travel to Washington to attend the inauguration in person.

  2,050 new COVID-19 cases, 45 new deaths reported Friday in Mississippi

314 new cases and 7 new deaths reported in South Mississippi on Friday.

  2020 revenue for Mississippi casinos was lowest it’s been since 1995

The Mississippi Gaming Commission released its report this week on how casinos fared during a rocky 2020.

Sen. Wicker thanks Miss. National Guard members who served in D.C.

Mississippi sent roughly 100 Guard members to help secure Washington, D.C. during the inaugural events.

Gov. Reeves questions ‘bold’-ness of Biden wanting 100 million vaccinations in 100 days

Gov. Tate Reeves is questioning the boldness of President Biden’s plan of vaccinating 100 million Americans in his first 100 days in office.

  Mississippi’s vaccine demand exceeds supply

Mississippi opened up eligibility to more residents last week but the vaccine supply didn't get upped along with that.

Customers flock to Hazlehurst gas station where $1,000,000 lottery ticket was sold

A woman in the Hazlehurst area is the state’s latest big lottery winner!

‘Where is mommy?’: Mother of 4 in Mississippi still missing after nearly a month

A local family is begging for the public’s help in finding their loved one.

Mississippi announces changes to grading, passing policies for 2020-21 school year

The Mississippi State Board of Education announced changes to grading and passing requirements Thursday in response to the difficulties presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teacher pay raise bill approved by Mississippi Senate

A bill that will give Mississippi teachers more money is one step closer to becoming law.

  More appointments made available for COVID-19 vaccine through revised website

After a Monday press conference, Gov. Tate Reeves and Dr. Thomas Dobbs announced more appointments had been made available for the COVID-19 vaccine to those eligible.

  2,290 new COVID-19 cases, 30 new deaths reported Thursday in Mississippi

352 new cases and 2 new deaths reported in South Mississippi on Thursday.

MSDH to give update on vaccine availability, drive-thru locations Thurs.

The state’s top doctor is releasing new information Thursday about the coveted COVID-19 vaccine.

MDOC sanitization efforts making Mississippi prisons among safest for COVID-19

But the most critical figure of all, inmate COVID-19 deaths, stands at 21 in Mississippi

Mega Millions player in Copiah County wins $1 million, chooses to stay anonymous

The million dollar ticket was sold in Mississippi ahead of Tuesday night’s drawing.

Former Reeves staffer among pardons granted by Trump

David Lamar Clanton worked with Tate Reeves on the campaign trail.

2.1 magnitude earthquake reported in Collins, Miss.

No issues have been reported in that area to MEMA.

  1,702 new COVID-19 cases, 64 new deaths reported Wednesday in Mississippi

410 new cases and 11 new deaths reported in South Mississippi on Wednesday.

WATCH: JSU’s Sonic Boom performance during the ‘We are One’ inaugural celebration

The virtual event celebrated the diversity of America in advance of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Miss. State Capitol police prepared for potential protests Wednesday

Officials say they are working with several local and state agencies in the event of protests or attacks.

Mississippi bill would find anyone who performs an abortion guilty of murder

The bill, introduced by Rep. Dan Eubanks of DeSoto, would also make it a felony for anyone to willfully cause an abortion.

  ‘A couple’ of COVID-19 cases confirmed at the Mississippi State Capitol again

At least one case of COVID-19 confirmed at State Capitol while other members take advantage of vaccine clinic set up in the Capitol.

Gov. Reeves: 95 percent of nursing homes to have access to vaccine by end of January

They’ll also be able to have family visit the facility.

Bill would make street racing, traffic obstruction a felony

Bill would make street racing a felony.

Gov. Reeves names new head of MDA

His choice is John Rounsaville, who has served as interim director since May.

Deion Sanders gets back boombox after theft; JPD identifies suspect

Sanders said he was disturbed after someone stole a speaker that had sentimental value from, "a dear friend as a birthday gift.’

  1,193 new COVID-19 cases, 51 new deaths reported Tuesday in Mississippi

141 new cases and 4 new deaths reported in South Mississippi on Tuesday.

In just hours, 20,000 Mississippians sign up for coronavirus vaccine

20,000 Mississippians signed up for vaccine appointments just hours after they became available.

Some prisons taking pre-orders for cigarettes, in preparation for Feb. 1 lift of smoking ban

Long-time smoking ban in prisons will soon be lifted.

Reeves: 95% of nursing home residents to have access to vaccine by end of the month

Reeves to discuss COVID-19 at Monday press conference.

State statute governing election appeals being challenged on constitutional grounds

McQuirter seeking rehearing in District Two election challenge.

  1,457 new COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths reported Monday in Mississippi

357 new cases and one new death reported in South Mississippi on Monday.

Law enforcement increases security around Miss. Capitol building

It is unknown if any demonstrations will take place in Jackson, but local law enforcement is prepared for any event.

  1,606 new COVID-19 cases, 40 new deaths reported Sunday in Mississippi

316 new cases and 6 new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Sunday.

Endangered/missing child alert canceled for Columbia infant

If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of Mason Pittman and Charity E. Pittman, contact Columbia Police Department at 601-736-8225.

Gov. Tate Reeves announces over 100,000 Mississippians vaccinated

Gov. Tate Reeves announced on Facebook that the state has vaccinated over 100,000 Mississippians within the past 11 days, surpassing over 10 states.

  2,680 new COVID-19 cases, 70 new deaths reported Saturday in Mississippi

426 new cases and 13 new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Saturday.

  Vaccines redirected away from hospitals as Gov. Reeves casts doubts on distribution timeline

Some Mississippi hospitals are being forced to cancel vaccine appointments while others are still waiting for shipments of vaccines for their community members.

State could lift ban on elective surgeries January 25; has inoculated 100k patients

State vaccinates 100,000th patient against COVID-19

Gov. Reeves expands mask mandate, alters counties

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves extended the not-quite-statewide mask mandate that was set to expire Friday.

More COVID-19 vaccines set to arrive in Mississippi, says MSDH

Additional COVID-19 vaccinations have been allocated to Mississippi, said state health officials on Friday.

  2,342 new COVID-19 cases, 55 new deaths reported Friday in Mississippi

514 new cases and 10 new deaths were reported in South Mississippi on Friday.

Young girl in critical condition after woman attempts to shoot dog, deputies say

The incident happened around 4:51 p.m. on Franklin Drive in Columbia.

  Legislators look at upgrading how alcohol is distributed in Mississippi

The Department of Revenue Commissioner presented a few options this week that the state will consider moving forward.

SWAT teams, sharpshooters on standby at Mississippi Capitol following warnings of potential protests

Capitol protests are possible in all 50 states ahead of Inauguration Day.

Fewer people in Black community getting COVID-19 vaccine in Mississippi

In Mississippi, only 15% of vaccinations have been Black people while 63% are white.

  Gov. Tate Reeves frustrated with roll-out but sees the positive side

Gov. Tate Reeves was on the Gulf Coast today, speaking on his frustration along with everyone else with the state’s rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination program, but he found a positive outlook.

  Gov. Reeves on the Coast to welcome 2 new GOP members, make state appointments

Gov. Tate Ree Today, Gov. Tate Reeves appointed a Gulf Coast district attorney that will fill a vacancy on the court of appeals, along with a newly appointed state prosecutor.

Mississippi National Guard activated for presidential inauguration

The Mississippi National Guard is preparing to send service members to Washington D.C. to provide additional security for President-elect Joe Biden’s Inauguration on Wednesday, January 20.

Film shot in Natchez to debut Feb. 12

A film shot in Natchez is set to debut next month on digital and in some theaters.