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  Mississippi lawmakers consider doing away with prescription requirement on pseudoephedrine

Mississippi is one of only two states still requiring a prescription for medicines containing pseudoephedrine. That could soon change.

  State taxes could be a thing of the past under new bill

Proposed bill calls for vote on gas tax increase

Biloxi Mayor FoFo Gilich now unopposed in reelection bid

  Proposed legislation would help Coast veterans home continue with construction

Sen. Wicker votes to acquit President Trump

Mississippi Fairness Act, thought to die in Senate, revived late Thursday evening

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Bill to crack down on street racing approved by Senate, now heads to House

Senate votes for alternative bill that would tax medical marijuana

Medical marijuana proposal fails after stalling Senate work, but could be reconsidered

Bill to remove inactive voters makes progress

Poll shows Miss. voters approve of Reeves, disapprove of Biden, oppose Trump conviction

  Proposed legislation would allow college athletes to be paid for use of their name, image or likeness

Sen. Wicker decries Donald Trump’s 2nd impeachment trial as ‘pointless’

Senator Roger Wicker is calling the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump “pointless.”

Bill to amend state’s three-strikes rules passes House

Habitual offender law passes the state House

Lynn Fitch adds name to chorus of AGs asking Biden to resume Keystone XL Pipeline

In a letter sent to the President, the AGs call Biden decision to end the constriction of the 1,700 mile pipeline “rushed."

  Criminal justice reform bill one step closer to becoming law

A bill increasing parole opportunities and expanding job training programs in prison cleared several hurdles Tuesday.

  Pending legislation would remove licensing requirements for several professions

Wicker and Hyde-Smith vote to end impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump

  Meet Pascagoula’s unopposed mayoral candidate, Jay Willis

  Biden’s dilemma in virus aid fight: Go big or go bipartisan

  AG’s ‘last-minute’ opinion on candidate residency requirements leaves election officials puzzled

Reps. Guest and Kelly ask that U.S. Capitol fence come down, for National Guard to return home

FULL LIST: See who’s running for mayor in cities across South Mississippi

Voters across Mississippi will elect municipal leaders in 2021.

  Mississippi Senate passes multiple bills including teacher loan repayment, voting machine standards

Several bills were passed in both chambers Thursday. Here are some of the Senate highlights.

Mississippi considers bill to outlaw ‘revenge porn’

A bill that passed the Mississippi Senate on Thursday would set penalties for people who share intimate visual material of another person without that person’s permission and with the intent to cause harm.

After Biden executive order, Reeves accuses politicians of ‘pushing children into transgenderism’

Gov. Tate Reeves is accusing politicians of pushing children “into transgenderism” in response to one of President Joe Biden’s executive orders.

Mississippi congressman co-sponsors bill calling for construction of Keystone Pipeline to resume

President Joe Biden halted construction on the 1,700-mile pipeline last month through executive order.

Deadline Day at Miss. State Capitol, bills under review

Lawmakers say the biggest priority is making sure teachers get a raise.

Dozens of protesters gather Saturday outside state’s only abortion clinic

Loud speakers, graphic signs used during event

Report: Ohio lawmakers to introduce bill creating “President Donald J. Trump Day”

The honorary holiday would fall on Flag Day.

9 bills grassroots education advocates want passed

The Parent’s Campaign is made up of 64,000 public school moms and dads in Mississippi.

  New bill created to increase penalties for protestors blocking public roads in Mississippi

Senate Bill 2283 would fine violators up to $1,500 and sentence them up to a year in jail or both.

  MDOT uses lottery money to repave state highways

Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) says that new funds from the state lottery have resulted in much-needed maintenance projects and repaved over 250 miles of highway across the state.

Wicker, Hyde-Smith throw support behind nationwide 20-week abortion ban

If passed, the bill would allow abortions past 20 weeks in order to save the life of the mother or in the cases of rape or incest.

SC Senate passes Fetal Heartbeat Bill aimed at banning most abortions

The bill now goes to the House, where it’s likely to pass.

4 Miss. Senators isolating with COVID, Lt. Gov. says

A number of Mississippi lawmakers are out of action after coming down with COVID-19.

  Bills pending at State Capitol seek to expand alcohol access in Mississippi

Legislation pending in the state legislature could have an impact on the way you access alcohol in Mississippi.

  ‘I do feel like it would be beneficial’: Why the minimum wage raise could help others

So is raising the minimum wage scale up to $15 an hour a good idea? Well, that of course depends on who you ask. We posed that question to people at the Feeding the Gulf Coast Food Giveaway at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Biloxi.

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.

Will there be relief for private student loan borrowers?

Private student loans represent about 8% of total education debt.

Gov. Reeves delivers 2021 State of the State address

The State of the State address was delivered outdoors amid COVID-19 concerns.

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy returns home after hospital visit

Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont was taken to the hospital for observation “out of an abundance of caution” after being examined by Congress’ attending physician.

ACLU decries Senate bill as ‘voter suppression tool’

Bill passed out of a Senate committee Tuesday.

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

The Mississippi Freedom Caucus has submitted a resolution that, if passed, would declare Mississippi a “Bill of Rights Sanctuary State.”

First Biden-Putin call shows both cautious on big concerns

President Joe Biden has looked to establish a sharp break from the warm rhetoric often displayed toward Vladimir Putin by his predecessor, Donald Trump.

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

Governor Tate Reeves delivered his State of the State address Tuesday afternoon.

Biden orders end of federally run private prisons

Throughout his campaign and transition, President Joe Biden promised that his administration would keep issues of equity in the shaping of all policy considerations.

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

Sen. Cruz reintroduces amendment imposing term limits on members of Congress

Indiana Sen. Todd Young and Sen. Mike Braun are among those reintroducing the amendment with Cruz.

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.

Biden orders review of domestic extremism threat in US

FBI Director Chris Wray has said that, over the last year, the most lethal violence has come from anti-government activists, such as anarchists and militia-types.

  6 in 10 older Americans don’t know how to get vaccine

About 6 in 10 older Americans don’t know when or where to get a COVID-19 vaccine, study finds.

  Moss Point native takes field with Jackson State University Sonic Boom for inauguration performance

Out of six HBCUs, Jackson State University represented the state performing for the 2021 inauguration virtually.

  Ocean Springs Middle School students react to the inauguration ceremony

Ocean Springs Middle School students watched history in the making as they viewed the inauguration during class on Wednesday.

Mississippi politicos react to presidential inauguration

Mississippi lawmakers are weighing in on Wednesday’s historic inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President, Kamala Harris.

  Bomb threat called into Supreme Court, all-clear given

The all-clear has been given after the U.S. Supreme Court received a bomb threat on Inauguration Day.

State statute governing election appeals being challenged on constitutional grounds

McQuirter seeking rehearing in District Two election challenge.

  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.

Mississippi Congressional delegation votes along party lines in impeachment

Mississippi's Congressional delegation votes 3-1 to clear the president.

State Democratic leaders call on Reeves to deploy National Guard to D.C. during inauguration

Democratic leaders call on sending the National Guard to inauguration.

Some Miss. lawmakers do not support removal of President Trump

President Donald Trump is on the verge of a second impeachment by the U.S. House of Representatives following the deadly attacks on Capitol Hill.

  Free speech debate intensifies after big tech removes some accounts following the Capitol takeover

Experts say the companies that took down the accounts are private.

Mississippi congressman, senator against call for Pence to invoke 25th Amendment

The 25th Amendment allows for the president or vice president to be replaced by means of death, removal, resignation or incapacitation.

Bill would require Mississippi’s electoral votes to go to national popular vote winner

Legislation would allocate state's electoral votes to popular vote winner

18-year-old plans to run for mayor of Oxford

An 18-year-old from Oxford says he plans to run for mayor in his home city in Mississippi.

  Mississippi congressman and his predecessor share experience from inside U.S. Capitol riot

Congressman Michael Guest and former Congressman Gregg Harper share their experience inside the U.S. Capitol Wednesday.

Sen. Wicker: Division in America which lead to Capitol Hill riot ‘cannot be ignored’

This after a band of pro-Trump rioters broke into the Capitol, leading to fives deaths - one being a Capitol police officer.

Small group of South Mississippians protest as chaos unfolds at the Capitol

A small group in South Mississippi decided to stand up for what they believe is right, but they did so in a peaceful manner.

Sen. Hyde-Smith joined 5 Senate Republicans in favor of rejecting Arizona’s electoral votes

Senator Roger Wicker joined 92 other United States senators who voted “no” on challenging Arizona’s election results.

  Trump supporters speak their mind about the election, protests

South Mississippi supporters of President Donald Trump are not backing down from their beliefs about the election.

Protesters come to the Mississippi State Capitol in support of President Trump

While the protesters were at the State Capitol, some of them signed a petition asking for a vote on the Mississippi flag.

Bennie Thompson: ‘[Trump] needs to just leave and never come back’

As he was speaking, Congress began to certify the results of the general election. This certification would officially name Joe Biden as president-elect.

Trump video removed from Twitter, Facebook

Trump calls for peace amid protests, decries election results

Miss. ACLU warns public officials to stop ‘blocking’ on social media

The organization said it has received multiple complaints from citizens who said their comments/accounts were either blocked or banned after expressing criticism on the elected officials’ pages.

Sen. Roger Wicker to certify Biden’s presidential win

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker released a statement that he will vote to certify the 2020 presidential election result.

Thousands cheer Trump at rally protesting election results

Several thousand protesters cheered President Donald Trump and his baseless claims of election fraud at a rally near the White House on Wednesday ahead of Congress’ vote to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

Miss. Senate votes to approve new state flag

Early last year, lawmakers voted to retire the flag that bore the Confederate emblem.

WATCH: Miss. legislators begin their 2021 session Tuesday

One of their first jobs will be to finish adopting a new state flag that voters approved.

‘I don’t understand his reasoning’: Plan to challenge election results not a good one, Wicker says

Sen. Roger Wicker is saying that plans to challenge the election results Wednesday may prove to be counterproductive.