WTOK – Former chief justice to run for Mississippi governor

Retired state Supreme Court Justice Bill Waller, Jr., says he plans to run for Mississippi governor as a Republican.

Waller told WJTV-TV he plans to qualify before March 1 and will formally announce plans then. The Clarion Ledger first reported Waller’s plans.

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and state Rep. Robert Foster of Hernando have already qualified as Republicans.

Waller stepped down from the state Supreme Court in January, telling The Associated Press in December that he was “leaning against” a bid for governor. He said then he felt he had more service to offer in some way.

CLARION LEDGER – Blackface, Klan robes: Tate Reeves, Jim Hood respond after yearbook controversy

Reeves was a member of Kappa Alpha at Millsaps College, where members were photographed in Confederate Army clothing and some were accused of wearing blackface.

Hood was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha at Ole Miss, whose 1983 yearbook page included a photograph of four men in black and white paint and a fifth man wearing white sheets with holes cut out…

…When asked if he had ever worn Ku Klux Klan robes, Hood said he had done “stupid stuff in college.”

“I don’t remember going to anything where I dressed like anything like that,” Hood said.

WLOX – Mississippi’s longest-serving lawmaker announces retirement

Mississippi’s longest-serving lawmaker announces retirement Biloxi representation at the state capitol will soon be changing. Tommy Gollott just put the rumors to rest. The Biloxi senator exclusively told WLOX he is retiring.

Gollott, the longest serving state lawmaker in Mississippi history, says he will not run for re-election.

“I’m retiring. Fifty-two years is long enough to be anywhere,” he said…

…But the senator is still thinking of Biloxi’s future. A couple of hours ago, Gollott took his son-in-law Burton Swoope to the state GOP headquarters and helped him qualify for Gollott’s senate seat.

“I went down with him a little while ago and helped him run for my seat,” he explained.

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Rep. Cory Wilson bids farewell to #MSLeg as he heads to Court of Appeals


WDAM – Senate and House pass bill banning abortions when fetal heartbeat detected

According to Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves, both the state Senate and House chambers have passed legislation that prohibits abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

“A beating heart means life has begun and should be protected,” said Lt. Gov. Reeves. “This bill is another step in our work to make Mississippi the safest place in America for an unborn child.”

Governor Phil Bryant also tweeted in support of the bill.


WLOX – Teacher pay raise passes Senate 

Teacher pay raise passes SenateThe state Senate has passed a pay hike for teachers, teacher assistants, librarians and counselors.

More than 35,000 educators would see another $1,000 if the bill becomes law.

The average teacher salary in Mississippi is $44,925, according to the Mississippi Department of Education.

“Over the past eight years, we have targeted the investment of tax dollars into the classroom,” Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said. “This bill spends about $51 million on teachers and other personnel who help educate Mississippi children. With this law, a teacher who worked in the classroom in 2012 will make almost $8,000 more per year by 2020.”

WJTV – HBCU Partners Act

Congressman Thompson wants answers after FEMA Administrator’s abrupt departure


WTOK – Mississippi ban on tanning beds for minors advances 

Children younger than 18 would be banned from using tanning beds in Mississippi under a measure moving forward in the state legislature.

Senators voted 34-16 Wednesday to pass Senate Bill 2847, sending it to the House for more debate.

Sponsors indicated they might consider watering down the outright ban to allow some older teens to use tanning beds.

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WAPT – Hinds County Chancery Court employee finds bag of cash, returns it

A Hinds County Chancery Court employee found a bag containing $27,000 and returned it Tuesday, county officials said.

The bag was dropped during a handoff from a chancery clerk employee to a Loomis armored truck officer who was to deliver the money to a bank, authorities said.

CLARION LEDGER – #MSLeg: Senate passes bill to allow 4 counties to contract for autopsies

In October 2018 photo, Mississippi Forensic Lab Director Sam Howell looks in on an autopsy suite where forensic anthropologists work.The Mississippi Senate has passed a bill to give four counties in the state the option to bypass the state medical examiner’s office to get autopsies performed.

Senate Bill 2400 would allow Harrison, Itawamba, Lee and Warren counties to contract with private licensed pathologists, both within the state or out of state.

Rep. Chad McMahan, R-Guntown, said the goal is to get autopsies done quicker. He said the four counties were chosen from geographical areas of the state for the three-year pilot program.