MFP Asks Court To Make House GOP Caucus Meetings Open to Public, Press

a photo of House Speaker Gunn at a podium with dozens of Republicans lined up behind him on the steps in the Capitol rotunda

The Mississippi Free Press asked a court on Monday to hold that Mississippi House Republican Caucus meetings must be open to the public under the Open Meetings Act. Last year, the full Mississippi Ethics Commission rejected the Mississippi Free Press’ argument and declared that the Legislature is not a “public body” under the law.

Mississippi Combats Nation’s Highest Stillbirth Rate With App Partnership

As the Magnolia State continues to lead the nation in stillbirth rates, the Mississippi State Department of Health is aiming to save 124 babies’ lives yearly through a partnership with a nonprofit program and its Count The Kicks app. Stillbirths are also called fetal deaths, meaning the death of a fetus between 20 weeks of […]

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Michael Jenkins at a press conference about injuries allegedly from a Rankin County deputy sheriff

It’s been hard not to notice the rise in COVID-19 cases lately. And while few are expressing the alarm of past waves, some politicians on upcoming ballots are trying to channel the anti-public health fervor of 2020 and 2021 into votes this fall. “Let me say it again – there will be no mask mandates, […]

Jackson Parks and Recreation Director Resigns After Eight Years

A man in a light suit and red top smiles outside at the camera

Jackson Parks and Recreation Director Ison Harris Jr. has resigned after eight years with the department, Mayor Chokwe Lumumb’s office announced in a statement on Sept. 8. It’s the second resignation of a leading city official in the Mississippi capital this month after Public Works Director Khalid Woods resigned on Sept. 4. “Mr. Harris handled […]