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  Georgia election uncertainty lingers amid legal wrangling

Unofficial results in one of the nation's hottest midterm contests give Republican Brian Kemp a slim majority. But Democrat Stacey Abrams maintains that enough uncounted absentee, mail-in and provisional ballots remain to force a Dec. 4 runoff and keep alive her bid to become the first black woman i

Mike Espy accepts invitation to debate opponent Cindy Hyde-Smith on WLBT

Judge: Sides in Florida recount should ‘ramp down’ rhetoric

VIDEO: Governor Phil Bryant defends Cindy Hyde Smith after public hanging comment

Mississippi senator Cindy Hyde-Smith releases statement on ‘public hanging’ comment

Florida Sec. of State orders ballot recount in Senate, governor, cabinet races

Chief Justice of MS Supreme Court will retire in January

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Colorado voted to abolish slavery in their state – in 2018

Brian Kemp steps down as secretary of state after declaring victory over Stacey Abrams in Georgia governor’s race

Jeff Sessions out as attorney general

Trump celebrates GOP midterm victories despite loss of House to Democrats

Decision 2018: Election results in the Pine Belt

Runoff will decide Senate special election in Mississippi

AP: Michael Guest winner in 3rd Congressional District

Republican Michael Guest will be the new face in Washington D.C. to represent Mississippi’s 3rd Congressional District.

AP declares Steven Palazzo winner of 4th Congressional District seat

Rep. Steven Palazzo came out on top in Tuesday’s general election to represent Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District.

Decision 2018: Election results from around Mississippi

Voters across the country took to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots in the 2018 general election. The polls are now closed and voters are eagerly awaiting the results.

Baria campaigns in Hattiesburg on Election Day

David Baria was at Lilly Burney Elementary talking to people about his plans if elected.

Rep. Palazzo has lunch with veterans in Hub City on Election Day

Decision 2018: What you need to know before heading to the polls

Facebook blocks accounts for possible election meddling by Russia and others

Get an Uber, Lyft, Lime to cast your vote on Election Day, use promo code for discounts

Election commissions working to prepare for voters

Senate candidates make stops in Hattiesburg ahead of election

  Circuit Clerks, voter advocates say precinct closures not a threat to voter access

A 2013 Supreme Court decision struck down a section of the 1965 Voter Rights Act put in place to prevent voter discrimination. Across southern states, there are concerns if that decision created barriers for people to get to the polls.

Candidate sound off: Cindy Hyde-Smith

Cindy Hyde-Smith answers questions ahead of midterm election day.

Rihanna says she doesn’t want Trump using her song at his ‘tragic rallies’

Last year, the singer entrepreneur referred to the president as an “Immoral Pig” when he banned citizens from Muslim majority countries from entering the U.S. (Source: Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Pizza to the Polls delivers free pies to voters stuck in long lines

Pizza to the Polls takes reports of long polling lines and then sends pizza to those locations.

What you need to know ahead of election day

Here's some background on the top races and some answers to your frequently asked questions about this final round of Decision 2018.

In Georgia, online voting database problem leads to countercharge of hacking

Georgia's online voter database morphed into a last-minute curveball in one of the nation's hottest governor's races, with Republican nominee Brian Kemp making a hacking allegation against Democrats just as reports emerged of a gaping vulnerability in a system that Kemp controls as secretary of stat

These 2018 midterm candidates can make history with a victory

Candidates for governor, House and US Senate seats will make history as people of color, women and LGBTQ candidates are on 2018 midterm election ballots.

Pink wave: Women poised for political leadership in 2018 midterms

Even though women make up half the population of the U.S., they only make up about 20 percent of Congress.

Mississippi politicians recognized with Friend of Farm Bureau Awards

The Friend of Farm Bureau Award is designed to recognize U.S. Senators and Representatives who vote to pass key legislation identified by the American Farm Bureau Federation 70 percent of the time.

Barbra Streisand to release anti-Trump album and star in ‘Carpool Karaoke’

Barbra Streisand has released a new political song aimed at Pres. Donald Trump called "Don't Lie to Me."

Campbell VP who tweeted Soros conspiracy theory leaves company

On Twitter on Monday, Kelly Johnston alleged the Open Society Foundations, which was founded by businessman and activist George Soros, was assisting the caravan by providing what he called “troop carriers” and “rail cars.”

Troops may be sent to halt caravan at border

The U.S. is expected to send troops to the border as part of a plan to prevent a migrant caravan from entering the country.

Billionaire donates $500,000 to McDaniel super PAC

On October 2, Remember Mississippi PAC received $500 million from Robert Mercer.

Defense Secretary Mattis may send at least 800 troops to southern border

Mattis may send around 800 troops to help border patrol agents when the caravan of migrants reaches the U.S.-Mexico border.

Ivanka Trump coming to Mississippi to discuss early childhood education

Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, will be in Mississippi this week.

David Baria hosts town hall in Jackson County

A town hall hosted by Democrat David Baria in Gautier Monday night was filled with people, all eager to ask the U.S. Senate candidate questions.

Cindy Hyde-Smith kicks off campaign bus tour in Collins

U.S. Senator and candidate for Senate in Mississippi’s upcoming special election Cindy Hyde-Smith began a new campaign bus tour in Collins Saturday afternoon.

Challenge for indicted Republicans: Win re-election

Two Republican congressmen trying to win re-election while under indictment in a fresh test of partisanship in the Trump era

GOP on defense to explain pre-existing condition protections

Republican candidates who are still calling for repeal of the Obama-era health care law find themselves on the defensive about how they will preserve protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions

Judicial candidates speak before Forrest & Lamar County Republican Women

Several judicial candidates running for office in the upcoming general election spoke to a gathering of Forrest & Lamar County Republican Women on Tuesday.

Democratic Senate nominee holds town hall meeting in Laurel

Democratic U.S. Senate nominee David Baria held a town hall meeting inside Laurel’s Train Depot on Monday.

Chris McDaniel talks Second Amendment, gun rights in Ellisville

U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel made a stop in Ellisville at The Hunters Edge outdoor store Monday afternoon. McDaniel spoke about the Second Amendment and the rights of gun owners.

Mississippi Senate committee holds hearing on lifetime voting ban concerns

Mississippi is one of only four states imposing a lifetime voting ban on everyone convicted of certain crimes.More than half of those folks have completed their sentences.

New poll released with Senate special election projections

New polling is released with just more than a month until the Senate special election.

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood officially announces run for governor

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has issued a statement regarding his run for governor.

Trump orders ‘limited’ new FBI probe after judiciary committee sends Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination to Senate for vote

President Trump said the supplemental FBI probe into Brett Kavanaugh must be limited in scope, and last no longer than a week.

“Very irresponsibly, I was looking at the dang Twitter feed": Rep. Greg Snowden maintains he was not inebriated after DUI arrest

Snowden failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a breath test at the station. He was booked around 3:00 p.m.

The Latest: Trump postpones meeting with Rosenstein

President Donald Trump has postponed his highly anticipated meeting with embattled Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein until next week

Here’s what to expect at the Kavanaugh-Ford hearing

Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, will testify separately about her allegation of sexual assault at a high school party in the early 1980s.

White House postpones meeting between Trump, Rosenstein

President Donald Trump says his would prefer to keep Rod Rosenstein and not fire the deputy attorney general

Voter registration drives to be held on MS college campuses

Student leaders at Mississippi’s eight public universities are holding voter registration drives in the coming days to encourage their fellow students to get out and vote.

Still employed, Rod Rosenstein to meet with Trump Thursday

As deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein had been in charge of the Russia investigation.

Former Bay State governor campaigns for Mike Espy in Hattiesburg

U.S. Senate Candidate Mike Espy campaigned in Hattiesburg Saturday and he got support from the former governor of the Bay State.

McDaniel: Most misconduct allegations “absolutely fabricated”

In an interview that aired Monday on American Family Radio, Chris McDaniel said when it comes to allegations made against high profile political candidates, “99% of the time are just absolutely fabricated.” McDaniel made that comment on Focal Point, a program hosted by Bryan Fischer.

AG Hood urges Congress to reauthorize Violence Against Woman Act

Attorney General Jim Hood announced Monday that he joined attorneys general from all 50 states and five territories to urge Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.

U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel booed on ‘Morning Joe’ for disparaging comments

U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel was booed by a live MSNBC audience on Sept. 14 at Ole Miss.

MS Supreme Court affirms governor’s power to control budgets

The Supreme Court of Mississippi affirmed that Governor Phil Bryant has the power to control the budget of state agencies.

Sumrall has new police chief after former chief resigns

The Town of Sumrall has a new police chief after the former chief resigned his position at the end of August.

  ‘Unbelievable’: Bald eagle lands on fire truck during 9/11 tribute

Many Facebook users expressed their belief the event was “a sign from above honoring those who gave all for others.”

President Trump to hold rally in Jackson

President Donald Trump will speak on Friday, Sept. 14 at the Mississippi Coliseum.

Trump rips searing Times op-ed from unnamed senior official

A senior Trump administration official writes an opinion piece in The New York Times claiming to be part of a group of people "working diligently from within" to impede President Donald Trump's "worst inclinations" and ill-conceived parts of his agenda

Trump’s disapproval rating reaches all-time high

According to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Friday 60 percent of Americans disapprove of the job Trump is doing.

USM professor: McCain remembered for ability to 'cross the aisle'

One University of Southern Mississippi professor is remembering McCain for his military service and his lawmaking abilities.

Forrest, Lamar counties to get funds from internet sales tax

There was good news out of day three of the special session for Forrest and Lamar counties.

'Promote the Vote' kicks off in Hattiesburg

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann was in Hattiesburg Tuesday, to speak to students about the importance of voting and getting their parents to vote.

MDOT commissioner King says funds are needed from special session

Southern District Transportation Commissioner Tom King hopes MDOT will get some money from the special session later this week.

Democratic candidates Baria, Anderson, campaign in Lamar County

Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate and the 4th Congressional District campaigned in Lamar County Saturday.

Andy Gipson speaks at Kiwanis meeting in Laurel

Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson spoke before a crowd of Kiwanis members in Laurel Wednesday.

Sen. Hyde-Smith announces $11.9 million grant for water infrastructure

U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith announced Thursday that Mississippi will be receiving an $11.9 million grant for public water system improvements.

Secretary of State candidate speaks to Jones County GOP Women

A Republican State Senator from Pascagoula is running for Secretary of State next year.

New state auditor speaks to Hattiesburg Rotary Club

Mississippi's newly-appointed state auditor spoke about new initiatives he has started at a meeting of the Hattiesburg Rotary Club Tuesday.

Senate candidates speak at Neshoba County Fair

Three U.S. Senate candidates competing in a Mississippi special election this November spoke at the Neshoba County Fair Thursday.  Republican Chris McDaniel, Democrat Mike Espy and Republican U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith will be running for the seat following the retirement of U.S. Senator Thad Cochran.

U.S. Senator Wicker meets with U.S. Supreme Court nominee

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., met with President Donald J. Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday.  Wicker and Judge Kavanagh met in Washington D.C., according to a news release from Wicker's office.

Medical Housecall: Hattiesburg doctor offers insight on sleeplessness in women

For working moms, 42-year-old Kristy Gould's routine may sound familiar: morning work out, get the kids ready for school, then a full days work. "Coming home and eating dinner and homework and baths and doing it all again," Gould said. She said her full days were no problem, until a couple of years ago. "I wake up in the middle of the night. You lay there for a little while in hopes that you go back to sleep and you just realize that you might as well get up and make...

Mayor, alderman races still to be decided in Pine Belt

Could it come down to a coin toss in an alderman race in Heidelberg?  We have a winner in a Sumrall alderman race.  Affidavit ballots will determine who will be Lumberton's next mayor.

Lott, Congressional incumbents win; State Senate Dist. 41 goes into overtime

Senator Trent Lott and all four of Mississippi's House incumbents won re-elected Tuesday, easily defeating challengers who ran low-budget campaigns.

DuPree, Mack Prepare For Inaugurations

Mayor Johnny DuPree prepares to mark the start of his second term in Hattiesburg.  Mayor-elect Melvin Mack will take his oath of office in Laurel the first of the month.  Click on "full story" for the schedules.

Laurel: Inauguration Day for Melvin Mack

The mayor-elect will be sworn into office July 1 (later today) at 10:00am at Laurel city hall.