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  Eight elected officials announce party switch, join Mississippi Republican Party

The Mississippi Republican Party is welcoming some new members.

Computer science education bill introduced in Miss. Senate

  MDHS discusses largest embezzlement scheme in state history, upcoming policy changes

  Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus announces 2020 agenda

Laurel Ward 6 City Council election will end in run-off

La. Rep. Steve Scalise supports repercussions for Nancy Pelosi’s speech ripping

Proposed bill could change the Mississippi state flag

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Mississippi congressman one of 10 House Democrats to skip State of the Union Address

New rep resigns, saying she had to choose service or pension

Teacher pay bill clears first step in Miss. Senate

Former Miss. governor Phil Bryant joins consulting firm

  WATCH: Gov. Reeves delivers his first State of State address

Medical marijuana opponent speaks out to Coast Republicans

Gov. Reeves to deliver first State of the State address Monday

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves will deliver his first State of the State address Monday night.

  ‘Shut it down:’ Families, advocates and celebrities demanding Mississippi prison reform

The intersection of N. Congress and Mississippi Streets were filled with people chanting "shut it down" in reference to Parchman.

Prayer For Prisons rally brings emotional appeals from family members, pastors, politicians

Prayer for the Prisons rally brings emotional appeal from speakers at the Capitol.

  Gov. Reeves announces nationwide search for MDOC commissioner

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves is launching a search for a new commissioner of Mississippi Department of Corrections.

Inauguration Day: Tate Reeves is sworn in as Mississippi’s 65th Governor

  Hattiesburg mayor pushes for citywide camera system to reduce crime

  Tate Reeves sworn in as Mississippi’s 65th governor

  Tate Reeves officially becomes 65th Governor of Mississippi

  Inauguration 2020: Tate Reeves to be sworn in as Mississippi’s 65th Governor Tuesday morning

  Governor Phil Bryant reflects on his time in office

Anti-gang legislation expected to be filed again in Mississippi Legislature

Mississippi lawmakers will soon have another opportunity to pass what's been called an "anti-gang" bill.

Rep. Thompson requests investigation into MDOC: ‘There are some serious flaws in the correctional system’

Governor Phil Bryant said he welcomes federal investigators coming in to assist with the investigation happening at the state level.

Miss. leaders react to U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian general

The Pentagon is scrambling to reinforce the American military presence in the Middle East in preparation for reprisals. As part of that, the U.S. is sending nearly 3,000 more Army troops to the Mideast.

  State Rep. Jansen Owen hosts town hall meeting in Lumberton

House District 106 Rep. Jansen Owen held a town hall meeting in Lumberton Thursday evening to listen and talk with the community about what they feel needs to be addressed.

New federal law aimed at combating robocalls

No one wants to ring in the new year with...more robocalls. There's some good news to pass along in the fight to keep those calls at bay.

Analysis: Hosemann says he’s ready to work as Lt. Governor

Mississippi’s incoming lieutenant governor is setting an ambitious agenda for his first year in office.

  Chris McDaniel says Trump impeachment “pure politics”

Mississippi state senator and former U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel says the impeachment of president Donald Trump is “pure politics.”

Age to buy tobacco products may soon change from 18 to 21

The Senate passed a bill Thursday that could soon require anyone to be at least 21 in order to buy tobacco products.

  Pine Belt reacts to impeachment of President Trump

Some Pine Belt residents are reacting to the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

‘God bless Miss.’: Jim Hood thanks Magnolia State as he wraps up final term as Attorney General

Attorney General Jim Hood issued a note of thanks to Mississippians on Thursday.

Mississippi lawmakers respond to House impeachment vote

After the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump in a historic vote Wednesday night, several Mississippi lawmakers immediately responded.

  Lt. Governor-elect Delbert Hosemann discusses preparations for the 2020 legislative session

Lt. Governor-elect Delbert Hosemann discusses his legislative priorities for the 2020 session that begins in January.

Mississippi Congressional leader react to latest in the impeachment process

Mississippi Congresssional leaders weigh in on impeachment latest.

Miss. farmers remain hopeful that a deal will be reached in the US-China trade war

U.S.-China trade war continues to weigh on soybean farmers.

  Roger Wicker reacts to Impeachment hearings

Roger Wicker reacts to impeachment hearings.

  Governor-elect Tate Reeves discusses 2020 legislative session

Reeves will be sworn in as Governor on January 14th.

Presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg makes campaign stop in Mississippi

A presidential candidate makes a campaign stop in Jackson.Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg was here for a roundtable discussion on criminal justice reform.

  Christian Andreacchio’s family files residency suit against District Attorney

The Andreacchio family has filed suit against District Attorney Kassie Coleman, saying she doesn't live in Mississippi.

Tips on how to navigate political Thanksgiving table talk

How to avoid awkward conversations this Thanksgiving as politics can spark passionate debate.

Voting suit challenges Mississippi law on citizenship proof

The lawsuit was filed Monday by the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance.

Mississippi College Professor of Law explains how the impeachment process works

Impeachment has been in the headlines for weeks, but we're breaking down what that actually means.

Mike Espy makes it official, announces bid for U.S. Senate

Mike Espy launched his campaign for U.S. Senate Tuesday.

  Chancellor Gambrell speaks during day two of Hattiesburg NAACP conference

An annual conference of the state NAACP is continuing in Hattiesburg.

  Covington sheriff-elect Perkins says changes in department will happen soon

Darrell Perkins will be the next sheriff in Covington County.

Sheriffs’ races dominate election headlines in the Pine Belt

While most of the state was watching results come out of the capital city Tuesday night, sheriffs’ races dominated the headlines here in the Pine Belt.

Decision 2019: Voter turnout around the Pine Belt

Unofficial results for Tuesday’s general election show an increase in voter turnout in some counties in the Pine Belt.

Tate Reeves wins competitive race against Jim Hood for Mississippi governor

Republicans are strengthening their dominance in Mississippi by keeping the governorship and picking up the last remaining statewide office that has been held by a Democrat.

Perkins wins sheriff’s race in Covington County

Darrell “Perk” Perkins will be the next top cop in Covington County.

Charlie Sims will be the next sheriff of Forrest County

Charlie Sims will be the first new sheriff of Forrest County in more than 20 years.

AP: Watson tops DuPree for Secretary of State post

The Associated Press has declared Republican Michael Watson the winner in the race for Mississippi Secretary of State.

  Decision 2019: What you need to know for election day

Voters will head to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 5 to cast their ballots for statewide, state district, legislative, county and county district offices.

WATCH: Vice President Mike Pence speaks at campaign rally for Tate Reeves

Vice President Mike Pence was on the Mississippi Gulf Coast Monday lending his name and voice in support of Tate Reeves.

  Forrest County Sheriff’s candidates make final pushes

The race for Forest County Sheriff is a competitive one with Billy McGee not running for re-election.

US judge not blocking multistep Mississippi election system

A federal judge has ruled that he will not immediately block Mississippi’s unique, multistep process for electing a governor and other statewide officials.

Pres. Trump makes stop in Tupelo ahead of Miss. Governor race

Days before Mississippi’s gubernatorial election, President Donald Trump will be in Tupelo for a rally.

  Covington Sheriff’s candidates Perkins, Anderson make their final campaign pitches

With less than a week to go until the general election, the two candidates for sheriff of Covington County are making their last-minute campaign pitches to voters.

Public Service Commissioner candidates make final push before Election Day

Election night is now just around the corner and many candidates are making their final pushes. One race that is heating up is the race for Public Service Commissioner.

Trump Jr. says Mississippi GOP nominee will help his father

One of President Donald Trump’s sons has told a Mississippi audience that the Republican nominee for governor will be an ally of the White House.

Clerks have Saturday hours for Mississippi absentee voting

Circuit clerks' offices in Mississippi are open on Saturdays for people to cast absentee ballots.

  Trump Jr. to campaign for Reeves in the Pine Belt on Thursday

Donald Trump Jr. will be in Mississippi to campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate Tate Reeves.

Latest Mason-Dixon poll shows Reeves holds slight lead over Hood

Republican Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves holds a slight lead over Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood.

  Attorney general candidate campaigns in Hattiesburg

The Democratic candidate for Mississippi attorney general campaigned in Hattiesburg Wednesday night.

Perry Co. sample ballot for 2019 general election

Here is the sample ballot showing Perry County voters what they will see when they head to the polls on Nov. 5 to vote in Mississippi’s 2019 general election.

Jones Co. sample ballot for 2019 general election

Here is the sample ballot showing Jones County voters what they will see when they head to the polls on Nov. 5 to vote in Mississippi’s 2019 general election.

Marion Co. sample ballot for 2019 general election

Here is the sample ballot showing Marion County voters what they will see when they head to the polls on Nov. 5 to vote in Mississippi’s 2019 general election.

Jasper Co. sample ballot for 2019 general election

Here is the sample ballot showing Jasper County voters what they will see when they head to the polls on Nov. 5 to vote in Mississippi’s 2019 general election.

Lamar Co. sample ballot for 2019 general election

Here is the sample ballot showing Lamar County voters what they will see when they head to the polls on Nov. 5 to vote in Mississippi’s 2019 general election.

Forrest Co. sample ballot for 2019 general election

Here is the sample ballot showing Forrest County voters what they will see when they head to the polls on Nov. 5 to vote in Mississippi’s 2019 general election.

Wayne Co. sample ballot for 2019 general election

Here is the sample ballot showing Wayne County voters what they will see when they head to the polls on Nov. 5 to vote in Mississippi’s 2019 general election.

Covington Co. sample ballot for 2019 general election

Here is the sample ballot showing Covington County voters what they will see when they head to the polls on Nov. 5 to vote in Mississippi’s 2019 general election.

  Palazzo discusses Syria withdrawal, impeachment inquiry

Rep. Steven Palazzo visited the WDAM studio Wednesday afternoon to discuss ongoing issues facing the nation.

Legislative Democrats host Medicaid expansion hearing

Mississippi Legislative Democrats are hosting two Medicaid expansion hearings at the State Capitol this month.

Voter registration deadline is Monday in Mississippi

The secretary of state’s office says Monday is the last day for people to go in person to register to vote. Circuit clerks’ offices are scheduled to be open until 5 p.m. that day.

Decision 2019: Monday is Miss. voter registration deadline for general election

Monday, Oct. 7 is the deadline to register to vote in Mississippi’s general election.

Mississippi leaders react to impeachment inquiry

Mississippi's leaders are joining in on providing reaction to the impeachment inquiry.

  USM students, faculty react to announcement of impeachment inquiry

University of Southern Mississippi students are reacting to the announcement of a formal impeachment inquiry into recent actions by President Donald Trump.

  Covington County Chamber hosts candidate forum

ocal and state candidates met the public face-to-face Tuesday night in Covington County during a forum at the county courthouse.

  Democratic nominee for AG questions party unity, prompting Jim Hood to respond

Democratic candidate for Attorney General is questioning why a fellow nominee is vocalizing supporting of other nominees ahead of the general election.