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  Waller campaigns at Ellisville restaurant

Republican candidate for governor Bill Waller, Jr. was back in the Pine Belt Friday, campaigning in Jones County.

Missy McGee hosts campaign kickoff for Dist. 102 seat

Robert Foster endorses Bill Waller ahead of primary runoff for Mississippi Governor

  Some in Jones Co. Hispanic community react to ICE raids

  Hodge, Davis talk about runoff campaigns for Jones Co. Sheriff

Reeves, Waller headed for runoff in Mississippi

King likely to win another term as transportation commissioner

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Barnett beats Delgado in Senate District 34 primary

Runoff will decide Republican candidate for Forrest Co. Sheriff

DuPree wins Democratic nomination for secretary of state; Britton falls in primary

Voters select Perkins, Anderson as candidates for Covington Co. Sheriff

Johnson wins Democratic nomination for Jasper Co. Sheriff

AP: Hosemann wins Republican nomination for Miss. lieutenant governor

GOP race for Mississippi governor a close call on election day

Tuesday is Election Day in Mississippi. It’s the state’s primary election, and the most-watched race is the Republican primary for governor.

Mental illness and the gun control debate: Politicians and advocates weigh in

As the gun control debate ramps back up in the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, politicians and advocates are weighing in with their own take.

Mississippi native Brett Favre endorses Tate Reeves for governor

Favre described Reeves as a “friend and family man who is committed to making our state a better place.”

Bill Waller Jr. shares why he wants to be Mississippi’s next governor

With a chuckle and earnest grin, Mississippi gubernatorial candidate Bill Waller Junior makes his way from house to house at this year’s Neshoba County Fair, eager to tell Mississippians who he is and what he plans to do if elected.

Gubernatorial candidates speak at Neshoba County Fair

Lt. Governor candidates make their pitches to voters at the Neshoba County Fair

Tate Reeves discusses why he’s running for the Republican nomination for Governor

Senators Roger Wicker, Cindy Hyde-Smith co-sponsor proposal to rebuild deficient bridges

Reeves holds lead over Waller in latest Mason-Dixon poll; still short of 50% needed to avoid runoff

  Republican Forum held in Laurel

Wicker, Hyde-Smith, Palazzo respond to continued rocket testing at Stennis Space Center

Sen. Roger Wicker, Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Rep. Steven Palazzo welcomed an announcement from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration that the agency will continue rocket testing at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County.

Did the GOP Gubernatorial debate move the needle for voters?

How effective were the messages from Robert Foster, Tate Reeves and Bill Waller, Jr.?

Republican gubernatorial candidates face off in debate

Mississippi's three Republican Gubernatorial candidates vying for the party nomination debate for the first time all together.

  Could governor primaries head to a runoff?

The gubernatorial race is heating up in counties across Mississippi. WDAM takes a look at the possibility of a runoff election for governor following the primary.

Hyde-Smith speaks at Hattiesburg ADP Luncheon

Labor secretary Alex Acosta resigned Friday.

Foster defends decision to refuse female reporter access to campaign

Robert Foster may be getting hammered by some with accusations of sexism throughout the country, but on Thursday, he found a receptive crowd of women.

Federal suit filed against Columbia cop, city

Detainee claims abuse, rights violation at hands of Columbia Police Department.

Mississippi circuit clerks opened Saturday to register voters for August primary

County courthouses across Mississippi were open for a few hours Saturday, so new voters could register in time for the upcoming August primary.

Why an accurate count on the 2020 Census matters

Local leaders discuss the importance of a full count in the upcoming Census.

Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders to take center stage in second Democratic primary debate

The debates will be held in Miami on June 26 and 27.

Hyde-Smith backs access to breast cancer screening legislation

U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith announced Tuesday that she is co-sponsoring a bill that would ensure access to breast cancer screenings for women in their 40s.

Ala. Sen. Doug Jones reacts to Roy Moore’s second bid for Senate seat

Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore announced Thursday he’ll make another run for the U.S. Senate.

Gubernatorial candidate Foster speaks to Jones GOP Women

Republican candidate for governor, Robert Foster, made his second visit to a Jones County GOP meeting Wednesday.

President Trump nominates Mississippi judge to U.S. Court of Appeals

Ozerden has served as the U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Mississippi since 2007

Funeral reflects bipartisan work of former US Sen. Cochran

Cochran was 81 when he died Thursday. He served 45 years in Washington, with the first six in the House and the rest in the Senate.

Mississippi Capitol hosts funeral of former US Sen. Cochran

Flags in Mississippi are flying at half-staff to honor a Republican former U.S. senator who brought billions of dollars to the state.

WATCH: Funeral held for former Sen. Thad Cochran in Jackson

Watch as Mississippi's political leaders gather at the State Capitol to remember the life and legacy of former U.S. Senator Thad Cochran.

Mourners remember former US Sen. Thad Cochran in Oxford

Two funeral services are scheduled in Jackson - Monday at the Mississippi Capitol and Tuesday at a church.

Remembering Senator Thad Cochran: Beyond the Politics

We've told you the stories surrounding Sen. Thad Cochran's life of service and his legacy in Mississippi politics.Now, we're taking a look beyond the politics.

  Pine Belt leaders react to the death of Sen. Thad Cochran

Former U.S. Senator Thad Cochran passed away Thursday morning at his home in Oxford, Miss.

Lawsuit calls Mississippi’s way of choosing governors racist

On Thursday, more than a century later, four black Mississippians sued in federal court to put an end to what they say is a racially discriminatory system, unique in the U.S. and deliberately aimed at thwarting the election of African Africans.

Palazzo supports Trump order to declassify Russia documents

President Trump has directed U.S. intelligence agencies to cooperate “quickly and fully” with Attorney General Barr’s examination of the origins of the Russia investigation.

House speaker says Rep. McLeod should resign if domestic violence allegations are true

We’re learning new details about a Mississippi state representative’s Saturday arrest on domestic violence, simple assault charges.

Mississippi heartbeat law banning most abortions heads to federal court

This organization is Mississippi’s only abortion clinic.

Miss. state representative arrested in George County

A Mississippi state lawmaker was arrested over the weekend on a charge of domestic violence-simple assault, according to the George County Sheriff’s Office.

Mississippi abortion supporters and opponents react to Alabama ban

Mississippi is among the states in legal battles over restrictive abortion bans.

Killing of Biloxi officer sends shockwaves through Washington

Police officer safety is in the spotlight in Washington following the killing of Biloxi Police Officer Robert McKeithen. As the community continues to deal with the loss, leaders in our nation’s capital are responding to the shooting.

GOP gubernatorial candidate Waller attends Shelby Retiree Day

One of the candidates for Mississippi governor was at Camp Shelby Friday for an annual Retiree Day ceremony.

Mississippi’s Congressional delegation honors fallen Biloxi police officer on Capitol Hill

With Congress in session this week, several of Mississippi’s representatives took time this week to publicly honor fallen Biloxi Police Officer Robert McKeithen.

Columbia officials, community leaders react to sales tax vote

A new sports complex is one step closer to reality after voters in Columbia gave their thumbs up to a 3 percent tourism tax.

Councilwoman wants light shed on electric bill

Councilwoman wants to know why city electric bill going up when using allegedly money-saving lights.

  Columbia to hold special election on tourism tax

Voters in Columbia will decide whether the city will have a new tourism tax.

SNAP ban on drug felons to be lifted in Mississippi

Mississippi will soon allow drug felons to apply for federal food assistance.

Lawyers: Mississippi making abortion ‘virtually unavailable’

State attorneys wrote last week that Mississippi has an interest in preserving fetal life “from the moment of conception.”

Gov. Bryant signs first-in-the-nation foster care reform

The Children’s Promise Act (HB 1613) will provide concrete assistance to nonprofit organizations working on diverse problems around the state, including human trafficking, opioid addiction, and autism.

Sec. of State candidates Britton, Watson speak to Forrest-Lamar GOP Women

The two Republican candidates who hope to be Mississippi’s new Secretary of State campaigned in Lamar County Tuesday.

Governor Bryant signs teacher pay raise bill

This will give teacher’s in Mississippi a raise of $1,500.

Tate Reeves officially kicks off gubernatorial campaign

He held a rally at Climate Masters, his family’s business, in Pearl.

Statewide survey reveals voters’ thoughts on policy issues

State of the State survey reveals where voters priorities lie ahead of statewide elections.

U.S. Judge Starrett to ‘retire’ to ‘senior’ status

U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett announced that he will "retire" to "senior status" a the end of April.

Mississippi teachers are in fighting mode after legislative session actions

Mississippi educators are organizing for action -- they're planning how to best get their voices heard following the most recent legislative session.

McCarty wins in House District 101 runoff

Kent McCarty won a Tuesday runoff to become the next representative for Mississippi House District 101.

AG candidate tours the Pine Belt

Attorney General candidate Andy Taggart was in the Pine Belt today as he continued his state-wide bus tour.

  Mississippi legislature works to strengthen human trafficking laws

Some human trafficking victims will soon receive protections under a new state law. And law enforcement says that's needed to better track down the people behind the crimes.

  Three candidates running for senator of district 34

Senator Juan Barnett, City of Hattieburg councilwoman Deborah Delgado and retiree Steven Wade are on the ballot.

  Lawmakers considering new budget proposals following improved revenue outlook

While there's been disagreements on specifics---there does seem to be a consensus at the State Capitol.That consensus is that the money will most likely go towards pay raises for teachers and state employees.

  Trump border emergency survives as House veto override fails

The Democratic-controlled chamber fell 38 votes short of the 286 needed for Democrats and their handful of Republican allies to prevail, because a two-thirds majority was needed.

Mississippi teachers playing waiting game on pay raise proposal details

Teacher pay raise details are still in limbo at the State Capitol as the 2019 legislative session draws to a close.

Though Mueller’s report has been completed, debate continues

Mueller's findings absolve Trump on the question of colluding with Russia but don't entirely remove the legal threats the president and his associates are facing.

  Mueller report: Barr says Mueller finds no evidence of Trump-Russia conspiracy

Attorney General William Barr has given Congress the eagerly anticipated summary of the “principal conclusions” of special counsel Robert Mueller’s two-year Russia investigation.

Governor plans to sign fetal heartbeat bill despite threat of legal action

Nation's most restrictive abortion ban to be signed into law by Governor Phil Bryant on Thursday.

Bill banning abortions when fetal heartbeat detected heads to Governor

Senate Bill 2116 provides an exemption for cases of medical emergencies.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren set to hold town hall at Jackson State

The events will be open to the public, and tickets can be reserved online.

Sen. Roger Wicker votes against Trump’s border emergency

Among the 59 U.S. Senators who voted Thursday to reject President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southwest border was Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker.

Runoff to determine House District 101 special election

A runoff will determine the winner of the House District 101 special election after no candidate received a majority of the vote on Tuesday.

Duck hunting season expansion measure signed into law

The legislation allows states to extend duck hunting season to Jan. 31 and schedule special hunts for veterans, military and youths.

Mississippi House passes fetal heartbeat abortion bill

The House on Monday amended and passed Senate Bill 2116 , which would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, about six weeks into pregnancy. The House and Senate must work out differences in their respective bills before it moves forward to Gov. Phil Bryant.

Mississippi House ups ante on teacher pay; final sum unclear

A total of 20 Republicans broke ranks on a key House vote that kept alive a proposal to quadruple that original proposal, giving teachers a pair of $2,000 raises over the next two years.