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Mississippi Attorney: Don't Block Religious Objections Law

Mississippi government attorneys are opposing two legal challenges to a new state law that will let circuit clerks cite religious objections to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex ...


Sentencing Delayed in Bribery Case Tied to Ex-Prison Chief

Sentencing has been delayed for a consultant who pleaded guilty to bribing the former head of Mississippi's prison system.


Mississippi Gov Intends to Join Transgender Bathroom Lawsuit

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he intends to join 11 states in suing the Obama administration for telling U.S. public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms ...


Trump Reaches the Magic Number to Clinch Nomination

Donald Trump on Thursday reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president, completing an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and sets the ...


Democrats Want Special Session to Change Mississippi Budget

Democrats are renewing their demand for Republican Gov. Phil Bryant to call a special session so lawmakers can change parts of Mississippi's $6.3 billion spending plan before the new budget ...


11 States Sue Over Obama's School Transgender Directive

Texas and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their ...


Mississippi Man Released from Jail in Daughter's Death

A Mississippi man whose daughter died after he left her in a hot car was released from jail without bail Tuesday, with the possibility that the second-degree murder charge against ...


Mississippi High Court is Asked to Toss 1990 Death Sentence

An attorney asked the Mississippi Supreme Court on Tuesday to toss out a death sentence for a man who has spent more than half his life on death row, saying ...


Attorney: Charge to be Reduced in Mississippi Hot-Car Death

A defense attorney says he expects a Mississippi prosecutor to reduce the second-degree murder charge against a man arrested last week when his 8-month-old daughter died after being left in ...


Officer Acquitted on All Charges in Freddie Gray Case

A Baltimore officer was acquitted of assault and other charges Monday in the arrest of Freddie Gray, dealing prosecutors a second straight blow in their bid to hold police accountable ...

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Kevin Upchurch

One of the top financial managers in Mississippi government is stepping down at the end of this budget year.

Civil Rights

Supreme Court Upends All-White Jury Verdict, Death Sentence

The Supreme Court upended the conviction and death sentence of a black Georgia man Monday because prosecutors violated the Constitution by excluding African-Americans from the all-white jury that determined his ...


Obama Lifts Decades-Old Arms Ban in His 1st Visit to Vietnam

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday lifted a half-century-old ban on selling arms to Vietnam, looking to bolster a government seen as a crucial, though flawed partner in a region ...


Father Charged with Murder After 8-Month-Old Dies in Car

A father has been charged with second-degree murder after his 8-month-old daughter died in his overheated car in northern Mississippi, police said Friday.


Maroon 5, Citing Morality, Cancels North Carolina Concerts

The pop group Maroon 5 has joined the list of entertainers canceling appearances in North Carolina because of the passage of legislation that denies anti-discrimination protections and dictates which restrooms ...