News | Jackson Free Press | Jackson, MS
Tease photo Health Care

Experts: COVID-19 Vaccines Still Effective, Needed as U.K. Variant Spreads Across U.S.

The COVID-19 variant designated as B117 is now the most common strain of the virus in parts the United States, almost two months after the Mississippi State Department of Health ...

Tease photo Politics

Analysis: Mississippi Unlikely to Ease Its Election Laws

Mississippi legislators imposed no new limits on the election process during their recently ended session, but this state already had some of the strictest voting laws in the U.S.

Tease photo Health Care

An Eye on Equity: Clinic for Uninsured Offering Johnson & Johnson Vaccine on Saturdays in April

Jackson Free Clinic is offering a COVID-19 vaccination to anyone interested for the three remaining Saturdays in April—10th, 17th, and 24th.

Tease photo Education

High Court Won't Block Mississippi School Disparity Lawsuit

The U.S. Supreme Court said Thursday it will not get involved, for now, in a lawsuit that says Mississippi allows grave disparities in funding between predominantly Black and predominantly white ...

Tease photo Politics

‘This Is Not an Entitlement Program’: Ballot Initiative Seeks to Expand Medicaid Coverage

Hundreds of thousands of Mississippians could receive expanded Medicaid coverage from the newly created Ballot Initiative 76, which would expand Medicaid coverage to those under 138% of the federal poverty ...

Tease photo Education

JSU Truth Initiative Partnership, USM Virtual MLK Prayer Breakfast and MSU Virtual Twelfth Night Performances

Jackson State University is one of 10 HBCUs partnering with Truth Initiative as part of a national movement to address smoking, vaping and nicotine use at college campuses nationwide.

Tease photo Health Care

Mississippi Receiving $29.7M from CDC for Vaccinations

Mississippi is receiving about $29.7 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to support coronavirus vaccination efforts.

Tease photo

Analysis: Mississippi Capitol Actions Have Real-Life Impact

The first bill legislators passed and the governor signed this year has had an easy-to-see impact. House Bill 1 put the design of the new magnolia-themed state flag into law.

Tease photo Crime

Parole Reform Passes to Governor’s Desk Amid Murky Future

Accessibility to parole hearings would extend to more inmates across Mississippi’s state prison system if Gov. Tate Reeves signs legislation passed in the state Senate this week.

Tease photo Politics

Advocates: Put Early Voting Proposal on Mississippi Ballot

Democratic state lawmaker Hester Jackson McCray is leading a group of activists who want to amend the Mississippi Constitution to create a broad system of early, in-person voting.

Tease photo Politics

Pay Raises, Yes; Tax Changes, No: Mississippi Session Ends

Mississippi legislators ended their 2021 session Thursday after agreeing on a teacher pay raise and voting to update parole rules in a state with crowded prisons.

Tease photo Education

USM Completes Southern Station, MSU Startup Summit and JSU Museum Consortium

The University of Southern Mississippi's Southern Miss Alumni Association recently announced the completion of a multi-use entertainment venue called Southern Station in Spirit Park on the university's campus.

Tease photo Politics

Mississippi Legislators Wrapping Up Work for 3-Month Session

Mississippi legislators will end their three-month session on Thursday, and that will give Republican Gov. Tate Reeves a few days to sign or veto dozens of bills they passed.

Tease photo Politics

Mississippi Proposal Would Expand the Possibility of Parole

Mississippi legislators are sending Gov. Tate Reeves a bill that could make more inmates eligible for the possibility of parole in a state one of the highest incarceration rates in ...

Tease photo Politics

Mississippi: No Extension of Postpartum Medicaid Coverage

An effort to extend postpartum Medicaid coverage has failed in Mississippi, a state with high rates of infant mortality and maternal mortality.

Tease photo Politics

Mississippi Governor Praises Teachers as He Signs Pay Raise Bill

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on Monday signed a bill authorizing a $1,000 pay raise for most teachers, and lawmakers worked to adopt final parts of state spending and borrowing plans ...

Tease photo Politics

State, Higher Education Employees Could Receive Pay Raises

State employees would receive a 3% raise and most public university and community college staff would receive at least a 1% raise under Mississippi lawmaker's latest budget proposal.

Tease photo Politics

Analysis: Senator's Remark on Sunday Politics Draws Backlash

Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi is facing criticism for saying people should avoid political activities on Sundays to keep the Sabbath holy—an idea that Hyde-Smith, herself, has not always ...

Tease photo Politics

Mississippi Lawmakers Set Details on $6 Billion State Budget

Mississippi legislators are set to start voting Sunday on details of a state government spending plan for the year that begins July 1.

Tease photo Health Care

City to Transport 400 Seniors for Vaccination at Medical Mall in April

Four hundred seniors will get COVID-19 vaccines at the Jackson Medical Mall on a yet-to-be-announced day in April, City of Jackson Constituent Services Manager Keyshia Sanders told the Jackson Free ...

Cover Stories

From the Wire

Blogs

Blogs

Video