Emily Wagster Pettus, The Associated Press

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Recent articles by Emily:

LGBTQ+ pride flags at VA facilities in Mississippi draw GOP criticism, protests

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — All the Republicans in Mississippi’s congressional delegation are demanding that the Veterans Administration remove an LGBTQ+ pr... → Read More

Mississippi harms free speech by requiring state permits before protests, lawsuit says

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A new Mississippi law will restrict free speech by requiring people to obtain permission from state law enforcement officials fo... → Read More

US judge condemns Mississippi city’s ‘crime cancer’ as he removes state justice from lawsuit

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court chief justice cannot be sued over a state law that requires him to appoint some judges in the capi... → Read More

Mississippi absentee ballot law harms voters with disabilities, lawsuit says

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s new restrictions on absentee ballots could disenfranchise voters who have disabilities by preventing them from rec... → Read More

No sign of Mississippi governor fulfilling pledge on campaign funds tied to welfare case

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Financial documents show no sign that Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has fulfilled his pledge to give away campaign donations from... → Read More

11-year-old boy says he thought he would die after Mississippi police officer shot him

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An 11-year-old Mississippi boy who called police to help his family and then was shot by an officer said the bullet that pierced... → Read More

Mississippi Democrats improperly excluded candidate for governor, judge says

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi could have a Democratic primary for governor in August because a judge ruled Friday that the party improperly exclud... → Read More

Attorney demands firing of Mississippi police officer after 11-year-old boy is shot

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi police officer who shot and wounded an unarmed 11-year-old Black boy in the child’s home should be fired, an attor... → Read More

Trans girl who missed graduation over clothing code: `We deserve rights as humans’

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A transgender Mississippi girl who skipped graduation because school officials told her to follow the boys dress code says she c... → Read More

Federal judge extends temporary halt on appointed judges in Mississippi capital

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday extended his order that temporarily stops the Mississippi Supreme Court chief justice from appointing ... → Read More

Judge: Mississippi school can make trans girl dress as boy for graduation

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge says he will not block a Mississippi school district from requiring a transgender girl to dress as boy for high ... → Read More

Mississippi attorneys argue in lawsuit over trans student’s graduation attire

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Opposing attorneys clashed Friday over whether a Mississippi school district can require a transgender girl to abide by a boys’ ... → Read More

Trans girl is told not to wear dress to Mississippi graduation, lawsuit says

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi school district is refusing to let a transgender girl wear a dress and heeled shoes with her graduation cap and go... → Read More

Trans girl is told not to wear dress to Mississippi graduation, lawsuit says

A transgender teenager and her parents are suing a Mississippi school district because they say officials told her not to wear a dress and heeled shoes to high school graduation → Read More

News site CEO apologizes to Mississippi ex-Gov. Bryant over welfare comments

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An executive at a news organization has apologized to former Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant for remarks she made about him and the... → Read More

Favre asks Mississippi Supreme Court to remove him from welfare lawsuit

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to remove him as a defendant in a civil lawsuit that... → Read More

Democrat pledges ethics package in his challenge of Mississippi GOP governor

A Democrat running for Mississippi governor says he will push legislators to enact an ethics package that includes limits on campaign donations, frequent disclosure about lobbyists’ spending and a ban on former state officials quickly becoming lobbyists → Read More

1 lawsuit over appointment of Mississippi judges dismissed, another case still alive

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi judge has dismissed one lawsuit that challenges a new law dealing with appointment of judges in the majority-Black... → Read More

Order temporarily blocks appointed judges in mostly Black city and county in Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge Friday temporarily blocked the appointment of four state court judges in the majority-Black county that is home ... → Read More

Favre ends lawsuit after sportscaster McAfee apologizes over ‘stealing from poor’ remark

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre is ending a lawsuit against sportscaster Pat McAfee after McAfee publicly apologized Thursda... → Read More