By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – A federal judge in Jackson will decide Friday whether Rickey Thompson should remain on the Lee County ballot. The Mississippi Supreme Court removed Thompson from the bench two days after he won the Aug. 4 Democratic primary for Lee County Justice Court Judge for District 4. Before the […]


By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Billy McCoy, D-Rienzi, the retired speaker of the state House, has been in his beloved Northeast Mississippi this week far away from the events on the Gulf Coast commemorating the 10th anniversary of the devastation and destruction known as Katrina. But when Hurricane Katrina slammed south […]

WEST MONROE, La. (AP) – A high school in Louisiana is restricting Confederate battle flags that have been displayed for decades at athletic events. The News-Star reports that West Monroe High School, where teams are called the rebels, has banned students from flying the flag from their vehicles on campus. Principal Shelby Ainsworth says clothing […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Four lesbian couples are asking a federal judge to immediately stop Mississippi from enforcing a law that bans same-sex couples from adopting or taking children into foster care. The request for a preliminary injunction was filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Jackson. The document said an […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press Organizers of a new ballot initiative are seeking to keep the Confederate battle emblem on Mississippi’s flag by putting the flag design into the state constitution. A statewide vote could be more than three years away, and the sponsors of Initiative 54 say Attorney General Jim Hood is mischaracterizing […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Karl Gibbs, who won a special election in 2013 to replace his father, David Gibbs, who died in office, captured the House District 36 seat in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. Gibbs defeated Jimmy Davidson 1,929 votes to 1,427 votes, or 57 percent to 43 percent, with all […]

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Tony Roper gets his ballot for the Lee County District 3 Supervisors runoff election on Tuesday. Roper defeated Danny Barrows in the showdown between two Republican candidates. Roper will face Rickey Coker in November.

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPELO – Tony Roper won the right to represent Republicans in final leg of the race to serve the third district on the Lee County Board of Supervisors. “I appreciate all of the voters,” said Roper, who saluted his opponent Danny Barrows for running a clean race. In unofficial […]

Daily Journal TUPELO – One incumbent sheriff fell, while another kept his office in party primary runoff elections Tuesday evening. Two other counties had sheriffs who chose not to seek re-election. Three total candidates will face opposition in November. Meanwhile, an incumbent superintendent was elected to another term on Tuesday. SHERIFF RACES Alcorn Mike LaRue […]

By Joe Rutherford Daily Journal TUPELO – Former Gov. Haley Barbour arrived ahead of schedule Monday in Tupelo in the role of a book salesman, promoting his volume, “America’s Great Storm/Leading Through Hurricane Katrina,” with a signing at Gum Tree Books in Reed’s Department Store. Barbour, 68, served from 2004 until 2012 and was in […]