By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Mississippi lawmakers on Thursday approved hundreds of millions of dollars of state money and incentives for a tire plant in western Hinds County and a shipyard in Gulfport. German tire and auto-parts maker Continental AG will invest $1.45 billion in a plant that one lawmaker called the largest […]


By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – David Baria, a Bay St.Louis attorney and small business owner, has been selected by the minority party in the Mississippi House to serve as its leader. The 48 Democrats in the 122-member House met late Tuesday afternoon to select Baria, 53. Baria is beginning his second […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON — State Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, who underwent hernia surgery on Jan. 20, has resumed his legislative duties during the 2016 session. “I feel good,” said the 60-year-old Holland, who said the surgery lasted for four and one-half hours. “I am still recovering. I am sore, still […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant is imploring high-achieving college students to remain in Mississippi after graduation and build their careers in the state. “Stay here. Grow where you’re planted,” Bryant said Tuesday during an event at the Capitol to honor community college and university students for academic success. Speaking […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said Monday Mississippi has overcome its long history of voter discrimination and disenfranchisement and is now ready for a complete overhaul of its election laws. Hosemann, the third-term Republican, outlined during a speech at a luncheon meeting of the Mississippi State […]

By Julie Pace and Catherine Lucey Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa – Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a fiery conservative loathed by his own party’s leaders, swept to victory in Iowa’s Republican caucuses Monday, overcoming billionaire Donald Trump and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Among Democrats, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were deadlocked in a tight race. […]

JACKSON (AP) – State Rep. Steve Holland is back at the Mississippi Capitol, less than two weeks after having surgery to repair an abdominal hernia. The 60-year-old Democrat from Plantersville returned to work Monday and said he feels fine. Holland underwent surgery Jan. 20 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Holland started […]

MERIDIAN (AP) – Gil Carmichael, a two-time Republican nominee for Mississippi governor in the 1970s and head of the Federal Railway Commission under President George H.W. Bush, has died. He was 88. Lauderdale County Coroner Clayton Cobler says Carmichael died of a heart attack Sunday at Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian. Services were pending […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – More than a few observers walked away from Gov. Phil Bryant’s State of the State speech believing they’d heard the second-term Republican oppose plans for this year’s Legislature to cut the $242-million-a-year corporate franchise tax. The governor, though, says that’s not true – it’s more a matter of […]