UPDATE: Miss. tea party groups plan several gatherings

By The Assocated Press

JACKSON — Conservative tea party groups are planning several events in Mississippi this week to show they’re unhappy about government.

Some rallies are planned Thursday to coincide with the federal tax filing deadline. In Laurel, a group called We Surround Them-Jones County is planning to meet at noon outside the courthouse in Laurel.

Candidates for a south Mississippi congressional seat have been invited to speak at a Thursday evening rally at the Gulfport Sportsplex.

A statewide gathering is scheduled to begin Saturday morning at the State Fairgrounds in Jackson, followed by a march to the Capitol. A separate event is scheduled in Oxford.