- NCAA board OKs anti-discrimination measure for event bidding Updated: Apr-27-16 10:08 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA Board of Governors adopted an anti-discrimination measure Wednesday that would affect the way the governing body evaluates bids to host sporting events.
- Attorney: Mississippi law could harm access to gay marriage Updated: Apr-26-16 6:44 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - A new Mississippi law might violate a federal judge's order that blocks the state from treating same-sex couples differently from straight couples who want to marry, says an attorney who helped overturn the state's ban on gay marriage.
- Religious leaders object to religious objections law Updated: Apr-25-16 7:26 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Dozens of Methodist leaders are objecting to Mississippi's new religious objections law, saying it violates their religious principles.
- Senate confirms 2 to K-12 board, 1 to College Board Updated: Apr-23-16 2:53 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Mississippi senators have confirmed one person to a board overseeing Mississippi's eight public universities and two people to the board overseeing K-12 education.
- 2016 session: Tax cut, school changes; no new highway money Updated: Apr-22-16 2:12 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Mississippi legislators grabbed national attention during their 2016 session by voting to let workers cite their own religious objections to same-sex marriage to deny services to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people.
- Analysis: Republican supermajority brings results, division Updated: Apr-21-16 7:34 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - This was the year Republicans seized and wielded a supermajority in both houses of the Mississippi Legislature.
- Treasurer says borrowing too high, some projects unworthy Updated: Apr-20-16 8:55 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch is objecting to a bill passed by lawmakers to borrow money for construction projects, saying some of the projects are imprudent and she's worried about the state taking on too much debt.
- Mississippi governor cutting $25M in 2nd round of reductions Updated: Apr-20-16 3:57 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday made his second round of state spending cuts since the current budget year started July 1, with revenue continuing to fall short of expectations in a sluggish economy.
- Executioners and drug suppliers to be secret in Mississippi Updated: Apr-19-16 8:08 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - A legal veil of secrecy could drop over much of the execution process in Mississippi under a bill agreed on by House and Senate negotiators.
- Mississippi House turns back limit on taking campaign cash Updated: Apr-19-16 2:29 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - With longtime members rebelling against changes, the Mississippi House voted down a bill that would have restricted personal use of campaign money.
- The Latest: Senate sends $415M tax cut to Bryant to sign Updated: Apr-18-16 10:35 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - The Latest on tax cuts being considered by the Mississippi Legislature (all times local):
- The Latest: Lawmakers agree to borrow $250 million in bonds Updated: Apr-18-16 9:46 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - The Latest on state borrowing (all times local):
- Mississippi lawmakers agree to borrow $250 million in bonds Updated: Apr-18-16 9:42 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Mississippi state government would borrow $250 million under an agreement between House and Senate negotiators that's headed to the desk of Gov. Phil Bryant.
- Correction: Budget Update story Updated: Apr-18-16 9:50 am
JACKSON, Mississippi - In a story April 17 about the Mississippi budget, The Associated Press reported erroneously that State Rep. Sam Mims is from Lakeshore. Mims is from the city of McComb.
- Mississippi lawmakers at deadline to decide budget and bonds Updated: Apr-16-16 10:13 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Mississippi legislators said Saturday they'd reached an overall bargain on state spending, but they continued to haggle over how much the state would borrow and whether it would cut taxes in the upcoming budget year beginning July 1.
- The Latest: Bargain reached to slightly lower state spending Updated: Apr-16-16 10:07 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - The Latest on budget negotiations among Mississippi legislators (all times local):
- Mississippi governor signs law allowing armed church members Updated: Apr-15-16 6:37 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - A holstered gun sat on top of a Bible on Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant's desk Friday when he signed a law allowing guns in churches, which he said would help protect worshippers from potential attackers.
- Conservative lawmakers drive backlash against LGBT rights Updated: Apr-14-16 5:14 am
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Year after year, South Carolina Sen. Lee Bright has watched as gays won more rights through legislation and the courts. And as he sees proposals elsewhere in the U.S. aimed at allowing transgender people to use the bathroom that conforms to their identity, he says plenty of people feel just like he does.
- Franklin Graham: Christians should deepen political work Updated: Apr-13-16 6:59 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Evangelist Franklin Graham, on a 50-state prayer rally tour for more Christian involvement in politics, made clear in Mississippi Wednesday that he supports the state's incoming law to let churches and some private businesses deny services to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
- Mississippi picnic in New York City canceled over HB 1523 Updated: Apr-12-16 6:15 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - An annual New York City picnic celebrating Mississippi food and culture is canceled because of Mississippi's adoption of a contested religious-objections bill.
- Mississippi church a window into national gay rights debate Updated: Apr-12-16 7:48 am
BRANDON, Mississippi - On many Sundays, conservative Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant can be found in the sanctuary at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, almost always in his trademark suit and boots, often among those helping pass the offering plates.
- 95 Mississippi authors call for repeal of anti-LGBT law Updated: Apr-12-16 1:17 am
JACKSON, Mississippi - A former U.S. poet laureate, winners of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize, and best-selling authors including John Grisham are among 95 Mississippi authors urging state officials to repeal a law that will let workers cite religious beliefs to deny services to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people.
- ABC anchor on Mississippi law: Equal treatment for everyone Updated: Apr-08-16 8:50 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Robin Roberts said Friday that "it hurts my soul" that someone might not be welcome in Mississippi because of a law saying religious groups and some private businesses can cite moral beliefs to deny services to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people.
- The Latest: Conservative leader praises Mississippi law Updated: Apr-06-16 7:44 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - The Latest on reactions to a Mississippi law allowing government employees, religious groups and some private businesses to cite their own religious beliefs to deny services to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people (all times local):
- GOP's social, fiscal conservatives at odds over gay rights Updated: Apr-06-16 6:44 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Republican lawmakers upset about the Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage have advanced measures in about a dozen states this year that could strengthen protections for those who refuse on religious grounds to provide services to same-sex couples.