Rep. Tyrone Ellis retiring from Mississippi House

Rep. Tyrone Ellis, a Democrat from Starkville, announced his retirement from the Mississippi House of Representatives this afternoon. “I have truly considered myself blessed and privileged to have served the citizens of District 38, as well as the citizens of Mississippi as a whole over the years. However, the time has come to close this chapter of my life and allow God to utilize me in another capacity,” Ellis said in a statement. Ellis was elected to the House in 1980. He is a pastor at Running Water Baptist Church in Noxubee County.

Mike Hurst, Chad Lamar nominated U.S. attorneys

President Donald Trump has nominated two men to fill Mississippi’s vacant U.S. attorney posts. The nominees are Mike Hurst of Madison and Chad Lamar of Oxford, whom, if confirmed, will be the federal government’s top prosecutors in the state. Hurst, the Southern District nominee, is the director of the Mississippi Justice Institute and general counsel for the Mississippi Center for Public Policy. In 2015, he ran unsuccessfully for attorney general against Democrat Jim Hood. Prior to that, Hurst was an assistant federal prosecutor focusing on public corruption cases, including that for former corrections commissioner Chris Epps.

Fitch thinks citizens could get $155M from old savings bonds

Mississippians could be in line receive more than $150 million. State Treasurer Lynn Fitch sat in on a hearing this week at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims over unclaimed savings bonds. The outcome could mean a big payday for citizens in Mississippi and other states. “The federal government has been holding on to $20 billion of citizen money in the form of unredeemed U.S. Savings Bonds … (and) they’ve demonstrated no interest in finding the bonds’ owners to pay them back,” Fitch said in a news release.