Gov. Bryant sets special election date to replace Moore

A special election will take place Feb. 20 to replace a lawmaker who retired amid a sexual harassment investigation. Gov. Phil Bryant announced the election for House District 60, which Bryant formerly held and includes parts of Rankin County. Former Rep. John Moore, a Republican from Brandon, cited health concerns for his abrupt retirement announcement. Moore underwent heart bypass surgery earlier in the year and missed part of the legislative session while recovering. A day after Moore retired, Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, told Mississippi Today that his office had received multiple complaints of sexual harassment against Moore.

JPS Commission gets to work

The first order of business is hiring a consultant to conduct a soup-to-nuts review and recommendations for the district

Bryant asks Supreme Court to toss state flag suit, says lower courts got it right

A Mississippi lawyer has not sufficiently proven that he has been injured by the state’s Confederate-themed state flag for the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his case, attorneys for Gov. Phil Bryant said in court filings. Carlos Moore, a black attorney in Grenada, sued Bryant in February arguing that the state flag is a symbol of white supremacy that harms Moore and his young daughter by violating the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection to all citizens. The Confederate battle emblem from the Civil War is emblazoned in a corner of the flag. Critics say the symbol is racist. Supporters say it represents the state’s history.

Continental Tire touts $4M in local investment, other milestones

Almost one year after breaking ground on a its new Mississippi plant, Continental Tire says the company has surpassed several key milestones. A fact sheet the German manufacturer sent out shows that the company has started installing piling for the 5.2 million square-foot building, cleared 700 acres of land and moved 4 million cubic yards of dirt.

The earth work, which has sometimes continued throughout the night hours, at the Hinds County facility is now 95 percent complete, the company says. State and local government leaders kept negotiations to bring Continental secret for several years until just before the 2016 legislative session, when lawmakers pushed through an incentive package worth approximately $600 million. As part of its deal with Mississippi, Continental agreed to create 2,500 jobs that pay an average of $40,000 per year.