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.

Jackson, Gulfport named among 2017 neediest cities

Mississippi’s two largest cities are among the neediest cities in the country, a recent WalletHub study says. The study looks at more than 180 of the most populated U.S. cities. Jackson is ranked No. 5 for neediness after Detroit, Newark, Memphis and Cleveland, OH. Neediness is defined by high levels economic disadvantage, according to the study released Wednesday.