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Mississippi should revive process to put issues on ballot, Secretary of State Watson says

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www.wjtv.com – The Associated Press – 2023-09-14 10:01:31

SUMMARY: Mississippi Secretary of Michael Watson is pushing for the revival of a that allows voters to put initiatives on the statewide ballot. The state has been without initiatives since May 2021, when the Supreme Court ruled the process invalid due to outdated congressional districts. Watson believes the signature threshold should be higher than the previous requirement of 106,200 signatures, in order to reduce the influence of outside groups. The move after initiatives in other states aimed at preserving access, the Supreme Court's to overturn . Watson is seeking a second term as Secretary of State, with Democrat Ty Pinkins challenging him in the election.

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Man arrested for fatal shooting near Chastain Drive in Jackson

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www.wjtv.com – Kaitlin Howell – 2024-07-15 12:55:13

SUMMARY: Eddie Lee Gilbert, 57, for his involvement in a fatal shooting near Chastain and Garvin Street on Thursday, July 11. The unidentified victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Gilbert, arrested on Saturday, July 13, faces charges murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and felony drug possession. Authorities are urging anyone with more information about the incident to contact the Jackson Police Department or Stoppers.

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Yazoo County deputies seize alcohol bottles, marijuana at correctional facility

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www.wjtv.com – Kristopher White – 2024-07-15 11:32:31

SUMMARY: Yazoo County deputies seized contraband inside the fence of Yazoo County Regional Correctional Facility on Saturday, July 13, around 1:00 a.m. After investigating two suspects near the outer perimeter, deputies found 14 Sprite bottles, seven Coca-Cola bottles, and four packages of marijuana within the fence. The bottles contained alcohol. Despite a search, the two suspects were not found. No arrests had been made by Monday, July 15.

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4 killed in Holly Springs shooting

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www.wjtv.com – Alan Selph – 2024-07-15 08:39:31

SUMMARY: Four people, three women and one man, were killed in a -by shooting in Holly Springs, Mississippi, around 7 p.m. on Sunday. The incident occurred at a home on Woodward Street, with a five-year-old child present but unharmed. Holly Springs and the Marshall County Sheriff's Office are investigating. Witnesses suggested a domestic dispute may have precipitated the shooting. Holly Springs Sharon Gipson expressed her condolences at the scene. The ages of the victims have not been disclosed.

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