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Analysis: Initiatives seek to bypass Mississippi lawmakers

Apr. 18, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi voters circumvented the Legislature in 2020 by approving a medical marijuana ballot initiative. People are now looking to bypass the House and Senate by proposing initiatives to expand Medicaid, authorize early voting and reconsider the state flag design. ...

Cemetery site being prepared to move Confederate monument

Apr. 18, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Prep work is being done in a Mississippi cemetery for a Confederate monument that will be moved away from a county courthouse. Excavation started this month near the graves of unidentified Confederate soldiers in Friendship Cemetery in Columbus,...

Website documents state's progress returning tribal remains

Apr. 18, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Archives and History now has a new website documenting its progress returning Native American remains in its collection to tribes. Since 1990, federal law has required that institutions like museums and schools that...

Food boxes with fresh produce to be given away in Jackson

Apr. 18, 2021 12:02 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Thousands of food boxes of fresh produce will be available for pick-up at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds in Jackson on Wednesday. The food is being provided as part of a federal program to support families who have lost income during the coronavirus pandemic. ...

Tupelo meteorologist talks fame and faith in tornado alley

Apr. 18, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Growing up in the middle of Tornado Alley, WTVA’s chief meteorologist Matt Laubhan was terrified of severe weather. His childhood home in Russell, Kansas, was across the street from a tornado siren. When the city tested them every Monday,...

From Thailand to Gautier, monk transforms home into temple

Apr. 18, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Pisit Opnititanit left Thailand and eventually found his way to a few acres of land next to a cow pasture on Martin Bluff Road in Gautier. The Buddhist monk could have stayed in his home country, where 95 percent of people practice Theravada...

Mississippi doc: No link between politics, vaccine hesitancy

Apr. 17, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s top health official said he does not think political party affiliation has an impact on people's willingness to get the COVID-19 vaccine. State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said he talks with equal numbers of Democrats and...

Five turtles returned to Gulf after being rehabilitated

Apr. 17, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. (AP) — Five endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles were returned to the sea near Pass Christian Harbor this week after months of rehabilitation. The turtles were among 18 sent to the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in December after being...

8 candidates seek to lead Concordia Parish schools

Apr. 17, 2021 11:18 AM EDT

VIDALIA, La. (AP) — Eight people have applied to lead a central Louisiana school district that borders Mississippi to the east. Concordia Parish School Board President Fred Butcher this week released the names of the applicants seeking to replace Superintendent Whest...

Cross is carved into soil to break ground for new church

Apr. 17, 2021 10:56 AM EDT

LAUREL, Miss. (AP) — Congregants in south Mississippi carved a cross in the soil where they will build a new church to replace one damaged by an Easter tornado last year. WDAM-TV reported that the groundbreaking ceremony took place on Easter this...