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3 men charged with killing boy, 11, in Mississippi apartment

Jun. 5, 2020 8:05 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Nearly two months after the fatal shooting of an 11-year-old child inside an apartment in Mississippi, three men have been charged in connection with his death. Jordan McCoy was killed when several gunshots were fired into his apartment while he was sleeping on April 6, news outlets...

State Rep. Kabir Karriem, D-Columbus, reads a letter from Republican state Attorney General Lynn Fitch on Thursday, June 4, 2020, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. The letter explained why Fitch decided not to prosecute a white former police officer in the 2015 shooting death of an African American man after a traffic stop in Columbus, Miss. Karriem criticized Fitch's decision. (AP Photo/Emily Wagster Pettus)

Dropping case of white ex-cop a 'knife' to trust, rep says

Jun. 4, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi lawmaker on Thursday criticized the state attorney general's decision to drop the prosecution of a white former police officer who was indicted in the 2015 shooting death of an African American man after a traffic stop. “It really puts a knife in the trust of the...

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs, right, listens as Republican Gov. Tate Reeves lessens a number of social and business restrictions from previous executive orders dealing with the early days of COVID-19, during his daily update Monday, May 4, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi posts names of nursing homes with COVID-19 cases

Jun. 4, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Hattiesburg nursing home has had the most COVID-19 deaths among long-term care facilities in Mississippi, according to newly released information from the state Health Department. The department updated its website late Wednesday to show, for the first time, the names of the...

Mississippi judge resigns post due to health concerns

Jun. 4, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi judge is resigning for health reasons. Media outlets report that Hinds County Court Judge Melvin Priester Sr. announced his resignation on Wednesday. In a letter to the Supreme Court of Mississippi, Priester said he was resigning due to health concerns. He wrote that he...

Mississippi sends Guard troops to Washington amid unrest

Jun. 3, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — About 400 members of the Mississippi National Guard have been deployed to Washington, D.C., amid mass protests over the killing of an African American man in police custody in Minneapolis. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves said Wednesday that Mississippi was one of about eight or nine...

Secretary of State Michael Watson speaks to members of the Senate and House Elections Committees during a joint hearing at the Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, June 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi elections chief opposes more mail-in voting

Jun. 3, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson said Wednesday that he opposes widespread use of mail-in voting, even during the coronavirus pandemic. However, the Republican said he thinks current Mississippi law allows flexibility for early voting by absentee ballot, and that could...

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Hobbs speaks at a Senate hearing on healthcare, Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. He outlined Mississippi COVID-19 cases and deaths by race and ethnicity, and presented a CARES Act funding request before the lawmakers who are members from the Senate Medicaid and Public Health and Welfare committees. The legislators also heard from a number of healthcare professionals on issues pertaining to COVID-19 and the CARES Act. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi to name nursing homes with COVID-19 outbreaks

Jun. 2, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi State Department of Health said Tuesday that it will start releasing the names of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities where people have tested positive for the new coronavirus. The action comes only after a newspaper sued the department. A Hinds County...

A variety of debris deposited by the floodwaters of the Pearl River, litter the streets in the northeast Jackson, Miss., neighborhoods affected by the flooding, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. Hundreds of homes and businesses remain without power as floodwaters recede around Jackson, Mississippi, and it's unclear when the lights will come back on. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Report: Half-billion gallons of raw sewage leaked into river

Jun. 2, 2020 7:14 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Nearly half a billion gallons of raw sewage leaked into the Pearl River in the first three months of 2020, according to a quarterly report released by the city of Jackson, Mississippi. Now, an organization focused on clean water is urging city and state leaders to issue a new advisory...

Mississippi state senator stepping down at end of June

Jun. 1, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A state lawmaker from north Mississippi said Monday that he will resign June 30. Republican Sen. Gary Jackson of French Camp has served in the Legislature since 2004. His district is in Choctaw, Montgomery, Oktibbeha and Webster Jackson, 69, is a pastor and residential...

Marchers wave signs and shout slogans during a protest over the death of George Floyd, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. Protesters gathered at the Capitol and marched through downtown Jackson voicing their displeasure with the current status of race in America. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi gov: Protests good, but no place for 'agitators'

Jun. 1, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Protesters marched in Mississippi's capital city on Monday, with some stopping to lie on the ground outside Jackson's main police station to remember George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for several minutes. Other...