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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...

Residents seeking driver's license renewals peer through the glass doors of a closed Drivers Service Bureau adjacent to the main offices of the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Statewide all driver license locations have been closed for several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi license offices to reopen with virus precautions

Jun. 3, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi driver’s license offices will reopen Monday after being closed for about two months because of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Tate Reeves announced Wednesday. The Department of Public Safety is setting guidelines to try to minimize wait times as officials...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jun. 3, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ June 3 The Oxford Eagle on the recent vandalism of a confederate monument on the University of Mississippi campus: The vandalism of the confederate monument on the University of Mississippi campus was a bleak affair – one that could have been prevented,...

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...

FILE - In this Monday, May 4, 2020, file photo, Republican Gov. Tate Reeves speaks in Jackson, Miss., as he wonders how needy state residents are being helped when lawmakers passed a bill May 1, that takes control of the federal CARES Act money, during his daily update on the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic. Reeves said he had the authority to spend the state’s $1.2 billion share under a 40-year-old state law. Legislators, including the GOP leaders, said the state constitution gives them spending power. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

All Mississippi businesses allowed to reopen amid virus

Jun. 1, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — All types of Mississippi businesses were being allowed to reopen Monday as Gov. Tate Reeves lifted his final orders that had closed them for several weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic. The openings were taking place even as virus case numbers continued to climb. The state...

FILE - In this Sunday, March 22, 2020, file photo, Gov. Gina Raimondo gives an update on the coronavirus during a news conference, in Providence, R.I. Many states have yet to spend the federal funding they got to help with soaring costs related to the coronavirus crisis, making it tougher for states and cities to argue that they need hundreds of billions more from U.S. taxpayers. “If I knew today that another billion dollars was coming to Rhode Island to help solve our budget deficit, I’d spend the $1.25 billion now,” Raimondo said about the state's portion of money. “Lots of other governors are spending. They’re taking a gamble, and I’m just not ready to do that yet.” (Kris Craig/Providence Journal via AP, Pool, File)

While asking for more, states are slow to spend virus aid

May. 31, 2020 9:52 AM EDT

Many states have yet to spend the federal funding they received more than a month ago to help with soaring costs related to the coronavirus crisis, complicating governors' arguments that they need hundreds of billions more from U.S. taxpayers. The Associated Press reviewed plans from governors or lawmakers on how...

Reopened Mississippi casinos made more this Memorial Day

May. 30, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's casinos reopened just in time for the Memorial Day weekend and what a weekend it was. Casinos raked in $5 million more than Memorial Day weekend 2019, when they won $28.9 million in gaming revenue, the Mississippi Gaming Commission reported Thursday. That increase was...

Burl Cain responds to a reporter's question after being introduced by Gov. Tate Reeves as the new commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections during his daily coronavirus update for media in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Cain was warden at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, which is commonly known as Angola, for 21 years. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi to restart inmate transfers, with virus caution

May. 30, 2020 1:22 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Corrections says it will soon restart the transfer of inmates from county jails into state prisons and from one prison to another — a practice that has been on hold for about two months because of the coronavirus pandemic. The department said in a...

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Mississippi inching toward virus relief for small businesses

May. 29, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has established a website where owners of small businesses can soon start applying for grants funded by a federal coronavirus pandemic relief package, Gov. Tate Reeves said Friday. The site — — has rules for the program created by state...