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State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs speaks Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. Dobbs urged Mississippi residents to wear face masks, social distance themselves, avoid crowds, resist holiday travel to be with family and friends who do not live in the same residence, and to take preventive measures to limit themselves to potential COVIE-19 exposure. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi reports record number of virus hospitalizations

Nov. 30, 2020 6:03 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is reporting a record number of coronavirus hospitalizations for a single day. The state Department of Health said Monday that 1,008 people were hospitalized with the virus Sunday, marking the first time the number of coronavirus hospitalizations in the state has topped...

Former Mississippi teacher sentenced for fondling student

Nov. 30, 2020 1:54 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former high school teacher in Mississippi who was found guilty of fondling a student has been sentenced to prison. Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Faye Peterson on Monday sentenced Reginald Barnes to 15 years in prison with three years suspended for two counts of gratification of...

3 chicken plants hit in 2019 raids agree to pay back wages

Nov. 30, 2020 12:37 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Three Mississippi chicken processing plants among those targeted in one of the largest workplace immigration raids in the U.S. in the past decade have agreed to pay back wages after federal officials found they failed to pay minimum wage and overtime to their workers. The U.S....

No. 6 Mississippi State routs Jackson State 88-58

Nov. 29, 2020 7:24 PM EST

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A new era of Mississippi State basketball got under way without Vic Schaefer on Sunday as Nikki McCray-Penson’s first team hit the court against Jackson State. The Bulldogs battled through a rusty start and took home an easy 88-58 win to give McCray-Penson her first win....

Prosecutors not seeking death penalty in Sweetie Pie case

Nov. 27, 2020 5:59 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Federal prosecutors said Wednesday they won't seek the death penalty against two people tied to the 2016 killing of a man whose grandmother’s St. Louis-area soul food restaurant was the setting for the reality show “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s.” The slain...

Man found dead on Thanksgiving is 118th in Jackson in 2020

Nov. 27, 2020 3:12 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A man found dead in Jackson on Thanksgiving morning became the 118th person killed in Mississippi's capital city in 2020. The Clarion Ledger reports that Jackson has seen a dramatic increase in violence this year. According to FBI data, the previous record for homicides in one year...

FILE - This Sept. 2, 2020, file photo shows the magnolia centered banner chosen by the Mississippi State Flag Commission displayed outside the Old State Capitol Museum in downtown Jackson, Miss. Voters approved the design in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. It replaces a Confederate-themed flag state lawmakers retired in late June as part of the national reckoning over racial injustice. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

City of Jackson officially approves flying of new state flag

Nov. 26, 2020 10:38 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's capital is the latest place where officials have decided to fly the new state flag ahead of legislative approval in January. Jackson will fly the flag, which voters approved Nov. 3. It is decorated with a magnolia and the phrase “In God We Trust," replacing a...

FILE - In this Thursday night, Jan. 4, 2018 file photo, Bobby Rush performs at the opening night, a benefit for PCaBlue, at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago. Blues mainstay Bobby Rush, who has said he has suffered from symptoms of the new coronavirus, won the soul blues album category in the Blues Music Awards Sunday, May 3, 2020. The awards show Sunday was moved online due to the coronanavirus outbreak. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

Several Mississippi musicians garner Grammy nominations

Nov. 25, 2020 1:45 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Several prominent Mississippi blues and rock artists have received Grammy nominations. Jackson's 86-year-old Bobby Rush received a Best Traditional Blues Album nomination for his album “Rawer Than Raw.” Rush previously won a Grammy award for his 2017 record,...

A fan wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus cheers during Game 2 of the Korean Series, the Korea Baseball Organization's championship round, between Doosan Bears and NC Dinos at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: UAlbany women's hoops postpones first 3 games

Nov. 23, 2020 7:18 PM EST

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The University at Albany women’s basketball team has postponed its first three games following a surge of the novel coronavirus in the university community. UAlbany enacted a full campus pause on Nov. 10 and the women's...

Health care fraud trial: Doctor acquitted on 7 of 8 counts

Nov. 23, 2020 3:33 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi doctor has been acquitted on seven of eight counts against him in what prosecutors said was about $18 million in health care fraud involving expensive prescription pain cream. His secretary was acquitted on all five counts against her. Jurors were unable to agree on the...