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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)

Analysis: Mississippi prisons nominee faces Senate scrutiny

May. 24, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The nominee to lead Mississippi's troubled prison system, Burl Cain, spent 21 years as warden of Louisiana's Angola penitentiary, resigning in early 2016 amid ethics questions about how public money was spent during his tenure. Advocates for inmates' rights have also condemned his...

FILE - In this May 14, 2020, file photo, Jerry A Mann, center, is held by his grandmother, Sylvia Rubio, as he is tested for COVID-19 by the San Antonio Fire Department at a free walk-up test site in San Antonio. Public health officials have said robust testing for the coronavirus is essential to safely lifting stay-at-home orders and business closures, but states are creating confusion in the way they are reporting the data. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

CDC, states' reporting of virus test data causes confusion

May. 24, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Elected officials, businesses and others are depending on coronavirus testing and infection-rate data as states reopen so that they will know if a second wave of contagion is coming — and whether another round of stay-at-home orders or closings might be needed. But states are...

Virus deaths in Mississippi hit 625; hospitalizations drop

May. 24, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 13,252, according to figures posted Sunday by state health officials. It was a one-day increase of 247 of the disease caused by the new coronavirus. The death toll rose by nine to 625. More than half the deaths are reported at...

Mississippi poet is awarded Guggenheim fellowship

May. 24, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A University of Mississippi professor who has published four collections of poetry has been named a Guggenheim Fellow. Aimee Nezhukumatathil said in a university news release that she will use the fellowship to focus on “a new collection of poems inspired by natural history and...

'Pandemic babies' Babies born now have a story to tell

May. 24, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

CORINTH, Miss. (AP) — Born amidst a national crisis, some local and area babies will have a story to tell when they grow up as “pandemic babies.” Stephanie Davis gave birth to her baby girl, Alaura, on April 3 during the COVID-19 state shutdown at Magnolia Regional Health Center. The...

With restaurants closed, oyster farmers struggle

May. 24, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

PORT SULPHUR, La. (AP) — Anita Arguelles’ husband, Mike, convinced her they should get into the oyster business. “He loves oysters,” she said. “He loves to talk about oysters. He loves to take them in the back of his truck in an ice cooler and go around and just open oysters up...

Woman, 20, among youngest to earn MUW nursing degree

May. 24, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — When Christina Clark graduated from Mississippi University for Women in a virtual commencement ceremony on May 9, she was the youngest person with a Bachelors of Science degree in nursing this year -- and possibly ever -- to do so. The Columbus resident only just turned 20 and...

Man reported missing in Mississippi found dead in Alabama

May. 23, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) — A man reported missing from Mississippi has been found dead in Alabama. Bessemer Police said 45-year-old Michael Jones' truck was found Friday about 3:30 p.m. A further search led investigators to Jones' body in an abandoned house, WBRC-TV reported. Police said Jones had been shot....

Mississippi State Port director leaving for job in Florida

May. 23, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — The director who has overseen expansion of the Mississippi State Port of Gulfport in recent years is resigning June 30 to accept a job in Florida. Jonathan Daniels will become the chief executive officer and executive director at Port Everglades in Broward County. He said he will be...

A patron rushes into the WaterView Casino and Hotel in Vicksburg, Miss., Thursday, May 21, 2020, for a morning of gaming, following a two-month shutdown due to coronavirus. Casinos statewide are allowed to reopen Thursday, amid enhanced restrictions to keep customers and employees safe. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi virus cases surpass 13,000 with 433 hospitalized

May. 23, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Confirmed coronavirus cases in Mississippi have surpassed 13,000, with more than 1,600 in long-term care facilities, according to the state health department. The figures on the state health department website Saturday showed totals as of Friday night. They showed the state, with a...