Latest Mississippi News

A group of five people have lunch together at the Newton Food Center Friday, June 19, 2020, in Singapore. Singaporeans can now wine and dine at restaurants, work out at gyms and get together with five people or less after most lockdown restrictions were lifted Friday. (AP Photo/YK Chan)

The Latest: US extends ban on cruise ships through October

Sep. 30, 2020 11:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials are extending the U.S. ban on cruise ships through the end of October amid reports of recent outbreaks of the new coronavirus on ships overseas. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday that it was extending a no-sail order on cruise ships...

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, speaks during an event with President Donald Trump about coronavirus testing in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Mississippi governor ends statewide mask mandate

Sep. 30, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves ended a statewide mask mandate Wednesday but said he will still require people to wear face coverings in schools to curb the spread of the coronavirus. “We should not use the heavy hand of government more than it is justified,” Reeves said...

Mike Espy readies to speak with reporters in Jackson, Miss., after winning the Democratic nomination for a U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. After his victory Tuesday, he will face Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Libertarian candidate Jimmy Edwards in November. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Biden endorses Democrat Espy in Mississippi US Senate race

Sep. 30, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss (AP) — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is endorsing Mike Espy in Mississippi's U.S. Senate race as the former agriculture secretary again tries to unseat Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, a Republican loyal to President Donald Trump. Hyde-Smith was appointed to the Senate in the spring of 2018...

Sen. Dean Kirby, R-Pearl, speaks on a concurrent resolution that would suspend their business and grant administrative pay to some local governmental entities in light of the coronavirus situation, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi legislators to revise some virus relief spending

Sep. 30, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers are returning to the Capitol to reconsider how the state is spending some coronavirus relief money from the federal government. The House and Senate will convene at 10 a.m. Thursday, and they are expected to remain until Friday. Mississippi, like many other...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Sep. 30, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ Sept. 29 The Dispatch on the coronavirus pandemic and an upcoming college football game in Mississippi: From a public health perspective, whether Mississippi State should be playing football during the COVID-19 pandemic remains a valid question whose full...

Mississippi State quarterback K.J. Costello (3) passes in the first half an NCAA college football game against LSU in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

QBs Costello, Trask set pace with big numbers in SEC openers

Sep. 30, 2020 10:16 AM EDT

Southeastern Conference fans expecting defenses to be ahead of offenses could not have been prepared for the big passing games from Mississippi State's K.J. Costello and Florida's Kyle Trask to open the season. Trask and Costello were the league’s biggest opening week surprises as they showed they are...

FILE - In this July 19, 2018, file photo, civil rights movement activist James Meredith, right, greets a friend with a black power salute as he takes a coffee break at a north Jackson, Miss., grocery store.

James Meredith film weighs 'complicated' civil rights figure

Sep. 30, 2020 7:34 AM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A new documentary is diving into the complicated, and sometimes contradictory life of James Meredith, a Black civil rights figure who helped change Mississippi. “Walk Against Fear: James Meredith,” scheduled to air Thursday on the Smithsonian Channel, examines the...

Officials request federal audit of internet provided by AT&T

Sep. 29, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The state of Mississippi on Tuesday questioned whether AT&T has adequately followed through on a federally funded initiative to make internet service available to residents as officials asked the U.S. government to perform an audit into the matter. In a letter to the Federal...

Mississippi middle school in quarantine after virus outbreak

Sep. 29, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

LONG BEACH, Miss. (AP) — An entire middle school in Mississippi is in quarantine after more than a dozen students tested positive for coronavirus. Long Beach Middle School ordered Tuesday that all students be quarantined for two weeks beginning Wednesday, according to the school's website. Students will...

Mississippi man charged with killing infant daughter

Sep. 29, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man faces charges in the death of his 11-month-old daughter, authorities said Tuesday. An investigation began Sept. 21 when officers found an unresponsive baby at an apartment in McComb. The child’s mother, Luvenia Chambers, told officers that she left the baby in...