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Tupelo restaurants get creative to keep customers coming

Apr. 5, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — When the coronavirus made its way to Tupelo and the mayor limited access to restaurants to keep residents safe, Mitch McCamey had a decision to make. McCamey, co-owner of the Neon Pig on North Gloster, could either shut down or double down. He chose the latter. “Neon Pig is a...

With the help of volunteers, Bilal Qizilbash, center, serves dinner to homeless in Smith Park in Jackson, Miss., during the R U Hungry program Friday, March 13, 2020, prior to the spread of the coronavirus in Mississippi. (Barbara Gauntt/The Clarion-Ledger via AP)

Man and his nonprofit feed homeless at Smith Park

Apr. 5, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Bilal Qizilbash was walking through Smith Park in downtown Jackson when he saw a businessman discard the remains of his lunch into a garbage can. Seconds later, a man reached into the same garbage can and retrieved the discarded sandwich, sat down and devoured the scraps, likely the...

Congregants remain in their cars during a prayer service held outside at First United Pentecostal Church, Thursday, April 2, 2020, in Brandon, Miss. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Mississippi churches take services online, into parking lots

Apr. 4, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Some Mississippi houses of worship are offering online services during the coronavirus pandemic. Others are inviting people to sit in vehicles outside the sanctuary to have socially distant prayer and maybe to hear a pastor's message over the radio. Gov. Tate Reeves says he does not...

Fugitive's former friend wonders why he stole his identity

Apr. 4, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — For more than a year, a man who allegedly faked his own death and fled multiple child sex abuse charges in Mississippi lived in an Oklahoma RV park using the name of a friend. On Jan. 29, a tip led to the capture of Jacob Blair Scott, 43, of Moss Point. Scott disappeared just days...

Evacuated Peace Corps volunteers share memories overseas

Apr. 4, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Brooks Armstrong counted seven months left to finish her teaching in a small village in Kyrgyzstan as a Peace Corps volunteer. Then, an evacuation order came. As the Peace Corps announced mandatory evacuation for all its volunteers overseas on March 16 -- for the first time in its...

Someone has spray painted over the blue line for handicapped parking and has marked it COVID-19 parking along the Natchez Trace near Tupelo, Miss., Thursday, April 2, 2020. (Thomas Wells/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via AP)

Mississippi beginning statewide stay-home order amid virus

Apr. 3, 2020 7:44 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A statewide stay-at-home order took effect Friday evening in Mississippi to try to slow the spread of the new coronavirus as the state's caseload continues to grow. Gov. Tate Reeves said people should limit their outings to essential errands like grocery shopping. He said law...

FILE - In this May 23, 2017 file photograph, Dorothy Haymer of Yazoo City, at podium, Indigo Williams, left and Precious Hughes, right. both of Jackson, explains the reasons as African-American mothers of children in public elementary schools, they are plaintiffs in a Mississippi education lawsuit filed on her behalf, by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Jackson, Miss. The women claimed Mississippi allows grave disparities in funding between predominantly black and predominantly white schools. On Thursday, April 2, 2020, a federal appeals court revived the lawsuit, reversing the 2019 decision by a U.S. district judge to dismiss the lawsuit filed against state officials by the Southern Poverty Law Center on the mothers' behalf. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Court revives suit over Mississippi school funding disparity

Apr. 3, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit that says Mississippi allows grave disparities in funding between predominantly black and predominantly white schools. The Thursday ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses the 2019 decision by U.S. District Judge William...

Sheriff: 81-year-old fatally shoots son-in-law after fight

Apr. 3, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has been arrested and accused of fatally shooting his son-in-law, authorities said. Guy Radar, 81, was charged Thursday with second-degree murder in the shooting death of his son-in-law George White, news outlets reported. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said...

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2020, file photo, new Mississippi State football coach Mike Leach, speaks before reporters and school supporters at the university in Starkville, Miss., after being officially introduced as the head coach. Leach apologized Thursday, April 2, 2020, for a tweet that displayed a meme of a woman knitting her husband a noose as they were self-quarantined. Leach removed the tweet, which was posted Wednesday night. He posted on Twitter that he didn’t mean to offend anyone. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Mississippi State coach Mike Leach apologizes for tweet

Apr. 3, 2020 2:56 AM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State football coach Mike Leach has apologized on social media for posting a tweet that drew criticism from Bulldogs players and an assistant professor at the school before it was deleted. The outspoken coach on Wednesday night tweeted a picture depicting an elderly...

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs, right, answers a reporter's question during a COVID-19 briefing in Jackson, Miss., Thursday, April 2, 2020. Dobbs and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency director Greg Michel, left, attended a news conference where Gov. Tate Reeves, center updated the media as to the state's response to the pandemic and he discussed aspects of his latest executive order. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi withholds some health prep info about virus

Apr. 2, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi residents are unlikely to find out how many ventilators are available in the state to respond to the coronavirus pandemic because the Health Department is withholding that information. The state health officer, Dr. Thomas Dobbs, said this week that Mississippi has plenty...