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Annette Smith with housekeeping, sports a special WaterView Casino and Hotel mask and gloves as he cleans one of the video gaming machines throughout the Vicksburg, Miss., gaming establishment, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Employees are cleaning and sanitizing before opening their doors Thursday morning, May 21, following a two-month shutdown due to coronavirus. Patrons will notice a number of changes including the limiting of players at any gaming table, at least six-feet of spacing between tables and video or slot machines, and the requirement of all casino employees to wear face masks and be screened before being allowed into the building.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi's rules: 20 people can party indoors this 4th

Jul. 3, 2020 8:14 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s coronavirus rules allow for crowded kitchens and family rooms this holiday weekend: The executive orders of Gov. Tate Reeves say up to 20 people can attend an indoor gathering without social distancing. Reeves’ rules say up to 50 people can be indoors...

First Mississippi lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19

Jul. 3, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi lawmaker has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Clarion Ledger reported Friday. Democratic Rep. Bo Brown of Jackson told the Ledger on Thursday that he had received a positive test result for COVID-19, a day after legislators left the Mississippi Capitol. Brown,...

90 years later, Prohibition officially ending in Mississippi

Jul. 2, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The state of Mississippi is officially ending Prohibition, almost 90 years after alcohol was legalized in the United States. A new law allowing the possession of alcohol in every county in Mississippi was signed into law by Gov. Tate Reeves on Tuesday. It will go into effect on Jan....

FILE - In this June 12, 2020 file photo Senate Appropriations Committee chairman Briggs Hopson, R-Vicksburg, presents an appropriation bill for debate in the Senate Chamber at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. Mississippi government is on track to spend less during the new budget year than it did in the one that just ended, as questions remain about the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. Hopson told reporters Wednesday, July 1, 2020 “I’m not aware of any agency that would actually be forced to lay off employees because of cuts

Mississippi tightens its belt for new state budget year

Jul. 2, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi government is on track to spend less during the new budget year than it did during the one that just ended, as questions remain about the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. Cuts to most state agencies will be about 3% to 5%. “I’m not aware of any...

Democrat Dortch leaves Mississippi House to lead state ACLU

Jul. 2, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Democratic member of the Mississippi House has stepped down and will become the new state director of the American Civil Liberties Union. Jarvis Dortch of Raymond has served since January 2016 in House District 66, which is in Hinds County. He submitted a resignation letter...

Inmate dies at Central Mississippi prison; autopsy is set

Jul. 2, 2020 11:39 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An autopsy will be done on an inmate who died Wednesday at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility, the state Department of Corrections said. Craig Brown, 55, was found unresponsive in his bed and efforts to resuscitate him were not successful, department said in a news release. It...

A Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol honor guard carefully folds the retired Mississippi state flag after it was raised over the Capitol grounds one final time in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The banner was the last state flag with the Confederate battle emblem on it. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Old times not forgotten: Mississippi furls rebel-themed flag

Jul. 2, 2020 1:25 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi officials held a ceremony Wednesday to retire the former state flag and send it to a history museum, a day after Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed a law stripping official status from the last state banner in the U.S. that included the Confederate battle emblem. One...

Coleman Boyd, an anti-abortion activist calls out prayers, interspersed with a plea to hold off having an abortion, to women entering the Women's Health Organization clinic, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. The clinic is Mississippi's only state licensed abortion facility. Gov. Tate Reeves told reporters at a press conference on the coronavirus outbreak Tuesday that he considers abortion an elective and unnecessary procedure.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi bans abortion based on race, sex, genetic issues

Jul. 1, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed a law Wednesday that bans abortion based on the race, sex or genetic anomalies of a fetus, adding new limits in a state that already has some of the strictest abortion laws in the U.S. Supporters say the new law would prevent abortion for...

Edward Powe and Sharonda Powe view an exhibit on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at The Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience in Meridian, Miss., where guests are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing during their visit. Miss. Gov. Tate Reeves is urging the public to follow those guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19. (Bill Graham/The Meridian Star via AP)

Mississippi pausing reopening process after COVID surge

Jul. 1, 2020 8:11 PM EDT

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Wednesday the state is pausing its efforts to reopen the economy after a recent surge in new reported coronavirus cases. “Things are getting worse, not better," Reeves said at a news briefing. Mississippi reported a peak of 1,092 reported cases of the virus in a single...

Mississippi bill would give thousands a chance at parole

Jul. 1, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Legislature has passed a bill that could grant thousands of incarcerated inmates a chance at parole. The Mississippi Correctional Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2020, or SB 2123, was approved by the House and Senate on Tuesday after a couple of lawmakers raised...