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Mississippi State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs expresses concern at the public's lack of wearing face masks at Gov. Tate Reeves' COVID-19 press briefing in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, July 8, 2020. State officials provided reporters an update on the coronavirus and the state's ongoing strategy to limit transmission. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi Capitol outbreak: At least 41 with coronavirus

Jul. 14, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — At least 30 Mississippi legislators and 11 other people who work in the state Capitol are now known to have tested positive for the new coronavirus, the state's top public health official said Tuesday. That is an increase from last week, when officials initially said 26 legislators...

Mississippi to receive $16M to expand broadband access

Jul. 14, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is receiving more than $16 million in federal coronavirus relief money to provide broadband access to rural parts of the state, officials announced Tuesday. The program will provide high-speed broadband internet access to more than 2,000 people, 331 farms, 32 businesses,...

The Confederate statue located in the Circle at the University of Mississippi is lowered to the ground as part of the process to move it to the Confederate Soldiers Cemetery on campus, in Oxford, Miss. Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle via AP)

Ole Miss moves Confederate statue from prominent campus spot

Jul. 14, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Confederate monument that’s long been a divisive symbol at the University of Mississippi was removed Tuesday from a prominent spot on the Oxford campus, just two weeks after Mississippi surrendered the last state flag in the U.S. with the Confederate battle emblem. The marble...

Mississippi man pleads guilty in moonshine case

Jul. 14, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has pleaded guilty to illegally making moonshine. Willie Necaise Jr., 77, of Kiln, entered the plea Friday in federal court to unlawful production of distilled spirits and interstate travel in aid of a racketeering enterprise, WLOX-TV reported. Necaise faces up to...

Mississippi physicians call for statewide mask mandate

Jul. 14, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's doctors are calling for a statewide mask mandate after an increase in coronavirus cases that they say is hampering the ability of hospitals to provide emergency care for patients. “We strongly believe that without a statewide mask mandate, our state’s...

Mississippi delays start of high school sports amid virus

Jul. 14, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Fall seasons for public high school sports in Mississippi will be delayed by two weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Mississippi High School Activities Association announced its decision Tuesday, but also emphasized that new information could cause changes later. Cross...

Ponzi scheme convict wants prison release due to pandemic

Jul. 14, 2020 9:04 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man sentenced to nearly 20 years only nine months ago for running a $100 million Ponzi scheme is hoping a federal judge will order his release from prison because of the coronavirus pandemic. Arthur Lamar Adams, 61, filed a petition in the U.S. District Court in Jackson...

A man wearing a mask to curb the spread of the coronavirus sits near a red lantern outside a restaurant in Beijing Monday, July 13, 2020. China reported eight new cases, all of them brought from outside the country, as domestic community infections fall to near zero. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: Hawaii to wait to waive quarantine requirement

Jul. 13, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s governor says he will wait another month to waive a 14-day quarantine requirement for out-of-state travelers who test negative for COVID-19, citing an increasing number of cases locally, “uncontrolled” outbreaks in several U.S. mainland states and a shortage of...

Mississippi inmate dies after months in and out of hospitals

Jul. 13, 2020 7:28 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi inmate who had been in and out of hospitals since April has died. The state Department of Corrections said Monday that Owen Nelson, 57, died Sunday at Allegiance Specialty Hospital in Greenville. He was taken there from the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman....

Mississippi State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs, sits before a chart showing the state's spike in COVID-19 patients during a news conference in the School of Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center campus, Thursday, July 9, 2020 in Jackson, Miss. Dobbs was joined by other state health care leaders in discussing their concerns and recommendations to curb the community spread virus. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Governor: Mississippi seeing its 'worst' spread of COVID-19

Jul. 13, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A mask mandate and other restrictions took effect Monday in 13 of Mississippi’s 82 counties as the state continues to see a rapid increase in cases of the new coronavirus, including a steady rise in hospital patients. “This is the worst that it's ever been for spread of...