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Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves announces the launch of a workforce training program for workers impacted by COVID-19, during his coronavirus press briefing, in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. The ReSkill Mississippi Initiative is designed to help the economic issues brought on by the pandemic, by providing Mississippians who lost their jobs the opportunity to go through skills training at Mississippi community colleges. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi governor's mask mandate expands to 16 counties

Oct. 26, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that he is extending a mask mandate to seven additional counties to try to control the spread of the coronavirus as cases increase rapidly in some areas. His new order takes effect Wednesday and lasts until at least Nov. 11. When it is in...

Hall of Fame Jackson State coach W.C. Gorden, 90, dies

Oct. 26, 2020 4:45 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — W.C. Gorden, a Hall of Fame coach who led Jackson State to a 28-game Southwestern Athletic Conference winning streak while building a league power in the late 1980s, has died. He was 90. The school announced on its athletics website that Gorden died Friday night after being informed...

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., speaks during a hearing with the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (Anna Moneymaker/New York Times, Pool via AP)

Analysis: Mississippi US Senate race draws outside attention

Oct. 25, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Democratic challenger Mike Espy and Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith are both receiving help from out-of-state politicians as they compete for a U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi. Hyde-Smith defeated Espy in a 2018 special election runoff, and now he's trying to reverse that...

GOP Arkansas state senate candidate wore KKK costume as teen

Oct. 23, 2020 10:12 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Republican candidate running for Arkansas State Senate said he made “mistakes" as a teenager after repeatedly denying his dismissal from a Mississippi high school for wearing a racist Ku Klux Klan costume for Halloween. Charles Edward Beckham III initially denied reports...

Vehicles stop at a drive-thru U.S. Census participation campaign organized by Montana Native Vote on the Crow Indian Reservation in Lodge Grass, Mont. on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. There have always been geographic and cultural challenges to Census taking on Native lands, but the pandemic dealt a devastating setback. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

Census takers fall short of target goal in areas of US

Oct. 23, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

From tribal lands in Arizona and New Mexico to storm-battered Louisiana, census workers who go door to door were unable to reach all the households they needed for a complete tally of the U.S. population, a count that ended abruptly last week after a Supreme Court ruling. Community activists, statisticians and...

DA could bring case in 2017 shooting by Mississippi police

Oct. 23, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi prosecutor said he might seek charges against two police officers in a 2017 shooting that wounded a man they were chasing. Hinds County District Attorney Jody Owens said Thursday that he is reviewing the case after the Clarion Ledger obtained video that appeared to show...

A portrait of James Chaney is seen on the headstone of his grave in Meridian, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. Chaney was one of three civil rights activists that was kidnapped by a deputy sheriff and local Klansmen, and driven to a narrow country road and shot at close range. Their bodies, buried in an earthen dam, were found 44 days later. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Long after murders, Black voting is still troubled in Miss.

Oct. 22, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

Meridian, Miss. (AP) — The old civil rights worker was sure the struggle would be over by now. He’d fought so hard back in the ’60s. He’d seen the wreckage of burned churches, and the injuries of people who had been beaten. He’d seen men in white hoods. At its worst,...

Southwest Airlines returning to Mississippi airport in 2021

Oct. 22, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Southwest Airlines will start offering flights to and from Mississippi's capital city in 2021, about seven years after the low-cost carrier stopped the service. Southwest board chairman and CEO Gary C. Kelly said in a third-quarter financial statement Thursday that in the the first...

Sports complex planned at former Mississippi water park site

Oct. 21, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A sports complex is being planned at the site of a former water park near Mississippi's capital city, according to officials. P360 Performance Sports announced Tuesday a project under development for the property where Rapids on the Reservoir park once operated at the Ross Barnett...

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)

After mandate repeal, masks required again in nine counties

Oct. 19, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves announced Monday that he is imposing a mask mandate for public indoor spaces and other restrictions in nine counties to curb the spread of coronavirus amid weeks of steadily rising case numbers. “Here in Mississippi, we have seen this before,"...