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Judges chosen to help Mississippi courts with backlog

Aug. 2, 2020 10:15 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Several judges are being appointed to help Mississippi courts with backlogs of cases that have developed during the coronavirus pandemic. As many as 30,000 court cases might have been affected by temporary shutdowns and other limits imposed on the state's courts to try to limit the...

Lawyer thanked for work for Mississippi's 1st Black troopers

Aug. 2, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An attorney is being honored for her work that forced the Mississippi Highway Patrol to hire its first Black troopers nearly a half century ago. In January 1970, Constance Slaughter-Harvey became the first Black woman to graduate from the University of Mississippi law school. Just...

Barbers get mental health training to aid Black communities

Aug. 2, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The barber’s chair may be the new therapy couch for parts of the South where mental health care is in short supply. In Mississippi, one of six Southern states ranked in the bottom 10 for mental health care access, approximately 60 Black barbers have been trained over the past...

Young, Black woman opens coffee and juice cafe in Jackson

Aug. 1, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Opening a restaurant during a pandemic can seem impossible. After placing orders for a cold pressed juice machine and the perfect furniture for the sitting area, Kenya MomPremier had no idea it would take two months for delivery due to coronavirus. Even though this hurdle deemed...

4 special judges appointed to Mississippi courts

Jul. 30, 2020 11:27 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Four special judges have been appointed in Mississippi to handle a backlog of cases caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Mike Randolph said the judges will help out at the Hinds Chancery Court and Hinds County Court, both in Jackson. Randolph said more...

Mississippi schools to submit annual plans amid uncertainty

Jul. 29, 2020 6:59 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi school districts have just days to submit plans for this academic year to the state, but as the deadline nears and new cases of the coronavirus continue to rise, those plans keep changing. Jackson Public Schools came out with a detailed plan in mid-July for how it was...

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, left, listens as State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs, discusses the state's efforts to reduce and limit transmission from the COVID-19 virus, Monday, July 20, 2020, during a press briefing in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Analysis: 1st months not what Reeves expected as governor

Jul. 26, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican Tate Reeves has made clear that his first six months as Mississippi governor didn't shape up the way he expected. Reeves took office in January after eight years as lieutenant governor and eight before that as state treasurer. A pandemic wasn't expected when Reeves...

Jackson-area authorities bring cooler in to store bodies

Jul. 25, 2020 2:25 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — After a surge in coronavirus deaths in the Jackson area, officials are now bringing in a refrigerated cooler to help store bodies awaiting autopsies. Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart said told the Clarion Ledger earlier this week that the area is facing an influx of not...

Mississippi Arts Commission director to retire Sept. 30

Jul. 25, 2020 10:30 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The director of the Mississippi Arts Commission says he will retire in at the end of September. Malcolm White is in his second stint as head of the commission. He started working there after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and promoted arts as a way to educate people, create jobs and change...

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves expresses his concern over the growing number of people testing positive with coronavirus statewide, during a press briefing with members of the state's COVID-19 response team, Monday, July 20, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Gov imposes bar restrictions due to 'drunk, careless folks'

Jul. 24, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's governor is setting new restrictions on bars and social gatherings to curb the spread of the coronavirus among a group he called "young, drunk, careless folks.” “Our bars must look more like restaurants and less like mobs of COVID-19 spread," Gov. Tate...