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Military personnel enter the Sudima Hotel in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. A number of fishing crew who flew into New Zealand on chartered planes have the coronavirus. The crew members have been in quarantine at the Christchurch hotel since they arrived, and tested positive during routine testing, officials said. The news could deal a blow to New Zealand’s efforts to restart its fishing industry, which has struggled to find local workers to crew fishing vessels.  (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: Imported workers test positive in New Zealand

Oct. 20, 2020 10:27 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Eighteen fishing crewmen who last week flew to New Zealand from Moscow have tested positive for the coronavirus, underscoring the difficulty New Zealand faces in trying to import needed workers while remaining virtually virus free. A total of 235 crew from Russia and Ukraine were...

Trump camp: Stop using his name in medical marijuana effort

Oct. 20, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — President Donald Trump's campaign is telling a Mississippi group to stop saying that Trump supports a ballot measure that would legalize medical marijuana in the state. Mississippians for Compassionate Care is a group promoting Initiative 65. It paid for a letter signed by several...

Court affirms nurse's conviction in death of diabetic inmate

Oct. 20, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Court of Appeals on Tuesday affirmed the manslaughter conviction of a former George County jail nurse in the death of a diabetic inmate who was not given insulin for a week after he was jailed on a drug charge. The former nurse, Carmon Brannan, surrendered to...

Mississippi expands curbside voting, sets absentee 'cure'

Oct. 20, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is expanding access to curbside voting for people with symptoms of COVID-19 and setting a new process to let voters correct, or “cure,” minor discrepancies with signatures on absentee ballots. The changes are being made after voting-rights groups sued the...

Donation to create William Carey health science facility lab

Oct. 20, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A private Mississippi university has received a $30,000 donation from a Hattiesburg pharmacist and his wife. William Carey University announced the donation from Ron and Michelle Edwards in a recent online news release. The donation was made in the name of their business, Vital...

Teen charged in mother's death seeks new trial location

Oct. 20, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

MAGNOLIA, Miss. (AP) — A teenage defendant in Mississippi wants the location of her pending February murder trial changed. Amariyona Hall is charged in the death of her mother, Ericka Hall, 32, who was killed in 2019. Hall was just 14 at the time of her mother's death in southwest Mississippi's Pike...

Voters to decide whether to relocate Confederate monument

Oct. 20, 2020 9:04 AM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Voters will have a voice is deciding whether to relocate a Confederate monument that's outside the Forrest County courthouse. The Hattiesburg American reports the referendum was placed on the Nov. 3 ballot after the Forrest County Board of Supervisors couldn't agree on what to do...

Ole Miss renaming building for activist turned administrator

Oct. 20, 2020 4:29 AM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — The University of Mississippi said it's renaming a campus building to honor a one-time student activist who became a longtime administrator at the school. The school said a board voted to rename the Martindale Student Services Center as the Martindale-Cole Student Services Center. The...

Today in History

Oct. 20, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Oct. 20, the 294th day of 2020. There are 72 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 20, 1973, in the so-called “Saturday Night Massacre,” special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox was dismissed and Attorney General Elliot L....

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,"...