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Mississippi State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs answers a reporter's question 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 limits elective surgeries amid COVID-19 surge

Jul. 11, 2020 2:08 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's top public health official has ordered a temporary halt to all elective surgeries to try to save hospital bed space as the state sees a rapid expansion in cases of the new coronavirus. The order by the state health officer, Dr. Thomas Dobbs, covers all medical facilities...

New Orleans man arrested after Mississippi motel shooting

Jul. 11, 2020 2:06 PM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — A 29-year-old New Orleans man is in custody for his alleged role in a shooting that left one man dead at a Mississippi motel. Eddie Charles Brown faces charges of first-degree murder, armed robbery, and aggravated assault for a July 3 shooting at a Super 8 Motel in Biloxi, WLOX-TV...

Mississippi sheriff: County 'blessed' to get armored vehicle

Jul. 11, 2020 10:15 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A north Mississippi sheriff says his department was “blessed” to get an armored vehicle through a program that transfers excess military equipment to local law enforcement agencies. Monroe County Sheriff Kevin Crook told the Commercial Dispatch that the Mine-Resistant...

DNA being tested on remains of human foot found in boot

Jul. 11, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A coroner says the Mississippi Crime Lab will test DNA from the remains of a human foot that were found inside a boot on the banks of the Mississippi River. The boot with a bone in it was found Monday near Natchez by workers from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and...

Mississippi gym's renovation brings friends back together

Jul. 11, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

CRAWFORD, Miss. (AP) — Ball in hand, Tagarrine “Gary” Ellis hops off the ground. All eyes are on him. On the scoreboard, his team trails behind the other closely. The 17-year-old Starkville High School senior aims, then shoots. He scores as the ball swishes in the basket. Over the past six...

Alabama basketball player uses game to get her point across

Jul. 11, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

BAY MINETTE, Ala. (AP) — Kynadra Lewis’ journey to basketball stardom is a testament to her strong work ethic and determination. The point guard successfully translated those skills from Selma High School to Coastal Alabama Community College South. Lewis plans to make a smooth transition next year...

Workers in protective suits administer coronavirus tests at a COVID-19 testing site for those who were potentially exposed to the coronavirus at a wholesale food market in Beijing, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. As the number of cases of COVID-19 in Beijing climbed in recent days following an outbreak linked to a wholesale food market, officials announced they had identified hundreds of thousands of people who needed to be tested for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China rejects food imports after virus detected

Jul. 10, 2020 10:47 PM EDT

BEIJING — New coronavirus cases have dropped sharply in China, and authorities are turning their attention to concerns that the virus could spread through imported food. Those worries have risen since a June outbreak in Beijing that was linked to the city’s largest wholesale market. Testing has...

FILE - In this July 6, 2020, file photo, Mississippi legislators, staff and Capitol employees take advantage of a drive-thru COVID-19 testing center on the Capitol grounds in Jackson, Miss. Mississippi is seeing the largest outbreak of COVID-19 among legislators in any state. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Mississippi seeing big virus outbreak in state legislature

Jul. 10, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Packed elevators and crowded committee rooms. Legislators sitting shoulder-to-shoulder on the House and Senate floor. People standing close to each other and talking, sometimes leaning in to whisper, without a mask in sight. Those were common scenes at the Mississippi Capitol in June...

Dr. LouAnn Woodward, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine, left, confers with Marc Rolph, the University of Mississippi Medical Center executive director of Communications and Marketing during a news conference in the School of Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center campus, about concerns with the state's spike in COVID-19 patients at hospitals across the state Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. The medical professionals attending detailed recommendations to curb the community spread virus. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Numbers of COVID cases in Mississippi continue to rise

Jul. 10, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's Department of Health reported 1,031 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Friday, as numbers of new cases continue to rise in the state. Officials reported 11 deaths. The day marked the highest-ever number of hospitalizations for coronavirus with 711 people in...

Trump OKs Mississippi's disaster declaration request

Jul. 10, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

PEARL, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves' request for help following severe weather in April was approved Friday by President Donald J. Trump. Trump declared a major disaster exists in Mississippi and ordered federal aid to help recovery efforts in 11 counties hit by severe storms, tornadoes,...