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Rep. Manly Barton, R-Moss Point, presents a slew of budget bills during a House Appropriations Committee meeting at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Because several committees are large, the House chamber is being used as a committee meeting room when lawmakers are not in general session. Lawmakers are spaced out to observe the social protocol. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi legislators could extend their disrupted session

May. 27, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Republican-led Mississippi Legislature is working to extend its session that has already been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. Senators and representatives originally were scheduled to be at the Capitol from early January until early May to enact new laws, plug holes in the...

Mississippi State Economist Darrin Webb addresses the developing status of the state's economy during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the state's economic outlook and anticipated revenue collections as affected by COVID-19, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Expert: Slow economic recovery for Mississippi amid virus

May. 26, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi can expect a long, slow economic recovery from the shock of job losses and the steep decline in commercial activity tied to the coronavirus pandemic, state economist Darrin Webb told legislators Tuesday. At the beginning of this year, the U.S. economy, and to a lesser...

Terry Sullivan, general manager of Fondren Fitness, a Jackson, Miss., fitness center, sanitizes a pulldown bar, Thursday, May 14, 2020. The city of Jackson is allowing gyms and fitness centers to reopen with restrictions on May 15. Restrictions include establishing sanitizing stations, daily cleaning of equipment, social distancing, wearing of face masks and limits to occupancy. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Gov: Virus relief grants will aid 'Main Street, Mississippi'

May. 14, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Thursday that he expects to sign a bill to create grants for small businesses by using part the state's coronavirus relief money. The governor's staff was involved in negotiations that led to the bill that the Republican-controlled state House and...

Sen. Josh Harkins, R-Flowood, presents a grant program supporting small businesses using federal funds, during a meeting of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Friday, May 8, 2020 at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. Lawmakers through various committees are considering requests for monies from the $1.25 billion in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) fund. The coronavirus stimulus funds are destined to assist small businesses affected by COVID-19. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi barbershops, salons and gyms can reopen Monday

May. 8, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi barbershops, salons and gyms and will be allowed to reopen Monday but must take steps to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, Gov. Tate Reeves said Friday. It was the Republican governor's latest announcement to gradually remove restrictions he has set because of the...

President Donald Trump gestures during a White House National Day of Prayer Service in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Latest: Japan, U.S. agree to cooperate in COVID-19 fight

May. 8, 2020 2:05 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Japan, U.S. agree to cooperate closely in COVID-19 fight....

Gov. Tate Reeves, center, speaks of how he and House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, left, and fellow Republican Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann, right, are now working on a deal about how to spend $1.2 billion in CARES Act funds, during Reeves' daily news conference, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. Last Friday, the Legislature passed a bill that striped Reeves of sole spending authority. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi gov and lawmakers claim unity on virus spending

May. 7, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves did a dramatic about-face Thursday, saying that state legislators will have a role in deciding how to spend $1.25 billion the state is receiving from the federal government as part of a massive coronavirus relief package. ...

Republican Speaker Philip Gunn of Clinton, explains why lawmakers have returned to the Capitol in an effort to strip spending authority over $1.25 billion in federal coronavirus stimulus money from Gov. Tate Reeves, during a press briefing attended by both House and Senate leadership at the statehouse in Jackson, Miss., Friday, May 1, 2020. All lawmakers followed social distancing protocol during the briefing including wearing face masks. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi legislators to consider virus aid to businesses

May. 5, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators will be back at work Thursday to consider proposals to help businesses that have been hurt by the coronavirus outbreak, House and Senate leaders said Tuesday. It will be the second time in less than a week for legislators to return to the Capitol after putting...

Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann explains why lawmakers have returned to the Capitol in an effort to strip spending authority over $1.25 billion in federal coronavirus stimulus money from Gov. Tate Reeves, during a press briefing attended by both House and Senate leadership including Speaker Philip Gunn, right, at the statehouse in Jackson, Miss., Friday, May 1, 2020. All lawmakers followed social distancing protocol during the briefing including wearing face masks. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Analysis: Pandemic cash causes power clash in Mississippi

May. 3, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves found few defenders when state lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Friday to take control of more than a billion dollars the federal government is sending the state for response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Mississippi Constitution...

Masked and shielded, Sen. John Horhn, D-Jackson, questions Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Briggs Hopson III, R-Vicksburg, unseen, about legislation before lawmakers that would remove spending authority over $1.25 billion in federal coronavirus stimulus money from Gov. Tate Reeves, and how instead it would be spent and by whom, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Friday, May 1, 2020. The legislation passed both chambers. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi legislators assert control over virus money

May. 1, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Friday and asserted their control in a power struggle with the governor over who has the authority to spend $1.25 billion the state is receiving from the federal government for coronavirus relief. Republicans who lead the House and...

Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves provides reporters an update on the state's response to COVID-19, Wednesday, April 29, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. Reeves was joined by the state's two Republican U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi leaders clash over spending virus relief money

Apr. 30, 2020 7:24 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Legislature will restart its session Friday as top lawmakers and Gov. Tate Reeves argue over who has power to spend more than a billion dollars the federal government is sending the state to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Republicans who lead the House and...