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Vicksburg, Miss., Mayor George Flaggs, left, speaks about the search committee's suggestion that Burl Cain, the former warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary, commonly known as Angola, seated second from left, be selected by Gov. Tate Reeves, second from right, as the new commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Correction, during Reeves' daily coronavirus update for media, Wednesday, May 20, 2020 in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

2 former lawmakers running again as mayors in Mississippi

Jan. 24, 2021 9:52 AM EST

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Two former Mississippi lawmakers are seeking reelection as mayors, while leaders of some other cities will not be back on the ballot this year. Billy Hewes said Friday that he is running for a third term as mayor of Gulfport, again as a Republican. He served in the state Senate from...

Kamala Harris is sworn in as Vice President by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as her husband Doug Emhoff holds the Bible during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

Kamala Harris' Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority sisters celebrate

Jan. 23, 2021 3:21 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — As Kamala Harris took the oath of vice president on Wednesday, her Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. sisters across Mississippi celebrated the historic moment. AKA South Eastern Director Mitzi Dease Paige said that many members were “tickled pink and green” to see the...

Dr. Angel Temponi, left, administers the second dose of the Moderna vaccine to Dr. Barton Bernstein Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 at Yuma Regional Medical Center in Yuma, Ariz. (Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP)

The Latest: Arizona COVID-19 cases down despite high rate

Jan. 22, 2021 6:26 PM EST

PHOENIX -- Health officials say the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Arizona are declining despite the state having the worst infection rate in the country. Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ said Friday that the number of patients and even the positivity test rate have dipped...

Former Mississippi police officer pleads to obstruction

Jan. 22, 2021 1:15 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former police officer in Mississippi has pleaded guilty to obstruction of a federal investigation by destroying and hiding text messages and images of a juvenile girl, federal prosecutors said. Mark Coleman, 57, who served with the Jackson Police Department for more than 20 years,...

This Jan. 6, 2021 photo shows Douglas Carswell in Jackson, Miss. Carswell, a leader of the Brexit movement and newly appointed government trade advisor in the United Kingdom is the new head of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Brexit leader to head Mississippi public policy center

Jan. 22, 2021 12:28 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A leader of the Brexit movement and newly appointed government trade adviser in the United Kingdom is now the head of a conservative think tank in the American South. Douglas Carswell, 49, started working this month as the new CEO and president of Mississippi Center for Public...

A man carries a child, both wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, as they stroll along a street near the popular frozen Houhai Lake in Beijing, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. China is making some of its toughest travel restrictions yet as coronavirus cases surge in several northern provinces ahead of the travel rush for Lunar New Year on next month. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: Shanghai locks down 2 major hospitals over cases

Jan. 21, 2021 10:33 PM EST

BEIJING — Shanghai has imposed lockdowns on two of China’s best-known hospitals after they were linked to new coronavirus cases. Outpatient services have been suspended at Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center and Renji Hospital, both of which have been cordoned off along with some surrounding...

FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2020, file photo, members of the Mississippi Air and Army National Guard Guard receive the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Flowood, Miss. The coronavirus vaccines have been rolled out unevenly across the U.S., but some states in the Deep South have had particularly dismal inoculation rates. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Mississippi opens new drive-thru vaccination site in Jackson

Jan. 21, 2021 5:41 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has opened its first drive-thru site for coronavirus vaccinations in the capital city, a move that officials said they hoped would make shots more accessible to African Americans, who have received the vaccine in much smaller numbers than whites. The state's 19th...

Jackson mayor: City will not tolerate street racing

Jan. 21, 2021 9:13 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Jackson’s mayor says the city will not tolerate drag racing and other types of reckless driving that draws crowds to watch. Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba made the comments after such activity recently closed part of Interstate 55 in Jackson, WLBT-TV reported. Authorities have good...

Mississippi prison system announces more inmate deaths

Jan. 20, 2021 2:11 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Corrections on Wednesday said two inmates have died in recent days at a Jackson hospital. Both had been taken from Central Mississippi Correctional Facility to Merit Health Central. James Ned Carter, 48, died Monday. He was sentenced July 11, 2008, as a...

US attorney for southern Mississippi names interim successor

Jan. 19, 2021 2:14 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. attorney for the southern half of Mississippi says his first assistant will be elevated to the interim head of the office, starting Wednesday. Darren LaMarca “is well-respected by law enforcement, the defense bar and our community, and he will do an outstanding job as...