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FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2019 file photo, Democrat gubernatorial candidate, Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith, addresses the crowd at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss.  Smith did not seek reelection last year in Hinds County. He told WLBT-TV that he sees no conflict of interest. But the current district attorney, Jody Owens, is seeking to have Smith removed from one case. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Former district attorney represents some he once prosecuted

Sep. 19, 2020 8:58 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former district attorney in Mississippi's largest county is now representing some people he once prosecuted, court documents show. Robert Shuler Smith did not seek reelection last year in Hinds County. He told WLBT-TV that he sees no conflict of interest. But the current district...

Mask making project unites close-knit family

Sep. 19, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Since early March, the Jackson-Fields family of Lee County has created and distributed thousands of masks. Most of the masks they’ve created have been handed out for free to area first responders. Others have gone to senior citizens and veterans. A simple idea from nephew...

Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson, speaks to members of the Senate and House Elections Committees during a joint hearing at the Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, June 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi justices: No broad absentee voting amid COVID-19

Sep. 18, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi law does not allow absentee voting by all people who have health conditions that might make them vulnerable to COVID-19, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday. A majority of justices reversed a Sept. 2 decision by Hinds County Chancery Judge Denise Owens, saying she too...

Mississippi State Fair set to go on with COVID-19 rules

Sep. 18, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is planning to go ahead with its annual state fair in early October with new rules to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. New cases of COVID-19 have declined in the state in recent weeks, and officials said they have been working hard to design a fair that will keep...

Correction: AT&T-Subpoena-Mississippi story

Sep. 18, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In a September 12, 2020, story, The Associated Press erroneously reported the Public Service Commission provided funding to the telecommunications conglomerate AT&T to expand wireless service in Mississippi. The money comes from the federal government and is part of a program by...

How an investigative podcast helped free Curtis Flowers

Sep. 12, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In February 2017, among hundreds of emails and calls about story ideas received by the reporters of American Public Media’s podcast “In the Dark,” was a short email from a Mississippi woman. She urged them to look into the case of Curtis Flowers, a man who had...

Autopsies set after 2 central Mississippi inmates die

Sep. 9, 2020 3:27 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Autopsies have been set for two Mississippi prison inmates who died in custody in the last week, according to the state Department of Corrections. Albert Smith, 69, an inmate at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County was pronounced dead at a hospital in Jackson...

Dr. Janice Bacon, a primary care physician with Central Mississippi Health Services, gives Jeremiah Young, 11, a back-to-school physical, at the Community Health Care Center on the Tougaloo College campus, in Tougaloo, Miss., on Aug. 14, 2020. As a Black primary care physician, Bacon has created a safe space for her Black patients during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

During pandemic, Black families put trust in Black doctors

Sep. 7, 2020 8:54 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Dr. Janice Bacon was exactly the person Kay McField hoped to talk to when she found herself spending most of her days in bed, feeling too depressed to get up as the coronavirus pandemic threatened those around her. As she watched those closest to her test positive for the virus...

House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, back to the camera, swears into office Rep. Robin Robinson, R-Laurel, right, as her husband, former Public Service Commissioner for the Southern District Sam Britton, left, holds the Bible, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. Robinson was elected to fulfill the unfinished term of former Republican Rep. Ramona Blackledge, also of Laurel. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Analysis: GOP keeps control amid special legislative races

Sep. 6, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Legislature is already seeing some turnover just a few months into this four-year term, but it's not enough to tilt control away from Republicans. The term started in January, and two freshmen Republicans in the House stepped down just a few weeks later because of a...

McHenry encourages minorities, women to pursue STEM careers

Sep. 6, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Today’s science students are tomorrow’s problem solvers, and a Jackson educator has dedicated his 45-year career to mentoring and recruiting women and minorities into the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Along the way, he has secured more than $60...