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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...

Companies unveil plans to resume river cruises on US waters

May. 27, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

GUILFORD, Conn. (AP) — A small cruise company says it plans to be the first to begin cruising again on U.S. waters since the coronavirus pandemic caused cruise ships to be anchored across the globe. American Cruise Lines announced this week that the 184-passenger modern riverboat American Song will depart...

Mississippi police arrest suspect in stabbing death

May. 27, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — One of two people accused in a stabbing death in south Mississippi is in custody. Isaiah Clark, 19, of Meridian, surrendered to authorities about 6:30 p.m. Monday, Meridian Interim Police Chief Charles Coleman said. Clark faces a charge of murder in the death of Jeremiah Andrew...

Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann, left, confers with an unmasked Gov. Tate Reeves in Senate Chambers at the Capitol prior to 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)

Governor: Mississippi reopening plan has 'freedom with risk'

May. 27, 2020 5:35 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Wednesday that he will allow all types of businesses to reopen Monday but they must follow safety guidelines to try to minimize spread of the new coronavirus. “This does not mean the threat is gone,” Reeves said. “COVID-19 is a...

Mississippi man charged in murder outside laundromat

May. 27, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man is being held on $2 million bond after a death at a mobile home park. Clint Barrett Brower, 41, who lives in an RV park in Woolmarket, an unincorporated area near Biloxi, faces a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Micah Harrington, 41. Harrington's body was...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

May. 27, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ May 22 The Dispatch on the Mississippi Department of Corrections' new leader: Given the current state of Mississippi’s prison system, as well as its sordid history, there should have been a couple of obvious priorities for the person who would be the new...

Coroner IDs Mississippi man killed in road rage encounter

May. 26, 2020 8:08 PM EDT

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — Authorities on Tuesday identified a Mississippi man who was shot to death during a road rage incident the day before, and they were still searching for the suspect who was driving a vehicle with Louisiana license plates. Brandon Box, 30, of Gulfport, was killed during Monday's...

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs answers a reporter's question during a COVID-19 coronavirus briefing in Jackson, Miss., Thursday, April 1, 2020. Dobbs and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency director attended Gov. Tate Reeves' news conference where they updated the media as to the state's response to the pandemic. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Judge: Health Dept. must respond to public records request

May. 26, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi judge ruled Tuesday that the state Health Department must respond to a newspaper's public records request about long-term care facilities where outbreaks of the new coronavirus have occurred. Hinds County Chancery Judge Tiffany Grove granted an emergency injunction in...

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...

Family: Mississippi man found dead in Alabama wanted iPhone

May. 26, 2020 7:26 AM EDT

BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) — A Mississippi man found shot to death in Alabama was lured across the state line by someone offering a cheap used iPhone, his family said. Michael Jones, of Columbus, Miss., was traveling to meet with a seller on the “Letgo” trading app, according to Joshua Tatum,...