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Burl Cain responds to a reporter's question after being introduced by Gov. Tate Reeves as the new commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections during his daily coronavirus update for media in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Cain was warden at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, which is commonly known as Angola, for 21 years. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Analysis: Mississippi prisons nominee faces Senate scrutiny

May. 24, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The nominee to lead Mississippi's troubled prison system, Burl Cain, spent 21 years as warden of Louisiana's Angola penitentiary, resigning in early 2016 amid ethics questions about how public money was spent during his tenure. Advocates for inmates' rights have also condemned his...

A patron rushes into the WaterView Casino and Hotel in Vicksburg, Miss., Thursday, May 21, 2020, for a morning of gaming, following a two-month shutdown due to coronavirus. Casinos statewide are allowed to reopen Thursday, amid enhanced restrictions to keep customers and employees safe. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi virus cases surpass 13,000 with 433 hospitalized

May. 23, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Confirmed coronavirus cases in Mississippi have surpassed 13,000, with more than 1,600 in long-term care facilities, according to the state health department. The figures on the state health department website Saturday showed totals as of Friday night. They showed the state, with a...

A health worker checks a computer screen at the COVID-19 test department of the Broussais Hospital in Paris, Monday May 11, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron has repeatedly pledged the country would be able to test up to 700,000 people per week as key to the re-opening process, but so far the number of people tested is much lower and the effective capacities in the country remain vague. (Alain Jocard, Pool via AP)

The Latest: UN warns cybercrime on rise during pandemic

May. 23, 2020 12:43 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: —UN warns cybercrime on rise during pandemic. —South...

Gov. Tate Reeves speaks about selecting Burl Cain, the former warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary, commonly known as Angola, as the new commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Correction, during Reeves' daily coronavirus update for media in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, May 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi gov extends home order, lets water parks open

May. 22, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Friday that he's adding another week to his statewide “safer at home” order because of the coronavirus pandemic, but he's also easing restrictions on water parks and other outdoor sports and leisure venues. The home order had been set to...

Mississippi gov condemns church fire amid virus pandemic

May. 21, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on Thursday condemned a church fire that's being investigated as an arson. First Pentecostal Church in Holly Springs burned on Wednesday, about a month after it filed a lawsuit challenging city restrictions on gatherings amid the coronavirus...

In this Tuesday, May 19, 2020 photo, a Stewpot Community Services volunteer, right,  loads boxes of fresh produce into a truck for the nonprofit Grace House in Jackson, Miss. Throughout the morning, 500 boxes of fresh produce, part of the Farmers to Families Food Box program, were distributed to 12 local groups from the Stewpot location in Jackson, Miss. The Farmers to Families Food Box program is part of the USDA Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program. (Barbara Gauntt/The Clarion-Ledger via AP)

Mississippi gov OKs business grants from virus relief fund

May. 20, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Wednesday that he is signing a bill that creates a $300 million grant program for small businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. Legislators passed the bill with broad bipartisan support last week, using part of the $1.25 billion Mississippi has...

Court of Appeals Judge Sean Tindell responds to a reporter's question after being introduced by Gov. Tate Reeves as the newly appointed commissioner for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, during his daily coronavirus update for media in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Tindell is a former state senator. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Judge nominated as Mississippi public safety commissioner

May. 20, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Sean Tindell of Gulfport is in line to become the new public safety commissioner in Mississippi. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves announced his nomination of Tindell on Wednesday. It must be confirmed by the state Senate. Tindell served as a Republican in...

Burl Cain responds to a reporter's question after being introduced by Gov. Tate Reeves as the new commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections during his daily coronavirus update for media in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Cain was warden at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, which is commonly known as Angola, for 21 years. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Ex-Louisiana warden chosen to lead Mississippi prisons

May. 20, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Wednesday that he is nominating a former warden of Louisiana's Angola prison to take charge of the Mississippi prison system that is under federal investigation and has struggled for years with tight budgets, short staffing and shoddy living...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

May. 20, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ May 20 The Greenwood Commonwealth on how the Mississippi Legislature should distribute virus relief funds: The $1.25 billion Mississippi has received in coronavirus relief is a chunk of money. To put it in perspective, that’s about one-fifth of the...

Republican Gov. Tate Reeves gestures Monday, May 4, 2020, in Jackson, Miss., as he wonders how needy state residents are being helped when lawmakers passed a bill May 1, that takes control of the federal CARES Act money, during his daily update on the state's response to COVID-19.   (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi gov is pranked in shout-out to high school grads

May. 20, 2020 11:48 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — This one slipped through the cracks. Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves asked people to submit names of high school seniors so he could read them aloud on a webcast — a recognition for teenagers who are missing traditional graduation ceremonies because of the coronavirus pandemic. On...