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Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves delivers a televised address prior to signing a bill retiring the last state flag in the United States with the Confederate battle emblem, at the Governor's Mansion in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, Pool)

Mississippi governor vetoes criminal justice bills

Jul. 9, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has vetoed two criminal justice bills, one of which would have given thousands of offenders the chance at parole from the crowded prison system. “I know that I’ll get attacked and protested for this,” Republican Reeves wrote in a...

FILE - In this July 6, 2020, file photo, Mississippi legislators, staff and Capitol employees take advantage of a drive-thru COVID-19 testing center on the Capitol grounds in Jackson, Miss. Mississippi is seeing the largest outbreak of COVID-19 among legislators in any state. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Mississippi seeing big virus outbreak in state legislature

Jul. 9, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Packed elevators and crowded committee rooms. Legislators sitting shoulder-to-shoulder on the House and Senate floor. People standing close to each other and talking, sometimes leaning in to whisper, without a mask in sight. Those were common scenes at the Mississippi Capitol in June...

Gov. Tate Reeves stresses the need for personal responsibility in wearing face masks during his opening statement at a coronavirus news briefing, Wednesday, July 8, 2020 in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi gov vetoes part of education bill over pay plan

Jul. 9, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has vetoed most of the state education budget for the new fiscal year because it would have changed a bonus pay plan for some teachers. Republican Reeves announced that and other vetoes late Wednesday. The education budget, House Bill 1700, would have...

FILE - San Francisco Police Auxiliary Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) volunteer David Flynn offers face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus at Dolores Park in San Francisco, Sunday, May 24, 2020. California is creating roving

The Latest: New Zealand to charge patient who went shopping

Jul. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand authorities say they will press charges against a coronavirus patient who escaped quarantine in Auckland and went shopping at a supermarket. Air Commodore Darryn Webb, the head of managed isolation and quarantine, said the 32-year-old man escaped through a fence at...

FILE - In this June 30, 2020 file photo, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves delivers a televised address prior to signing a bill retiring the last state flag in the United States with the Confederate battle emblem, during a ceremony at the Governor's Mansion in Jackson, Miss. Reeves tweeted Tuesday, July 7 that he has tested negative for the coronavirus, a day after announcing he was going into isolation after being in contact with a lawmaker who tested positive.   (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, Pool, File)

At least 8 Mississippi lawmakers test positive for COVID-19

Jul. 7, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — At least eight Mississippi lawmakers have tested positive for the coronavirus after working several weeks in a Capitol where many people stood or sat close together and did not wear masks. Among those who have publicly acknowledged having COVID-19 are Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann, who...

At least eight Mississippi lawmakers have contracted COVID-19; many in Capitol did not wear masks or stay distanced.

Jul. 7, 2020 4:47 PM EDT
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — At least eight Mississippi lawmakers have contracted COVID-19; many in Capitol did not wear masks or stay distanced.
In this June 6, 2020, photo, Maisie Brown, 18, second from left, a member of the Mississippi branch of Black Lives Matter, leads a protest march with others during a rally in Jackson, Miss., over police brutality. Young activists like Brown are energizing the debate about removing the Confederate battle emblem from the Mississippi state flag. Brown says elected officials must step up and change the flag. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Reeves' tweet 'messy, loud and wrong,' protest leader says

Jul. 6, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi Senate leader and a protest organizer are speaking out against Republican Gov. Tate Reeves's tweet Sunday that said the “liberal media” is ignoring new coronavirus cases that could have been caused by protests and blaming a surge of holiday barbecue...

A passenger has her temperature checked to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus as some routes for the Traditional Jeepney buses were opened to help public transportation while the government slowly eases lockdown in metropolitan Manila, Philippines on Friday, July 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Latest: Australia’s most populous state to close border

Jul. 5, 2020 11:16 PM EDT

SYDNEY, Australia — The leader of Australia’s most populous state says her government’s decision to close its border with hard-hit Victoria state marks a new phase in the country’s coronavirus pandemic. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has long been a critic of states that...

First Mississippi lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19

Jul. 3, 2020 2:51 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi lawmaker has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Clarion Ledger reported Friday. Democratic Rep. Bo Brown of Jackson told the Ledger on Thursday that he had received a positive test result for COVID-19, a day after legislators left the Mississippi Capitol. Brown,...

FILE - In this June 12, 2020 file photo Senate Appropriations Committee chairman Briggs Hopson, R-Vicksburg, presents an appropriation bill for debate in the Senate Chamber at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. Mississippi government is on track to spend less during the new budget year than it did in the one that just ended, as questions remain about the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. Hopson told reporters Wednesday, July 1, 2020 “I’m not aware of any agency that would actually be forced to lay off employees because of cuts

Mississippi tightens its belt for new state budget year

Jul. 2, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi government is on track to spend less during the new budget year than it did during the one that just ended, as questions remain about the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. Cuts to most state agencies will be about 3% to 5%. “I’m not aware of any...