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Sheriff says Mississippi 'minuteman group' not needed

Oct. 11, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A resident in one Mississippi county said he plans to organize a “minuteman group” in the area to deal with what he called safety concerns in their community. Adams County Sheriff Travis Patten said such a group is unnecessary and unwanted in the area. Jack Blaney told...

Women peel potatoes outside a snack bar amid the new coronavirus pandemic in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. Many people in Brazil are struggling to cope with less pandemic aid from the government and jumping food prices, with millions expected to slip back into poverty. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

The Latest: Brazil's virus death toll surpasses 150,000

Oct. 10, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s count of COVID-19 deaths surpassed 150,000 on Saturday night, despite signs the pandemic is slowly retreating in Latin America’s largest nation. The Brazilian Health Ministry reported that the death toll now stands at 150,198. The figure is the world’s second...

Tina Arons, 32, speaks as she removed her phone from a tripod at the Harvey Cornell Rose Park Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Arons used the video recording setup to capture a dance routine with silk fan veils, draped over her shoulder, for and online she teaches. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

The Latest: New Mexico loses ground in COVID-19 spread fight

Oct. 9, 2020 10:29 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. -- New Mexico is losing ground in efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 as newly reported daily infections hit a record of 488 cases. Three additional deaths from the pandemic also were disclosed Friday by state health officials as fatalities from the pandemic surpassed 900. Bernalillo...

Natchez siblings died of virus days apart, coroner says

Oct. 9, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A sister and brother in Natchez died of the coronavirus within days of each other, Adams County Coroner James Lee said. A 73-year-old woman died of COVID-19 and her 69-year-old brother died days later, Lee told the Natchez Democrat. “I’ve seen an increase in COVID...

Ex-congressman hired to lobby for Mississippi city, county

Oct. 3, 2020 10:38 AM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A former Mississippi congressman will be paid to lobby on behalf of a city and county in the southwestern part of the state. Gregg Harper will receive $8,000 a month to do the work for Natchez and Adams County, the Natchez Democrat reported. Natchez Mayor Dan Gipson said the city and...

Mississippi receives $23M in federal funds for flood relief

Sep. 25, 2020 4:13 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has received nearly $23 million in emergency relief funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation to repair federal roadways that were damaged by severe flooding. U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith announced the five Federal Highway Administration awards on Thursday, according...

Mississippi mayor tests positive for COVID-19

Sep. 11, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — The mayor of Mississippi's oldest city remains under quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19. Natchez Mayor Dan Gibson was on a 14-day self-imposed quarantine after a person he had lunch with tested positive for the coronavirus. The last day of that restriction was Tuesday....

Interim fire chief in place in Mississippi city

Sep. 1, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A veteran firefighter has been sworn in as interim fire chief for the City of Natchez. David Freeman, a 38-year veteran of the department, replaces Natchez Fire Chief Ventris Green, who officially retired Tuesday. Natchez Mayor Dan Gibson said Freeman was sworn in Monday over the...

Mississippi city's police chief to retire by start of 2021

Sep. 1, 2020 6:59 PM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — The city of Natchez will soon begin a search to replace its police chief, who is planning to retire by January 2021. Natchez Mayor Dan Gibson made the announcement of Police Chief Walter Armstrong’s impending retirement during a Facebook live video post last week. Armstrong,...

Board hears plans for scaled-back new Natchez High School

Aug. 29, 2020 10:19 AM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi district is scaling back the size of a new high school it is planning to build. The new Natchez High School will cost about $16 million and will be built near the current one. The Natchez Adams School District will also spend $9 million to renovate and equip the current...