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3 Mississippi police officers indicted in death of Black man

Aug. 14, 2020 12:05 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Three Mississippi police officers have been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a Black man last year, according to a recently unsealed indictment. A Hinds County grand jury indicted the officers in the January 2019 death of George Robinson, 62, according to the Aug. 5...

Magnolias, stars, a Gulf Coast lighthouse, a teddy bear, and even Kermit the Frog appear on some of the over 1,800 proposals submitted by the general public for a new Mississippi flag and posted Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, on the Mississippi Department of Archives and History web site. The state recently retired the last state banner with the Confederate battle emblem that's widely condemned as racist and a nine-member commission will design a replacement that cannot include the Confederate symbol and must have the phrase,

Creator of mosquito-themed state flag says design was a joke

Aug. 14, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man who submitted a proposal to place a giant mosquito on the new state flag, a design that went viral on social media, said he created it as a joke. Thomas Rosete, a deckhand on the Yazoo River, told the Clarion Ledger he created the “mosquito flag," which...

A passenger wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus is disinfected her hand before getting on a trolley bus in Pyongyang, North Korea, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

The Latest: S Korea concerned as new cases spike above 100

Aug. 13, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is reporting 103 new coronavirus cases. It is one of the country’s biggest daily jumps in months, and officials are expressing concern that infections are getting out of control in the capital of Seoul and other major cities as Koreans increasingly venture out in...

Ex-Meridian Police officer faces federal extortion charges

Aug. 13, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former Meridian Police officer is facing charges of extortion, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Royric “Roy” Benamon, 27, was indicted on two counts of extortion under color of official right, U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst said in a news release. According to the...

Funeral arrangements set for slain Mississippi trooper

Aug. 13, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

HAZLEHURST, Miss. (AP) — A funeral is planned this weekend for a Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper killed while off-duty and working a second job. Services for Lt. Troy Morris are scheduled Saturday at 1 p.m. at Westhaven Funeral Home Chapel in Hazlehurst, news outlets reported. Burial will follow at the...

Mississippi State WR Heath arrested for DUI

Aug. 13, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi State football player has been arrested on a DUI charge. Malik Heath, a wide receiver entering his first season at MSU, also was arrested Wednesday afternoon on a charge of speeding, improper equipment, no proof of insurance and not having a license, said Neal...

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves responds to a reporter's question regarding the possibility of facing a lawsuit that challenged his partial veto of a bill spending COVID-19 relief funds during his coronavirus press briefing, in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Governor: Virus cases down in 80% of Mississippi counties

Aug. 13, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — New cases of the coronavirus are steadily declining in more than 80% of Mississippi's 82 counties, Gov. Tate Reeves said Thursday. The Republican governor attributed the decrease to residents’ commitment to wearing masks and social distancing but also urged residents not to...

Qualifying medalist Wilson Furr advances in US Amateur

Aug. 12, 2020 11:23 PM EDT

BANDON, Ore. (AP) — Qualifying medalist Wilson Furr advanced to the second round of match play in the U.S. Amateur on Wednesday, beating China's Aaron Du 6 and 4 at breezy Bandon Dunes. Furr, the 22-year-old rising Alabama senior from Jackson, Mississippi, will face Vanderbilt's Harrison Ott. “The...

A man wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus sits in front of a mural at a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Mainland China and semi-autonomous Hong Kong saw declines in their recent outbreaks Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Seattle schools to start with remote teaching

Aug. 12, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

SEATTLE — The Seattle school board has voted unanimously to begin the academic year with remote teaching only. The Seattle Times reports the state’s largest school district approved the plan Wednesday. The remote learning plan passed with a wide-ranging amendment from school board members that...

Gov. Tate Reeves discusses his statewide order for people to wear masks in public amid a recent surge in cases of the new coronavirus during a COVID-19 press briefing, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 in Jackson, Miss. Director of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Greg Michel and State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs, also spoke and provided an update on the coronavirus and the state's ongoing strategy to limit transmission. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi sees jump in virus cases after improving numbers

Aug. 12, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi reported one of its highest single-day increases in coronavirus-related deaths Wednesday, after a few days of improving numbers. The Mississippi State Department of Health reported 1,081 new confirmed cases and 45 deaths on Wednesday, one of the top five single-day death...