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School board member: require employees to get COVID vaccine

Jul. 30, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A school board member in a Mississippi school district says he is planning to propose making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for all employees. Natchez Adams School District board member Phillip West told The Natchez Democrat that the rise in...

2 shootings involving Arkansas troopers during traffic stops

Jul. 30, 2021 12:31 PM EDT

CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — No injuries were reported following two shootings this week involving Arkansas State troopers during traffic stops along Interstate 40, according to state police. On Thursday, Trooper Tyler Langley and a motorist exchanged gunfire near Conway after...

EXPLAINER: Mississippi's efforts to help low-income tenants

Jul. 30, 2021 10:56 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal freeze on most evictions enacted last year is scheduled to expire Saturday, after President Joe Biden's administration extended the original date by a month. The moratorium, put in place by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September, was...

Contractor charged after driving into airmen on US base

Jul. 29, 2021 20:02 PM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — A civilian contractor working on a U.S. Air Force base in Mississippi was charged with involuntary manslaughter Thursday after he drove his vehicle into four airmen walking on a track, killing one of them, the FBI said. Emmett J. Bennett, 24, of...

GOP govs, lawmakers supporting Mississippi anti-abortion law

Jul. 29, 2021 19:10 PM EDT

A dozen Republican governors and more than 200 GOP members of Congress are wading into a court fight over a Mississippi law to restrict abortion, the outcome of which could have implications for similar measures across the country. On Thursday, attorneys for South...

Mississippi governor says CDC mask guidance is 'foolish'

Jul. 29, 2021 18:25 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) — Cases of COVID-19 are surging in Mississippi, but Republican Gov. Tate Reeves said at a political gathering Thursday that a federal recommendation for people to wear masks indoors is “foolish" and “harmful.” The Centers for Disease...

Idaho governor signs onto major abortion-rights challenge

Jul. 29, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Thursday signed onto an amicus brief in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that could overturn the court’s landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. He joined Republican governors from 11 other states in...

Terminated professor settles with University of Mississippi

Jul. 29, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The University of Mississippi has reached a settlement with an assistant professor who was terminated after publicly criticizing the school as racist while speaking out for criminal justice reform. Details of the settlement remained confidential,...

Family: Police force caused Black man's death in Mississippi

Jul. 29, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

BRAXTON, Miss. (AP) — Relatives of a Black Mississippi man who died in police custody are blaming his death on alleged excessive force by deputies. Damien Cameron died Monday after police tried to place him under arrest and removed him from a home in Rankin County,...

Bill to rename North Mississippi post office heads to Biden

Jul. 29, 2021 14:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A bill that would rename a North Mississippi post office in honor of a Vietnam war veteran is headed to President Joe Biden. U.S. Rep. Trent Kelly, a Republican from Saltillo, said the bill passed both chambers in the U.S. Congress and now awaits...