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CORRECTS DATE State Superintendent of the Mississippi Department of Education Carey Wright provides the Senate Education Committee an update on the pandemic's impact on K-12 schools at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi eases some education mandates amid pandemic

Jan. 22, 2021 11:45 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Because of disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Mississippi third graders and high school students will still take state-mandated exams this semester but will not be penalized for poor performance. And, although schools will be assessed based on their performance, they will...

State Sen. Brice Wiggins, R-Pascagoula, shows his support of the New Orleans Saints football team while wearing a face mask at a Senate Education Committee meeting with the State Superintendent of the Mississippi Department of Education Carey Wright at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Jan. 6, 2021. Lawmakers were generally masked throughout the hearing, removing or loosing the mask to speak clearly. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Work patterns altered at Mississippi Capitol during pandemic

Jan. 21, 2021 7:16 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators are changing some of their work habits to try to avoid a repeat of last year's coronavirus outbreak at the state Capitol. At least two senators and at least one House member recently tested positive for the virus, and some other legislators are being told to...

Trump pardons Mississippi physician convicted of bribery

Jan. 20, 2021 6:11 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — One of the people pardoned during Donald Trump's final hours as president is a Mississippi physician who pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge in 2012. Dr. Robert S. Corkern was the president, secretary and treasurer of Batesville Hospital Management, which handled business...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jan. 20, 2021 11:01 AM EST

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ Jan. 19 The Dispatch on Confederate Heritage Month and Confederate holidays that are observed in Mississippi: Mississippi, along with six other states, will recognize April as Confederate Heritage Month. On April 26, Mississippi will join four other states in...

John Rounsaville, director of the Mississippi Development Authority, answers a reporter's question during a news conference, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Jackson, Miss. Gov. Tate Reeves announced the appointment of Rounsaville, who'd been serving as interim director since 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi Development Authority chief gets job permanently

Jan. 19, 2021 5:28 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Development Authority is giving its interim director the job permanently. John Rounsaville earned his promotion by buoying Mississippi’s economy during the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Tate Reeves said Tuesday. The Republican governor said despite the economic...

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2020 file photo, several hundred people gather in front of the Mississippi Capitol in Jackson, to protest conditions in prisons where inmates have been killed in violent clashes in recent weeks. U.S. Justice Department announced in February that it was investigating Mississippi's prison system, and a new Department of Corrections Commissioner Burl Cain said he would improve prisons with

Mississippi could renew debate on revising tight parole laws

Jan. 19, 2021 2:57 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators should try again to revise some of the strictest parole laws in the nation as a way of reducing the state's “dangerously” large prison population, a nonprofit group said Tuesday. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves vetoed a bill in July that would have...

A man holds up a child, both wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, to reach out a tree branches at the Wangfujing shopping district in Beijing, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. A Chinese province grappling with a spike in coronavirus cases is reinstating tight restrictions on weddings, funerals and other family gatherings, threatening violators with criminal charges. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: China grapples with virus outbreaks in northeast

Jan. 18, 2021 11:37 PM EST

BEIJING — China is now dealing with coronavirus outbreaks across its frigid northeast, prompting additional lockdowns and travel bans. The country reported a total of 118 newly confirmed cases Tuesday — most of them in Jilin province, the Hebei region just outside Beijing and Heilongjiang province...

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves announces that residents who are 65 and older and those with preexisting conditions will now be eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine during a press conference in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

More than 100,000 have had 1st vaccine dose in Mississippi

Jan. 18, 2021 4:54 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — More than 100,000 people in Mississippi have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and officials are taking further steps to administer the state's supply of shots more efficiently, Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday. “There is no higher priority and we’re...

New Court of Appeals judge to be sworn in

Jan. 18, 2021 9:27 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A newly appointed Mississippi Court of Appeals judge will be sworn in on Tuesday. Judge Joel Smith Jr. of Gulfport will take the oath of office at the Gartin Justice Building in Jackson. Smith, 46, was appointed by Republican Gov. Tate Reeves to the Court of Appeals on Jan. 14. He...

Col. Robert Hilliard, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District, speaks during a press conference Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, organized by the Environmental Protection Agency at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District facility in Vicksburg, Miss. (Tim Reeves/The Vicksburg Post via AP)

Analysis: Mississippi pump fight unresolved as Trump departs

Jan. 17, 2021 5:00 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Farmers and environmentalists have been arguing for decades over proposals for a massive federal flood-control project in the south Mississippi Delta. The fight is continuing into a new presidential administration. Four conservation groups are suing the Environmental Protection...