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Deion Sanders smiles as he is introduced as Jackson State's head football coach at the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center at Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (Eric Shelton/The Clarion-Ledger via AP)

‘Match made in heaven’: Deion Sanders to coach Jackson State

Sep. 21, 2020 1:25 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Deion Sanders wiped away tears of joy and passion before speaking. Jackson State’s new football coach then stated “I believe” many times about what he envisions happening on and off the field. “I have a commitment to excellence in each and every thing I...

Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson, speaks to members of the Senate and House Elections Committees during a joint hearing at the Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, June 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi justices: No broad absentee voting amid COVID-19

Sep. 18, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi law does not allow absentee voting by all people who have health conditions that might make them vulnerable to COVID-19, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday. A majority of justices reversed a Sept. 2 decision by Hinds County Chancery Judge Denise Owens, saying she too...

Dr. Janice Bacon, a primary care physician with Central Mississippi Health Services, gives Jeremiah Young, 11, a back-to-school physical, at the Community Health Care Center on the Tougaloo College campus, in Tougaloo, Miss., on Aug. 14, 2020. As a Black primary care physician, Bacon has created a safe space for her Black patients during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

During pandemic, Black families put trust in Black doctors

Sep. 7, 2020 8:54 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Dr. Janice Bacon was exactly the person Kay McField hoped to talk to when she found herself spending most of her days in bed, feeling too depressed to get up as the coronavirus pandemic threatened those around her. As she watched those closest to her test positive for the virus...

FILE - In this Monday, June 10, 2019, file photo, St. Francis of Assisi church and school stand in Greenwood, Miss. Paul A. West, a former Catholic brother at the church, has been extradited from his home state of Wisconsin to Mississippi, after an Aug. 24, 2020 hearing. West faces sexual battery charges in a case involving cousins La Jarvis and Joshua Love. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

Former Catholic brother returned to face Mississippi charges

Sep. 2, 2020 8:28 PM EDT

A former Catholic brother has been extradited from his home state of Wisconsin to Mississippi, where he faces sexual battery charges in a case involving two impoverished Black boys who say they were pressured as men into accepting paltry payouts to settle their abuse claims. The men have accused Paul A. West,...

The magnolia centered banner chosen Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020 by the Mississippi State Flag Commission flies outside the Old State Capitol Museum in downtown Jackson, Miss. The nine member committee voted to recommend a design with the state flower. That design will go on the November ballot for voters consideration and if approved, it will become the new state flag. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi flag: Magnolia could replace old rebel symbol

Sep. 2, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi voters will decide whether to accept a new state flag with a magnolia to replace an old one legislators retired under pressure because it included the Confederate battle emblem that’s widely seen as racist. A commission voted 8-1 Wednesday to recommend the magnolia...

One of five final designs for the new Mississippi state flag flutters in the breeze, outside the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson, Miss., Aug. 25, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. In late June, Mississippi legislators voted to retire the last state flag to include the Confederate battle emblem, which is broadly condemned as racist. All five were flown outside the museum for viewing. The Mississippi State Flag Commission narrowed their choices to two flags, of which this is one. They will reconvene in September to make their final choice. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Artists want Mississippi flag with wide appeal, not division

Sep. 1, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — It’s been two months since Mississippi legislators acted under pressure to retire the last state flag that included the Confederate battle emblem that's widely seen as racist. On Wednesday, a commission is expected to recommend a new state flag design — one that will be...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus pass by banners showing the menu items of restaurants in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. South Korean officials are considering reducing working hours of restaurants and cafes as the country counted its 15th straight day of triple-digit jumps in coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: SKorea prepares for more restrictions in capital

Aug. 28, 2020 10:46 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea --- South Korea has reported 323 new cases of the coronavirus, marking its 16th consecutive day of triple-digit daily jumps, as health officials prepare to tighten social distancing restrictions in the greater capital area. The numbers released by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and...

This GOES-16 GeoColor satellite image taken Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, at 2:40 p.m. EDT., and provided by NOAA, shows Hurricane Laura over the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Laura strengthened Wednesday into “an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane,

The Latest: Louisiana governor closes part of Interstate 10

Aug. 26, 2020 9:32 PM EDT

The Latest on Hurricane Laura (all times local): BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said the state is closing Interstate 10 from around the Atchafalaya Bridge outside of Lafayette all the way into part of Texas, because several stretches within that area are expected to flood. In a radio...

One of five final designs for the new Mississippi state flag flutters in the breeze, outside the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson, Miss., Aug. 25, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. In late June, Mississippi legislators voted to retire the last state flag to include the Confederate battle emblem, which is broadly condemned as racist. All five were flown outside the museum for viewing. The Mississippi State Flag Commission narrowed their choices to two flags, of which this is one. They will reconvene in September to make their final choice. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Final 2 Mississippi flag proposals: Shield vs. magnolia

Aug. 26, 2020 9:51 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — As Mississippi replaces its former flag that had the Confederate battle emblem, five proposals were literally run up a flagpole Tuesday. A group then narrowed the choice to two designs: One with a shield and one with a magnolia. “When you fly a flag up a flagpole, it sure does...

This combination of images provided by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, shows the five proposed designs chosen by the Mississippi State Flag Commission to replace the recently retired flag that included the Confederate battle emblem. The proposals will be made into flags and be flown Aug. 25 in Jackson, Miss. Voters will decide on a new flag in the Nov. 3 election. (Mississippi Department of Archives and History via AP)

Mississippi flag designs: Would they make good tattoos?

Aug. 22, 2020 9:14 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — After mothballing its old Confederate-themed state flag, Mississippi could choose a new one with a magnolia, a shield with wavy lines representing water, or an “edgy” representation of the Mississippi River snaking along the state’s western border. The Associated...