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No. 13 Georgia women hold off Mississippi State, 66-63

Jan. 20, 2022 21:40 PM EST

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Que Morrison scored 14 points, Mikayla Coombs added 13 and No. 13 Georgia built a 27-point early lead and then held on to beat Mississippi State 66-63 on Thursday night for its third straight win. Georgia (15-3, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) also ended a...

Gulf Coast schools closing, shelters open over wintry threat

Jan. 20, 2022 19:08 PM EST

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Some schools are closing or switching to virtual classes Friday and shelters are opening on the northern Gulf Coast because of the possibility of icing and freezing temperatures. With forecasters predicting a brief period of light freezing rain overnight and low...

Bill banning critical race theory goes to Mississippi Senate

Jan. 20, 2022 17:50 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi Senate committee on Thursday advanced a bill that would ban schools from teaching critical race theory, even though the state superintendent of education has said the theory is not being taught in schools and legislators have offered no evidence to show it is....

Mississippi House OKs bill on equal pay for women and men

Jan. 20, 2022 16:58 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi employers would be required to pay women and men the same amount of money for the same work, under a bill that passed the state House on Thursday. But an advocate who has been pushing for years for an equal-pay mandate said the bill is weak....

Mississippi: Online and in-person class OK amid virus surge

Jan. 20, 2022 14:46 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi schools are allowed to use a combination of in-person and online classes to try to slow the spread of COVID-19. The state Board of Education voted Thursday to authorize hybrid scheduling through at least March 11. The authorization could be...

Mississippi school district's superintendent to retire

Jan. 20, 2022 14:41 PM EST

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The superintendent of a Mississippi school district has announced plans to retire at the end of the academic year after a 30-year career in education. Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District Superintendent Eddie Peasant said Wednesday that he will...

Restaurant tax nears end, but city wants to keep it cooking

Jan. 20, 2022 08:22 AM EST

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — A restaurant tax in Pascagoula that was set to end this summer could be sticking around for awhile, officials said. The 2% tax went into effect in 2017 and is being used to help pay for a new $12 million sports complex, WLOX-TV reported. The...

Short-handed Florida beats Mississippi State 80-72

Jan. 19, 2022 21:34 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Anthony Duruji scored 18 of his career-high 22 points in the second half, Tyree Appleby added 17 points with four 3-pointers and short-handed Florida rallied to beat Mississippi State 80-72 on Wednesday night. Florida was without its leading scorer and...

Medical marijuana moves 1 step closer in Mississippi

Jan. 19, 2022 18:52 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is moving closer to joining most other states in allowing people to use marijuana to relieve medical conditions. The state House voted 104-14 Wednesday to pass a bill that would create a medical marijuana program. The bill passed...

Double Decker Arts Festival returning after pandemic pause

Jan. 19, 2022 15:35 PM EST

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — An arts festival in north Mississippi will return this spring after being canceled two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Double Decker festival is scheduled for April 22 and 23 in downtown Oxford, according to The Oxford Eagle. It will include arts...