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FILE - In this July 6, 2020, file photo, Mississippi legislators, staff and Capitol employees take advantage of a drive-thru COVID-19 testing center on the Capitol grounds in Jackson, Miss. Mississippi is seeing the largest outbreak of COVID-19 among legislators in any state. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Mississippi lawmakers returning to work on state budget

Aug. 9, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislators are returning to the Capitol to wrap up unfinished parts of the state budget as leaders are clashing with Republican Gov. Tate Reeves. The legislative website shows that the House and Senate will convene at 1 p.m. Monday. A week after the state budget year...

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)

Analysis: Budget dispute goes to 1 judge in Hinds County

Aug. 9, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Republican legislative leaders helped defeat a 2015 education initiative by arguing that if someone sued the state over school funding, one judge in Hinds County would make budget decisions for the whole state. Now, some of those same leaders are asking one judge in Hinds...

Autopsies set for 3 latest inmate deaths in Mississippi

Aug. 9, 2020 1:18 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Corrections says three inmates from three different prisons have died after being hospitalized. The department said in a news release late Saturday that autopsies will be done, and no foul play is suspected in any of the deaths. At least 59 Mississippi...

Jury trials move to auditorium amid COVID-19 restrictions

Aug. 9, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — Jury trials in southwest Mississippi are set to return later this month for the first time since March. Adams County Circuit Court Judge Debra Blackwell said they will be moved to the Natchez City Auditorium starting the third week of August. “What we have to do is balance the...

Reward offered for information on arson fires in Mississippi

Aug. 9, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

LAUREL, Miss. (AP) — A reward is being offered for information on a series of arson fires in an unincorporated area of southern Jones County in Mississippi. According to the Jones County Sheriff’s Department, three structure fires over the past several weeks have been ruled arson. The Mississippi...

Local marks 5 years, big success with Big Loud Records label

Aug. 9, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In Craig Wiseman’s first five years of living in Nashville, he found himself playing drums for $25 a night in the popular, upbeat bars of downtown Nashville. Now, the Grammy Award-winning songwriter and Hattiesburg native is celebrating the fifth anniversary of the launch of...

How teacher revolutionized school's football statistics

Aug. 9, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Rushing through the rain armed with a pen and paper, Gavin Gilbert entered the press box at Yellow Jacket Stadium and began to scribble. Keeping note of that night’s scoring plays between Starkville High School and DeSoto Central, Gilbert -- a social studies teacher at SHS...

In this undated photo provided by Mississippi Highway Patrol is Lieutenant Troy Morris. Three people are in custody for their alleged roles in the shooting death of the off-duty Mississippi trooper, authorities said Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Morris' body was found inside a postal service delivery truck about 4:30 a.m. Friday, in Jefferson County. The 27-year veteran trooper worked part-time for the U.S. Postal Service. (Mississippi Highway Patrol via AP)

Suspects arrested in death of off-duty Mississippi trooper

Aug. 8, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — Three people are in custody on murder charges in the shooting death of an off-duty Mississippi trooper, authorities said Saturday. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, in a news release, said Treyon Washington, 24, was arrested in Jefferson County in the death of Lt. Troy L....

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2020, file photo, wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID19, elementary school students use hand sanitizer before entering school for classes in Godley, Texas. As schools reopen around the country, their ability to quickly identify and contain coronavirus outbreaks before they get out of hand is about to be put to the test. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Schools face big virus test as students return to classroom

Aug. 8, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

Reopening schools is easy. Keeping them open will be the hard part. As educators prepare to welcome students back to class for the first time in months, schools’ ability to quickly identify and contain coronavirus outbreaks before they get out of hand will be put to the test in thousands of districts...

Autopsy set for inmate serving life at Mississippi prison

Aug. 8, 2020 2:31 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An autopsy will be conducted on a Mississippi inmate who died in the emergency room at a prison hospital. The Mississippi Department of Corrections said in a news release Friday that Antonio D. Hay, 54, was pronounced dead Friday at the hospital at the Mississippi State Penitentiary...