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Court rules officer's fatal shooting of Black man justified

Posted 6/29/2020 in State

An appeals court has upheld a ruling that a Mississippi police officer was justified when he fatally shot a Black Louisiana man, who called police after a car crash.


'It's been time to get rid of that flag': Local legislators react to vote on flag bill

Posted 6/27/2020 in State

Golden Triangle legislators overwhelmingly supported the resolution passed in the state Capitol Saturday to suspend legislative deadlines and allow for a bill to change the state flag.


Lobbying grows against Mississippi's rebel-themed flag

Posted 6/26/2020 in State

University coaches and Christian ministers filled the Mississippi Capitol on Thursday, urging legislators to seize the moment and remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag while Americans are reckoning with difficult discussions about race and history.



Mississippi gov might not block change to rebel-themed flag

Posted 6/25/2020 in State

Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves said Wednesday, for the first time, that he probably would not stand in the way if legislators muster a large enough majority to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag.



Indictment: Threat to kill Mississippi's only Black US Rep.

Posted 6/25/2020 in State

A federal indictment accuses a Mississippi man of threatening to kill the state's only Black U.S. representative and his staffers.



Mississippi tops 1,000 deaths from COVID-19 as cases rise

Posted 6/25/2020 in State

Mississippi has surpassed 1,000 deaths from the new coronavirus, according to numbers released by the state Health Department on Wednesday.



Baptists and Walmart criticize rebel-themed Mississippi flag

Posted 6/24/2020 in State

The Confederate-themed Mississippi flag drew opposition Tuesday from two big forces in the culturally conservative state: Southern Baptists and Walmart.



Mississippi bill would ban abortion for race, sex, genetics

Posted 6/24/2020 in State

Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves is expected to sign a bill that would ban abortion based on the race, sex or genetic anomalies of a fetus, possibly setting up another lawsuit by abortion-rights groups in a state that already has some of the strictest laws in the U.S.


Mississippi sees highest-ever daily increase of COVID cases

Posted 6/24/2020 in State

As Mississippi saw its highest single-day increase in coronavirus cases Tuesday, the state health officer said he is not "remotely surprised" and expressed concern for the future.

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves rejects 'separate but equal' 2-flag plan

Posted 6/23/2020 in State

JACKSON -- Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that he's against having two state flags -- the current banner with the Confederate battle emblem that critics see as racist, and a yet-to-be-determined design that would erase Confederate images.


Mississippi posts COVID-19 data after 5-day delay

Posted 6/23/2020 in State

The Mississippi Department of Health reported 1,646 new cases of coronavirus and 40 deaths on Monday, after a five-day delay in posting figures online.


Analysis: Doctor calls Parchman conditions 'deplorable'

Posted 6/22/2020 in State

Living conditions in the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman are "are sub-human and deplorable in a civilized society," according to a physician who has evaluated the prison on behalf of inmates who are suing the state.

NCAA bars Mississippi schools from hosting regionals due to presence of Confederate battle emblem on state flag

Posted 6/19/2020 in State

STARKVILLE -- The NCAA has levied a major blow to those in favor of maintaining the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi state flag.


Confederate monument at Ole Miss to be moved to cemetery

Posted 6/19/2020 in State

A Confederate monument that's been a divisive symbol at the University of Mississippi will be moved from a prominent spot on the Oxford campus to a secluded Civil War cemetery.



Mississippi sees jump in virus after lifting restrictions

Posted 6/18/2020 in State

Mississippi reported one of its largest single-day increases in cases of the new coronavirus on Wednesday, more than two weeks after Republican Gov. Tate Reeves lifted most of the restrictions he had put on businesses because of the pandemic.



White lawmaker likens abortion limits to civil rights issue

Posted 6/18/2020 in State

A white Republican lawmaker invoked the name of a black civil rights leader Wednesday as the Mississippi Senate advanced a bill to ban abortion based on the race, sex or genetic anomalies of a fetus.



Ex-Louisiana warden confirmed as Mississippi prisons leader

Posted 6/18/2020 in State

Mississippi senators on Wednesday confirmed a new state corrections commissioner who said he intends to improve the state's troubled prison system by expanding the role of religion and ensuring that inmates receive better food, recreation and job training.



Mississippi seeing rising cases of unemployment fraud

Posted 6/18/2020 in State

The Mississippi Department of Employment Security is seeing an influx of fraudulent unemployment claims, mirroring a concerning trend across the country, Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday.



Bill proposes Mississippi center to boost rural telehealth

Posted 6/18/2020 in State

A bill headed to Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves would establish a center focused on increasing training opportunities, business development and Telehealth services in the state's rural healthcare system.



Mississippi doctor gets 4 years in health care fraud scheme

Posted 6/18/2020 in State

A federal judge has sentenced a Mississippi doctor to four years in prison for his role in a health care fraud scheme.



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