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

Posted earlier today in State

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.


Jackson State band to perform in Biden inauguration event

Posted earlier today in State

A Mississippi college marching band is set to participate in an official event celebrating diversity ahead of the inauguration ceremony of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.


37,000 additional vaccine doses expected in state this week

Posted yesterday in State

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Friday that he is expecting about 37,000 first doses of coronavirus vaccine to arrive in the next week, which will help bolster the state's supply after a surge in demand left the state with no available appointments at drive-thru vaccination sites.

Analysis: Mississippi pump fight unresolved as Trump departs

Posted yesterday in State

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.


Heavily fortified statehouses around US see small protests

Posted yesterday in State

Small groups of right-wing protesters -- some of them carrying rifles -- gathered outside heavily fortified statehouses around the country Sunday, outnumbered by National Guard troops and police brought in to prevent a repeat of the violence that erupted at the U.S. Capitol.



Health fraud case: Mississippi pharmacy owner gets 18 years

Posted yesterday in State

A Mississippi owner of pharmacies and pharmacy distributors has been sentenced to 18 years in prison and ordered to repay the government nearly $287.7 million for his part in what prosecutors described as a $510 million health care fraud involving high-priced pain cream.



Civil Rights, history museums free on MLK Jr. Day

Posted yesterday in State

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History will be free to the public on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.



US surgeon general acknowledges Black skepticism of vaccines

Posted 1/15/2021 in State

The U.S. surgeon general on Thursday urged Black leaders in Mississippi to get COVID-19 vaccinations and to ask others in their communities to do the same.



Mississippi Lottery leader: Don't fall victim to scams

Posted 1/15/2021 in State

The president of the Mississippi Lottery Corporation is warning people not to fall victim to scams.



Autopsies set after deaths of Mississippi inmates

Posted 1/13/2021 in State

The Mississippi Department of Corrections has announced the deaths of four inmates so far in 2021, and a private prison company has announced the death of one. An autopsy was to be done on each.



Meredith Anding Jr., member of the 'Tougaloo Nine,' dies

Posted 1/13/2021 in State

Meredith C. Anding Jr., a member of the "Tougaloo Nine," who famously participated in a library "read-in" in segregated Mississippi 60 years ago, has died. He was 79.



Mississippi governor signs law for flag without rebel emblem

Posted 1/12/2021 in State

Mississippi hoisted a new state flag without the Confederate battle emblem on Monday, just over six months after legislators retired the last state banner in the U.S. that included the divisive rebel symbol.



Analysis: Health care, education, incentives on 2021 agendas

Posted 1/11/2021 in State

With the Mississippi legislative session just beginning, officials are starting to reveal their public policy wish lists, including proposals to increase teacher pay and improve the availability of health care services.



Longtime officer is named police chief in Greenwood

Posted 1/11/2021 in State

A longtime police officer is moving up to become chief in a Mississippi city.


Mississippi governor: State will double number of COVID vaccination sites

Posted 1/9/2021 in State

Gov. Tate Reeves said Friday that the coronavirus vaccine rollout is not going fast enough in Mississippi. He said officials are working behind the scenes to "eliminate roadblocks" so more people can get vaccinated quickly.


Mississippi governor to sign law Monday for new state flag

Posted 1/9/2021 in State

Mississippi will officially have a new state flag next week, featuring a magnolia and the phrase, "In God We Trust."



'Zombie law' cited in court fight over Mississippi marijuana

Posted 1/9/2021 in State

Attorneys trying to block a Mississippi medical marijuana program say the state is using a "zombie law" about old congressional districts to defend how an initiative landed on the ballot.



Mississippi schools chief: Ease mandates on some tests

Posted 1/8/2021 in State

Mississippi high school students will take end-of-course exams and third graders will take mandated reading assessments this spring, state Superintendent of Education Carey Wright told lawmakers Wednesday.



New Mississippi flag without rebel symbol being put into law

Posted 1/7/2021 in State

Mississippi is updating its laws to include a new state flag with a magnolia and the phrase "In God We Trust," six months after legislators ditched the last state flag in the U.S. that had the Confederate battle emblem.



Mississippi works to formalize new state flag without rebel icon

Posted 1/6/2021 in State

Mississippi is a short step from formally adopting a new state flag with a magnolia and the phrase "In God We Trust" to replace a Confederate-themed flag legislators mothballed six months ago.



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