As average new coronavirus cases drop for eighth-straight day, Gov. Reeves says curve starting to flatten

A 3 On Your Side analysis of Mississippi coronavirus data continues to show downward trends in the number of weekly cases.

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  Hundreds come out for Bok Homa Casino reopening

  Postal Service loses $2.2B in 3 months as virus woes persist

  Harleys everywhere, masks nowhere: Sturgis draws thousands

DeSoto Co. coroner says coronavirus death numbers in Mississippi may be misleading

  US hiring slows in July as signs of lasting damage emerge

  US reports show racial disparities in kids with COVID-19

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Cardinals’ game against Cubs postponed after positive COVID-19 test

1,036 COVID-19 cases confirmed in MS, 23 additional deaths reported

  Coronavirus in Mississippi: 65,436 cases, 1,848 deaths reported by health dept.

  Suspension lifted of Georgia student who took crowded hallway photo

  Texas boy delivers care packages to essential workers

  Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tests negative after positive test before Trump visit

  Playing electoral defense, Trump claims Biden opposes God

President Donald Trump is engaging in a deeply personal attack on Joe Biden, even questioning without foundation the former vice president's faith in God.

  ‘Worst nightmare’: Laid-off workers endure loss of $600 aid

An unemployed makeup artist with two toddlers and a disabled husband needs help with food and rent. A hotel manager says his unemployment has deepened his anxiety and kept him awake at night. A dental hygienist, pregnant with her third child, is struggling to afford diapers and formula.

  Virus talks on brink of collapse, sides still ‘far apart’

Both sides have set a goal of reaching a deal by week’s end.

Miss. native and assistant to the president, Dr. Fleming discusses state’s COVID-19 response

Dr. John Fleming discusses Mississippi's coronavirus response and the its outlook.

Congress urges Postal Service to undo changes slowing mail

Were you exposed to COVID-19 at work? In most states, your employer isn’t required to tell you.

State superintendent discusses first days of school in Mississippi amid pandemic

  1.2 million seek jobless aid after $600 federal check ends

956 COVID-19 cases confirmed in MS, 21 additional deaths reported

  Mental health issues rise in children during pandemic, expert says

  ‘Shame on all of you’: Obituary for man who died of COVID-19 complications blames Trump, people who won’t wear masks

David Nagy, 79, of Jefferson, died a needless death, his family pointed out in his obituary.

CDC: People are dying after drinking hand sanitizer

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people are getting sick and even dying from ingesting hand sanitizer.

Mobile COVID-19 testing site in Perry Co. Thursday

The testing site will be set up at the Perry County Multipurpose Center in Richton.

  MLB tightening virus protocols, including masks in dugouts

The league made changes to its 2020 operations manual after outbreaks on the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals led to 21 postponements in the first two weeks of a shortened 60-game season.

  Rockettes cancel Christmas show due to coronavirus pandemic

All tickets sold for the 2020 show will be automatically refunded.

Signs ominous and hopeful as college sports hangs in balance

The NCAA Board of Governors handed off any decision on whether to hold championships for fall sports such as soccer and lower-level football to each division.

Facebook, citing virus misinformation, deletes Trump post

Facebook has deleted a post by President Donald Trump for the first time, saying it violated its policy against spreading misinformation about the coronavirus.

  Capitol negotiators still stuck, still trying on virus aid

After more than a week’s worth of meetings, at least some clarity is emerging in the bipartisan Washington talks on a huge COVID-19 response bill.

State Dept.: Russia pushes disinformation in online network

The State Department says Russia is using social media, state-funded media and a loose network of proxy websites to amplify conspiracy theories and misinformation, most recently around the coronavirus.

Mississippi schools have guidelines if and when a COVID-19 case is reported

The State Department of Health has guidelines for districts to follow when there are multiple cases of COVID-19.

  Miss. physicians release school reopening recommendations

The Mississippi Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Mississippi State Medical Association are voicing their concerns for the health of students, teachers and staff as schools prepare to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hattiesburg Public School District delays start of school year

The Hattiesburg Public School District Board of Trustees approved a revised return plan Tuesday in which students will not return to classrooms for in-person learning for the first three weeks of the year.

  Gov. launches ‘ReSkill’ program for workers impacted by pandemic

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves is discussing the latest on the state’s COVID-19 response.

UConn becomes 1st FBS team to cancel football season because of coronavirus

UConn canceled its 2020-2021 football season Wednesday, becoming the first FBS program to suspend football because of the coronavirus pandemic, as other schools had taken the Huskies off their schedules and the governor was reluctant to allow UConn to travel to states with high infection rates.

  ‘We are no less American’: Deaths pile up on Texas border

For nearly a month, this borderland of 2 million people in South Texas pleaded for a field hospital, but not until Tuesday was one ready and accepting patients.

  Walmart releases schedule for its parking lot drive-in theaters

Starting at 5 p.m. ET Wednesday, families can sign up for a location near them at

1,245 COVID-19 cases confirmed in MS, 51 deaths reported

MSDH reported 1,245 COVID-19 cases and 51 additional deaths on Monday, bringing the state total to 63,444 cases and 1,804 deaths.

  More millennials buying homes during pandemic

Some in real estate say the coronavirus is pushing younger homebuyers out of the city and into their first homes.

Virginia first to roll out pandemic app from Apple, Google

The free Covidwise app is available in Apple and Android app stores as of Wednesday.

  Major cruise lines cancel departures through October

With new coronavirus clusters sprouting aboard ships overseas, the U.S. cruise industry is extending its suspension of operations through October

  Homeless among most vulnerable during COVID-19 pandemic

This might be the worst time to be homeless in America, and the nation may not have seen the worst of it yet.

Student loan borrowers: Don’t wait on Congress for more relief

Restarting payments for tens of millions of student loan borrowers will likely lead to delinquencies and defaults, experts say.

  Virus testing in the US is dropping, even as deaths mount

An Associated Press analysis found that the number of tests per day slid 3.6% over the past two weeks to 750,000, with the count falling in 22 states. That includes places like Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri and Iowa where the percentage of positive tests is high and continuing to climb.

  COVID-19 vaccine developer eyeing doses for less than $40

One of the U.S. companies working on a COVID-19 vaccine has released an anticipated price range for doses.

  Gov. Reeves issues new executive orders ahead of school reopenings

Gov. Tate Reeves issued two new executive orders Tuesday, and one has a great impact on one Pine Belt county.

Images of student crowds raise questions in Georgia schools

Two suburban Atlanta school districts that began in-person classes Monday with mask-optional policies face more questions about COVID-19 safety protocols after on-campus pictures showed students packed shoulder-to-shoulder.

  Progress slow as urgency grows on virus relief legislation

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the two sides set a goal of reaching an agreement by the end of the week to permit a vote next week.

Gov. Reeves pushes school start date for 7-12th grade in 8 counties; Issues statewide mask mandate

Reeves has repeatedly said he believes students should be back in schools this fall.

Virgin Atlantic airline files for US bankruptcy protection

Virgin Atlantic is the latest airline to wind up in court because of the financial harm from the coronavirus outbreak.

  Governor announces statewide mask mandate and delayed starts for schools in some counties

Governor Reeves is implementing a statewide mask mandate and delaying the start for some but not all schools.

  Pediatrician weighs in on Governor’s executive order to delay the start of school for some grades

Under the Governor Tate Reeves' new executive order for schools, Hinds County Schools will now have to delay the start of in-person instruction for grades 7th-12th.

  Wayne County Emergency Management coordinates sanitization of county buildings

Wayne County Emergency Management Agency is coordinating efforts to keep county buildings sanitized for public use.

  Teen gives to Hattiesburg homeless community through his nonprofit

Jered Smith has created his own nonprofit organization, Season of Services, where he does all he can to give back to Mississippi communities.

  ‘Too many are selfish’: US nears 5 million virus cases

Big house parties, no-mask weddings, crowded bars and restaurants — there are reasons the U.S. has racked up more than 155,000 coronavirus deaths, by far the most of any country, and is fast approaching an off-the-charts 5 million confirmed infections, easily the highest in the world.

Clorox wipes shortage to last into 2021

Clorox's shortage of disinfectant cleaning materials will remain difficult to find well into 2021, according to their incoming CEO.

Reeves delays school return for older students in 8 counties; issues statewide mask order

Gov. Tate Reeves announced an executive order Tuesday delaying the start of the school year for older students in eight counties as well as a statewide mask order.

COVID-19 measures could disrupt rare polio-like disease

Health experts once thought 2020 might be the worst year yet for a rare paralyzing disease that has been hitting U.S. children for the past decade.

Mississippi health officer issues immediate stay-at-home order for COVID-19 patients

Any Mississippian diagnosed with COVID-19 must immediately isolate at home, according to an order just issued by State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs.

  Coronavirus: Parents may spend more on back-to-school shopping than ever amid pandemic

Retailers believe the coronavirus pandemic could bring increased back-to-school business.

  Trump says coronavirus ‘under control’ in wide-ranging interview

The comments came in a wide-ranging, contentious interview with Axios that aired Monday on HBO.

Penske reverses course, closes Indianapolis 500 to fans

The 104th running of “The Great American Race” will be the first without spectators, who showed up at Indianapolis Motor Speedway every year, even during the Great Depression.

  Worries about 2020 census’ accuracy grow with cut schedule

The U.S. Census Bureau is cutting its schedule for data collection for the 2020 census a month short as legislation that would have extended the national head count’s deadlines stalls in the U.S. Senate.

  Formerly disbelieving, Arizona couple who suffered from COVID-19 expresses regrets

They once laughed about the virus. Now they say it’s no joke.

  Trump nursing home plan limits supply of free COVID-19 tests

The Trump administration’s plan to provide every nursing home with a fast COVID-19 testing machine comes with an asterisk: The government won’t supply enough test kits to check staff and residents beyond an initial couple of rounds.

  Wave of evictions expected as moratoriums end in many states

Some 23 million people nationwide at risk of being evicted, according to The Aspen Institute, as moratoriums enacted because of the coronavirus expire and courts reopen. Around 30 state moratoriums have expired since May, according to The Eviction Lab at Princeton University.

Gov. Reeves to announce executive order on schools Tuesday

Gov. Tate Reeves will make an announcement Tuesday regarding students returning to Mississippi schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Lamar County courts to use FEMA shelter as alternative for trials

The Lamar County board of supervisors has designated the county’s FEMA storm shelter as a building where the courts can hold trials.

  COVID-19 testing made available on USM campus ahead of fall semester

COVID-19 testing is now available on the Hattiesburg campus for students, faculty and staff of the University of Southern Mississippi.

  Dobbs: Decline in COVID cases could be short-lived; some clinics aren’t reporting test results

While weekly totals of coronavirus cases dropped Sunday for the first time in two months, health care providers warn that the decrease may not truly reflect the pandemic across the state because cases continue to go under reported from urgent care clinics in multiple counties.

Trump claims authority to issue order on mail-in votes

President Donald Trump is claiming he has the authority to issue an executive order on mail-in ballots, though it is is unclear what he could do to curtail the practice.

  Jasper County drafting COVID-19 leave policy for county employees

At its monthly meeting Monday morning, the Jasper County Board of Supervisors decided to draft and adopt a COVID-19 leave policy for county employees that have been exposed to or had the virus.

  Progress slow on virus relief bill as negotiations continue

Both the Trump administration negotiating team and top Capitol Hill Democrats remain far apart, and talks since Saturday — when the combatants announced modest progress — have yet to lend momentum.

Annual Sturgis rally expecting 250K, stirring virus concerns

South Dakota, which has seen an uptick in coronavirus infections in recent weeks, is bracing to host hundreds of thousands of bikers for the 80th edition of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

7 Cardinals, 6 staff test positive; series at Detroit off

Seven St. Louis Cardinals players and six staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, causing Major League Baseball to postpone the team’s four-game series at Detroit.

  Jones Co. under tighter social distancing measures until Aug. 31

Supervisors decided to extend the additional guidelines until the end of the month.

  Nearly 300 employees in Ga. school district test positive or in contact with virus

Nearly 300 employees in the district have tested positive or have been in contact with someone infected, school officials said.

State Health Officer: ‘I think it’s a good idea to delay school’

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs says he believes school should not reopen this month.

US Treasury projects record Q3 borrowing of $947 billion

The Treasury Department is projecting government borrowing of $947 billion in the current July-September period, which would be a record for the quarter but down from the all-time high of $2.75 trillion in this year's second quarter.