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MHSAA votes to delay fall sports by 2 weeks

High school football games in Mississippi will now start in September.

  Masks now required at Miss. driver’s license offices

  Myth busting: Mississippi leaders work to dispel COVID-19 rumors

  Local school boards -- not MDE -- will approve, oversee pandemic reopening plans

No foul play suspected in death of Parchman inmate

State commission asks for state flag designs

Laurel native pushes for West Nile protection and prevention in MS

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Picayune police searching for couple possibly connected to disappearance of missing man

  South Mississippians protest to let the people vote on retired state flag

‘They lied to us;' Group calls for vote on retired state flag

Former gov. candidate ‘openly defying’ new mask mandate, says Reeves is acting ‘like a dictator’

Increased liquor sales halts orders for 10 days

1,031 new COVID-19 cases, 11 new deaths reported in Mississippi

Oprah responds to Instagram follower asking for aid in Miss.

An Instagram user commented below the video asking, “No offense Oprah but citizens in MS need some help ma’am. Can you send some aid or something?”

President Donald Trump approves Miss. Disaster Declaration

On Friday, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster existed in the State of Mississippi from April 22 to April 23, 2020.

Week after Miss. flag retired, Sen. McDaniel spearheads push for future referendum

A week after the Mississippi state flag was retired, Senator Chris McDaniel is calling for a flag referendum.

  Mississippi hospitals are filling up and doctors say they need the public’s help

State doctors say things are getting worse and the hospitals are running out of room.

703 new COVID-19 cases, 16 new deaths reported in Mississippi

Google Operations Center to open in Mississippi

Coronavirus test with false positives not used by Miss. Department of Health

MSDH: 674 new COVID-19 cases confirmed, 30 additional deaths reported

Satanic Temple threatens lawsuit if ‘In God We Trust’ appears on new Mississippi flag

Jackson Mayor wants to reclaim the city’s name

In Mississippi, wearing a mask while carrying concealed isn’t against state law

Despite widespread claims on social media that concealed carry permit holders could violate state law if they choose to wear a mask, a 3 On Your Side analysis finds only two states consider that illegal, and Mississippi isn’t one of them.

  Lawmakers reflect on COVID-19 risks as 8 test positive

State lawmakers say they knew the risks were there as they watched some colleagues not wear masks inside the State Capitol.

  As the pandemic lingers are Mississippians willing to take a COVID-19 vaccine?

According to medical experts, a COVID-19 vaccine could be possible by early next year.

Parchman escapee Arthur Lestrick captured in Nashville

Lestrick is serving a life sentence for capital murder in Copiah County.

Miss. Senate, House pass bill to raise age to 21 for tobacco sales

The bill has already passed the House and Senate and is designed to cut down on vaping in schools.

Gov. tests negative for COVID-19 after positive tests within House

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves says he and his family tested negative for COVID-19.

Lafayette Co. supervisors vote unanimously to keep Confederate statue on Oxford Court Square

The Confederate statue on Court Square in Oxford will remain right where it has stood since 1907 after a unanimous vote Monday night by the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors.

  MSDH: ‘No evidence’ protests caused spike in Mississippi’s COVID-19 cases

Gov. Tate Reeves continues to stand behind his claim over the weekend that recent increases in coronavirus cases here are tied to protests that happened here, and he says the same is true nationally as well.

Lawmakers react to news of multiple COVID-19 cases at State Capitol

Multiple lawmakers test positive for COVID-19 less than a week after leaving the Capitol.

  Operations at driver’s license stations delayed due to statewide server crash

Driver's license stations across the state reopened last month with guidelines in place for social distancing, resulting in massive crowds. Monday, the wait was even longer due to a few technical difficulties.

Confederate statue to be removed from Lowndes Co. courthouse

In a vote Monday, supervisors voted to move the confederate monument from in front of the courthouse.

Gov. Reeves doubles down on COVID-19 blame, says media ‘ignored virus’ during protests

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves says he is isolating as he awaits the results of his COVID-19 test.

Catholic Dioceses of Mississippi speak out against ‘evils of racism’

The Catholic Dioceses of Mississippi are speaking out against “the evils of racism” in a joint statement released Monday.

Speaker Philip Gunn, several House members diagnosed with COVID-19

House Speaker Philip Gunn is among those infected with the coronavirus.

  Local officials voice their thoughts on the removal of state flag

According to the bill, there are 15 days given for the flag’s removal. Many individuals are for the bill but believe the people should have had the opportunity to vote on the flag.

Gov. Tate Reeves takes shot at ‘liberal media,’ blames protests for rise in COVID cases

MSDH is attributing some of the spike to young adults who are not wearing masks or social distancing.

‘These N*****s are fixing to get shot’: Warren Co. supervisor shares threat received on Facebook

A Warren County supervisor is calling attention to a threat she received on social media.

  Mississippi Armed Forces Museum Reopens

The Mississippi Armed Forces Museum reopened Saturday just in time for the Fourth of July.

  Legislature designates some CARES Act funding for distance learning improvements

Distance learning challenges may be alleviated by federal money the state legislature is directing to school districts across Mississippi.

  Camp Shelby museum to complete reopening process on July 4

The main exhibit hall at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby will be open to the public July 4, for the first time in nearly four months.

Miss. House Representative tests positive for COVID-19

State Representative Bo Brown (District 70 – Hinds County) confirms he has tested positive for COVID-19.

  Casinos make masks mandatory for everybody

Starting Friday, July 3 at 8 p.m., people will be required to wear masks when entering casinos.

Sen. Hyde-Smith gives 2020 Independence Day message

U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith released a message Friday to recognize Independence Day, mentioning the challenges facing the nation and the American will to make things better for the future.

  State Health Officer: ‘Things are getting worse very quickly'

Mississippi hospital capacity is being stretched as they work to juggle usual business plus COVID-19.

  DMR budget uncertainty concerns some boaters ahead of holiday weekend

Despite a temporary solution by Gov. Reeves, a budget battle in the state legislature has left the Department of Marine Resources unfunded.

Edwards mayor shaken ‘to the core’ after police officer dies from COVID-19

Mayor Wallace says Sgt. Kelvin Mixon passed away Thursday afternoon.

Legislature allocates $275M of federal COVID-19 funds to rural broadband, distance learning

Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann announced Thursday the Mississippi Legislature has allocated $275 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to rural broadband expansion and K-12 learning initiatives.

Netflix deposits millions in Jackson based credit union

Jackson based Hope Credit Union receives a $10 million dollar deposit from Netflix to help bring economic opportunities to black communities in Mississippi.

MDES launches ‘ReStart MS’ to help employees return to work

MDES says the system was developed to assist the business community in transitioning employees, who were separated from their jobs due to COVID-19 back into the workforce.

870 new COVID-19 cases confirmed and 10 additional deaths reported in MS

A death was reported out of the Pine Belt as it comes from Greene County.

  State flags moved to Museum of Mississippi History

The three confederate flags are now in their permanent new home, the Museum of Mississippi History. The flags made their way in a motorcade just blocks away from the Capitol, with a host of dignitaries; notably missing from the ceremony, Governor Tate Reeves.

  COVID-19 hospitalizations, case averages in Mississippi reach all-time high

For weeks, amid steadily increasing coronavirus cases and a vulnerable health care system, Gov. Tate Reeves and the state’s health officer have been pleading with Mississippians to wear masks and practice social distancing.

Miss. governor signs into law banning abortion based on sex, race, genetic issues

It adds new limits in a state that already has some of the strictest abortion laws in the U.S.

Senate committee confirms appointment for MDHS executive director

The Mississippi Senate’s Public Health and Welfare Committee unanimously confirmed Gov. Tate Reeves’ appointment for executive director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services Wednesday.

  Mississippi state flag officially retired after 126 years

The Mississippi state flag was taken down from the State Capitol for the final time Wednesday afternoon.

Ginn appointed colonel of Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol

Lt. Col. Randy Ginn will take over as colonel of the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol.

  Controversial prison reform bill passes legislature despite mixed reviews

Prison reform bill gets mixed reviews

653 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in MS, 9 deaths reported

A death was reported out of the Pine Belt as it comes from Wayne County.

  As the state flag comes down, Mississippi turns its eyes toward the future

The flag that has flown over the Magnolia State for over 125 years is officially retired. Now, state leaders and residents are looking towards the future.

  Former Ole Miss cheerleader who refused to carry Confederate flag reacts to new law

More often than not, it’s the young people who are the catalysts for change. That is the case now and it was the case 40-years ago when a simple act of defiance by an Ole Miss student set off a chain of events that led to the university disassociating itself with the confederate flag.

  ‘I never thought I’d see the day that this would happen;’ Miss. actress celebrates state flag change

For years she fought for change even pledging not to work in Mississippi until the flag came down.

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith speaks on historic signing of law to change state flag

The bill officially removed the Mississippi state flag and called for the creation of a commission to design a new one.

  History Made: Gov. Reeves signs bill officially changing state flag

History was made Tuesday as Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves signed House Bill 1796 into law.

  Miss. state flag sales spike at Beauvoir due to flag’s retirement

Now that the 1894 state flag, with its Confederate battle emblem, has retired, the old flag— supported by many— could be classified as a collector’s item, a piece of history.

  Former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove reflects on seeing flag change vote 19 years after referendum vote

Former Governor Ronnie Musgrove and the Mississippi Economic Council react to the legislature's vote to change the state flag.

  Pine Belt lawmakers react to historic vote on state flag

The Mississippi House of Representatives voted 91-23 and the state Senate voted 37-14 in favor of changing the state flag.

  ‘Today is a good day for Mississippi’: Miss. Legislative Black Caucus celebrates removal of flag

Monday afternoon on the steps of the State Capitol, the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus discussed the bill to remove the state flag.

Gov. Reeves defends couple who pointed guns at protesters, says they were ‘within their rights’

Gov. Reeves has voiced his support in favor of the couple seen pointing guns at protesters in Missouri over the weekend.

  ‘We are a part of history;’ Young Miss. voters react to historic vote to remove state flag

New voters have until September to register to vote in order to cast a ballot on November 3rd.

President and CEO of Mississippi Power speaks on state flag vote

Mississippi Power President and CEO Anthony Wilson made a statement on the historic vote for the changing of the Mississippi state flag.

USM president says changing state flag a ‘historic’ first step

University of Southern Mississippi President Rodney Bennett applauded the state Legislature's decision to change the state flag, but said he hoped that the momentum going forward would continue to be positive and inclusive.

State Treasurer returns almost $125K in unclaimed property to MSDH

McRae presented a $124,620 check to MSDH, adding to the $7 million found and returned since McRae took office in January, $1.7 million of which was returned during the COVID-19 pandemic.

State leaders, organizations speak out after House, Senate pass bill to change state flag

House Bill 1796 requires the current flag to be removed within 15 days of the bill’s passing.

Find out how each Miss. lawmaker voted to suspend the rules for a new state flag

The Mississippi Legislature returns Sunday to the Capitol at 2 p.m. to vote on legislation to change the flag.

361 COVID-19 cases confirmed in MS, 4 deaths reported

MSDH reported 361 COVID-19 cases and four additional deaths on Sunday, bringing the state total to 25,892 cases and 1,039 deaths.

  Mississippi’s forgotten flags: A brief history on state flags of the past

If you’ve ever wondered what previous Mississippi state flags looked like, we found out. With permission from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, we used images and information from an article by the late historian David Sansing.

  Remembering 2001: Voters choose to make current state flag official

Surprise revelation from Supreme Court prompted historic vote nearly 20 years ago

Reeves says he’ll sign bill to change Mississippi flag

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said he will sign a bill to change the state flag if presented such legislation this weekend.