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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Days after the city of Jackson passed a new rule requiring people to wear masks in public, City Councilman Kenneth Stokes is proposing the city purchase 100,000 masks to distribute to residents.

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Honor guard members from the Mississippi National Guard practice folding the former Mississippi flag before a ceremony to retire the banner on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, inside the state Capitol in Jackson. The ceremony happened a day after Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed a law that removed…

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A Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol honor guard carefully folds the retired Mississippi state flag after it was raised over the Capitol grounds one final time in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The banner was the last state flag with the Confederate battle emblem on it.

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Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, left, Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann, right, and Mississippi Department of Archives and History Director Katherine Blount, center, carry the former Mississippi state flags to the Two Mississippi Museums during its retirement ceremony in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, J…

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Carl Mangum, PhD and RN, wears many hats. As an associate professor, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and emergency preparedness and response specialist at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, he spends a lot of time teaching and training. But when …

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BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — It was prayer that led Jason Whitfield to the beach 18 years ago, and prayer that led him to stay there for 77 days, sleeping on the sand and vowing not to leave until the Confederate battle flag waving high above him had come down.

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Annette Smith with housekeeping, sports a special WaterView Casino and Hotel mask and gloves as he cleans one of the video gaming machines throughout the Vicksburg, Miss., gaming establishment, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Employees are cleaning and sanitizing before opening their doors Thursday…

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Lead Security Officer Tiffany White, left, asks precautionary health status questions of a patron entering WaterView Casino and Hotel in Vicksburg, Miss., Thursday, May 21, 2020, for a morning of gaming, following a two-month shutdown due to coronavirus. Casinos statewide are allowed to reop…

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A patron rushes into the WaterView Casino and Hotel in Vicksburg, Miss., Thursday, May 21, 2020, for a morning of gaming, following a two-month shutdown due to coronavirus. Casinos statewide are allowed to reopen Thursday, amid enhanced restrictions to keep customers and employees safe.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s coronavirus rules allow for crowded kitchens and family rooms this holiday weekend: The executive orders of Gov. Tate Reeves say up to 20 people can attend an indoor gathering without social distancing.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi officials held a ceremony Wednesday to retire the former state flag and send it to a history museum, a day after Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed a law stripping official status from the last state banner in the U.S. that included the Confederate battle emblem.

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PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi shipyard has a $936 million Navy contract modification to build another destroyer equipped to launch guided missiles. This comes in addition to a $5.1 billion contract signed in 2018 for Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula to build six Arleigh Burke-clas…

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TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — In the Mississippi city where Elvis Presley was born, the mayor announced last week that masks would be required in public buildings and businesses starting Monday because of the COVID-19 pandemic — and he used the opportunity to debunk an array of rumors.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers are considering a change to a law to reduce long prison sentences given to habitual offenders whose past crimes were either nonviolent or committed many years earlier.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers voted Sunday to surrender the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, more than a century after white supremacist legislators adopted the design a generation after the South lost the Civil War.

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TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — As COVID-19 made its way to the All-America City, three workers tucked inside an often unseen wing on the second floor of City Hall knew they would have to start thinking outside the box to equip most of the city’s employees with the tools needed to start working remotely.

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — In high school, Kyarrah Grant played in Native American basketball tournaments as a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. That’s where she met Skyla Osceola and struck up a friendship with her fellow guard.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Spectators at the Mississippi Capitol broke into cheers and applause Saturday as lawmakers took a big step toward erasing the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, a symbol that has come under intensifying criticism in recent weeks amid nationwide protests agai…

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — 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.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama said it will close its red snapper season for recreational anglers just before July 4 because people already have caught so many of the popular fish, a key driver of the Gulf Coast's fishing industry.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Coronavirus cases are climbing rapidly among young adults in a number of states where bars, stores and restaurants have reopened — a disturbing generational shift that not only puts them in greater peril than many realize but poses an even bigger danger to older p…

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two of Mississippi's top elected Republicans proposed Wednesday that the Confederate battle emblem be replaced on the state flag with the words “In God We Trust," seeking a path toward unity in their state amid the backdrop of national protests over racial injustice.

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Douglas Brinkley, a Rice University history professor and author, whose works include books about the late civil rights icons Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., discusses differences between the 1960s civil rights protests and those of today:

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Brian Flowers, a military veteran who works at Grand Gulf Nuclear Station, Tuesday won a congressional Republican primary runoff. He will face Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson in November.