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US COVID-19 deaths hit 600,000

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 has topped 600,000, even as the vaccination drive has slashed daily cases and deaths and allowed the country to emerge from the gloom. That's according to the toll recorded by Johns Hopkins University. The…

Flooding damages more than 120 homes in Mississippi

PEARL, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is continuing to assess damage caused by recent flash flooding. Parts of central and northern Mississippi were soaked by heavy rainfall starting last week. The downpour washed out some roads, making…

1st gray wolf pups since 1940s spotted in Colorado

DENVER (AP) — Colorado has its first litter of gray wolf pups since the 1940s, state wildlife officials said Wednesday. A state biologist and district wildlife manager each spotted the litter of at least three wolf pups over the weekend…

Guard charged with bringing contraband in Mississippi prison

PEARL, Miss. (AP) — A judge set bond Thursday for a prison guard who was arrested on charges of bringing contraband items, including methamphetamine, into Central Mississippi Correctional Facility. The Mississippi Department of Corrections said in a news release Thursday…

Mississippi shipbuilder Ingalls plans to hire 3,000 new workers

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — A shipyard that’s the largest private employer in Mississippi says it is planning to hire about 3,000 new full-time employees. Ingalls Shipbuilding held a hiring event Wednesday in Pascagoula. Its parent company, Huntington Ingalls Industries, said…

Heavy rains cause flooding across northern Mississippi

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Heavy rainfall this week has flooded roads and neighborhoods in parts of north Mississippi, and forecasters said Thursday that more rain was expected. The National Weather Service said more than 15 inches (38 centimeters) of rain…

Federal attorneys say Mississippi must expand mental health services

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Department of Justice says a federal judge should order Mississippi to expand community-based mental health services. Department attorneys filed documents with an expansion plan as part of the long-running litigation between the federal government and…

Mississippi Lottery Corporation names next president

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Jeffrey L. Hewitt, senior vice president of sales and marketing for the Mississippi Lottery Corporation, will serve as its next president. Hewitt was one of the first employees brought on to the corporation in June 2019.…