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No Midnight Alcohol Sales on New Year's Eve in Mississippi

Mississippi bars and restaurants are limited in selling alcohol to customers ringing in the new year. An executive order by Gov. Tate Reeves bans the sale of alcohol between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. It is one of several restrictions the governor set to try to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

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Three Mississippi Inmates Die; One in Privately Run Prison

An inmate was pronounced dead Monday at a privately run prison in Mississippi after an officer found him lying unresponsive on a floor.

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Jackson Receives $1M Grant to Aid Minority-Owned Businesses

Businesses owned by people of color will be able to receive guidance and financial help through a program being developed in Mississippi's capital city. The program in Jackson is funded in part by a $1 million grant from the Rockefeller Opportunity Collective, an organization that aims to expand equity and economic opportunity for low-wage families and communities of color.

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Mississippi Defends Initiatives in Medical Marijuana Lawsuit

The attorney general's office filed arguments Monday on behalf of Secretary of State Michael Watson, attacking the premise of Butler's lawsuit. Butler argues that the initiative process in the Mississippi Constitution is outdated because it requires petitioners to gather an equal number of signatures from five congressional districts.

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Nolan Mettetal

Republican Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann said Monday on Twitter: "Nolan provided leadership for over 2 decades not only on policy, but also on personal character/statesmanship.”

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Education Group: Automation Means Workers Need New Skills

Automation could displace thousands of workers in Mississippi and other parts of the South unless they learn new skills, according to a report from the Southern Regional Education Board. Thousands of jobs were already on track to be automated by 2030.

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Jackson Leaders Look to Legislature for Revitalization Funds

Officials in Mississippi's capital city say they hope to approach the Legislature for money to begin revitalizing a section of Jackson that's fallen on hard times. Areas near the Jackson Zoo are filled with trash, abandoned homes and neglected properties, City Council members said.

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Jordan Davis

Jordan Davis' great grandmother told him for years she better have a ticket to the first Division I football game he ever played in. It came six months after her death, but Davis said the ticket never went to waste.

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MEMA Director Greg Michel Hospitalized with COVID-19 Complications

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said in a statement Sunday that Director Greg Michel has been admitted to a hospital with pneumonia, a complication from is infection with COVID-19.

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Political Group Attacks Columbus City Leaders with Now-Removed Billboard

A new political group is aiming harsh criticism at the leaders of a northeast Mississippi city, but city leaders say the criticism is rooted in a personal dispute that the group's two heads have with the city. A Better Columbus, founded by Leslie Sorrell and her husband, Will Sanders, has been sharply critical of the mayor and city council of Columbus, attacking them on social media and on a billboard that was later removed.

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Audit Blasts 'Widespread Misspending' at Mississippi Prisons

Mississippi's prison system used tax dollars to buy massage chairs, Himalayan salt lamps and a bedroom set and illegally paid some employees for extra work time they had accumulated, the state's auditor said in a scathing report that found widespread misspending at the agency while it struggled to fill jobs for guards and was plagued by violence.

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Federal Authorities Attempt to Sieze DiBiase Home After Welfare Fraud Case

Federal authorities are attempting to seize the Madison home of former professional wrestler Ted DiBiase Jr., valued at $1.5 million, after his brother and fellow ex-wrestler Brett DiBiase was indicted in a massive federal welfare fraud case in February 2020.

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Reeves Says He'll Sign a Bill to Change Mississippi's Flag

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers could vote soon to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, a symbol that has come under intensifying criticism in recent weeks amid nationwide protests against racial injustice.

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Injury forces Mississippi State to change QBs for Music City

Mississippi State graduate transfer Tommy Stevens now will start at quarterback in the Music City Bowl after freshman Garrett Shrader suffered what coach Joe Moorhead said is only an “upper body injury.”

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Archie Manning

The Southeastern Conference has named Archie Manning winner of the Michael L. Slive Distinguished Service Award.

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NFL Responds to Trump Tweet With Criticism, Protest

The owners of the Baltimore Ravens, the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and other teams on Sunday joined a chorus of NFL executives criticizing President Donald Trump's suggestion that they fire players who kneel for the national anthem.

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France's Right-Wing Presidential Candidate Looks to Trump, Brexit for Inspiration

LYON, France (AP) — Marine Le Pen, France's far-right presidential candidate, unveiled her platform Saturday, envisioning a thriving nation "made in France," with its citizens first in line for state services and the state unshackled by the rules-laden European Union.

Fort Hood Army Base Site of Another Deadly Shooting; 3 Killed, 16 Wounded

A soldier opened fire Wednesday on fellow service members at the Fort Hood military base, killing three people and wounding 16 before committing suicide at the same post where more than a dozen people were slain in a 2009 attack, authorities said.

Texas Judge Turns Back Fight Against Execution Drugs

A federal appeals court on Wednesday threw out a ruling requiring the Texas prison system to disclose more information about where it gets lethal-injection drugs, reversing a judge who had halted an upcoming execution.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton remains under observation at New York-Presbyterian Hospital following treatment for a blood clot caused by a concussion earlier this month.

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (times in EDT):

AP Factchecks the Presidential Debate

An occasional look at political claims that take shortcuts with the facts or don't tell the full story.

AG Eric Holder to Speak at Ole Miss Thursday

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will speak about civil rights Thursday at the University of Mississippi.

MDA Rejects Drilling Appeal

The head of the Mississippi Development Authority has rejected an appeal by opponents who sought to block rules for offshore gas and oil exploration and leasing.

The World Loses A Brilliant Mind: Science Fiction Writer Octavia Butler Dies

Science Fiction Writer Octavia Butler Dies

SEATTLE (AP) -- Octavia E. Butler, considered the first black woman to gain national prominence as a science fiction writer, has died, a close friend said Sunday. She was 58.