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Tribe, economy, even cemeteries hurt as virus hits Choctaws

When Sharon Taylor died of coronavirus, her family — standing apart, wearing masks — sang her favorite hymns at her graveside, next to a tiny headstone for her stillborn daughter, buried 26 years ago. Fresh flowers marked row after row of new graves. Holy Rosary is one of the only cemeteries in this Choctaw Indian family’s community, and it’s running out of space — a sign of the virus’s massive toll on the Choctaw people.

Mississippi surrenders Confederate symbol from state flag

Mississippi will retire the last state flag in the U.S. with the Confederate battle emblem, more than a century after white supremacist legislators adopted the design a generation after the South lost the Civil War.

Cristobal now a depression drenching Mississippi River basin

Tropical Storm Cristobal weakened into a depression early Monday after inundating coastal Louisiana and ginning up dangerous weather along most of the U.S. Gulf Coast, sending waves crashing over Mississippi beaches, swamping parts of an Alabama island town and spawning a tornado in Florida.

Minneapolis protests spread to other cities across the U.S.

Protesters angry over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody turned out for a demonstration in Columbus that began peacefully but turned violent, with windows smashed at the Ohio Statehouse and storefronts along surrounding downtown streets.

Mississippi gov is pranked in shout-out to high school grads

On a Facebook live session Saturday, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves started reading the names of graduates from Florence High School, his alma mater, when he came to one his staff now assumes someone submitted as a prank – “Harry Azcrac.” The 45-year-old Republican governor read it, paused briefly and kept going. A video clip became the butt of jokes on Twitter, and the governor handled it with good humor.

2 killed by suspected tornado as storms rake South

Suspected tornadoes killed at least two people as severe weather blasted a wide area across the Deep South, shattering homes and leaving thousands without power, officials said Monday.

Storms tear through South amid pandemic; more than 30 dead

Storms that killed more than 30 people in the Southeast, piling fresh misery atop a pandemic, spread across the eastern United States on Monday, leaving more than 1 million homes and businesses without power amid floods and mudslides.

Hundreds still flooded from homes in Mississippi capital

The swollen Pearl River appeared to have crested Monday in Mississippi’s capital, but authorities warned the hundreds of evacuees in the Jackson area not to rush back home until they got the all clear, and a forecast of more rain put counties further south at risk of flooding.