UConn becomes 1st FBS team to cancel football season because of coronavirus

UConn canceled its 2020-2021 football season Wednesday, becoming the first FBS program to suspend football because of the coronavirus pandemic, as other schools had taken the Huskies off their schedules and the governor was reluctant to allow UConn to travel to states with high infection rates.

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  Images of student crowds raise questions in Georgia schools

  Progress slow as urgency grows on virus relief legislation

  Progress slow as urgency grows on virus relief legislation

Gov. Reeves pushes school start date for 7-12th grade in 8 counties; Issues statewide mask mandate

Virgin Atlantic airline files for US bankruptcy protection

  ‘Too many are selfish’: US nears 5 million virus cases

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Clorox wipes shortage to last into 2021

COVID-19 measures could disrupt rare polio-like disease

Mississippi health officer issues immediate stay-at-home order for COVID-19 patients

  Coronavirus: Parents may spend more on back-to-school shopping than ever amid pandemic

  Trump says coronavirus ‘under control’ in wide-ranging interview

  Coronavirus in Mississippi: 62,199 cases, 1,753 deaths reported by health dept.

Penske reverses course, closes Indianapolis 500 to fans

The 104th running of “The Great American Race” will be the first without spectators, who showed up at Indianapolis Motor Speedway every year, even during the Great Depression.

  Worries about 2020 census’ accuracy grow with cut schedule

The U.S. Census Bureau is cutting its schedule for data collection for the 2020 census a month short as legislation that would have extended the national head count’s deadlines stalls in the U.S. Senate.

5 COVID-19 cases now confirmed in Corinth School District

The district posted on Facebook about receiving notification after school Monday of the additional individuals who tested positive for the virus, bringing Corinth’s total to five cases.

  Jackson mayor orders bars to close

All bars, nightclubs, lounges, taverns and private clubs must close, unless that can provide only take-out, pickup or delivery services.

  Formerly disbelieving, Arizona couple who suffered from COVID-19 expresses regrets

  Trump nursing home plan limits supply of free COVID-19 tests

  Wave of evictions expected as moratoriums end in many states

  Back to school or not? Parents voice concerns about children’s return to the classrooms

Recent studies suggest kids could be high transmitters of COVID-19

  Dobbs: Decline in COVID cases could be short-lived; some clinics aren’t reporting test results

Trump claims authority to issue order on mail-in votes

President Donald Trump is claiming he has the authority to issue an executive order on mail-in ballots, though it is is unclear what he could do to curtail the practice.

  Progress slow on virus relief bill as negotiations continue

Both the Trump administration negotiating team and top Capitol Hill Democrats remain far apart, and talks since Saturday — when the combatants announced modest progress — have yet to lend momentum.

Annual Sturgis rally expecting 250K, stirring virus concerns

South Dakota, which has seen an uptick in coronavirus infections in recent weeks, is bracing to host hundreds of thousands of bikers for the 80th edition of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

7 Cardinals, 6 staff test positive; series at Detroit off

Seven St. Louis Cardinals players and six staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, causing Major League Baseball to postpone the team’s four-game series at Detroit.

  Nearly 300 employees in Ga. school district test positive or in contact with virus

Nearly 300 employees in the district have tested positive or have been in contact with someone infected, school officials said.

Corinth School District reports additional COVID-19 cases after first week of school

On Monday, Corinth reported two additional cases at the high school.

State Health Officer: ‘I think it’s a good idea to delay school’

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs says he believes school should not reopen this month.

US Treasury projects record Q3 borrowing of $947 billion

The Treasury Department is projecting government borrowing of $947 billion in the current July-September period, which would be a record for the quarter but down from the all-time high of $2.75 trillion in this year's second quarter.

  Some parents forming ‘pandemic pods’ to teach their kids

It’s August, and kids are going back to school. Some children will go to physical classrooms, but some parents are forming what are being called “pandemic pods.”

Lumumba calls situation in Jackson ‘dire,’ blames gov. decision to reopen

Lumumba said the situation is dire, and he placed some of that blame on Governor Tate reeves’ decision to reopen the state early.

Harvard health official: Miss. will become number one in the nation for COVID-19

The state has reported 59,881 positive cases and 1,693 deaths as of July 31.

  ‘We were a regular family’: Ga. teen loses both parents to COVID-19 days apart

The 17-year-old says he and his parents took all the proper precautions, but they all tested positive for COVID-19. He doesn't know how they contracted the virus.

  Parents struggle as schools reopen amid coronavirus surge

Many schools are planning a hybrid approach, with students alternating between in-person classes and online instruction.

  Retail rout gains pace, Lord & Taylor seeks bankruptcy

Household names, many longtime anchors in malls nationwide, were already struggling to keep up with a radical reformation in what people buy, and where they buy it. Much of that activity has moved online.

Eagles coach Doug Pederson tests positive for COVID-19

Per NFL protocols, Pederson can return to the team facility after waiting 10 days since his first positive test if he remains asymptomatic or at least five days if he has consecutive negative tests at least 24 hours apart during that five-day span.

  With loan money gone, restaurants are at mercy of coronavirus

Many restaurants that got coronavirus relief loans have spent the money and now find themselves in the same precarious position as in the pandemic’s early days.

  As school begins amid virus, parents see few good options

As the academic year begins in many places across the country this week, parents are having to choose whether to send their children for in-person classes or keep them home for remote learning because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Pac-12 football players urge opt-out amid COVID-19 concerns

The Pac-12 on Friday released a revised football schedule for the upcoming season, which because of the pandemic is not guaranteed to be played.

  India reports 55,000 virus cases, Florida faces storm

India reported nearly 55,000 new coronavirus cases on Sunday and Japan recorded more than 1,500 for a second day while Florida braced for a tropical storm that threatened to hamper anti-disease efforts.

  Scientists study coronavirus outbreaks among minks in Europe

In the meantime, authorities have killed more than 1 million minks at breeding farms in Spain and the Netherlands as a precaution.

South Africa hits 500,000 confirmed cases, still not at peak

South Africa on Saturday surpassed 500,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, representing more than 50% of all reported coronavirus infections in Africa's 54 countries.

  Ind. student tests positive for COVID-19 on first day of school

The district’s superintendent, Dr. Harold Olin, says their plan was immediately put in place.

  Negotiators report progress in COVID-19 aid talks

The White House and its GOP allies appear to be retreating from their opposition to a $600-per-week supplemental unemployment benefit that has propped up both the economy and family budgets but expired Friday.

  Storm could hinder US virus response; Mexico No. 3 in deaths

Hurricane Isaias’ imminent arrival forced the closure of some outdoor testing sites even as Florida reached a new daily high in deaths.

  Local parents share back to school risk concerns in the age of coronavirus

Parents are worried about the risks associated with returning to school.

  US sinks another $2.1 billion into a potential vaccine

The U.S. government has a further option for the supply of an additional 500 million doses longer term as part of its Operation Warp Speed program.

  Road trip? Quarantines mess with Americans’ travel plans

The web of state and local quarantines is growing more tangled by the day: New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have ordered visitors from a whopping 34 states to quarantine for 14 days.

  Fauci confident virus vaccine will get to Americans in 2021

Dr. Anthony Fauci is returning to Capitol Hill on Friday.

  Georgia camp with COVID-19 outbreak didn’t require masks

A Georgia overnight camp hit by a coronavirus outbreak took many precautions, but didn’t make campers wear masks or have proper ventilation in buildings, according to a government report released Friday.

  Corinth School District reports positive COVID-19 test during first week of school

District officials say contact tracing has been done at the school, and they’ve notified anyone who’s been in close contact with the person who test positive.

Virus rocks MLB: Cards-Brewers off; 2 St. Louis positives

The coronavirus forced another change in Major League Baseball’s schedule, bringing the league’s total to eight teams affected in the first nine days of the season.

Transition from work-at-home novice to pro

As work and home life meld, it’s difficult to maintain boundaries, stay productive and take care of your mental health amid the pandemic.

  Rent’s due, again: Monthly anxieties deepen as aid falls off

Many left jobless by the crisis are already behind on payments. And the arrival of August brings new anxieties.

  In spite of COVID-19 woes, some still dream of being nurses

“Treating COVID patients, I’ve never done it, I’m not qualified to do it, but listening to those who have it’s an extremely challenging and exhausting process,” said Gov. Tate Reeves.

  Virus testing turnaround times reveal wide disparity

Health experts say test results that come back after two or three days are nearly worthless, because by then the window for tracing the person's contacts to prevent additional infections has essentially closed.

  2nd US virus surge hits plateau, but few experts celebrate

Scientists aren’t celebrating by any means, warning that the trend is driven by four big, hard-hit states and that cases are rising in at least half of all the states

  Trump offers, Democrats reject fix for $600 jobless benefit

Frustrated negotiators of a massive coronavirus relief bill face heightened pressure with Thursday’s brutal economic news and the rapidly approaching lapse in a $600 per-week expanded jobless benefit that has helped prop up consumer demand.

  Gov. Reeves responds to Mississippi’s high positivity rate; Half of state now under mask mandate

More than 21 percent of Mississippi's COVID-19 tests are coming back positive.

SEC goes to conference-only schedule, Sept. 26 start

The SEC's university presidents agreed on a 10-game schedule that eliminates all nonconference opponents and is set to begin Sept. 26.

  Record economic plunge, bleak jobs numbers reveal virus toll

The coronavirus pandemic sent the U.S. economy plunging by a record-shattering 32.9% annual rate last quarter and is still inflicting damage across the country, squeezing already struggling businesses and forcing a wave of layoffs that shows no sign of abating.

  Herman Cain dies of COVID at 74

Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain has died of COVID-19. He was 74.

  8 counties added to governor’s mask mandate

On Thursday, Mississippi State Department of Health reported a new record-high of 1,775 cases and 48 deaths in one day.

  UK scientists immunizing hundreds with coronavirus vaccine

Dr. Robin Shattock, a professor at the college, told The Associated Press that he and colleagues had just finished a very slow and arduous process of testing the vaccine at a low dose in the initial participants and would now expand the trial to about 300 people, including some over age 75.

Mississippi has the highest COVID positivity rate in U.S.

Mississippi has the highest rate of positive COVID-19 tests in the country, data over the past 14 days shows.

  Groups unite to urge US to extend food aid to schoolchildren

The group is pushing the Republican-led Senate and Trump to adopt the HEROES Act.

  Democrats trim convention hours amid coronavirus pandemic

Joe Biden is expected to accept the party’s presidential nomination on the final night of the convention, which runs Aug. 17-20, the schedule released late Wednesday said.

  Trump downplays West Texas energy worries, attacks Democrats

Trump took sweeping digs at so-called “crazy left radical Democrats” on a fundraising trip to the fracking fields of West Texas. The oil and gas industry is struggling with the pandemic economic downturn and global oversupply.

  Rep. Gohmert tests positive for COVID before planned trip with Trump

Gohmert, R-Texas, did not wear a mask at the judiciary committee hearing Tuesday where Attorney General Bill Barr testified.

  Some Americans may be suffering from pandemic-related post-traumatic stress symptoms, study says

The coronavirus pandemic has fostered fear and forced changed in our way of life and new research suggests an alarming number of Americans may be suffering from post traumatic stress symptoms because of it.

  JetBlue tests UV device for disinfecting planes

JetBlue is experimenting with a high-tech UV light system to keep its planes clear of COVID-19.

Gulfport teen calls out her peers to do more to prevent the spread of COVID-19

The St. Patrick sophomore said she is concerned about the people that she loves that might get sick because of somebody else's careless actions, especially with school about to start.

  Report: 71 of 82 Mississippi counties deemed coronavirus ‘red zones'

Mississippi's list of "red zone" counties has grown in the last two weeks according to criteria by the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

  Misinformation on the virus is proving highly contagious

As the world races to find a vaccine and a treatment for COVID-19, there is seemingly no antidote in sight to the burgeoning outbreak of coronavirus conspiracy theories, hoaxes, anti-mask myths and sham cures.

  Fed sees dim economic outlook as virus squeezes economy

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell warned Wednesday that the viral epidemic is endangering the modest economic recovery that followed a collapse in hiring and spending this spring. As a result, he said, the Fed plans to keep interest rates pinned near zero well into the future.

  US death toll from COVID tops 150,000 as virus aid talks continue

Trump signaled his interest in preventing an eviction crisis as a federal moratorium expires Friday on millions of apartment units. But he and his top emissary to Congress portrayed an otherwise dismal outlook.

  Savannah, Georgia, news anchor first in US treated with coronavirus vaccine trial

Dawn Baker usually delivers the news, but Monday morning, the television anchor in Savannah, Georgia, made news - made history - as the first person in the U.S. to participate in a Phase 3 clinical trial for a vaccine against COVID-19.

Administration wants West Wing remodel money in virus bill

The Trump administration wants $377 million in the next coronavirus relief bill for a long-delayed modernization of the West Wing, but the timetable for construction is yet to be determined.

  US jabs Russia over claim of spreading virus disinformation

U.S. officials say Russian intelligence officers are spreading disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic through English-language websites, trying to exploit a crisis that America is struggling to contain before the presidential election in November.