Here is the latest Mississippi news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. CDT


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Students in Mississippi are scheduled to return to school in August amid rising cases of coronavirus in the state. But campus life will be a lot different than what many are used to. At Mississippi State, temperature check-in kiosks will be scattered around campus. Students who live in dorms will be required to log their temperature every 24 hours and fill out a health questionnaire. Employees and day students will be required to check temperatures at home and take a screening survey before arriving on campus. At Mississippi State and the University of Mississippi, all members of the community will be required to wear masks inside and out of the classroom. Class sizes will be reduced by 50%.

COMO, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say a shooting killed two people and wounded others during a concert in a small northwest Mississippi town. District Attorney John Champion tells WREG-TV gunfire broke out around 2:30 a.m. Sunday during a rap concert in the town of Como. He tells WMCA-TV there are currently no suspects.  Como is a town of about 1,200 located about 45 miles south of Memphis, Tennessee.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi businessman has pleaded guilty to his part in a $510 million health care fraud scheme involving high-priced prescription pain cream. Wade Walters of Hattiesburg entered the plea Thursday. Sentencing is set for October. The 53-year-old faces up to 20 years in prison and $500,000 in fines. Federal prosecutors say Walters and at least two others conspired to commit fraud involving compounded pain creams and vitamin and weight-loss pills. Items were billed to a military health care insurer and other benefits providers.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Procrastinators are facing a deadline to file their 2019 Mississippi income tax returns. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the state extended its filing deadline from April 15 until July 15. That is this Wednesday. That is the same new deadline that the IRS set for filing federal income tax returns. The Mississippi Department of Revenue says people may request an extension to file returns by Oct. 15 — but that is just to fill out the forms. The state says any taxes owed are still supposed to be paid by Wednesday.



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