Winter improving after falling at home

Gov. William Winter (Photo source: State of Mississippi)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Former Mississippi Gov. William Winter is improving as he remains hospitalized with head injuries.

Winter's condition was upgraded from serious to fair Sunday, according to Alana Bowman, spokeswoman for the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

The 93-year-old Winter slipped and fell on the steep, icy driveway at his home Saturday, a day after a storm left a coating of sleet in central Mississippi as it moved through the South.

Winter was taken to UMMC by ambulance and admitted to the intensive care unit.

Winter, a Democrat, was governor from 1980 to 1984 and is best known for pushing legislators to enact the Education Reform Act of 1982, which strengthened academic standards and required schools to offer kindergarten. He is also known as an advocate for improving race relations.