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‘Sigh of relief’: Sally spares a Mississippi gator ranch

As rain and wind from Sally started reaching the Gulf Coast, the manager of a Mississippi alligator ranch was just hoping he wouldn’t have to deal with a repeat of what happened during Hurricane Katrina. That’s when about 250 alligators escaped their enclosures as storm surge pushed water over the grounds. But this time, the storm slid east and spared ...

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Mississippi county’s top prosecutor resigns

A county in the Mississippi Delta is now without a top prosecutor. Warren County Prosecuting Attorney Ken Harper resigned Monday in a letter to the county Board of Supervisors President Dr. Jeff Holland. As county prosecuting attorney, Harper served as prosecutor for criminal cases in the county, justice and youth courts. He also represents the state in cases appealed from ...

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Hurricane Sally unleashes flooding along the Gulf Coast

Hurricane Sally lumbered ashore in Alabama with 105 mph (165) winds and torrential rain Wednesday, swamping homes and trapping people in high water along the Gulf Coast as it crept inland for what could be a long, slow and disastrous drenching across the Deep South. Moving at an agonizing 3 mph, or about as fast as a person can walk, ...

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Gulf Coast residents brace for Sally, possible new hurricane

Storm-weary Gulf Coast residents prepared for a new weather onslaught Monday as Tropical Storm Sally slowly churned toward them, with forecasters predicting landfall as a hurricane. Jeffrey Gagnard of Chalmette, Louisiana, was spending Sunday in Mississippi helping his parents prepare their home for Sally — and making sure they safely evacuated ahead of the storm. “I mean, after Katrina, anything ...

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After victories, Medicaid expansion revisited in Mississippi

After voters expanded Medicaid in conservative states like Missouri and Oklahoma, health care advocates are renewing a push for expansion in Mississippi and other Southern states where Republican leaders have long been opposed. They say the changing tide has followed rising income inequality, joblessness and pressure from hospitals in economic turmoil — issues exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. “There have ...

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Then there were 5: Mississippi group narrows flag options

A group recommending a new Mississippi state flag chose five final designs Tuesday — three with a magnolia blossom, one with a magnolia tree and one with a shield that has wavy lines representing water. Mississippi legislators voted in late June to retire the last state flag in the U.S. with the Confederate battle emblem that’s broadly condemned as racist. ...

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Mississippi will provide free virus testing to teachers

The state of Mississippi is expanding access to free coronavirus testing for teachers and school-based emergency telehealth coverage after more than 70 of the state’s 82 counties have reported outbreaks during their first few weeks back in the classroom. The Mississippi State Department of Health has reported 245 cases of coronavirus in teachers and 199 in students since some districts ...

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TVA board to review CEO pay amid Trump complaint

A federal utility’s board plans to review its CEO pay amid ongoing criticism from President Donald Trump, the board’s chairman said Monday. Tennessee Valley Authority interim board chairman John Ryder told the Chattanooga Times Free Press the board will look at the compensation of CEO Jeff Lyash, who topped $8.1 million in 2019 total compensation in his first six months ...

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Mississippi flag design process: Elvis has left the building

The new Mississippi state flag will not include beer cans, crawfish, a caramel cake, Elvis or Kermit the Frog. Mississippi recently retired the last state banner with the Confederate battle emblem that’s widely condemned as racist. A nine-member commission will recommend a replacement that cannot include the Confederate symbol and must have the phrase, “In God We Trust.” The public ...

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Over 500 people tested for COVID in experimental initative

More than 500 people in one of the poorest counties in Mississippi were tested for the coronavirus by the state Department of Health over the past week as part of a new experimental initiative to slow the spread of the virus by community transmission. State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said medical professionals went in with the goal to test ...

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