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BREAKING: Reeves issues statewide stay-home order amid virus

“Every day, for the last several weeks, I have asked our health experts whether it is time for the ultimate action of a “shelter in place” order statewide. Yesterday, for the first time, we got the answer we had been anticipating. They told me we are now at the point in Mississippi’s cycle where such drastic restrictions are required. Today ...

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Louisiana spillway may open for record 3rd consecutive year

A major flood control structure on the Mississippi River may have to soon be opened up to ease pressure on New Orleans levees, federal authorities said Tuesday. The river is expected to crest above 17 feet (5.2 meters) at a key New Orleans gauge as early as Friday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in a news release. That ...

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Sheriff: Suspect’s mother among 6 arrested in fatal shooting

The fatal shooting of a Mississippi man led to the arrests of six people, including the mother of one of the suspects. John Michael Ross Berryman, 21, was found shot on Friday along a state highway in Prentiss County, Sheriff Randy Tolar said in a statement Monday. Berryman was pronounced dead on the scene, news outlets reported. Trakendric Neal Young, 18, was ...

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Mississippi alters probation check-in because of virus

The Mississippi Department of Corrections is temporarily stopping in-person check-ins for people on probation, parole, house arrest or other forms of community supervision. It’s part of an effort to control the spread of the new coronavirus. The department said in a news release Tuesday that instead of going to an office, people under supervision should check in by phone, email ...

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Mississippi gov issues stay-home order for 1 of 82 counties

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves issued his first stay-at-home order Tuesday against the new coronavirus, but it is only for one of the state’s 82 counties. Reeves said Lauderdale County, on the state line with Alabama, has seen a recent rapid increase in positive tests for the highly contagious virus. The mayor of Gulfport, meanwhile, set what he calls a “safer at ...

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2nd Mississippi rep resigns over pension and pay dispute

A Mississippi lawmaker is resigning as of Tuesday because he will not be able to collect his state government pension while serving in the state House. Republican Rep. Billy Andrews of Purvis is the second House member to resign for this reason since the four-year term started in January. Republican Rep. Ramona Blackledge of Laurel stepped down Jan. 31. Andrews is a ...

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Social distancing ignored in some Mississippi clubs, beaches

Some Mississippi cities are taking steps to break up parties in nightclubs and on beaches as people ignore Gov. Tate Reeves’s order to avoid gatherings to control the spread of the new coronavirus. One mayor, George Flaggs Jr. of Vicksburg, ordered child care centers in his city to close Monday for at least a week, setting a stricter standard than the ...

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Mayor: step up COVID-19 restrictions. Governor: prays

The mayor of a coastal Mississippi city called on the governor Sunday to step up restrictions imposed because of COVID-19. Gov. Tate Reeves “needs to shut down the state,” Moss Point Mayor Mario King told WLOX-TV on Sunday. Moss Point is a city in Jackson County, which had 35 of the nearly 760 cases in Mississippi as of Sunday. Moss Point’s ...

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Analysis: Virus upends Mississippi budget writing process

Mississippi legislators are supposed to set a state spending plan before the new fiscal year begins July 1. The coronavirus pandemic has scrambled most of the planning that budget writers have done the past few months, leaving uncertainty about how a shaky economy will affect tax collections. “We’ve never seen anything like this in our lifetimes, much less our political ...

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Mississippi businesses shift production during pandemic

As the nation hunkers down and people shelter in place amid the coronavirus pandemic, several Mississippi businesses have stayed open, switching gears to make much-needed products. A jeans company is making face guards, a coffeehouse is making loaves of bread and distilleries are making hand sanitizer. They’re hoping to keep their employees working as they help fellow Mississippians battle the ...

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