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Mississippi governor tests negative for COVID-19 after scare

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has tested negative for the coronavirus, a day after announcing he was going into isolation after being in contact with a lawmaker who tested positive. “My girls and I tested negative for COVID-19,” Reeves tweeted Tuesday morning. “Limited contact with the people who were diagnosed, but better safe than sorry! If someone you know gets the virus, get ...

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Businesses with ties to Mississippi governor received loans

A company partly owned by Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves and a business where his wife works were recipients of hundreds of thousands of dollars from a federal rescue package meant to keep small businesses afloat in the coronavirus pandemic, according to data released Monday by the Treasury Department. Southern Air Conditioning & Supply Inc., where Reeves is a shareholder and Coker & ...

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Mississippi board votes ‘no’ on moving Confederate monument

Officials in a Mississippi county unanimously voted to keep a Confederate monument where it stands, saying moving the statue wouldn’t fix racial tensions. In a 5-0 vote, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors rejected a proposal to relocate the Confederate statue, which stands in the middle of Oxford Square, news outlets reported. The all white male board was not initially ...

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Feds to decide if 2 Mississippi turtles need protection

The federal government says it will decide whether protection is needed for a freshwater turtle found only in Mississippi and a related species found in Mississippi and Louisiana. The agreement settles a lawsuit filed in January calling for a declaration that Pearl River map turtles and Pascagoula map turtles are endangered or threatened. One is found in the Pearl River watershed in Louisiana and Mississippi, ...

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Mississippi family says reform bill should be retroactive

Mississippi lawmakers are considering a change to a law to reduce long prison sentences given to habitual offenders whose past crimes were either nonviolent or committed many years earlier. People facing prison time in Mississippi can have extra years, or even life imprisonment, added to their sentences if they have a past felony convictions on their criminal record. House Bill 1024 would ...

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Mississippi surrenders Confederate symbol from state flag

Mississippi will retire the last state flag in the U.S. with the Confederate battle emblem, more than a century after white supremacist legislators adopted the design a generation after the South lost the Civil War. A broad coalition of lawmakers — Black and white, Democrat and Republican — voted Sunday for change as the state faced increasing pressure amid nationwide ...

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US consumer spending up 8.2%, partly erasing record plunge

American consumers increased their spending by a record 8.2% in May, partly erasing huge plunges the previous two months, against the backdrop of an economy that’s likely shrinking by its steepest pace on record this quarter. Last month’s rebound in consumer spending followed record spending drops of 6.6% in March and 12.6% in April, when the viral pandemic shuttered businesses, ...

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Mississippi seeks to limit liability amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Mississippi Senate is working to limit lawsuits by customers who say they were exposed to the new coronavirus at businesses or medical offices. Senate Bill 3049 would shield businesses, health care providers, religious organizations and other entities from lawsuits related to COVID-19 if they show a “good faith” effort to follow public health guidelines. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves has pushed for the ...

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Mississippi Baptist Convention: Remove rebel symbol from Mississippi flag

Mississippi’s largest religious group said Tuesday that state lawmakers have a moral obligation to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag because many people are “hurt and shamed” by the symbol. “While some may see the current flag as a celebration of heritage, a significant portion of our state sees it as a relic of racism and a ...

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Audit: State office changed dropout records to improve stats

Mississippi’s Department of Education failed to maintain an Office of Dropout Prevention for the last 10 years as required by state law and overstated its progress toward increasing graduation rates, the state auditor announced Thursday. The graduation rate in the state was reported to have increased from 61% in 2006 to 85% by 2019. State Auditor Shad White said a ...

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