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FRIDAY — Weekly COVID-19 trend is down from previous two weeks 

By ROSS REILY If this week is any indication, maybe the worst of COVID-19 has past Mississippi, at least for now. Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 65,436 after the Mississippi Department of Health reported 1,036 newly identified cases on Friday. After averaging nearly 1,300 cases a day for 15 days in July, the last seven ...

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THURSDAY — Good news is relative as COVID cases may be trending down

By ROSS REILY Just two months ago, no one would have believed that a week in which Mississippi was averaging 961 COVID-19 cases a day would be a good one. Yet, that is where we are. Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 64,400 after the Mississippi Department of Health reported 961 newly identified cases on Thursday. ...

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4 poultry plant execs indicted after 2019 immigration raid

Four executives from two Mississippi poultry processing plants have been indicted on federal charges tied to one of the largest workplace immigration raids in the U.S. in the past decade. U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Matt Albence, announced the indictments as the documents were unsealed Thursday. Their announcement happened a day ...

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Pearl River Resort to reopen 1 Mississippi casino Friday

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is planning a phased reopening of its Pearl River Resort amid the coronavirus pandemic. The tribe said its Bok Homa Casino in Sandersville is opening its doors Friday. Golden Moon Hotel & Casino in Neshoba County will open a week later, on Aug. 14. Reopening has not been set for Silver Star Casino, which ...

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Aquarium a monument to post-Katrina recovery $98 million attraction to open Aug. 29

By JACK WEATHERLY Fifteen years to the day after Hurricane Katrina made landfall and destroyed most of the infrastructure along the coast of Mississippi, a new structure will open, celebrating the recovery of the area. The $98 million Mississippi Aquarium will open in Gulfport. Though located on the coast, the public-private facility will tell the story of Mississippi’s aquatic resources ...

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WEDNESDAY — COVID cases ninth highest since virus struck state

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 63,444 after the Mississippi Department of Health reported 1,245 newly identified cases on Wednesday. Officials continue to look for an easing in climbing cases and the last five days had seen fewer than 1,200 cases each day. However, today’s 1,245 cases was the ninth highest (see chart below) ...

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Lyric Hotel opening pushed back a month

By JACK WEATHERLY The opening date for the Lyric Hotel in Cleveland has been pushed back a month. The luxury hotel had been scheduled to open on Tuesday, Aug. 4, as the hub of the 17-acre West End District. It will start having a “soft rolling opening” starting Aug. 14, but “we’re not going to have an opening to the ...

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TODD SMITH — Communicators help brands influence real change

As PR pros continue to innovate in a pandemic era, the industry is transforming to meet the needs of a changing public and evolving audiences. Throughout the coronavirus crisis, the Logos Institute for Crisis Management & Executive Leadership  has studied institutional responses to COVID-19, which has reinforced the need – now more than ever – for clarity of messaging in ...

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Reeves pushes back school for eight counties; issues statewide mask mandate

By ROSS REILY Gov. Tate Reeves announced on Tuesday a statewide mask mandate in addition to issuing an executive order delaying the start of some 7th-12th schools in hot spots. The state is also requiring masks in schools for teachers and students. We are also requiring masks at public gatherings statewide for two weeks—in a push to allow schools to ...

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