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UPDATE: Liquor store sales up during epidemic while demand puts ABC in bind

By JACK WEATHERLY A number of liquor stores are doing a booming business during the corona virus outbreak, causing delivery problems for some. The state Alcoholic Beverage Control agency, meantime, has taken steps to make things more efficient. The ABC started allowing curbside deliveries on March 16 and will extend it until April 30, with the possibility of stretching it ...

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Morning Joe host rips Reeves over refusal to close beaches

Mississippi’s new governor, Tate Reeves, got introduced to the nation Monday morning. But not in a way he is likely to appreciate. “This guy is unbelievable!” said Joe Scarborough, a former Republican congressman from Florida and host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show, condemning Reeves for his refusal to close Mississippi’s gulf beaches amid deadly coronavirus spreading across the country. Reeves’ ...

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CORONAVIRUS: Review your business interruption insurance policy now

As our nation deals with the far-reaching consequences of the coronavirus (COVID 19), the impact will range from grocery store shortages, school closings, and many businesses closing or reducing hours or services, to casinos closing in many jurisdictions, all for the benefit and safety of their employees, customers, and the general public. As closures increase, we will see many of ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Image is everything, even in Mississippi

When I taught a college Communication course a couple of years ago I would begin the first class of the semester with having students interview each other and then introduce the person they interviewed to the rest of the class. Then, without giving them any information about myself except what they could see in front of them I would give ...

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MONDAY — Fewer new COVID-19 cases in Mississippi, 249 total

Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 249 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 42 newly identified cases on Monday morning. That is fewer new cases than on Saturday or Sunday. Cumulatively thus far, Hinds County has the most cases with 24, followed by DeSoto with 23 and Harrison with 21.   Tracking new cases reported to ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — ‘Maybe we’ll realize that we are better together’

As we hunker down in fear of the coronavirus, not all must be gloom and doom. The wonderful Facebook blog “Motherhood and Muffin Tops,” written by my wife’s cousin Joni Miller, last week provided us with an enlightening perspective. Here are key excerpts from her poignant blog entitled “A Time to Embrace and a Time to Refrain from Embracing.” “I ...

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Closing of Triplett-Day Pharmacy will be the end of an era

By LYNN LOFTON On March 31 an era ends in downtown Gulfport when Triplett-Day Drug Store closes its doors after 65 years of business. It’s not just the sale of prescription drugs, sundries and gifts but also the cafe and lunch counter that have endeared the store to customers. Located on the corner of Highway 49 and 14th Street, the ...

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Small businesses get creative to keep going

By LISA MONTI Small business owners in coastal Mississippi are getting creative with how they’re responding to the ever-changing conditions they suddenly find themselves operating in. Keeping their employees and their customers safe is top of their minds, along with keeping their businesses running. Midtown Pharmacy & Gifts in Bay St. Louis is using the parking lot to accommodate customers ...

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SATURDAY — Mississippi has 60 new COVID-19 cases, 140 total

Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 140 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 60 newly identified cases on Saturday morning, including Attala 1, Clay 1, Coahoma 2, DeSoto 9, Forrest 1, Franklin 1, George 1, Grenada 1, Hancock 1, Harrison 2, Hinds 7, Itawamba 3, Jackson 2, Lafayette 1, Leake 1, Lee 4, Lincoln 4, Madison ...

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Casinos offline means loss of $35.7 million to state over three months

By LYNN LOFTON The coronavirus pandemic has done what heretofore only hurricanes and floods have done: closed Mississippi’s 26 state-regulated casinos. The State Gaming Commission ordered the temporary closing to begin at midnight on March 16. To date, officials do not know when they will reopen. With the casinos shuttered, more than 19,000 employees are out of work and the ...

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