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THURSDAY — 393 new Coronavirus cases and 15 new deaths are reported

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 10,493 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 393 newly identified cases on Wednesday. It is the 37th day in the last 39 (30th consecutive) that the single-day total has been more than 100 with 18 days of more than 200 and six days of 300 or more ...

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Gabardi joins First Commercial Bank

First Commercial Bank has announced that veteran regional banking executive Curt Gabardi has been elected to the bank’s Board of Directors and has been named Executive Advisor, President and CEO in Wait, effective May 1, 2020.  Under this planned, transitional management succession arrangement, Gabardi will assume the role of President & CEO and Alan Walters, President & Chief Executive Officer ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — When worlds collide reality can change

As our worlds collide over the coronavirus, the surreal 1933 novel of that name by Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer comes to mind. The novel “When Worlds Collide” portrayed the surreal phenomenon of another world crashing into earth. Old earth did not survive, but a new earth did. What will be the outcome of our collision? No microcosm captures our ...

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MSU plans for in-person classroom instruction in Fall 2020 semester

Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum said the university is fully committed to welcoming students back to campus this fall and that plans to resume in-person classroom and laboratory instruction in the Fall 2020 semester are “on schedule and taking solid form” as the university continues development of specific new operating guidelines. Keenum on April 28 announced MSU’s “institutional intention” ...

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WEDNESDAY — Third day in last four that Coronavirus cases are less than 200

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 10,090 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 182 newly identified cases on Wednesday. It is the 36th day in the last 38 (29th consecutive) that the single-day total has been more than 100 with 17 days of more than 200 and five days of 300 or more ...

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Millsaps College students to return to campus for fall semester

Although Millsaps College students spent the last month of the 2020 spring academic term utilizing remote instruction in conjunction with the COVID-19 pandemic, the college is gearing up for an on-campus residential experience in August, as well as planning to support remote instruction options in all classes for any students who are unable to return to campus. “We expect at ...

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Buying, selling homes moving along during pandemic

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • While the economic fallout from the coronavirus has been widespread, the housing market has managed to hold its own. During March and through mid-April, sales of new and existing homes plummeted. But since, the numbers are trending back up. According to Zillow, new listings dropped to a low of 43.8% on April 17 ...

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TODD SMITH — Americans have positive view of COVID-19 media coverage

Coverage of the coronavirus outbreak has consumed much of the news media’s attention as Americans look for information in a time of high anxiety and uncertainty. U.S. adults overall hold more positive than negative views of the news media’s coverage of the COVID-19 crisis, while their broader attitudes toward the news media are more evenly divided or more negative, according to a ...

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Hotels treading water in Coronavirus tide

By JACK WEATHERLY Hotels across Mississippi and the nation are treading water as they wait for the Coronavirus tide to recede and the economy to fully reopen. Occupancy ranges from single digit percentages to low 20 percentages, according to two lodging associations in Mississippi. Target occupancy rates are 60 to 70 percent “at the very least” said Pat Fontaine, executive ...

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TUESDAY — 234 new Coronavirus cases and 22 new deaths are reported

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 9,908 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 234 newly identified cases on Tuesday. It is the 35th day in the last 37 (28th consecutive) that the single-day total has been more than 100 with 17 days of more than 200 and five days of 300 or more ...

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