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ROSS REILY — Reeves more trustworthy than Legislature in Covid-19 crisis

While I don’t agree with every decision Gov. Tate Reeves has made during this Covid-19 crisis, I do believe he is acting with the best interest of the State of Mississippi in mind. He probably should have issued a shelter in place order a week or two sooner, I would argue. However, he sees what is going on in Mississippi ...

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LAW SCHOOLS — How are college closings impacting graduating lawyers and accountants?

By LISA MONTI Weeks before college students were set to graduate and enter the workforce to begin their careers, the pandemic upended the remainder of the school year and beyond. For students studying law and accounting in the state’s colleges and universities, classes were shifted online as campuses closed and students returned home. Administrators quickly adopted new grading systems and ...

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Cathead donates $75,000 to Foodways Alliance

The Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi has received $75,000 from the founders of Mississippi-based Cathead Distillery, whose efforts during the COVID-19 crisis are making statewide impact. The gift from Cathead owners Austin Evans and Richard Patrick will support the writing, editing and sharing of 15 essays on the contemporary South from members of the creative community and the food and beverage industry. “We strongly ...

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Delta’s Double Quick in new hands after sale to S.C. buyers

The dozens of Double Quick convenience stores that are a fixture of the Mississippi Delta got new owners in a transaction that closed April 23. Don’t worry. You won’t have to get used to a new name, new signage, new store décor or new cashiers. Current store locations and the Double Quick corporate store workforce will remain, said Tom Gresham, ...

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TODD SMITH — Expert tips for working remotely

How are you doing in our remote work, social distancing, quarantined world? I know it’s been a great exercise in adaptability for the workforce and students across the world in our coronavirus era. Lindsey Pollak, a speaker and author of “The Remix,” together with her assistant, Eileen, who have succeeded in a remote work environment for more than five years, ...

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Mississippi ag industry holds on as virus rattles supply chains  

By JACK WEATHERLY National news reports have grabbed attention with footage of vast amounts of milk being dumped and mounds of vegetables that were buried in the fields that grew them. Those are two of the many effects of the corona virus pandemic on the nation’s food supply. The milk and vegetables had to be discarded because of a widely ...

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TUESDAY — 10 new deaths as state reports 248 new cases of Coronavirus, 6,342 total

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 6,342 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 248 newly identified cases on Tuesday. It is the 26th day in the last 28 (20th consecutive) that the single-day total has been more than 100 with 11 days of more than 200 and one day of 300 as the ...

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LYNN EVANS — Mississippians want a mail-in voting option in November

Mississippians love to elect their public officials. We elect not just the governor and his cabinet, but a long list of local officials including judges, constables and coroners. Mississippi also has a long and troubled history of preventing people from voting, especially African Americans. Mississippians like Medgar Evers, Vernon Dahmer, and James Chaney were killed simply for advocating that every ...

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JAMESON TAYLOR — The wrong time to expand Medicaid

Healthcare is complicated. But during the current coronavirus outbreak, healthcare policy goals are very simple: How do we increase the supply of healthcare for those who need it most? And how do we increase access to healthcare to those who need it most? Right now, the real challenge is prioritizing very limited healthcare resources. The people who need care the ...

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