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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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Mississippi schools delayed by mandate can cut from calendar

The Mississippi State Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to allow school districts mandated by the governor to delay the start of the school year because of the coronavirus the ability to cut up to 10 days from their academic calendars. School districts in Mississippi are required to provide 180 days of instruction each academic year to students. However, Thursday’s ...

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Mississippi schools not required to disclose COVID outbreaks

A Mississippi school district that has seen a handful of coronavirus cases among students since reopening for in-person classes last week is doing a good job of being transparent with the public, the governor and the state’s top health official said Wednesday. The Corinth School District has reported six cases since July 27. More than 100 students are quarantined, according ...

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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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Chambers High Net Worth 2020 recognizes six Butler Snow attorneys

Chambers High Net Worth (HNW), a publication specifically aimed at the private wealth market, has recognized six Butler Snow attorneys in its 2020 edition. The publication also recognized Butler Snow in its firm rankings. Recognition is based on in-depth interviews with clients and attorneys assessing legal knowledge, experience, ability, effectiveness and client service. The following Butler Snow attorneys were recognized: ...

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Mississippi business, owner plead in immigration case

The owner of a business in Mississippi and his company pleaded guilty Tuesday to harboring people who entered the country illegally, federal authorities said. Rui Ping Lin and his company, Red Samurai Sushi, Inc., of Madison, Mississippi, entered the plea before Senior U.S. District Judge David M. Bramlette III, U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and others said in a news release. ...

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