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Coronavirus cases soar past 14,000 in state as 18 more deaths are reported

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 14,044 after the Mississippi Health Department reported a near record 313 newly identified cases on Wednesday. It is the 49th consecutive day (52 of 53) that the single-day total has been more than 100 with 34 days of more than 200 (nine consecutive) and 11 days of ...

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Analysis: Mississippi prisons nominee faces Senate scrutiny

The nominee to lead Mississippi’s troubled prison system, Burl Cain, spent 21 years as warden of Louisiana’s Angola penitentiary, resigning in early 2016 amid ethics questions about how public money was spent during his tenure. Advocates for inmates’ rights have also condemned his work. “Burl Cain left a legacy of corruption, cruelty and callous disregard for the human lives in ...

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Friday’s 402 new Coronavirus cases second highest state number since pandemic began

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 12,624 after the Mississippi Health Department reported a near record 402 newly identified cases on Friday. It is the 44th consecutive day (46 of 47) that the single-day total has been more than 100 with 29 days of more than 200 and nine days of 300 or ...

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THURSDAY — 255 new Coronavirus cases and 10 new deaths are reported

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 12,222 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 255 newly identified cases on Thursday. It is the 43rd consecutive day (45 of 46) that the single-day total has been more than 100 with 28 days of more than 200 and eight days of 300 or more and one ...

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Nearly 39 million have sought US jobless aid since virus hit

More than 2.4 million people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week in the latest wave of layoffs from the viral outbreak that triggered widespread business shutdowns two months ago and sent the economy into a deep recession. Roughly 38.6 million people have now filed for jobless aid since the coronavirus forced millions of businesses to close their doors and ...

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Dems question judicial nominee about past partisan remarks

Democratic members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday repeatedly asked a federal appeals court nominee from Mississippi about derisive comments he made in newspaper opinion pieces and on social media about former President Barack Obama and his signature health care legislation. “Did you call the passage of the Affordable Care Act ‘perverse’ and ‘illegitimate’ and say that (you) ...

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Mississippi gov OKs business grants from virus relief fund

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Wednesday that he is signing a bill that creates a $300 million grant program for small businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. Legislators passed the bill with broad bipartisan support last week, using part of the $1.25 billion Mississippi has received from a federal relief package. Republican Reeves and his staff helped write the legislation, but the ...

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Judge nominated as Mississippi public safety commissioner

Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Sean Tindell of Gulfport is in line to become the new public safety commissioner in Mississippi. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves announced his nomination of Tindell on Wednesday. It must be confirmed by the state Senate. Tindell served as a Republican in the Senate from 2012 until he was appointed to the bench by then-Gov. Phil ...

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Ex-Louisiana warden chosen to lead Mississippi prisons

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Wednesday that he is nominating a former warden of Louisiana’s Angola prison to take charge of the Mississippi prison system that is under federal investigation and has struggled for years with tight budgets, short staffing and shoddy living conditions. During his 21-year tenure at Angola, Cain was credited with improving conditions and decreasing violence. He ...

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WEDNESDAY — 263 new Coronavirus cases and 16 new deaths are reported

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 11,967 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 263 newly identified cases on Wednesday. It is the 42nd consecutive day (44 of 45) that the single-day total has been more than 100 with 27 days of more than 200 and eight days of 300 or more  and one ...

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