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FRIDAY: Total cases now more than 25,000 as 550 new are reported with 6 new deaths

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 25,066 after the Mississippi Health Department reported a 550 newly identified cases on Friday. This week’s daily average so far is nearly double the previous high for a one-week daily average. It is the 80th consecutive day that the single-day total has been more than 100 with ...

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THURSDAY: Coronavirus cases surge to single-day record 1,092 as 5 more deaths are reported

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 24,516 after the Mississippi Health Department reported a single day high of 1,092 newly identified cases on Thursday. This week’s daily average so far is nearly double the previous high for a one-week daily average. It is the 79th consecutive day that the single-day total has been ...

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University coaches and administrators lobby for flag change

Forty-six coaches and athletic directors from across the state traveled to Jackson on Thursday to lobby for the changing of the state flag. All eight of Mississippi’s public universities were represented at a press conference. That includes Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Delta State, Alcorn State, Jackson State, Mississippi Valley State and the Mississippi University of Women. The reason ...

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Kiffin, Leach and other coaches to rally today at the Capitol

As the clock ticks toward the end of day Friday, head coaches and athletic directors from all eight public universities will rally at the Capitol this morning for a new state flag. All of this as Wednesday was a monumental day in terms of a change in thinking among the top leaders of the state of Mississippi Mississippi Republican Gov. ...

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WEDNESDAY: Coronavirus deaths surge past 1,000 as 526 new cases are reported

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 23,424 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 526 newly identified cases on Wednesday. It is the 78th consecutive day that the single-day total has been more than 100 with 62 days of more than 200 and 35 days of 300 or more and 11 of more than ...

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Hosemann to back Seal Flag

The below is attributable to Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann: “I rise before you today to discuss the flag of our State. This discussion is not prompted by fear of loss of economic development, although virtually every economic developer in our State has indicated opportunities and employment of our citizens will be adversely affected.  Further, it is not prompted by the ...

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Mississippi seeks to limit liability amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Mississippi Senate is working to limit lawsuits by customers who say they were exposed to the new coronavirus at businesses or medical offices. Senate Bill 3049 would shield businesses, health care providers, religious organizations and other entities from lawsuits related to COVID-19 if they show a “good faith” effort to follow public health guidelines. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves has pushed for the ...

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Business, educational and religious groups throw support behind new state flag

By BECKY GILLETTE The state flag of Mississippi that incorporates an image of the Confederate battle flag has long been controversial. A voter referendum in 2001 to change the flag to something without racial overtones failed by a margin of two-to-one in a state where 37 percent of the population is black. Today, after the worldwide protests over the death ...

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Mississippi Baptist Convention: Remove rebel symbol from Mississippi flag

Mississippi’s largest religious group said Tuesday that state lawmakers have a moral obligation to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag because many people are “hurt and shamed” by the symbol. “While some may see the current flag as a celebration of heritage, a significant portion of our state sees it as a relic of racism and a ...

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