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99-cent gasoline foreseen as a definite possibility

By JACK WEATHERLY Ninety-nine cents for a gallon of gasoline? When was that? Back in the ’60s? How about later this year?  “I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a collapse in prices, even including the Great Recession. What we’re witnessing is easily going to go down as the great collapse in oil demand,” said Patrick DeHaan, head petroleum analyst ...

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State economist sees recession here and elsewhere as COVID-19 fight continues

Analysis of pandemic flu scenario puts Mississippi economic loss at $4.9 billion   By TED CARTER Other than saying a national recession is a certainty as the coronavirus shutdown grows, Mississippi’s state economist Darrin Webb is not publicly projecting where the state’s economy will drop to in the days ahead. For now, Webb’s forecast is for the nationwide recession to ...

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UPDATE: Liquor store sales up during epidemic while demand puts ABC in bind

By JACK WEATHERLY A number of liquor stores are doing a booming business during the corona virus outbreak, causing delivery problems for some. The state Alcoholic Beverage Control agency, meantime, has taken steps to make things more efficient. The ABC started allowing curbside deliveries on March 16 and will extend it until April 30, with the possibility of stretching it ...

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Morning Joe host rips Reeves over refusal to close beaches

Mississippi’s new governor, Tate Reeves, got introduced to the nation Monday morning. But not in a way he is likely to appreciate. “This guy is unbelievable!” said Joe Scarborough, a former Republican congressman from Florida and host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show, condemning Reeves for his refusal to close Mississippi’s gulf beaches amid deadly coronavirus spreading across the country. Reeves’ ...

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Several Mississippi sites test for coronavirus as cases rise

Several medical facilities in Mississippi are now providing coronavirus testing to people with fever and “severe cough or chest pain,” and screening began Monday for people to get appointments for a drive-thru testing site that opens Tuesday on the Mississippi State Fairgrounds. Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves led a prayer session Sunday on Facebook and suggested that people avoid congregating in large ...

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Mississippi gov seeks to help unemployed amid virus outbreak

Confirmed coronavirus infections climbed to more than 200 in Mississippi, and the governor announced plans to provide quicker access to unemployment benefits for residents affected by the outbreak. The more than 200 cases were reported as of 6 p.m. Saturday, according to state health department figures updated Sunday. A single COVID-19 death has been reported in the state. Gov. Tate ...

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MONDAY — Fewer new COVID-19 cases in Mississippi, 249 total

Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 249 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 42 newly identified cases on Monday morning. That is fewer new cases than on Saturday or Sunday. Cumulatively thus far, Hinds County has the most cases with 24, followed by DeSoto with 23 and Harrison with 21.   Tracking new cases reported to ...

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Analysis: Mississippi wise to close Capitol because of virus

The Mississippi Capitol is a germ and virus factory during any normal legislative session because of all the glad-handing, back-slapping and random hugging. It was clearly in line to become more perilous than usual during the coronavirus pandemic. Legislators voted last week to suspend their session until at least April 1, acting on the recommendation of the state health officer, ...

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SUNDAY — Mississippi has 67 news cases of COVID-19, 207 total

Mississippi had its biggest one-day total of Coronavirus cases reported Saturday with 67. Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 207 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 67 newly identified cases on Sunday morning, including Bolivar 1, Chickasaw 2, Copiah 2, Coahoma 2, DeSoto 5, Forrest 6, Franklin 1, Grenada 1, Harrison 5, Hinds 6, Holmes 3, ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — ‘Maybe we’ll realize that we are better together’

As we hunker down in fear of the coronavirus, not all must be gloom and doom. The wonderful Facebook blog “Motherhood and Muffin Tops,” written by my wife’s cousin Joni Miller, last week provided us with an enlightening perspective. Here are key excerpts from her poignant blog entitled “A Time to Embrace and a Time to Refrain from Embracing.” “I ...

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