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TUESDAY: Single-day record spike of 611 COVID-19 cases reported

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 22,898 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 611 newly identified cases on Tuesday. It is the 77th consecutive day that the single-day total has been more than 100 with 61 days of more than 200 (36 consecutive) and 34 days of 300 or more and 10 of ...

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Top CEO: ‘People will boycott Mississippi products’ if lawmakers put state flag on ballot

BY ADAM GANUCHEAU  | Mississippi Today The CEO of one of the state’s largest companies told Mississippi Today on Tuesday that he fears sustained national boycotts of Mississippi businesses if lawmakers let voters decide the fate of the state flag, which contains the Confederate battle emblem. Joe Frank Sanderson, the 73-year-old CEO and board chairman of Laurel-based Sanderson Farms, said lawmakers’ deliberations of ...

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Coleman named Director of Communications for Veterans Affairs

Ray Coleman recently joined Mississippi Veterans Affairs (MSVA) as Director of Communications. A graduate of the University of Southern Miss., Coleman has brings fourteen years of public affairs experience, including Director of Communications for the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, Director of External Affairs for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), and television anchor and reporter for 16-WAPT News in Jackson. Coleman resides in Brandon with his wife, Brandi, and their son.

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Flag change seen as boost in pride Mississippi youngsters have for state

By TED CARTER The Mississippi Delta Council’s demand that legislators erase the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag is said to mark a down payment on the state’s economic and civic future. But for Delta school children, the flag change represents a way to gain new pride in their home state, educators say and add they are grateful the ...

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Analysis: Doctor calls Parchman conditions ‘deplorable’

Living conditions in the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman are “are sub-human and deplorable in a civilized society,” according to a physician who has evaluated the prison on behalf of inmates who are suing the state. Dr. Marc Stern specializes in correctional health care and has evaluated dozens of jails, prisons and immigration detention facilities in the United States. Conditions ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Republicans let Trump spend more than Obama

In December 1985 President Ronald Reagan signed the Gramm-Ruddman Act mandating a balanced federal budget by fiscal year 1991. “The American people expect their elected officials to take action now to reduce the size of government and to set upon a reasonable and equitable course to eliminate federal budget deficits,” the conservative, Republican president said. It took until 2001 and ...

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NCAA: No championships in states with confederate symbol

The NCAA’s Board of Governors put its clout behind a change in Mississippi’s state flag with a dramatic move on Friday morning. The NCAA panel expanded its “Confederate flag policy” to prevent any championship events from being played “in states where the symbol has a prominent presence.” As the statement from the Boad of Governors noted, “Mississippi is the only ...

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Southeastern Conference pushing Mississippi to change flag

The Southeastern Conference is considering barring league championship events in Mississippi unless the state changes its Confederate-based flag. “It is past time for change to be made to the flag of the State of Mississippi,” Commissioner Greg Sankey said in a statement Thursday. “Our students deserve an opportunity to learn and compete in environments that are inclusive and welcoming to ...

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Mississippi gov says he should have worn mask at funeral

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Thursday that because of the coronavirus pandemic, he should have worn a mask during a funeral a day earlier where hundreds of law enforcement officers gathered to honor a Simpson County deputy sheriff killed in the line of duty. “I did have a mask. It was in my pocket. I should have put it on,” Reeves ...

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Senators block ex-lawmaker’s nomination to education board

A Republican-controlled Mississippi Senate committee on Thursday blocked Republican Gov. Tate Reeves’s nomination of a former lawmaker to serve on the state Board of Education, drawing criticism from the governor. Reeves nominated Nancy Collins of Tupelo to serve on the nine-member board in January, during his final days as lieutenant governor. The nomination was retroactive to July, and it is for a ...

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