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Mississippi teacher pay raise plan dies amid budget concerns

A proposed teacher pay raise has died at the Mississippi Capitol because of budget concerns during the coronavirus pandemic. The state Senate passed a bill in early February to provide a $1,000 pay raise to most teachers and teachers’ assistants during the budget year that begins July 1. The plan would have given larger raises of $1,100 to teachers in ...

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Bipartisan group of lawmakers, with Speaker Gunn’s blessing, pushes to change Mississippi state flag

By ADAM GANUCHEAU / Mississippi Today A bipartisan group of Mississippi lawmakers, with the blessing of Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, began whipping votes and drafting a resolution on Monday to change the state flag, which was adopted in 1894 and is the last in the nation containing the Confederate battle emblem. The conversation behind closed doors this week ...

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ROSS REILY — Our new flag will be a sight to behold

In general relativity, an event horizon is a boundary in spacetime beyond which events cannot affect an outside observer. In layman’s terms, it is defined as “the point of no return”, the point at which the gravitational pull becomes so great as to make escape impossible. In Mississippi we passed an event horizon in 2001. That’s when Mississippi held a ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Coronavirus lesson: we’re more fragile than invulnerable

Fragile…the word itself seems frail, matching its etymology from the Latin fragilis, with frag meaning “to break” and ilis meaning “subject to.” Thanks to the COVID-19 coronavirus, we see many things today more fragile, more susceptible to breaking, than ever before. Many were made that way by our false sense of invulnerability. Take our health care system. Americans enjoy the most ubiquitous, capable, and costly health ...

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Unemployment rate falls to 13.3%, US adds 2.5 million jobs

America’s workers likely suffered another devastating blow in May, with millions more jobs lost to the viral pandemic and an unemployment rate near or even above 20% for the first time since the Great Depression. Economists have forecast that the government will report Friday that employers shed 8.5 million more jobs last month on top of 21.4 million lost in ...

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Fitch dropping case of white ex-cop a ‘knife’ to trust, rep says

A Mississippi lawmaker on Thursday criticized the state attorney general’s decision to drop the prosecution of a white former police officer who was indicted in the 2015 shooting death of an African American man after a traffic stop. “It really puts a knife in the trust of the judicial system,” Democratic state Rep. Kabir Karriem of Columbus said at the state Capitol. ...

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$90M program to support low-income families in Mississippi

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a new $90 million program to reimburse families of Mississippi children who usually receive subsidized meals at school but missed out on the benefit due to the coronavirus pandemic. The program will provide assistance to families of approximately 340,980 students eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school, Mississippi Department of Human Services ...

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THURSDAY: 12 new Coronavirus deaths along with 238 new cases reported

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 16,560 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 238 newly identified cases on Thursday. It is the 57th consecutive day that the single-day total has been more than 100 with 42 days of more than 200 (17 consecutive) and 15 days of 300 or more and four of ...

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WEDNESDAY: 15 new Coronavirus deaths along with 302 new cases reported

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 16,322 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 302 newly identified cases on Wednesday. It is the 56th consecutive day that the single-day total has been more than 100 with 41 days of more than 200 (16 consecutive) and 15 days of 300 or more and four of ...

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Mississippi to pay $5M to settle food stamp data claims

The Mississippi Department of Human Services will pay $5 million to the federal government to settle claims that it manipulated reporting within a food assistance program and received undeserved performance bonuses. The settlement announced Monday stems from allegations that Julie Osnes Consulting, LLC, gave the state recommendations which injected bias into its federal reporting for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, ...

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