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Mississippi legislators assert control over virus money

Mississippi lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Friday and asserted their control in a power struggle with the governor over who has the authority to spend $1.25 billion the state is receiving from the federal government for coronavirus relief. Republicans who lead the House and Senate say the Mississippi Constitution gives spending authority to the Legislature. But, Republican Gov. Tate ...

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ROSS REILY — Reeves more trustworthy than Legislature in Covid-19 crisis

While I don’t agree with every decision Gov. Tate Reeves has made during this Covid-19 crisis, I do believe he is acting with the best interest of the State of Mississippi in mind. He probably should have issued a shelter in place order a week or two sooner, I would argue. However, he sees what is going on in Mississippi ...

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FRIDAY — 20 new deaths as state reports single-day high of 397 new cases of Coronavirus

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 7,212 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 397 newly identified cases on Friday. It is the 29th day in the last 31 (23nd consecutive) that the single-day total has been more than 100 with 14 days of more than 200 (4 consecutive) and two days of at ...

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THURSDAY — 11 new deaths as state reports 246 new cases of Coronavirus

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 6,815 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 246 newly identified cases on Thursday. It is the 28th day in the last 30 (22nd consecutive) that the single-day total has been more than 100 with 13 days of more than 200 (3 consecutive) and one day of 300. ...

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TUESDAY — 10 new deaths as state reports 248 new cases of Coronavirus, 6,342 total

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 6,342 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 248 newly identified cases on Tuesday. It is the 26th day in the last 28 (20th consecutive) that the single-day total has been more than 100 with 11 days of more than 200 and one day of 300 as the ...

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JAMESON TAYLOR — The wrong time to expand Medicaid

Healthcare is complicated. But during the current coronavirus outbreak, healthcare policy goals are very simple: How do we increase the supply of healthcare for those who need it most? And how do we increase access to healthcare to those who need it most? Right now, the real challenge is prioritizing very limited healthcare resources. The people who need care the ...

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The US reopening is coming, but ‘normal’ is still a ways off

Everyone wants to know: When, oh when, will it go back to normal? As some governors across the United States begin to ease restrictions imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus, hopes are soaring that life as Americans knew it might be returning. But plans emerging in many states indicate that “normal” is still a long way off. White ...

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MONDAY — Mississippi tops 6,000 total cases with 2 new deaths and 183 new illnesses from Coronavirus

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 6.094 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 183 newly identified cases on Monday. It is the 24th day in the last 26 that the single-day total has been more than 100 with 10 days of more than 200 and one day of 300 as the anticipated peak ...

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HU MEENA — Pandemic offers resilient Mississippi a chance to embrace a brighter future

EDITOR’S NOTE: The column is the first in a series of Mississippi CEOs writing how Mississippi businesses are responding to the COVID-10 crisis.     My favorite streaming video program during the COVID-19 virus stay-at-home lockdown has not been about tigers and their crazy trainer, Joe Exotic, from the wildly popular Netflix docuseries. Nor has it been about Scottie Pippin ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Help others cope with pandemic fear and anxiety

As the COVID-19 virus ravages our economy and health systems, it also exacts a heavy emotional toll through fear, despair, anxiety, depression, and frustration. Pew Research Center reported, “Health experts are concerned about the potential mental health effects of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, and mental health hotlines report a substantial uptick in calls since the outbreak began.” ...

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