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MONDAY — Mississippi reports 238 new cases of Coronavirus, 4,512 total with 10 new deaths

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 4,512 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 238 newly identified cases on Monday. It is the 18th day in the last 20 that the single-day total has been more than 100 with six days of more than 200 and one day of 300 as the anticipated peak ...

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BGC taps Simpson for new position

Demetria Simpson, former Chief Executive Officer of Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA) recently accepted a new senior leadership role at BGC Advantage, a Louisiana-based affordable housing development, consulting, and management firm.  In her role as Vice President of Development, Simpson will accelerate the development of high-quality affordable and market-rate housing. She has 23 years of Housing and Development expertise. The move marks ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Pandemic expected to have an effect on site selection factors

Each year, Area Development magazine publishes the results of its survey of corporate executives regarding their expansion plans and the factors that rank highest in their site selection decisions. In this column, we will look back seven years and compare those site selection factors with those in 2019. We will also speculate about which factors will be most affected by ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Highly contagious pandemic not ending in two weeks

Call with doctor’s office last week: “The doctor is not taking new patients at this time. Call back in two weeks when this pandemic is over.” Gov. Tate Reeves: Friday Reeves extended his shelter-in-place order for a week until April 27, saying the state is not ready yet to re-open its economy. He did allow more small businesses to provide ...

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Mississippi betting revenue plummets in March

Mississippi’s sports betting revenue fell sharply in the past month, after the popular National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) basketball tournament was cancelled and the state’s casinos shut from March 16.  Revenue for the month dropped 86.8% year-on-year to $648,646.60 (or 69.2% month-on-month) after the March Madness tournament, which drove customer activity in the prior year, was cancelled as a result of ...

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FRIDAY — Mississippi reports 169 new cases of Coronavirus, 3,793 total with 11 new deaths

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 3,793 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 169 newly identified cases on Friday. It is the 15th day in the last 17 that the single-day total has been more than 100 with four days of more than 200 as the anticipated peak is still expected next week. ...

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Mississippi gov forms coronavirus economic recovery group

Mississippi’s governor has formed a commission of private-sector business leaders tasked with making recommendations on how the state can economically recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Tate Reeves announced the creation of the Governor’s Commission for Economic Recovery, also called Restart Mississippi, on Tuesday. The 17-member task force is chaired by Joe Sanderson, CEO of the poultry company Sanderson Farms, ...

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Committee chooses new president for Hinds Community College

An educator from Kentucky will become the next president of Hinds Community College in Mississippi. A search committee at Hinds announced Thursday that has chosen Stephen Vacik to begin the job July 1. He will succeed Clyde Muse, who is retiring after 42 years as president. Vacik is president of Maysville Community and Technical College in Maysville, Kentucky. He was president of ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — U.S. Supreme Court takes on Insanity

On March 23, 2020, while the average American pointed fingers over the spread of COVID-19 and reassessed his or her own mortality, a sequestered U.S. Supreme Court quietly released four opinions.  In keeping with the times and deviating from tradition, the opinions appeared only online rather than being first announced ceremoniously in a robed ritual. One opinion, Kahler v. Kansas ...

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