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‘Slap in the face’: Columbus DA rips AG Lynn Fitch for dropping charges against white officer who killed black man

BY ALEX ROZIER  | MISSISSIPPI TODAY The district attorney in Columbus, a predominantly African American city of about 20,000, called Attorney General Lynn Fitch’s decision last week to dismiss 2015 charges brought after a black man was killed in an officer-involved shooting a “slap in the face.” District Attorney Scott Colom initially transferred the case from his office to the state in 2016 to put ...

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All Mississippi businesses allowed to reopen amid virus

All types of Mississippi businesses were being allowed to reopen Monday as Gov. Tate Reeves lifted his final orders that had closed them for several weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic. The openings were taking place even as virus case numbers continued to climb. The state health officer, Dr. Thomas Dobbs, said Monday that during the weekend, Mississippi saw its highest usage ...

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Mississippi state senator stepping down at end of June

A state lawmaker from north Mississippi said Monday that he will resign June 30. Republican Sen. Gary Jackson of French Camp has served in the Legislature since 2004. His district is in Choctaw, Montgomery, Oktibbeha and Webster counties.qa Jackson, 69, is a pastor and residential appraiser. He’s serving this term as chairman of the Senate Municipalities Committee. His Senate colleagues gave him ...

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Report: Half-billion gallons of raw sewage leaked into river

Nearly half a billion gallons of raw sewage leaked into the Pearl River in the first three months of 2020, according to a quarterly report released by the city of Jackson, Mississippi. Now, an organization focused on clean water is urging city and state leaders to issue a new advisory on the contents of the water, news outlets reported. Overflows ...

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WBA Architecture welcomes Nico Forlenza

The partners of WBA Architecture recently announced the addition of Nico Forlenza as Project Coordinator. Forlenza joins the firm with over five years of experience at firms in Alabama, Tennessee, and Texas, including Stacy Norman, Gresham Smith, and SHM Architects. He is a graduate of Auburn University’s School of Architecture. “We are excited to welcome Nico to our growing team,” ...

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Galloway joins Stone County Economic Development Partnership Chamber Division

Stone County Economic Development Partnership (SCEDP) – Chamber Division, a leader in supporting and developing local businesses, headquartered in Wiggins, recently announced the addition of Shyra Galloway as Chamber Division Administrator. Galloway will be responsible for coordinating and executing small business programs, projects and serve as Chair of the Stone County Chamber Task Force. Galloway will also take lead in ...

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Memorial names Senior Director, Human Resources

Memorial Hospital in Gulfport has named Sandra Vincent, as Senior Director, Human Resources. Vincent joined Memorial in 2017 with more than 20 years’ experience. In her role, as Senior Director, she will provide leadership and direction to the Talent Acquisition, Workforce Readiness, Performance Management and Employee Relations teams. Vincent received her Master’s in Business Administration from WP Carey School of Business from Arizona ...

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Memorial names Pierce and Juzang as vice presidents

Memorial Hospital at Gulfport recently promoted Chas Pierce, MPH, to Vice President, System Development, and Angie Juzang to Vice President of Marketing and Community Relations. In his new role, Pierce will grow Memorial market share by developing relationships with external entities, as well as expanding the telehealth program. He has 14 years of healthcare management experience in revenue cycle, outpatient clinics, ambulatory surgery centers, and operations. Pierce most recently served as Senior Director, System Development. He received his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, and his Master of Public Health, with an emphasis in Healthcare Administration, from the University of Southern Mississippi. Juzang ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Real Estate Realisms

In this column, we will introduce you to REALisms. What is a REALism and what does it have to do with real estate? A REALism is a phrase, saying, or words of wisdom that captures a truism about real estate. It is a statement that is based on self-evidence or factual evidence. and is accepted as an obvious truth in ...

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Tate Reeves: Protests good, but no place for agitators

Protesters marched in Mississippi’s capital city on Monday, with some stopping to lie on the ground outside Jackson’s main police station to remember George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes. Other protests took place during the weekend in Oxford, Biloxi, Jackson and other parts of Mississippi. ...

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