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MONDAY: 251 new Coronavirus cases reported with 5 new deaths

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 15,752 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 251 newly identified cases on Monday. It is the 54th consecutive day (57 of 58) that the single-day total has been more than 100 with 39 days of more than 200 (14 consecutive) and 14 days of 300 or more ...

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Baker Donelson named a Winner of 2nd Annual USA Middle Market M&A Atlas Awards

Baker Donelson was named a winner in the 2nd Annual USA Middle Market Atlas Awards. The awards, presented by the Global M&A Network, recognize the achievements of influential dealmakers and leaders, outstanding firms and the best growth-delivering transactions. Baker Donelson was honored in the “Deal of the Year” category for its work in the acquisition of STR, Inc. by CoStar Group, ...

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JSU facilities leader earns 2nd scholarship from renowned Association of Physical Plant Administrators

La’Kitha Hughes, associate director for Jackson State University’s Facilities and Construction Management has been awarded a scholarship to attend the Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA) Institute for Facilities Management Leadership Academy. This is her second consecutive award from the APPA. “When I received the email notification that I had been selected as a recipient for a scholarship from SRAPPA ...

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Jackson State engineers improvise slopes made of Yazoo Clay that’s blamed for costly erosions on highways

Two Jackson State University civil engineers, along with graduate students, from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering have been working on Mississippi highway slopes with notorious Yazoo clay. Dr. Sadik Khan  and Dr. Farshad Amini from the College of Science, Engineering and Technology have been leading a project funded by the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT). They’re studying six ...

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Jackson State University ranks in the top 10 among 50 HBCUs

Jackson State University is a top ten HBCU, according to a recent report by Collegeconsensus.com. The site describes itself as an essential tool for students in search of a college or university that best fits a variety of needs, i.e., support and inclusion, inspirational and challenging academic environment, or networking opportunities. Of the 50 HBCUs listed, JSU is firmly cemented in ...

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Reopened Mississippi casinos made more this Memorial Day

Mississippi’s casinos reopened just in time for the Memorial Day weekend and what a weekend it was. Casinos raked in $5 million more than Memorial Day weekend 2019, when they won $28.9 million in gaming revenue, the Mississippi Gaming Commission reported Thursday. That increase was without the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi — the state’s largest casino — ...

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Mississippi emergency leaders: Add masks to hurricane prep

Emergency management officials in Mississippi say that as coastal states face a double threat from hurricane season and the new coronavirus, people need to add masks and other personal protective gear to their severe weather preparation kits. Shelters will be open, with new guidance to allow more space per person. Mississippi has already dealt with helping displaced people during the ...

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Analysis: Budget writing complicated by pandemic revenue dip

Mississippi tax collections were robust for the first several months of the budget year that started last July 1. Then the coronavirus pandemic struck, businesses were hobbled by government shutdown orders and the economy started to sputter. On the status of state tax collections, Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn recently told The Associated Press: “We clearly got hammered in April ...

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Nationwide Plastics Brandon is now Curbell Plastics Jackson

Curbell Plastics, Inc., one of the nation’s top suppliers of plastic sheet, rod, tube, tapes, and fabricated parts, acquired Nationwide Plastics, Inc. with three locations on August 26, 2019. The Brandon, Mississippi location operating as Nationwide Plastics, Inc. a division of Curbell Plastics, Inc. has officially become Curbell Plastics Jackson. “Fully integrating this location and team as Curbell Plastics Jackson will ...

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Forest banker elected Treasurer of Mississippi Young Bankers

Drew Kenna, of Bank of Forest, Forest, has been elected to serve as treasurer of Mississippi Young Bankers, a section of the Mississippi Bankers Association. Since 1950, Mississippi Young Bankers has been active in providing leadership development activities and supporting financial literacy programs of the MBA and its member banks. MYB members are involved in administering scholarship programs for high ...

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