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Molina Healthcare of Mississippi announces nearly $50,000 to fund purchase of personal protective equipment

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Molina Healthcare of Mississippi (“Molina”) is committing nearly $50,000 for the purchase of personal protective equipment (“PPE”) to help protect health care professionals and those in need during the coronavirus pandemic. Molina is aiding its provider partners most impacted by low and in some cases, depleted, PPE supply by donating more than 17,000 3-ply masks, ...

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Where’s the beef? Production shutdown leads to shortages

The effects of the coronavirus pandemic have moved beyond meat processing plants and are now hitting dinner plates. Several U.S. production plants have been temporarily shuttered in the last two weeks after hundreds of workers were sickened by the virus. That has led to meat shortages, with Wendy’s pulling some burgers off its menus and Costco limiting pork sales. Fake meat companies, ...

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State’s income tax deadline pushed to July 15

The Mississippi Department of Revenue announced today that Mississippi has extended the date due for filing income tax returns and making first quarter and second quarter estimated payments to July 15. This comes after consultation with Gov. Tate Reeves, Lt. Gov. Delbert Hoseman and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. This extension applies to individual income tax returns, corporate ...

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Mississippi legislators to consider virus aid to businesses

Mississippi legislators will be back at work Thursday to consider proposals to help businesses that have been hurt by the coronavirus outbreak, House and Senate leaders said Tuesday. It will be the second time in less than a week for legislators to return to the Capitol after putting their session on hold in mid-March because of the pandemic. They passed a bill Friday ...

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TODD SMITH — Make your Coronavirus news pitch perfect

When pitching story ideas to journalists during the COVID-19 crisis, PR pros should use email, find local news angles and make experts available for video interviews, according to Cision’s “2020 State of the Media Report,” released on April 21. The PR software company’s 11th-annual report, which surveyed more than 3,200 journalists from 15 countries, includes a follow-up section on how ...

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Auditor: Favre received welfare money for no-show speeches

A nonprofit group caught up in an embezzlement scheme in Mississippi used federal welfare money to pay former NFL quarterback Brett Favre $1.1 million for multiple speaking engagements but Favre did not show up for the events, the state auditor said Monday. Details about payments to Favre are included in an audit of the Mississippi Department of Human Services. State ...

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Swift, deep declines ahead for Mississippi economy but rebound seen for 2021

SPRING OUTLOOK IS FOR 30.4% DROP IN STATE GDP THIS QUARTER By TED CARTER The spring 2020 outlook for Mississippi’s economy is for a dire near-term future as the coronavirus pandemic continues its ghastly spread. By the time Mississippi rings in the New Year, around 73,000 of its residents will have lost jobs, for a 6.3 percent increase in overall ...

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Restaurants turn to neighborhoods during downturn

By JACK WEATHERLY Some restaurants have taken deliveries one step further by making visits to neighborhoods. The strategy is enabling them to partially offset losses due to the corona virus pandemic lockdown And some of them may continue to use the strategy after the pandemic passes. Penn’s even prepares its fish and chicken on site. Penn’s, which was founded by ...

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TUESDAY — Single-day high of 32 new deaths as state reports 330 new cases of Coronavirus

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 8,207 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 248 newly identified cases on Tuesday. It is the 28th day in the last 30 (21st consecutive) that the single-day total has been more than 100 with 12 days of more than 200 and four days of 300 or more ...

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Ingalls gets $187.5 million contract with Navy

Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula has received a $187.46 million advance procurement contract from the U.S. Navy to provide long-lead-time material and advance procurement activities for amphibious assault ship LHA 9. “This contract allows us to maintain the health of our critical nationwide shipbuilding supplier base while continuing our serial production of large-deck amphibs,” Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias said in ...

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