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VIP Cinema closed for good, hundreds laid off

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal NEW ALBANY – VIP Cinema Holdings Inc., after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month, has closed for good. The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that the company told its remaining employees that because of the coronavirus pandemic, it could not get the financing it needed to restructure. VIP, which was founded in ...

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Social distancing ignored in some Mississippi clubs, beaches

Some Mississippi cities are taking steps to break up parties in nightclubs and on beaches as people ignore Gov. Tate Reeves’s order to avoid gatherings to control the spread of the new coronavirus. One mayor, George Flaggs Jr. of Vicksburg, ordered child care centers in his city to close Monday for at least a week, setting a stricter standard than the ...

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Northpark Mall becomes a hall of echoes during pandemic

By JACK WEATHERLY You could play Frisbee golf in the biggest mall in Mississippi. There was virtually no business going on Saturday afternoon in the 958,000-square-foot mall on the Ridgeland side of County Line Road. Many of the mall’s 92 tenants were closed due to the corona virus pandemic. Others were open but had few customers. Dillard’s was open but ...

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Mississippi hospitals sue opioid makers and sellers

Eleven Mississippi hospitals have filed a civil suit in the Circuit Court of Hinds County against manufacturers, distributors and retailers of opioid-based drugs. Mississippi hospitals have been on the front lines fighting and treating the complications of addiction as the opioid crisis has reached epidemic levels. The Mississippi hospitals join more than 450 hospitals across the United States to file ...

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Neel-Schaffer names Cunningham engineer manager for Starkville office

Neel-Schaffer, Inc. has announced that John Cunningham, PE, has been promoted to the position of Senior Engineer Manager for the firm’s office in Starkville. Cunningham joined Neel-Schaffer in 2007 and has more than 25 years of experience as a Project Engineer and Project Manager for a wide variety of projects and disciplines. He is a Vice President with the firm ...

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TUESDAY — Mississippi reports 90 new cases of Coronavirus, 937 total with 20 dead

Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 937 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 90 newly identified cases on Tuesday morning. There have been 20 total deaths reported (4 new), the vast majority of which appear to have been with older patients with underlying conditions. Deaths have occurred in Amite County, Bolivar County, DeSoto County, Hancock County, ...

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Cal-Maine founder dies; egg company turns quarterly profit

By JACK WEATHERLY Cal-Maine Foods Inc. on Monday announced that Fred R. Adams, Jr., the company’s founder and chairman emeritus, died Sunday at the age of 88 following an extended illness. Adams founded Adams Egg Co. in 1957, which was the predecessor to Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., which incorporated in 1969. He served as chairman and CEO until 2012. Under his ...

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Oxford’s Tannehill: We’re going to enforce restrictions we have adopted and passed

Reeves’s order for minimum safeguards failed to note localities can set tougher standards     By TED CARTER Mayors and other local officials around Mississippi are cleaning up on aisle 7 after mishandled communications from new governor Tate Reeves’ last week left them a mess of confusion about covid-19 restrictions. As the reality of the pandemic and its economic consequences ...

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‘it’s easy to overlook the impact of COVID-19 on people with serious mental-health issues’

By JULIE WHITEHEAD / Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting Cortney Hood of Tupelo knows the coronavirus pandemic is rattling her. She can see it in her daily routine.  “My anxiety manifests more at turning off all the lights because that costs money, making everyone gets off the internet since that costs money, checking the cabinets 10 times a day, checking the ...

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Mississippi moves tax filing deadline to May 15

While taxpayers have gotten an extension until July 15 to file their federal taxes, they’ll only get a one-month reprieve from Mississippi. The Mississippi Department of Revenue said it was “aware of the new pressures on the business community and state governments” due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are committed to doing what we can to help provide relief and ...

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