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WEDNESDAY — 10 new deaths as state reports 178 new cases of Coronavirus, 4,894 total

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at xxxx after the Mississippi Health Department reported 238 newly identified cases on Wednesday. It is the 20th day in the last 22 that the single-day total has been more than 100 with seven days of more than 200 and one day of 300 as the anticipated peak ...

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Mississippi’s two big indie bookstores grab Grisham lifeline

By JACK WEATHERLY Independent bookstores are always facing changes in the marketplace that can threaten their very existence. First came the chains, then the Internet, which gained the upper hand over all booksellers. Then Amazon, which as the name suggests, has become the biggest retail bookseller in the world. Now the corona virus pandemic has cast an invisible net over ...

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For Engineer, work at Stennis Space Center ‘one of the coolest things’

Thom Rich is too young to remember when the first humans walked on the Moon in July 1969, but he does remember the space-related toys he played with as a child. He also remembers the launch of the first space shuttle – Columbia – in April 1981. “I was in the sixth grade, and they brought in televisions for us ...

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For U.S. Navy employee, Stennis Space Center experience put world in perspective

Steve Faber is a New York native through and through. He was born in Brooklyn, lived a short while in Islip on Long Island, grew up and lived his college years in Queens. Although he has worked for the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) at NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, for almost 34 years, he still remembers ...

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Hancock Whitney provides $1.7 Billion in SBA funds

During the two weeks during which federal dollars were available for the first round of the U.S. Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Hancock Whitney (Nasdaq:  HWC) provided $1.7 billion in SBA-approved funding for 4,893 loans to help local businesses and the people who work for them stay financially afloat amid the economic impacts of the novel coronavirus. Of ...

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Medical licensure board restricts out-of-state telemedicine doctors

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure threw open the door on March 15 for out-of-state physicians to practice telemedicine in the Magnolia State because of the corona virus pandemic. On March 24, the board revised its position by deciding that only out-of-state physicians with previously established doctor-patient relationships with Mississippians would be allowed to practice telemedicine. That has ...

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Main Street America finds up to 7.5 million small businesses in danger of closing permanently 

62 percent of surveyed small businesses in Mississippi at risk of permanent closure in five months  A new report published by Main Street America, founded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, reveals that nearly 7.5 million small businesses across the country are in danger of closing over the next five months as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Of ...

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Babski-Reeves named head of industrial and systems engineering at MSU

A well-respected leader in the fields of human factors and ergonomics has been selected as the new department head for industrial and systems engineering within Mississippi State University’s Bagley College of Engineering. Kari Babski-Reeves, a three-time Mississippi State engineering alumna, will officially begin her tenure as department head on July 1, 2020, pending approval of the State Board of Trustees, ...

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BancorpSouth: 1Q Earnings Snapshot

BancorpSouth Bank (BXS) on Monday reported first-quarter net income of $24.3 million. The Tupelo, Mississippi-based bank said it had earnings of 21 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, came to 33 cents per share. The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 23 cents per ...

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Small business lending program goes to 1.66 million

The Paycheck Protection Program’s $349 billion was snapped up in less than two weeks, with more than 1.66 million loans. Implemented on April 3, the PPP was part of the $2.1 trillion CARES Act which sought to add a financial stimulus to taxpayers and small businesses alike. But the plan was not without controversy as some large companies received PPP ...

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