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Analysis: More jail review sought over coronavirus concerns

The coronavirus pandemic is prompting the Mississippi attorney general and the state public defender to seek a temporary change in rules governing the criminal justice system. The goal is to require more frequent judicial review of conditions for pretrial detainees — people being held in county jails as they wait to go before a grand jury or to trial. Many ...

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Mississippi nearing 100 virus deaths, more cases confirmed

Many Mississippi churches held online services Sunday to celebrate Easter and to help people maintain distance from one another to try to slow the spread of the new coronavirus as the state’s death toll from COVID-19 approaches 100. The Rev. S.V. Adolph Jr., pastor of First Missionary Baptist Church Handsboro said on Facebook live that he misses greeting and embracing ...

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SATURDAY — Mississippi reports single-day high of 11 deaths, 173 new cases of Coronavirus, 2,642 total

Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 2,642 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 173 newly identified cases on Saturday morning. It is the ninth day in the last 11 that the single-day total has been more than 100 but the first in three days that is less than 200 as the anticipated peak is still more ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Home, not so alone

There is something ancient about all of this. There is an invisible killer threatening everyone, regardless of where you live. In the ghetto, on the street, in a gated community, in the city, the countryside, north, south, east or west. It is as old as the plagues of the Middle Ages. And older. Instead of the blood of a lamb ...

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BRIAN ESTES — What impact will COVID-19 have on commercial real estate.

As I’m writing this column, my family and I have quarantined ourselves in our home with limited trips to the store, office and to see extended family. Unfortunately, both of my parents are recovering from cancer so I have not been able to visit either one of them for fear that I might possibly bring the virus unknowingly to them.  ...

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Mississippi jobless claims up; Greenville restricts worship

Mississippi, like other states, continues to see a steep rise in the number of people seeking temporary unemployment benefits as more businesses close their doors or furlough workers during the coronavirus pandemic. “This is a public health crisis, but it is also an economic crisis,” Gov. Tate Reeves said Thursday. Reeves and Mississippi Department of Employment Security director Jackie Turner ...

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Cleveland newspaper closing after long loss of ad revenue

A newspaper in the Mississippi Delta is closing at the end of April because of economic difficulties exacerbated by the loss of advertising income to social media sites, its owner says. The Bolivar Commercial has been in business for 104 years in Cleveland, Mississippi. It currently publishes a print edition on Wednesdays and Fridays. Lee Walls is president and CEO ...

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FRIDAY — Mississippi reports 6 more deaths 209 new cases of Coronavirus, 2,469 total

Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 2,469 after the Mississippi Health Department reported a record 209 newly identified cases on Friday morning. It is the second consecutive day new cases reported have been more than 200 as the anticipated peak is still more than a week away. There have been 6 total deaths (down from Thursday’s ...

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Mississippi nonprofits finding new ways to help communities

By LISA MONTI Organizations and nonprofits working to help community members of all ages are working remotely as they try to maintain contact during this stay-at-home pandemic. The arrangements aren’t ideal but managers say they’re making good use of technology to carry out their missions. The Court Appointed Special Advocates of Hancock County  work with abused and neglected children in ...

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Baptist Clinics offering online and telephone-based care for patients

Baptist Medical Group clinics in the Jackson area are offering several options for patients to contact their physician remotely without leaving home or traveling. The service provides a benefit to those patients needing medical care, but are social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic. Patients can reach health care providers at Baptist Medical Group clinics in several ways, including video ...

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