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States suspending standardized tests as schools close

Closing schools to combat the spread of the coronavirus is having a sweeping impact on an annual rite of spring: the standardized tests that are dreaded by millions of students and teachers alike. Several states have canceled standardized testing for this academic year as they face school closures that could last weeks or months. The tests were scheduled to begin ...

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Mississippi’s bankers convention canceled

The Mississippi Bankers Association Board of Directors has canceled the 2020 MBA convention scheduled for May 13-15 in Sandestin, Fla. The scheduled dates are just outside of the federal Center for Disease Control’s recommended eight-week ban of gatherings of more than 50 people, but according to the MBA “it’s too soon to tell what this pandemic will really bring to ...

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Nissan, Toyota to temporarily shut down

Nissan on Wednesday said it would halt production at its Canton facility and others in the U.S. for two weeks due to the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the Clarion Ledger. The production outage — affecting about 5,250 employees in Canton — will last from March 20 through April 6. “The company is taking this action to boost containment efforts where possible around the COVID-19 coronavirus,” ...

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Attorney: Mississippi jails not prepared for virus pandemic

Mississippi jails are not prepared to handle a coronavirus outbreak, and judges should consider releasing people who are waiting for trial on nonviolent crimes but cannot afford to post bail, a human rights attorney said. Cliff Johnson is director of the MacArthur Justice Center at the University of Mississippi law school. The center tracks jail and prison conditions, and it ...

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HUNTER ESTES — Coronavirus necessitates regulation reevaluation

As a deadly virus has spread across the nation, many of us have been forced to embrace alternative work and life patterns from those we previously occupied. Some of these strategies have been a bit alien, including remote work and the need for food delivery amidst self-isolation. Yet, in truth, we have been empowered to embrace innovation in this period. ...

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$122,000 approved for Tishomingo training center

The Tishomingo County School Board approved on Monday $122,000 as core funding for nearly $250,000 of improvements to the Tishomingo County Career and Technical Center. “The [center] is an excellent training program for young adults seeking promising and rewarding careers that don’t incur student debt,” said Eddie Boardwine chief operations officer for Mississippi Silicon LLC. Mississippi Silicon in conjunction with ...

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Mississippi Power customers to see rate decrease

Rates are going down for customers of Mississippi Power. The Mississippi Public Service Commission voted Tuesday to lower rates for customers in the state, starting with their next billing cycle, WLOX-TV reported. “The approval means a $2.48 reduction for residential customers using 1,000 kilowatt-hours of energy a month. The reduction will begin with April’s bills,” said Jeff Shepard, a spokesman ...

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Legislation seeks ‘level playing field’ for independent pharmacies

By JACK WEATHERLY A bill that says it is designed to level the playing field for independent pharmacies overwhelmingly passed the Mississippi House of Representatives and has been sent to the state Senate. House Bill 708, which would be known as the Pharmacy Benefits Prompt Pay Act, was approved by the House 115-3. It would cut the time allowed for ...

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Stock trading is halted again as S&P 500 index drops 7%

Stock trading has been halted for the fourth time this month Wednesday as S&P 500 drops 7%. Trading will resume in 15 minutes. The automatic circuit-breaker was triggered around 1 p.m. Eastern time as President Donald Trump and other officials were updating reporters on measures to combat the coronavirus. Markets have been highly volatile in recent weeks as the outbreak ...

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LYNN LOFTON — A personal look at this pandemic

Okay, so yes, this coronavirus is serious business and we’re all scared ’cause we’ve never seen anything like it before. But hello, there are some sort of nutty things about the reaction that I don’t understand. Like this thing about buying up all the toilet paper. What’s that about? It’s one of the few things that doesn’t come from China, ...

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