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Hattiesburg Clinic featured in the New England Journal of Medicine

Hattiesburg Clinic was recognized by the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) for its creative and innovative response to managing the COVID-19 outbreak by creating outside partnerships and sourcing solutions locally in the midst of the pandemic. When confronted with a shortage of COVID-19 test kits, Hattiesburg Clinic partnered with Forrest General Hospital and the University of Southern Mississippi to ...

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Cooper Tire to begin process of reopening plants next week

After being closed for five weeks, the Cooper Tire plant in Tupelo will start the process of reopening next week. The plant, which opened in 1984, employs some 1,300 workers. Cooper officials announced today that its manufacturing plants in the U.S. and Serbia “will begin the process of reopening and ramping up production next week.” U.S. plant locations include Findlay, ...

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THURSDAY — Covid-19 cases top 5,000 as state reports 8 new deaths and 259 new infections

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 5,153 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 259 newly identified cases on Thursday. It is the 21st day in the last 23 that the single-day total has been more than 100 with eight days of more than 200 and one day of 300 as the anticipated peak ...

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26 million have sought US jobless aid since virus hit

More than 4.4 million laid-off workers applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week as job cuts escalated across an economy that remains all but shut down, the government said Thursday. Roughly 26 million people have now filed for jobless aid in the five weeks since the coronavirus outbreak began forcing millions of employers to close their doors. About one in ...

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Study: Mississippians receiving largest stimulus checks

Home value data collector Ownerly in a study found that Mississippians are receiving, on average, the largest stimulus checks in the country. The company’s Stimulus Check Impact Index used US Census data to show that Mississippi families will be receiving the largest stimulus checks in the country worth on average $2,659 per family, which is 40% higher than families in ...

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Festival for king of rock ‘n’ roll goes virtual amid virus

The switch to virtual events during the coronavirus pandemic includes a festival honoring the king of rock ‘n’ roll. Organizers for the Tupelo Elvis Festival in Mississippi announced Wednesday the music event slated to be held in June will now be a virtual gathering. “The health and safety of our patrons is most important, but we are excited to share our festival ...

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Patience of commercial landlords to get summertime tests

PUMMELED IN MARCH, MISSISSIPPI RETAILERS BRACE FOR HISTORICALLY BAD MAY   By TED CARTER The period through the end of May is likely to determine the course commercial property landlords take in addressing tenants tardy on rent after government-ordered shutdowns over the coronavirus pandemic. “The next 40 days are absolutely critical,” said Brian Estes, a Jackson real estate investment specialist ...

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Five airlines submit bids for Tupelo Regional Airport

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal Air service has seen a remarkable turnaround in Tupelo the past four years under Nashville-based Contour Airlines, reaching passenger boardings unseen in a decade. “It’s good to see so many interested in service in Tupelo,” said airport Executive Director Cliff Nash. The current contract expires Sept. 30, and four other airlines are proposing to ...

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TODD SMITH — Virtually all Americans impacted by Coronavirus

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise and schools, workplaces and public gathering spaces across the United States remain closed, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that the coronavirus outbreak is having profound impacts on the personal lives of Americans in a variety of ways. Nearly nine-in-ten U.S. adults say their life has changed at least a little as a ...

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Mississippi gov hints at reopening some businesses next week

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Wednesday that he expects to take steps next week in a gradual reopening of the state’s economy during the coronavirus pandemic. He didn’t specify what those will be, but said he’s taking advice from public health experts. He also said he recognizes that people face economic hardships. “I’ve said it before and I will say ...

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