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BREAKING: Reeves issues statewide stay-home order amid virus

“Every day, for the last several weeks, I have asked our health experts whether it is time for the ultimate action of a “shelter in place” order statewide. Yesterday, for the first time, we got the answer we had been anticipating. They told me we are now at the point in Mississippi’s cycle where such drastic restrictions are required. Today ...

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Mississippi auto sellers dealing with ‘moving target’ of spreading virus

By JACK WEATHERLY Auto dealerships have been declared an essential business by Gov. Tate Reeves. But that does not mean they are getting a free ride. In fact, their road is getting bumpier as the potentially fatal corona virus pandemic spreads across all 50 states, and the rest of the world. CarMax, the nation’s largest used-car dealer, has temporarily shut ...

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State’s banks adapting business model to deal with COVID-19

By LYNN LOFTON Banks, like all businesses, are adapting their business model to the reality of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. For some that means giving special consideration to customers who miss loan payments due to unemployment. Another change is limiting transactions to drive-through windows and inside banking by appointment. One of those financial institutions making a change is Gulfport ...

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WEDNESDAY — Mississippi reports a record 136 new cases of Coronavirus, 1,073 total with 22 dead

Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 1,073 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 136 newly identified cases on Wednesday morning. There have been 22 total deaths reported, 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, Harrison County, ...

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BancPlus completes acquisition of State Bank and Trust

BancPlus Corp., parent of BankPlus, announced on Wednesday the completion of its previously announced acquisition of State Capital Corp., parent of State Bank and Trust Company. The BankPlus acquisition creates the state’s sixth-largest bank based in Mississippi, with 80 branches throughout Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. As of Dec. 31, 2019, the combined company has approximately $4.1 billion in assets, deposits ...

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Louisiana spillway may open for record 3rd consecutive year

A major flood control structure on the Mississippi River may have to soon be opened up to ease pressure on New Orleans levees, federal authorities said Tuesday. The river is expected to crest above 17 feet (5.2 meters) at a key New Orleans gauge as early as Friday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in a news release. That ...

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Sheriff: Suspect’s mother among 6 arrested in fatal shooting

The fatal shooting of a Mississippi man led to the arrests of six people, including the mother of one of the suspects. John Michael Ross Berryman, 21, was found shot on Friday along a state highway in Prentiss County, Sheriff Randy Tolar said in a statement Monday. Berryman was pronounced dead on the scene, news outlets reported. Trakendric Neal Young, 18, was ...

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Mississippi alters probation check-in because of virus

The Mississippi Department of Corrections is temporarily stopping in-person check-ins for people on probation, parole, house arrest or other forms of community supervision. It’s part of an effort to control the spread of the new coronavirus. The department said in a news release Tuesday that instead of going to an office, people under supervision should check in by phone, email ...

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Moss promoted to CEO of Merit Health Jackson market

Healthcare executive Barry Moss has been promoted to the role of chief executive officer for Merit Health’s Jackson Market. Moss currently serves as CEO of Merit Health Central, and will continue in this position, which he has held for the past three years. In his expanded role, Moss will have oversight for Merit Health Rankin, Merit Health River Oaks and ...

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Mississippi gov issues stay-home order for 1 of 82 counties

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves issued his first stay-at-home order Tuesday against the new coronavirus, but it is only for one of the state’s 82 counties. Reeves said Lauderdale County, on the state line with Alabama, has seen a recent rapid increase in positive tests for the highly contagious virus. The mayor of Gulfport, meanwhile, set what he calls a “safer at ...

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