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Mississippi working to expand hospital capacity for virus

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that hospitals in the state have about 3,000 beds, and projections show that almost 400 more beds will be needed when the state reaches is peak of the coronavirus outbreak in the next few weeks. He said officials are working on a system to send the sickest patients to larger, better equipped hospitals. He said ...

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Outbreak: Mississippi gets disaster declaration to speed aid

Mississippi on Sunday become the latest U.S. state declared a major disaster area by President Donald Trump amid the new coronavirus outbreak, giving the state access to more federal assistance to confront the pandemic. Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves announced Friday that he has asked Trump to issue a major disaster declaration for Mississippi because of the coronavirus, in order to ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Trump changes tune, but will his followers?

Personal freedom stands as the most liberal innovation of human civilization. How ironic that it stands as a key political manifesto of today’s conservative movement in America. Adopting the mantra that limited government empowers personal freedom, conservative groups for the past two decades have been promoting the need to tear down what they see as over-reaching government authority. Donald Trump became their ...

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Mississippi withholds some health prep info about virus

Mississippi residents are unlikely to find out how many ventilators are available in the state to respond to the coronavirus pandemic because the Health Department is withholding that information. The state health officer, Dr. Thomas Dobbs, said this week that Mississippi has plenty of ventilators available, but officials are concerned about the demand increasing in coming weeks as more people test positive ...

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Mississippi Lottery making Powerball changes

The Powerball Product Group of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), of which the Mississippi Lottery Corporation (MLC) is a voting member, announced the decision to determine Powerball’s advertised jackpot based on game sales and interest rates following the April 8, 2020 drawing. After the April 8 drawing, Powerball will no longer offer guaranteed starting jackpot amounts and minimum jackpot increases. ...

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FRIDAY — Mississippi reports record 181 new cases of Coronavirus, 1,358 total with 29 dead

Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 1,358 after the Mississippi Health Department reported a record 181 newly identified cases on Friday morning. There have been 29 total deaths (3 new) 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, ...

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THURSDAY — Mississippi reports 104 new cases of Coronavirus, 1,177 total with 26 dead

Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 1,177 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 104 newly identified cases on Thursday morning. There have been 26 total deaths (4 new) 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, ...

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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 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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2nd Mississippi rep resigns over pension and pay dispute

A Mississippi lawmaker is resigning as of Tuesday because he will not be able to collect his state government pension while serving in the state House. Republican Rep. Billy Andrews of Purvis is the second House member to resign for this reason since the four-year term started in January. Republican Rep. Ramona Blackledge of Laurel stepped down Jan. 31. Andrews is a ...

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