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BILL CRAWFORD — Respect and common sense needed, not spit and aggression

As the COVID-19 virus and behavior restrictions linger, frustrations grow, spawning irresponsible reactions by some. An angry man spewed a glob of spit onto the mask of a Presbyterian minister out shopping in Jackson. In Michigan a man wiped his nose and mouth on a store clerk’s shirt when he was told to wear a mask. Also in Michigan a ...

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Mississippi hospital lays off 250 to offset COVID-19 losses

The University of Mississippi Medical Center has laid off 250 employees to offset financial losses due to the coronavirus pandemic. Hospital leaders said the facility is projecting more than a $100 million deficit through September. The hospital outlined the reductions in a memo sent to employees Wednesday, news outlets reported. Other steps put in place to counter the financial situation ...

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Covid-19 deaths near 700 with 23 more announced on Thursday

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 14,372 after the Mississippi Health Department reported a near record 328 newly identified cases on Thursday. It is the 50th consecutive day (53 of 54) that the single-day total has been more than 100 with 35 days of more than 200 (10 consecutive) and 12 days of ...

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Coronavirus cases soar past 14,000 in state as 18 more deaths are reported

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 14,044 after the Mississippi Health Department reported a near record 313 newly identified cases on Wednesday. It is the 49th consecutive day (52 of 53) that the single-day total has been more than 100 with 34 days of more than 200 (nine consecutive) and 11 days of ...

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THURSDAY — 255 new Coronavirus cases and 10 new deaths are reported

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 12,222 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 255 newly identified cases on Thursday. It is the 43rd consecutive day (45 of 46) that the single-day total has been more than 100 with 28 days of more than 200 and eight days of 300 or more and one ...

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Nearly 39 million have sought US jobless aid since virus hit

More than 2.4 million people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week in the latest wave of layoffs from the viral outbreak that triggered widespread business shutdowns two months ago and sent the economy into a deep recession. Roughly 38.6 million people have now filed for jobless aid since the coronavirus forced millions of businesses to close their doors and ...

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Dems question judicial nominee about past partisan remarks

Democratic members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday repeatedly asked a federal appeals court nominee from Mississippi about derisive comments he made in newspaper opinion pieces and on social media about former President Barack Obama and his signature health care legislation. “Did you call the passage of the Affordable Care Act ‘perverse’ and ‘illegitimate’ and say that (you) ...

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Mississippi gov OKs business grants from virus relief fund

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Wednesday that he is signing a bill that creates a $300 million grant program for small businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. Legislators passed the bill with broad bipartisan support last week, using part of the $1.25 billion Mississippi has received from a federal relief package. Republican Reeves and his staff helped write the legislation, but the ...

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Judge nominated as Mississippi public safety commissioner

Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Sean Tindell of Gulfport is in line to become the new public safety commissioner in Mississippi. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves announced his nomination of Tindell on Wednesday. It must be confirmed by the state Senate. Tindell served as a Republican in the Senate from 2012 until he was appointed to the bench by then-Gov. Phil ...

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Ex-Louisiana warden chosen to lead Mississippi prisons

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Wednesday that he is nominating a former warden of Louisiana’s Angola prison to take charge of the Mississippi prison system that is under federal investigation and has struggled for years with tight budgets, short staffing and shoddy living conditions. During his 21-year tenure at Angola, Cain was credited with improving conditions and decreasing violence. He ...

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