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Analysis: Mississippi prisons nominee faces Senate scrutiny

The nominee to lead Mississippi’s troubled prison system, Burl Cain, spent 21 years as warden of Louisiana’s Angola penitentiary, resigning in early 2016 amid ethics questions about how public money was spent during his tenure. Advocates for inmates’ rights have also condemned his work. “Burl Cain left a legacy of corruption, cruelty and callous disregard for the human lives in ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — More help needed to keep nursing home residents safe

Mississippians trust the care of precious loved ones to many wonderful nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. But, the COVID-19 pandemic has raised concerns. While 13% of the state’s virus cases occurred in long-term care facilities, they had 50% of deaths (the national average is about 33%). More specifically, through May 21 there had been 1,627 cases reported at ...

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Mississippi State Port director leaving for job in Florida

The director who has overseen expansion of the Mississippi State Port of Gulfport in recent years is resigning June 30 to accept a job in Florida. Jonathan Daniels will become the chief executive officer and executive director at Port Everglades in Broward County. He said he will be moving closer to three of his four children. The Sun Herald reported that ...

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ROSS REILY: Just wear the damn masks

Okay, Mississippians, its time to make a change. News this week came that scientists found the coronavirus’ transmission rate via respiratory droplets or airborne particles dropped by as much as 75% when masks were used.  I really didn’t need this study to know that if we wear masks in public, the chances of passing on Covid-19 will drop. But wearing ...

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Friday’s 402 new Coronavirus cases second highest state number since pandemic began

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 12,624 after the Mississippi Health Department reported a near record 402 newly identified cases on Friday. It is the 44th consecutive day (46 of 47) that the single-day total has been more than 100 with 29 days of more than 200 and nine days of 300 or ...

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OP-ED — Community colleges leading the way out of this national crisis

By Dr. Andrea Mayfield, Tom Downs, Dawn Erlandson Community colleges in Mississippi and nationwide have responded quickly to the COVID-19 pandemic, making contributions to enhance capabilities of emergency responders and health care professionals.  Two-year public colleges have the unique capability to re-skill the workforce as Mississippi and the nation prepare to return to productivity after the pandemic subsides. Following the ...

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Krebs promoted at Community Bank

Amanda Krebs has recently been named Assistant Vice President for Community Bank. A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Krebs recently served as a Loan Officer and has been in banking for seven years. In her new role, Krebs will continue to manage the Spillway office, as well as, continue to grow and maintain a loan and deposit portfolio. Krebs is a ...

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Colleges and universities will resume “traditional operations” in the fall

Mississippi Today Colleges and universities will resume “traditional operations” in fall of 2020, the Board of  Trustees of Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning voted on Thursday. The IHL Board, which oversees all of Mississippi’s eight public colleges and universities, passed this resolution unanimously and without discussion. Contributed by the Institutions of Higher Learning Al Rankins, Commissioner of Higher Education. Commissioner ...

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Some Mississippi casinos reopen after 2-month virus hiatus

Some casinos in Mississippi reopened Thursday for the first time in two months, following state guidelines to try to mitigate the spread of the new coronavirus. At least three dozen people stood in line waiting to get into WaterView Casino in Vicksburg as it opened. A manager came outside to do a countdown until opening. Customers were allowed to enter ...

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Millsaps College taps Beth Clarke as vice president of enrollment

Millsaps College has selected Beth Clarke, current senior executive director of admissions strategy and counseling at Sweet Briar College, as vice president of enrollment. Clarke will lead the admission and financial aid efforts at Millsaps, and spearhead the college’s comprehensive efforts to grow and sustain enrollment. Clarke will begin her new role at Millsaps on July 6. “I am thrilled ...

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