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Mississippi gives virus info by age and place but not race

The Mississippi State Department of Health has not released statistics showing the race of people testing positive or dying from the new coronavirus, but a top official says he thinks black residents have been disproportionately affected, as they have been in some other states. “The early indications are, we’re seeing similar here in Mississippi — that it is impacting the African ...

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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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House passes $2.2T rescue package, rushes it to Trump

Acting swiftly in an extraordinary time, the House rushed President Donald Trump a $2.2 trillion rescue package Friday, tossing a life preserver to a U.S. economy and health care system left flailing by the coronavirus pandemic. The House approved the sweeping measure by voice vote, as strong majorities of both parties lined up behind the most colossal economic relief bill in the ...

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THE QUIET CRISIS — Opioid use and abuse have resulted in widespread deaths, costs across the nation 

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi has suffered the impact of the overprescribing and abuse of opioids for relief of pain – which has become a major health and fiscal crisis across the country. While the world is bracing itself for the possibility of an epidemic of the coronavirus, the opioid crisis has been established for years. It has done so in ...

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BENJAMIN WATSON — Thinking Ahead: Impact of Coronavirus on commercial transactions

As coronavirus concerns escalate, businesses should be alert to the emerging commercial challenges from potential disruptions related to its existence, spread and containment.  Suppliers may delay delivery of products, raw materials or other supplies, be unable to perform contractual obligations, or even try to charge higher prices.  Businesses, in turn, may have difficulty or be unable to meet contractual requirements ...

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Mississippi reps win; Espy to face Hyde-Smith

Mississippi held party primaries Tuesday to choose nominees for a U.S. Senate seat and four congressional seats: U.S. SENATE Mike Espy won the Democratic nomination, easily defeating two challengers. He will face Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Libertarian candidate Jimmy Edwards in November. Hyde-Smith is an ally of President Donald Trump. She was appointed to serve temporarily when Republican Sen. ...

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Joe Biden has another big primary night, wins Mississippi, 3 more states

Joe Biden decisively won Michigan’s Democratic presidential primary, seizing a key battleground state that helped propel Bernie Sanders’ insurgent candidacy four years ago. The former vice president’s victory there, as well as in Missouri, Mississippi and Idaho, dealt a serious blow to Sanders and substantially widened Biden’s path to the nomination. Biden again showed strength Tuesday with working-class voters and ...

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Dems in Mississippi primary seek candidate to disrupt Trump

Voters in Mississippi’s Democratic presidential primary Tuesday were choosing between former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, with some saying they see Biden as the best bet to unseat President Donald Trump and others saying they want big changes promised by Sanders. “Anybody who can beat Trump, I’m voting for him,” said retired federal government employee John Walters, ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Reeves must do more than build on the past

Running for governor, Tate Reeves touted the successes achieved over eight years with Phil Bryant as governor and himself as Lt. Governor. “All of these (good) things don’t just happen,” Reeves told the Delta Business Journal. “It happens because conservative public policy works. I’m running for governor to continue to invest in our priorities and to continue to make Mississippi ...

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