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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.

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Mississippi Mayor Flouts Calls to Resign Over Floyd Comments

Petal Mayor Hal Marx, who sparked outrage when he said he “didn’t see anything unreasonable” about the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, is resisting calls to resign, ...

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Job Losses Continue to Mount in US Despite Reopenings

The coronavirus crisis threw at least 2.1 million Americans out of work last week despite the gradual reopening of businesses around the country, stoking fears Thursday that the scourge is ...

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Mississippi Legislators Could Extend Their Disrupted Session

The Republican-led Mississippi Legislature is working to extend its session that has already been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Judge: Health Department Must Respond to Public Records Request

A Mississippi judge ruled Tuesday that the state Health Department must respond to a newspaper's public records request about long-term care facilities where outbreaks of the new coronavirus have occurred.

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Mississippi Universities Told to Prep for In-Person Classes

A governing board is asking leaders of Mississippi's eight public universities to prepare for at least some classes on campus during the fall semester, even amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Aimee Nezhukumatathil, a University of Mississippi professor who has published four collections of poetry, has been named a Guggenheim Fellow.

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Sean Tindell

Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Sean Tindell of Gulfport is in line to become the new public safety commissioner in Mississippi.

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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.

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Mississippi Church Suing on Virus Restrictions Burns Down

A church in Mississippi was destroyed by a suspected arson fire, about a month after its pastor filed a lawsuit challenging the city of Holly Springs on gathering restrictions amid ...

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Mississippi Governor 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.

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Voting Rights Advocates Criticize US Appeals Court Nominee

The American Bar Association is rating a Mississippi judge as “well qualified,” but Cory Wilson's federal appeals court nomination is drawing opposition from advocates for voting rights, expanded access to ...

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Oprah Winfrey Gives Grants to ‘Home’ Cities During Pandemic

Oprah Winfrey is giving grants to the cities she’s called home through her $12 million coronavirus relief fund.

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$9M in Highway Contracts Set from Mississippi Lottery Money

The Mississippi Transportation Commission says it has awarded nearly $9 million in pavement restoration contracts, using money generated by the state lottery that started selling tickets in November.

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Pandemic Threatens to Deepen Crisis in Mental Health Care

Even before COVID-19, access to mental health services in the U.S. could be difficult, including for people who have insurance. Now experts fear the virus will make the situation worse, ...