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10-Digit Phone Dialing Coming to Northern Mississippi

The north Mississippi region is among 82 area codes nationwide making room for the 988 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which begins operation in July 2022.

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Mississippi and Secret Service Work on Cybercrime Task Force

Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch said Tuesday that her office has established a partnership with the U.S. Secret Service and in-state law enforcement agencies to investigate financial crimes that occur ...

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Health Department: Over Half a Million People Fully Vaccinated

The state of Mississippi has now administered 1.32 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine to residents, according to the state health department.

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Health Officials Seeking Help Vaccinating Hispanic, Black and Vietnamese Residents

The Mississippi State Department of Health Office of Health Equity is looking for organizations to host coronavirus vaccination events for Hispanic, Black and Vietnamese residents, as well as people who ...

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Health Officials: Churches Should Hold Off In-Person Worship

Mississippi health officials are recommending that churches and other religious organizations continue to hold off on hosting indoor worship services during the coronavirus pandemic, even after Gov. Tate Reeves relaxed ...

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Mississippi Bill Would Allow Home Delivery of Alcohol

Mississippi would join a majority of states in allowing home delivery of alcohol, if Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signs a bill that legislators are sending him.

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Law Will Allow New Mississippi Residents to Keep Licenses

A new law signed Thursday by Gov. Tate Reeves will allow people who move to Mississippi from out-of-state to maintain their professional licenses.

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Mississippi Law Will Require Computer Science in Schools

A new law will require the Mississippi Department of Education to set a computer science curriculum for K-12 schools by the 2024-25 academic year.

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Senate OKs History Trustees After Failing to Change Process

The Mississippi Senate has confirmed three people to serve on the nine-member governing board for the state Department of Archives and History.

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Jackson State Gets $1 Million to Boost STEM-Related Courses

Jackson State University is one of five schools to get a Scientific Leadership Award.

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Former Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey Receives Humanities Award

Former Mississippi and U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey and others will be honored with Mississippi Humanities Council awards, with a ceremony being held online this year because of the coronavirus ...

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Mississippi Transportation Director Will Retire March 31

Melinda McGrath, the leader of the Mississippi Department of Transportation, is retiring March 31.

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Felecia Nave

Alcorn State University makes history next month when it welcomes Dr. Felecia M. Nave as the first woman and 20th president of her alma mater.

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State Ordered to Submit Plan for Mental Health Services

A federal judge has ordered Mississippi to file a plan to upgrade its mental health services as part of resolving litigation that's been ongoing for at least half a decade.

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Mississippi Teacher Pay Raise Plan Inches Forward in Senate

The Mississippi Senate is pushing forward with a plan to increase some of the lowest teacher salaries in the United States.