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Julian Mills

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CDC Mask Guidance ‘Foolish,’ Gov. Reeves Says at Neshoba Fair, Defying Science

At this year’s Neshoba County Fair, Gov. Tate Reeves took the opportunity to call the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s newly revised mask guidelines, “foolish” and “harmful.”

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‘Hitting Hard’: Delta Cases, Hospitalizations Spike as School Precautions Still Optional

Mississippi saw a continuation of this summer’s fourth wave surge over the weekend and continuing into this week, with the Mississippi State Department of Health reporting a staggering 3,608 new COVID-19 cases for those three weekend days alone.

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Fourth Wave of COVID-19 Arrives; Dobbs Says Herd Immunity Currently Impossible in State

The state is now experiencing a full COVID-19 resurgence as the fourth wave of the deadly virus spreads across Mississippi towns and communities.

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UMMC Institutes Covid Safety Policy, Requires Vaccine or N95 Mask for Staff

The University of Mississippi Medical Center instituted a new safety policy today, requiring all students and staff to either get vaccinated or wear an N95-type mask.

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Delta Variant Spikes, Leaves Unvaccinated Children Vulnerable

State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs and other health officials have warned for weeks that the spreading Delta variant can mean a large spike in cases and deaths. It is now happening.

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COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations Jump As Delta Variant Spreads

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are both on the rise, thanks to the continuing spread of the more contagious Delta variant throughout the state.

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Mississippi Teacher Pay Raise Finally Arrives After Long Delay

Mississippi teachers can expect an average $1,000 increase to their base salary starting from July 1 of this year, depending on their teaching license and experience.

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Delta Variant Now Dominant Strain In Mississippi, Focused in Hinds, Madison, Rankin

The more contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 is now the dominant strain in Mississippi, leaving unvaccinated Mississippians at higher risk of contracting the virus.

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COVID-19 Delta Variant Spreading Through Central Mississippi

The more infectious Delta variant of COVID-19 may have been spreading throughout the state for weeks now, with Mississippi health officials seeing central Mississippi as a potential hotspot.

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New Tool Helping Identify Vaccine Deserts Across Mississippi As Variants Loom

The Mississippi State Department of Health plans to open up more relevant pop-up COVID-19 vaccination sites in coming weeks with the aid of a newly launched tool called the “Vaccine Equity Planner.”

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First Lady Jill Biden To Visit Jackson, Promote Vaccine Outreach

First Lady Jill Biden is on a tour across the south, along with other members of President Joe Biden’s administration, to promote vaccine awareness and outreach.

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Reeves Supports Special Session To Reimplement Medical Marijuana

The question surrounding the reinstatement of Mississippi’s medical marijuana program may be drawing closer to an answer this week, after Gov. Tate Reeves announced his support for a legislative special session in a Tuesday press briefing.

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Vaccine Hesitancy ‘Pitiful,’ Dobbs Says As Hospitalizations Up for Under-40 Residents

COVID-19 hospitalizations among younger Mississippians have increased in recent weeks, due to low vaccination rates compared with the state’s older population.

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Dobbs Say ‘We Need To Do Better’ on Vaccine, Reaching Latinx Communities

State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs has decried vaccine hesitancy and urged vaccination for those who qualify. He joined an online panel on June 7, 2021, to speak about progress the state still needs to make.

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CDC Investigating Possible Link Between Vaccines, ‘Exceedingly Rare’ Myocarditis

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating whether an uptick in heart inflammation across the United States might be related to COVID-19 vaccinations, after reviewing data from the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System, or VAERS.

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Initiative Process Rests in Governor’s Hands

The deadline for Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson to petition the state Supreme Court for a rehearing regarding a popular voter-mandated medical marijuana program has come and gone.

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Additional COVID-19 Variant Cases Reported In Mississippi

Mississippi saw 10 new cases of COVID-19 variant B.1.351, commonly known as the South African variant, in outbreaks among long-term care facilities this week.

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Jackson State Providing Free Vaccines For Students, Community Members

A Jackson State University program is currently offering Pfizer and Moderna vaccinations to eligible students and Jackson residents.

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Low Water Pressure, Boil-Water Notice Remain for Thousands in South Jackson

Thousands of south Jackson and Byram residents remain without safe drinking water today, six days after two well systems in the area suffered failures.

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Medicaid Initiative Suspended As Ballot Initiative Decision Effects Cascade

Healthcare for Mississippi, the nonprofit behind Ballot Initiative 76, has suspended its campaign, Yes on 76, to bring the vote for Medicaid expansion to a vote next year in light of the Mississippi Supreme Court decision to strike down Ballot Initiative 76.

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Dobbs Warns Of ‘Increasing ICU Numbers’ As Vaccine Now Available To Children

COVID-19 transmission has trended downward over the past several months as vaccination rates steadily increase, but officials from the Mississippi Department of Health say continuing this trend is not a certainty.

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Southwest Airlines To Resume Flights in Mississippi on June 6, Masks Required

Construction is underway at the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport in preparation for Southwest Airlines’ return to Mississippi on Sunday, June 6.

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‘We Do Not Have A Fuel Shortage,’ State Leaders Say as Feds Provide Help

Pipeline Hack Prompts Long Lines, Panic Buying At Jackson Pumps

Some Jackson fuel stations remain on empty this morning, after news of Friday’s cyber attack on the Colonial Fuel Pipeline prompted drivers from Texas to the Eastern Seaboard to fill up not only their vehicle tanks, but extra fuel containers as well.

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Mayor Lifts Business Restrictions As COVID-19 Trends Down, Shots Up

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba lifted restrictions on businesses in the capital city today, via an executive order that removed all restrictions on capacity and operating hours.

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8,000 in Hinds County Still Without Power Since Tuesday Tornado, Storms

Hinds County still had 8,000 power outages as of noon, with more than 1,800 in Madison County and 118 in Rankin County as a result of Tuesday’s tornado and storms.

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Boil-Water Notice Lifted Across Jackson After Electrical Fire Shut Down Plant

The City of Jackson declared municipal water once again safe to drink this morning after an electrical fire erupted at the O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant early Friday morning, prompting a plant shutdown for fire mitigation and repairs.

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CDC-Backed Jackson State Town Hall Counters Vaccine Apathy, Distrust with Facts

Jackson State University hosted a virtual town hall to clarify COVID-19 vaccine concerns of the capital city’s younger citizens on Tuesday, featuring a panel of experts to dispel rumors and speak to safety concerns students and local residents may have.

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CDC Lifts Pause On Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, But Mississippi Yet To Resume

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lifted a pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on April 23, paving the way for states to resume the one-shot vaccinations.

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Parole Reform Law Brings New Chance For Thousands, But Not Habitual Offenders

Thousands of incarcerated Mississippians will soon become eligible for a parole hearing after Gov. Tate Reeves signed the “Mississippi Earned Parole Eligibility Act” into law this Thursday.

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Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Benefit Still Positive Despite ‘Rare Side Effects,’ EU Reports

After investigating reports of a rare but serious side effect in Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, the European Medicines Agency concluded yesterday that the vaccine’s label should include information about possible blood clotting, listed as a “very rare side effect.”

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Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Paused, No Serious Reactions Reported In Mississippi

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention placed a pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccinations this week across the country due to reported rare incidences of specific blood clots.

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Experts: COVID-19 Vaccines Still Effective, Needed as U.K. Variant Spreads Across U.S.

The COVID-19 variant designated as B117 is now the most common strain of the virus in parts the United States, almost two months after the Mississippi State Department of Health first detected the United Kingdom variant in Mississippi.

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‘This Is Not an Entitlement Program’: Ballot Initiative Seeks to Expand Medicaid Coverage

Hundreds of thousands of Mississippians could receive expanded Medicaid coverage from the newly created Ballot Initiative 76, which would expand Medicaid coverage to those under 138% of the federal poverty limit.

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Parole Reform Passes to Governor’s Desk Amid Murky Future

Accessibility to parole hearings would extend to more inmates across Mississippi’s state prison system if Gov. Tate Reeves signs legislation passed in the state Senate this week.

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UPDATED: Jackson City Council Election Guide

This year, election officials will hold Jackson City Council primary elections for each party on April 6, which will decide who represents their respective parties for each ward in the general election.

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Mississippi to Increase Minimum Welfare Payments

Mississippi families in need are set to gain a $90-per-month increase in welfare payments under a newly signed law. Gov. Tate Reeves signed Senate Bill 2759 on Wednesday, though the program is not expected to go into effect until summer.

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Mississippi Prisons Begin Vaccinations As State Passes ‘1 Million Shots In Arms’

The Mississippi Department of Corrections began vaccinating the state’s prison population on Friday, starting with the entire Central Mississippi Correctional Facility.

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Jackson Boil Water Lifted But Causes Remain

Jackson officials finally lifted the month-long, city-wide boil-water notice yesterday afternoon, marking an end to the most predominant symptom yet of Jackson’s aging and vulnerable infrastructure.

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‘Great Day Indeed’ As COVID-19 Vaccine Now Available To All Mississippians

All Mississippians aged 16 or older are now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. No employment, pre-existing condition, or citizenship requirement bar Mississippi’s adult population from getting their shot of Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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‘Collective Suffering’ Continues Year After COVID-19 Came to Mississippi

In a March 8 press briefing, officials from MSDH discussed how the pandemic progressed over the last year, and what we can expect moving forward.

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Slow Progress as Water Crisis Continues Into 4th Week in Jackson

Jackson may not have safe, drinkable water until later this week at the earliest, while some residents still lack sufficient water pressure.

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Infrastructure, Violence, Airport Takeover on Stage at Jackson Mayoral Debate

Three Jacksonians joined the stage for last night’s mayoral debate—long-time resident and sole Republican candidate Ponto Downing, current Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba and former firefighter Ken Wilson.

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Jackson Water Suffers More Setbacks: ‘Today Was Not a Good Day for Us’

Water pressure around Jackson suffered setbacks yesterday due to issues at the O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant. “Today was not a good day for us,” Jackson Public Works Director Charles Williams said Wednesday via the City of Jackson’s Facebook page.

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Jackson’s Water Crisis Lingers into March

Robert Sulton has lived in south Jackson since 2007, when he and his wife built their home just north of Byram. They had experienced power outages and boil-water notices before, but none as bad as the last two weeks of February 2021.

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Vaccination Day Rescheduled for March 6, Water Distribution Continues

As Jackson grapples with the lingering effects of last month’s winter storm, city officials have rescheduled Vaccination Day for March 6 at the Jackson Convention Complex.

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Walmart Taking Vaccine Appointments in Jackson, MSDH Releases Map of Shot Options

Partnering with the Jackson Housing Authority and low-income housing company Wishrock, Walmart is administering Pfizer vaccines free of charge at the Golden Key EnVision Center at 3450 Albermarle Road.

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Reeves: Vaccinations Available Monday for Teachers and First Responders

COVID-19 vaccine eligibility is primed to encompass a broader range of Missisippians this March. In a Feb. 23 press briefing, Gov. Tate Reeves announced that teachers and first responders may schedule their vaccine appointments starting Monday, March 1.

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City Distributes Safe Water in Jackson As Winter Storm Effects Continue

The City of Jackson is distributing safe drinking water at six locations throughout Jackson today. Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba announced yesterday that the water is now available at specific times depending on the location.

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‘Vaccination Day’ Postponed in Jackson, New COVID-19 Strain Detected in State

Due to winter weather, Jackson has postponed its first “Vaccination Day” where vulnerable residents were to receive 2,000 vaccine doses.

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Capitol Police Could Gain Extradition Power Inside Jackson Under Divisive Bill

Mississippi Capitol Police are set to gain lead jurisdiction in parts of Jackson, as well as the ability to eject those it arrests on misdemeanor charges out of Hinds County, if a bill that passed the Mississippi Senate last week becomes law.

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