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    The Satanic Temple plans to sue the state of Mississippi if its new flag includes a reference to God but not to Satan. In a letter to Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch, Marc J. Randazza, attorney for the Satanic Temple, wrote the plan for the new state flag to replace the image of the Confederate flag with the phrase, “In God We Trust,” would be the equivalent of “removing one divisive symbol of exclusion only to replace it with a...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Corrections says a 64-year-old inmate who was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction has died after being hospitalized since May. Bobby Neil McFalls died Wednesday at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, the department said in a news release Thursday. The Sunflower County coroner said McFalls had been treated for a terminal illness, but the release did not specify what that was. An autopsy will be done. McFalls was at...
    By LEAH WILLINGHAM, Associated Press/Report for America JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has vetoed two criminal justice bills, one of which would have given thousands of offenders the chance at parole from the crowded prison system. “I know that I’ll get attacked and protested for this,” Republican Reeves wrote in a statement about the veto on his social media accounts late Wednesday. “In a time when efforts to ‘defund police’ and ‘dismantle the criminal justice system’ are...
    A growing number of Mississippi lawmakers are testing positive for the novel coronavirus, following a month of working together in close proximity at the State Capitol building without wearing face masks. As of Wednesday, at least 26 lawmakers -- or one in seven Mississippi legislators -- have been diagnosed with the coronavirus in the largest known outbreak of any state legislature in the nation. Among those testing positive in the heavily Republican body are the GOP presiding officers, House Speaker...
    Though many community celebrations on either side of the Mississippi are canceled due to COVID-19 this summer, the western Wisconsin tourist town of Alma will have its annual Swiss Heritage Days on July 24 and 25. All of the events are outdoors and allow for social distancing, said Alma business owner Dan Kordiak. There will be traditional Swiss Alphorn players, polka music and yodeling. During the Swiss Rock Toss, or Steinstossen, men, women and children see how far they can...
    By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Packed elevators and crowded committee rooms. Legislators sitting shoulder-to-shoulder on the House and Senate floor. People standing close to each other and talking, sometimes leaning in to whisper, without a mask in sight. Those were common scenes at the Mississippi Capitol in June — a month that saw a historic vote to remove the Confederate emblem from the state flag — and now at least 26 lawmakers have been diagnosed...
    The Satanic Temple reportedly plans to sue Mississippi if the state adds the words “In God We Trust” to its new flag. The group wrote in a letter to Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch that if the state “is going to place a religious phrase on its flag, it should include reference to Satan,” The Hill reported. It said it regards “In God We Trust” as an “exclusionary religious phrase.” The organization commended Gov. Tate Reeves for signing legislation in...
    The Satanic Temple reportedly plans to sue Mississippi if the state adds the words “In God We Trust” to its new flag. The group wrote in a letter to Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch that if the state “is going to place a religious phrase on its flag, it should include reference to Satan,” The Hill reported. It said it regards “In God We Trust” as an “exclusionary religious phrase.” The organization commended Gov. Tate Reeves for signing legislation in...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Packed elevators and crowded committee rooms. Legislators sitting shoulder-to-shoulder on the House and Senate floor. People standing close to each other and talking, sometimes leaning in to whisper, without a mask in sight. Those were common scenes at the Mississippi Capitol in June — a month that saw a historic vote to remove the Confederate emblem from the state flag — and now at least 26 lawmakers have been diagnosed with the coronavirus in the biggest...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Packed elevators and crowded committee rooms. Legislators sitting shoulder-to-shoulder on the House and Senate floor. People standing close to each other and talking, sometimes leaning in to whisper, without a mask in sight. Those were common scenes at the Mississippi Capitol in June — a month that saw a historic vote to remove the Confederate emblem from the state flag — and now at least 26 lawmakers have been diagnosed with the coronavirus in the biggest...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Packed elevators and crowded committee rooms. Legislators sitting shoulder-to-shoulder on the House and Senate floor. People standing close to each other and talking, sometimes leaning in to whisper, without a mask in sight. Those were common scenes at the Mississippi Capitol in June — a month that saw a historic vote to remove the Confederate emblem from the state flag — and now at least 26 lawmakers have been diagnosed with the coronavirus in the biggest...
    Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) on Thursday issued an executive order for 13 counties in the state to require face masks and put limits on businesses as coronavirus cases climb. The order will also ban indoor social gatherings larger than 10 people, and outdoor gatherings of more than 20 people, among other restrictions on businesses. “Mississippi is in a fight for our lives, Reeves said at a press conference, adding that the state is “in the middle of a spike.”...
    By LEAH WILLINGHAM, Associated Press/ Report for America JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippis five largest hospitals had no Intensive Care Unit beds available for patients as of Wednesday because of a surge in coronavirus cases, officials reported Thursday. An additional four hospitals had five percent or less available. “I was woken up by a phone call yesterday morning at 4 a.m. because we had so many patients at our hospital, we didn’t know where to put them,” Vice Chancellor of...
    An attorney representing a Satanic Temple has threatened to sue Mississippi if the phrase “In God We Trust” is added to the new state flag without a reference to Satan. Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed legislation on June 30th that would remove the current state flag featuring the Confederate battle symbol. The removal comes after nationwide protests resulting from the death of George Floyd with new calls to purge Civil War era Confederate symbols. The law establishes a commission...
    For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones newsletters. In case you missed the insightful investigation and analysis by Becca Andrews on the historical harm of the name “Ole Miss” and the growing movement toward “New Miss” at the University of Mississippi, catch it here. Becca’s high-impact, deeply researched reporting has energized an effort by artists and designers to create “New Miss” gear, with proceeds going to Black Lives Matter Mississippi. In response to her...
    ELLISVILLE, Miss. – County supervisors in Mississippi are exploring the steps necessary to remove two once-segregated water fountains. On Monday the Jones County Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed to a motion that would allow the county to begin investigating what it would need to do to remove the two once-segregated water fountains that sit at the entrance of the Jones County Courthouse. The Jim Crow-era fountains, respectively, have the words “White” and “Colored” engraved on them, though the words are now...
    SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Google’s first U.S. operations center is coming to northwest Mississippi. The company announced Thursday it will lease a new 60,000-square-foot (5,574 square-meter) facility in Southaven, Mississippi, near Memphis, Tennessee. Google expects the site, which will provide customer and operations support to customers worldwide, to be operational by summer 2021. “This Google Operations Center represents a critical investment for the company and we look forward to being an active member of the local community for...
    More than two dozen Mississippi state lawmakers have been infected with the coronavirus in connection to an outbreak at the state Capitol. [MAP: The Spread of Coronavirus] State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs told The Mississippi Clarion-Ledger that the number of COVID-19 cases linked to the Capitol outbreak has grown to 36, including 26 lawmakers. The leaders of both chambers, Speaker Philip Gunn and Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann, both Republicans, are among the politicians who have tested positive after...
    More than two dozen legislators in Mississippi tested positive for coronavirus in connection to an outbreak inside the state Capitol. In total, 36 people traced their coronavirus infection back to the Capitol in Jackson, Mississippi, including 26 lawmakers. The outbreak prompted Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, to advise the people of Mississippi to get tested for the coronavirus if they were in contact with any members of the state legislature. Among those who tested positive were the leaders of...
    By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has vetoed most of the state education budget for the new fiscal year because it would have changed a bonus pay plan for some teachers. Republican Reeves announced that and other vetoes late Wednesday. The education budget, House Bill 1700, would have altered a program that gives extra pay to teachers in schools that show improvement or that are consistently high-performing. Reeves wrote that 23,157 teachers...
    A law firm representing The Satanic Temple is threatening to sue Mississippi if the state intends to follow through with its intention to place “In God We Trust” on their state flag. Republican Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves signed legislation last month establishing a nine-member commission to redesign the state flag with the phrase “In God We Trust” and without the Confederate flag. Describing his law firm as one that “proudly serves as First Amendment Counsel to the Satanic Temple,” First...
    A coronavirus outbreak linked to the Mississippi State Capitol has infected more than 20 state lawmakers, according to a top health officer.  State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs told The Mississippi Clarion Ledger that 36 people who work at the Capitol have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, including  26 lawmakers. The figure means that about 1 in 6 legislators have contracted the virus.  The leaders of both chambers — Speaker Philip Gunn (R) and Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann...
    PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man was fatally shot by police Wednesday night after he came toward officers with a knife, authorities said. Pascagoula Police Chief Matt Chapman said officers were responding to a call regarding a suicidal person around 8:15 p.m., WLOX-TV reported. Chapman said a man was armed with a knife. Officers instructed him to drop the knife but he refused. The man began to approach the officers, and one of them shot him. The man was...
    Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Wednesday that he is preparing to re-impose restrictions to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, including a possible mask mandate. Reeves told reporters during a press conference that the restrictions will be “finalized in the near future” but was not any more specific, suggesting they could be statewide or more community specific, the Jackson Clarion Ledger reported. “We have seen day after day of very high numbers, Reeves said. The fact is that the crunch...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — At least 26 legislators and 10 others who work at Mississippi’s Capitol have tested positive for the coronavirus, a public health official said Wednesday, as the governor implored residents to take precautions amid a rapid rise in confirmed cases statewide. The 174-member Legislature ended its annual session July 1, and many people in the Capitol did not wear masks or maintain distance between themselves and others during the last few weeks. Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann...