VIRUS OUTBREAK-MISSISSIPPI MAYOR
Mississippi Mayor: ANTIFA not coming, COVID-19 not a hoax
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Within the Mississippi metropolis the place Elvis Presley was born, the mayor not too long ago introduced that masks could be required in all public buildings and companies — and he used the chance to debunk rumors. Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton stated Friday on Fb that “ANTIFA just isn’t coming to Tupelo, Elvis statues should not being eliminated, you aren’t the goal of some kind of worldwide conspiracy, it’s inconceivable to erase historical past and nobody has tried to take action.” He additionally stated COVID-19 “just isn’t a hoax.” The masks requirement in Tupelo began Monday.
RACIAL INJUSTICE-CONFEDERATE FLAG-MISSISSIPPI
Winds of change: Mississippi rebel-themed flag fading away
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s governor has not but signed a invoice that can retire the state’s flag, however the banner is already fading from public show. Legislators handed a invoice Sunday to retire the final state banner that has the Accomplice battle emblem. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves is predicted to signal the invoice this week. Mississippi has used the identical flag since 1894. Critics have lengthy stated it is a dangerous image for a state with a 38% Black inhabitants. Widespread protests over racial injustice targeted new consideration on the flag. A fee will design a brand new flag with out the Accomplice image.
Mississippi household says reform invoice needs to be retroactive
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers are contemplating a change to a legislation to cut back lengthy jail sentences given to recurring offenders whose previous crimes have been both nonviolent or dedicated a few years earlier. Home Invoice 1024 would disallow convictions older than 15 years from consideration for big recurring penalties. It might additionally restrict the usage of life-without-parole sentences for nonviolent crimes. Nevertheless, in its present type, the laws would solely apply to future offenders, not these at the moment incarcerated. The household of a Mississippi man serving 60 years on a drug cost is urging lawmakers to make the invoice retroactive, so it will possibly assist inmates going through many years in jail underneath the present recurring offender legislation.
UNDER THE CAPITOL DOME-ANALYSIS
Evaluation: Debate shifts on rebel-themed Mississippi flag
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Accomplice image on the Mississippi flag evokes robust feelings. For many years, it has been a unstable concern that many state legislators wished to keep away from. However, momentum shifted quickly in current weeks. Nationwide protests towards racial injustice have prompted requires Mississippi to alter its flag. And legislators have taken steps to do it. Democratic state Sen. Hillman Frazier served on a fee 20 years in the past that held public hearings about altering the flag. Individuals yelled at one another, and at commissioners. Throughout flag debate within the Senate on Saturday, Frazier informed his colleagues: “Pray first. Purpose excessive. Keep targeted.”
Southern Miss cancels graduation set for August
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Class of 2020 graduates from the College of Southern Mississippi are going through one more delay in getting their diplomas. The college stated Friday that it was compelled to cancel commencement ceremonies that had been scheduled for August amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic and a rise in infections in Mississippi. USM says 2020 graduates will now be invited to stroll within the subsequent set of graduation ceremonies that may be hosted on campus. The college says a ultimate choice on ceremonies for December will probably be made by Sept. 15.
VIRUS OUTBREAK-CURFEW ENDS
Curfew arrange in Mississippi county amid pandemic ends
WEST POINT, Miss. (AP) — A county-wide curfew arrange in a single Mississippi county amid the coronavirus outbreak has been lifted. The Business Dispatch studies theClay County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 throughout its common assembly Thursday to raise the curfew that had been in place since March 26. Below the curfew, Clay County residents have been ordered to restrict themselves to important journey between the hours of 10 p.m.-6 a.m.