Mississippi State News http://feed.informer.com/digests/MSWAYTJQAL/feeder Mississippi State News Respective post owners and feed distributors Sat, 05 Sep 2020 13:09:04 +0000 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ Falling tree kills 71-year-old woman walking her dog, Georgia police say https://www.sunherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article245832080.html News urn:uuid:59576bad-0a1a-abd7-1ece-0d186eb99a92 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:56:10 +0000 Authorities said the woman was pinned under the debris. Tyler Childers wants you to rethink BLM and Breonna Taylor as new album is released https://www.sunherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article245831135.html News urn:uuid:e4dc4275-43d0-395d-3932-47636ff9d61f Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:08:09 +0000 “We can stop being so taken aback by Black Lives Matter,” he advises his fans. Two in critical condition after overnight shooting in Gulfport, police say https://www.sunherald.com/news/local/crime/article245830525.html News urn:uuid:e9acd9c4-59b0-3107-9622-63d2cf8d394e Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:23:11 +0000 The incident happened on West David Drive. Here’s more. Virtual class students overhear fatal shooting between siblings, Wisconsin cops say https://www.sunherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article245830045.html News urn:uuid:d9d734dd-44f0-e183-66aa-d1cb014db89b Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:20:59 +0000 A teacher called 911 after the shooting. Espy to hold campaign events in Tupelo, West Point this Saturday https://yallpolitics.com/2020/09/18/espy-to-hold-campaign-events-in-tupelo-west-point-this-saturday/ Mississippi Politics and News – Y'all Politics urn:uuid:f135a0cc-fbb9-f128-03b6-4fdf8f31debc Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:10:31 +0000 Mississippi Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Mike Espy will attend two Meet and Greet events this Saturday, September 19. The first event will be in Tupelo and will start at 11:00 am at Fairpark.  Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton, a fellow Democrat, will be featured at the event, per the Espy campaign. The second meet and [&#8230;] <p dir="ltr">Mississippi Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Mike Espy will attend two Meet and Greet events this Saturday, September 19.</p> <p dir="ltr">The first event will be in <a href="https://www.mobilize.us/espyforsenate/event/326324/">Tupelo</a> and will start at 11:00 am at Fairpark.  Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton, a fellow Democrat, will be featured at the event, per the Espy campaign.</p> <p dir="ltr">The second meet and greet of the day will be in <a href="https://www.mobilize.us/espyforsenate/event/326437/">West Point</a> at 3:30 pm at Wing Kings. State Senator Angela Turner-Ford will speak with Espy.  The senator is chair of the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus.</p> <p>The events are outdoors and socially-distanced. A mask is required to attend.</p> <p dir="ltr">Espy is running against incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith and Libertarian Jimmy Edwards in the November General Election.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Espy event details are below:</p> <p dir="ltr"><u><strong>Saturday, September 19, 2020</strong></u></p> <p>What: Meet and Greet Tupelo<br /> Where: Fairpark, 71 Troy Street, Tupelo, MS<br /> When: 11:00 am-1:00 pm CT</p> <p>What: Meet and Greet West Point<br /> Where: Wing Kings, 130 U.S. Highway 45 Alternate Route, West Point, MS.<br /> When: 3:30 pm-5:30 pm CT</p> Espy wants a Senate debate, but Sen. Hyde-Smith still hasn’t committed https://mississippitoday.org/2020/09/18/espy-wants-a-senate-debate-but-sen-hyde-smith-still-hasnt-committed/ Mississippi Today urn:uuid:5f53dd68-10fc-d8a9-d955-34f0b6c02104 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:33:34 +0000 <p>The Cindy Hyde-Smith campaign said it has not yet decided whether a debate with Mike Espy could be worked into the senator's schedule.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://mississippitoday.org/2020/09/18/espy-wants-a-senate-debate-but-sen-hyde-smith-still-hasnt-committed/">Espy wants a Senate debate, but Sen. Hyde-Smith still hasn&#8217;t committed</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://mississippitoday.org">Mississippi Today</a>.</p> <div id="attachment_768090" class="wp-caption module image alignright" style="max-width: 336px;"><img loading="lazy" class="size-medium wp-image-768090" src="https://mississippitoday.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP_19365860478660-336x247.jpg" alt="" width="336" height="247" srcset="https://mississippitoday.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP_19365860478660-336x247.jpg 336w, https://mississippitoday.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP_19365860478660-771x567.jpg 771w, https://mississippitoday.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP_19365860478660-768x565.jpg 768w, https://mississippitoday.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP_19365860478660-1536x1129.jpg 1536w, https://mississippitoday.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP_19365860478660-2048x1506.jpg 2048w, https://mississippitoday.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AP_19365860478660-1170x860.jpg 1170w" sizes="(max-width: 336px) 100vw, 336px" /><p class="wp-caption-text">Democrat Mike Espy wants to debate Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, but Hyde-Smith has not accepted invitations. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)</p></div> <p>With the Nov. 3 election quickly approaching, Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith is not giving any indication that she plans to debate her Democratic opponent Mike Espy.</p> <p>Espy has publicly accepted one debate invitation from WJTV in Jackson and most likely will accept a similar invitation in coming days from WLBT, another Jackson television station.</p> <p>But it takes two to debate.</p> <p>The Hyde-Smith campaign has not responded to questions from Mississippi Today about whether she plans to participate in a debate. In earlier interviews with Mississippi Today, Hyde-Smith spokesperson Justin Brasell said the campaign had received an invitation to participate in a debate but had not decided whether it could be worked into the senator&#8217;s schedule.</p> <p>Most incumbent U.S. senators facing re-election this year, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have agreed to debates with their major-party opponents.</p> <p>“Corrupt Mike Espy is desperate to attract any attention he can get for his failing campaign,&#8221; the Hyde-Smith campaign said to WJTV earlier this month. &#8220;He was too corrupt for the Clinton Administration and is too liberal for Mississippi. Voters in our state know we have a bright future with Cindy Hyde-Smith and have no desire to revisit Mike Espy’s past scandals.”</p> <p>While serving as U.S. secretary of agriculture under President Bill Clinton, Espy was indicted on multiple public corruption charges. But he was acquitted on all counts.</p> <p>In 2018, Hyde-Smith and Espy debated when they were vying in a special election to replace longtime Sen. Thad Cochran, who resigned for health reasons. Hyde-Smith was appointed by then-Gov. Phil Bryant to replace Cochran in the interim before the special election. She is now vying for a full six-year term, and Espy, who captured more than 46% of the vote in 2018, is challenging her again.</p> <p>Thus far the campaign has been relatively low-keyed, largely because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hyde-Smith has said she has been actively campaigning via the internet, though it is difficult to find examples of that.</p> <p>“Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith is afraid to debate because she knows that Mississippians are hurt by her policies,” said Joe O’Hern, Espy’s campaign manager. “Given Sen. Hyde-Smith’s availability to ‘<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deDu9k-bb0o&amp;feature=youtu.be&amp;ab_channel=YallPolitics">do a lot of townhall meetings</a>’ and her claims that she’s ‘covering the state’ with events, the senator certainly has enough time to debate on the issues that matter most during this pivotal moment.”</p> <p>In accepting the WJTV debate invitation, Espy said, “Debates provide an important opportunity for Mississippians to hear from candidates on our vision for the state and on the issues that matter most to Mississippians as we approach the election.&#8221;</p> <p>In 2018, Hyde-Smith also was reluctant to debate. She refused multiple debate invitations before finally agreeing to one hosted by the Farm Bureau. Farm Bureau had previously honored Hyde-Smith who was the commissioner of agriculture and commerce when she was appointed to the U.S. Senate. Her family also owns a cattle ranch.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://mississippitoday.org/2020/09/18/espy-wants-a-senate-debate-but-sen-hyde-smith-still-hasnt-committed/">Espy wants a Senate debate, but Sen. Hyde-Smith still hasn&#8217;t committed</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://mississippitoday.org">Mississippi Today</a>.</p> TikTok downloads will soon be banned in the US, Trump administration announces https://www.sunherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article245830080.html News urn:uuid:1fafcbbf-f9a3-fbb7-2fba-1e42f939f630 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 12:02:21 +0000 Here’s what you need to know. YP Daily Roundup 9/18/20 https://yallpolitics.com/2020/09/18/yp-daily-roundup-9-18-20/ Mississippi Politics and News – Y'all Politics urn:uuid:7ff010f3-d77c-ec2f-9e3e-50201bf77525 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 11:57:41 +0000 YP &#8211; Special elections set for September 22. Is one in your district? Coming up on September 22, some Mississippians will have the opportunity to vote for new House and Senate members. Below is what you need to know if you think this election might apply to your district. WLOX &#8211;&#160;Mississippi house candidate facing felony [&#8230;] <h3 class="entry-title td-module-title"><a title="Special elections set for September 22. Is one in your district?" href="https://yallpolitics.com/2020/09/17/special-elections-set-for-september-22-is-one-in-your-district/" rel="bookmark"><strong>YP &#8211; Special elections set for September 22. Is one in your district?</strong></a></h3> <p><img loading="lazy" class="alignleft" src="https://yallpolitics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/191010-special-election-button-STK-696x696.jpg" width="75" height="75"></p> <p>Coming up on September 22, some Mississippians will have the opportunity to vote for new House and Senate members. Below is what you need to know if you think this election might apply to your district.</p> <h3><a href="https://www.wlox.com/2020/09/17/mississippi-house-candidate-facing-felony-charge-forrest-county/"><strong>WLOX &#8211;&nbsp;Mississippi house candidate facing felony charge in Forrest County</strong></a></h3> <div class="card collection-item " data-type="text"> <div class="card-content card-article"> <p><img loading="lazy" class="alignright" src="https://www.wlox.com/resizer/1ECHrm7FybLkIwfqyMyZo8Kh9Ko=/1200x600/cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/raycom/R5JCR2WEKNE5FMUXF7M7WJOMA4.jpg" alt="Mississippi house candidate facing felony charge in Forrest County" width="184" height="92"></p> <p>A candidate for a seat in the Mississippi House of Representatives is facing a charge of felony cyber stalking in Forrest County.</p> </div> </div> <div class="card collection-item " data-type="text"> <div class="card-content card-article"> <p>David Wayne Morgan was arrested by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation on Aug. 31 and bonded out of the Forrest County Jail after a judge set his bond at $30,000 two days later.</p> </div> </div> <div class="card collection-item " data-type="text"> <div class="card-content card-article"> <p>Morgan, 49, is a candidate in a special election that will be held Nov. 3 to fill the District 87 seat in the state house of representatives. Secretary of State Michael Watson confirmed Morgan is still a candidate in the election.</p> </div> </div> <h3 class="entry-title td-module-title"><a title="Mississippi Leads the Nation in K-12 Progress and College Persistence Among Southern States" href="https://yallpolitics.com/2020/09/17/mississippi-leads-the-nation-in-k-12-progress-and-college-persistence-among-southern-states/" rel="bookmark"><strong>YP &#8211; Mississippi Leads the Nation in K-12 Progress and College Persistence Among Southern States</strong></a></h3> <p><img loading="lazy" class="alignright" src="https://yallpolitics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/MDE-logo-696x336.jpg" width="228" height="110"></p> <p>The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) praised Mississippi for its achievements in education from early childhood through college in its 2020 report on the progress of education in the South.</p> <p><a href="https://www.sreb.org/publication/mississippi-turning-point" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.sreb.org/publication/mississippi-turning-point&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1600428306449000&amp;usg=AFQjCNGtgVomQXYXKS0VD9oW0adG057fuQ">Mississippi: A Turning Point</a>&nbsp;details where Mississippi stands in education, highlighting how the effective implementation of education policy has improved student achievement statewide and made Mississippi the leader in the South for college persistence.</p> <h3><strong>MSDH daily COVID-19 report</strong></h3> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Today MSDH is reporting 701 more cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi, 24 deaths, and 131 active outbreaks in long-term care facilities. The total of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/covid19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#covid19</a> cases for the year is now 91,935, with 2,780 deaths. Case details and prevention guidance at <a href="https://t.co/QP8mlIMqcd">https://t.co/QP8mlIMqcd</a> <a href="https://t.co/SjEyt4LL4Q">pic.twitter.com/SjEyt4LL4Q</a></p> <p>&mdash; MS Dept of Health (@msdh) <a href="https://twitter.com/msdh/status/1306595994650337280?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 17, 2020</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <h3 class="entry-title td-module-title"><a title="Governor Reeves Announces MS TIG Approval of $15 Million in Restoration Projects" href="https://yallpolitics.com/2020/09/17/governor-reeves-announces-ms-tig-approval-of-15-million-in-restoration-projects/" rel="bookmark"><strong>YP &#8211; Governor Reeves Announces MS TIG Approval of $15 Million in Restoration Projects</strong></a></h3> <p><img loading="lazy" class="alignleft" src="https://yallpolitics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/IMG_2357-scaled-e1595628950121-696x709.jpg" width="131" height="133"></p> <p>Governor Tate Reeves announced that the Mississippi Trustee Implementation Group (MS TIG) approved four restoration projects totaling over $15 million that will have a direct impact on Mississippi’s coastal natural resources.</p> <p>“This is a great day for Mississippi and our coastal communities. With over $15 million in restoration projects, we will be able to ensure the vitality and longevity of our precious natural beauty and resources along the Gulf Coast,” said Governor Tate Reeves. “We are truly grateful for our ongoing partnership with MS TIG and their commitment to protecting the people and local economies on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.”</p> <p>The MS TIG released its second restoration plan in September to address injuries to coastal habitats and to oysters caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) serves as a Trustee on the MS TIG and will administer the projects, working closely with the project partners to implement them.</p> <h3><strong>YP &#8211; 200 new jobs coming to Gulf Ship</strong></h3> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/mdaworks?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@mdaworks</a>: Gulf Ship creating more than 200 new jobs in Gulfport<a href="https://t.co/cohiMbDVm4">https://t.co/cohiMbDVm4</a></p> <p>&mdash; Yall Politics (@MSyallpolitics) <a href="https://twitter.com/MSyallpolitics/status/1306610473585053696?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 17, 2020</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <h3 class="entry-title td-module-title"><a title="Ag Commissioner Gipson and Mississippi sheriffs join in opposition to Initiative 65" href="https://yallpolitics.com/2020/09/17/ag-commissioner-gipson-and-mississippi-sheriffs-join-in-opposition-to-initiative-65/" rel="bookmark"><strong>YP &#8211; Ag Commissioner Gipson and Mississippi sheriffs join in opposition to Initiative 65</strong></a></h3> <p><img loading="lazy" class="alignright" src="https://yallpolitics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Screen-Shot-2020-09-17-at-3.04.43-PM-696x372.jpg" width="208" height="111"></p> <p>Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson was joined at the State Capitol today by sheriffs from all across the state to share their opposition to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sos.ms.gov/elections/initiatives/InitiativeInfo.aspx?IId=65">Initiative 65</a>, the medical marijuana initiative on the November 2020 ballot.</p> <p>According to Gipson, the initiative is a seven page amendment to the state constitution that actually takes liberties from Mississippians. One issue he finds with the language is that there is no oversight from the Legislature, the executive branch or law enforcement – only the Mississippi Department of Health.</p> <p>“We have never in our state put anything under the total and complete control of an unaccountable agency like the Mississippi State Department of Health,” said Gipson.</p> <h3><strong>YP &#8211; DOJ announces grants to assist victims of domestic, sexual violence</strong></h3> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">DOJ&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/USAttyHurst?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@USAttyHurst</a>, Lamar announce over $6 million in grant funding to assist victims of domestic, sexual violence in Mississippi.</p> <p>Southern District of Mississippi Launches “Operation Pheonecia” to Combat Domestic Violence<a href="https://t.co/QxpvyPzvGc">https://t.co/QxpvyPzvGc</a></p> <p>&mdash; Yall Politics (@MSyallpolitics) <a href="https://twitter.com/MSyallpolitics/status/1306639011625283590?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 17, 2020</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <h3 class="entry-title td-module-title"><a title="U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith talks 2020 election with Y’all Politics" href="https://yallpolitics.com/2020/09/17/u-s-sen-cindy-hyde-smith-talks-2020-election-with-yall-politics/" rel="bookmark"><strong>YP &#8211; U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith talks 2020 election with Y’all Politics</strong></a></h3> <p><iframe style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fyallpolitics%2Fvideos%2F2026906864113616%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=560" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3><strong>Hyde-Smith pushes for Ag funding</strong></h3> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Farmers &amp; ranchers have experienced depressed prices, catastrophic flooding, market disruptions &amp; now <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#COVID19</a>. With the end of the fiscal year fast approaching, we must ensure important <a href="https://twitter.com/USDA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@USDA</a> ag/conservation programs do not come to a screeching halt on Oct. 1.</p> <p>&mdash; U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (@SenHydeSmith) <a href="https://twitter.com/SenHydeSmith/status/1306651351359934472?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 17, 2020</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <h3 class="entry-title td-module-title"><a title="Wicker Earns “A” Rating for Pro-Life Record" href="https://yallpolitics.com/2020/09/17/wicker-earns-a-rating-for-pro-life-record/" rel="bookmark"><strong>YP &#8211; Wicker Earns “A” Rating for Pro-Life Record</strong></a></h3> <p><img loading="lazy" class="alignright" src="https://yallpolitics.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/roger-wicker-headshot-2018-696x696.jpg" width="135" height="135"></p> <p>U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., received an “A” rating from the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) for his work to support policies that protect the unborn. The rating was included in the SBA List’s updated “<a href="https://www.sba-list.org/senator/roger-wicker" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.sba-list.org/senator/roger-wicker&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1600439767905000&amp;usg=AFQjCNGVv-JPfBxaFOwKUtch2D_ghddI5Q">National Pro-Life Scorecard</a>,” which is a tool to inform the public about elected officials’ stance on pro-life issues. The scorecard is backed up by a detailed voting record and other information on elected officials’ efforts.</p> <p>“I am honored to be recognized by the Susan B. Anthony List for my efforts to protect the unborn,” Wicker said. “I will continue to hold the line against those who would callously expand the scourge of abortion and harm the most innocent among us.”</p> <h3><strong>YP &#8211; Wicker sponsors legislation punish criminals for targeting law enforcement officers</strong></h3> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/SenatorWicker?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SenatorWicker</a> Sponsors Legislation to Punish Criminals for Targeting Law Enforcement Officers</p> <p>The legislation would create strong federal penalties for individuals who deliberately target local, state, or federal law enforcement officers with violence.<a href="https://t.co/oW0TEZrN2U">https://t.co/oW0TEZrN2U</a></p> <p>&mdash; Yall Politics (@MSyallpolitics) <a href="https://twitter.com/MSyallpolitics/status/1306669754334183425?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 17, 2020</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <h3><strong>Congressman Michael Guest says police officers are under attack</strong></h3> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">It’s not a myth. Our officers are under attack. It’s time for all Members of Congress to say, “I <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BackTheBlue?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BackTheBlue</a>.” <a href="https://t.co/hwBrOPbSHc">pic.twitter.com/hwBrOPbSHc</a></p> <p>&mdash; Congressman Michael Guest (@RepMichaelGuest) <a href="https://twitter.com/RepMichaelGuest/status/1306712960560234496?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 17, 2020</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <h3><strong>WTOK &#8211;&nbsp;Postal Service mailer causes confusion among local voters</strong></h3> <p><img loading="lazy" class="wp-image-70569 alignleft" src="https://yallpolitics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/USPS.png" alt="" width="221" height="149"></p> <p class="text | article-text">The Postal Service mailers have been delivered to millions of voters around the nation and it’s causing confusion in more places than just Lauderdale County.</p> <p class="text | article-text">“All the states are different with the laws. In Mississippi we don’t have universal mail-out ballots. You have to have a legal reason to vote absentee and I’m glad,” Johnson said</p> <p class="text | article-text">Several other states are also trying to clear the air when it comes to the postcards. Officials in Utah, Rhode Island, West Virginia and Nevada have said the mailers are confusing voters in their states.</p> <p class="text | article-text">“I understand the state of Colorado has filed a lawsuit regarding the postcards because there’s a conflict with their laws,” Johnson explained</p> <h3><strong>WJTV &#8211;&nbsp;Mississippi State Fair to be held amid COVID-19 pandemic</strong></h3> <p><iframe src="https://w3.cdn.anvato.net/player/prod/v3/anvload.html?key=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" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <h3><a href="https://www.today.com/news/7-black-mayors-talk-craig-melvin-today-about-police-t191891"><strong>NBC TODAY SHOW &#8211;&nbsp;&#8216;Caught in the middle&#8217;: 7 Black mayors share how they navigate relationships with police</strong></a></h3> <p>The interview included Randall Woodfin of Birmingham, Alabama; Levar Stoney of Richmond, Virginia; Adrian Perkins of Shreveport, Louisiana; Frank Scott of Little Rock, Arkansas; Chokwe Lumumba of Jackson, Mississippi; Steven Reed of Montgomery, Alabama; and Quinton Lucas of Kansas City, Missouri.</p> <p>Most are under 40, and they didn&#8217;t shy away from addressing the topic of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.today.com/video/once-violent-camden-new-jersey-now-seen-as-model-for-community-policing-85654597984" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">policing in America</a>, as&nbsp;<a href="https://www.today.com/news/rep-john-lewis-reflects-protests-over-george-floyd-s-death-t183286" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">protests over racial injustice</a>&nbsp;continue to take place across the country.</p> <p><iframe title="7 Black Mayors Form A Group Text To Help Each Other Face Challenges | TODAY" width="696" height="392" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-wWSXnBX7k0?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsapi=1&#038;origin=https://yallpolitics.com" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> How people on the Mississippi Coast can donate supplies for Hurricane Sally relief https://www.sunherald.com/news/weather-news/article245804700.html News urn:uuid:1f21da97-66f1-f67b-6b91-28b6745c8251 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 10:50:00 +0000 The winds from Hurricane Sally were still gusting when crews from South Mississippi were heading east with food, water and supplies. 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Ag Commissioner Gipson and Mississippi sheriffs join in opposition to Initiative 65 https://yallpolitics.com/2020/09/17/ag-commissioner-gipson-and-mississippi-sheriffs-join-in-opposition-to-initiative-65/ Mississippi Politics and News – Y'all Politics urn:uuid:8aefdf90-a51a-9498-8989-c6b1dc8e7066 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 23:03:07 +0000 Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson was joined at the State Capitol today by sheriffs from all across the state to share their opposition to Initiative 65, the medical marijuana initiative on the November 2020 ballot. According to Gipson, the initiative is a seven page amendment to the state constitution that actually takes liberties [&#8230;] <p>Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson was joined at the State Capitol today by sheriffs from all across the state to share their opposition to <a href="https://www.sos.ms.gov/elections/initiatives/InitiativeInfo.aspx?IId=65">Initiative 65</a>, the medical marijuana initiative on the November 2020 ballot.</p> <p><iframe style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fyallpolitics%2Fvideos%2F244883103512019%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=560" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>According to Gipson, the initiative is a seven page amendment to the state constitution that actually takes liberties from Mississippians. One issue he finds with the language is that there is no oversight from the Legislature, the executive branch or law enforcement &#8211; only the Mississippi Department of Health.</p> <p>&#8220;We have never in our state put anything under the total and complete control of an unaccountable agency like the Mississippi State Department of Health,&#8221; said Gipson.</p> <p>Gipson does not believe if the people of Mississippi truly read and understood the amendment they would vote for the initiative. Other reasons Gipson cites are lack of local control over zoning and location of dispensaries, inability for the Legislature to tweak the program if needed, and where in which the marijuana will be grown.</p> <p>&#8220;I am sensitive to the needs of people who have family members who are suffering and hurting because of chronic pain. We should never overlook that. For those who have those same sensibilities and concerns there is another option in Initiative 65A,&#8221; said Gipson. However, he does admit he will be voting no on both initiatives.</p> <p>Alternative Initiative 65A would be Legislature run.</p> <p>When it comes to who will grow the marijuana, Gipson speculates that the lack of language in Initiative 65 could mean it is brought in from another state. He says &#8220;follow the money&#8221; and implies that there is big money behind this initiative from invested parties.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://yallpolitics.com/2020/09/14/gipson-just-say-no-to-initiative-65/">RELATED: GIPSON: Just Say No to Initiative 65</a></strong></p> <p>Gipson also told gun owners to be wary of the initiative. Since marijuana is still classified as a Schedule 1 drug by the federal government, it could infringe on someone’s right to own or posses a firearm.</p> <p>&#8220;I don&#8217;t think even the people who are supportive of medical cannabis, you won&#8217;t vote for it. You&#8217;ll just say &#8216;no&#8217; to Initiative 65,&#8221; said Gipson.</p> <p>Sheriff Mike Ezell from Jackson County spoke about the strain he believes the passage of medical marijuana will put on law enforcement and EMT&#8217;s.</p> <p>&#8220;Right now alone in Jackson County we answer over 2,600 calls a month and patrol over 270,000 miles a month,&#8221; said Ezell. &#8220;If we&#8217;re doing that this is going to put another strain on our officers that are out there answering calls to serve and protect folks. There&#8217;s going to be some issues that come up with that, that I think our First Responders will see on a regular basis.&#8221;</p> <p>He said he has been shown reports from other states that have passed similar laws on the misconduct among students that has risen since the access to medical marijuana became available.</p> <p>Ezell said there may be other ways to do this, but Initiative 65 was not the way.</p> <p>Senator Angela Hill said even Louisiana has a stricter program for medical marijuana than the Initiative 65 would create.</p> <p>&#8220;First of all, Louisiana&#8217;s program is statutory, it can be amended as needed as the program works itself out. If this passes, it would take another change to the constitution. The Legislature would not be able to come in here and tweak the program,&#8221; said Hill.</p> <p>The program would also not draw in additional tax dollars for roads, bridges, or education in Mississippi. The initiative puts any profit made back into the Health Department to run the program.</p> <p>&#8220;Basically everyone I have explained Initiative 65 to that supports medical cannabis, they don&#8217;t like the way 65 is written,&#8221; said Hill. &#8220;If you are a sensible supporter and don&#8217;t want this wild west program, then vote 65A.&#8221;</p> Stadium-style cockfighting pit busted in Georgia, feds say. Take a look inside https://www.sunherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article245814000.html News urn:uuid:3efcdd37-d513-3111-0c12-703c5b467af1 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 22:44:29 +0000 The fighting pit was being dismantled when law enforcement showed up early Thursday to arrest the owner. Beyond the Bubble podcast: The state of play in Florida https://www.sunherald.com/news/politics-government/election/article245806470.html News urn:uuid:3bcc64b8-f1fa-2732-c021-f9f152cb626a Thu, 17 Sep 2020 22:15:22 +0000 Florida, Florida, Florida: This week’s epsiode of the Beyond the Bubble podcast is all about how the race between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden is shaping up in this critical battleground state. People on TikTok are shaving their teeth with nail files — dentists are horrified https://www.sunherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article245815230.html News urn:uuid:b6043062-a625-30b4-c7f3-b19bbf3d2e3c Thu, 17 Sep 2020 21:48:11 +0000 “Don’t get mad at me when your teeth are more sensitive than a 2-year-old crying over spilled milk.” Texas lawmaker asks ‘where is the NBA’ while reading names of slain police officers https://www.sunherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article245809500.html News urn:uuid:a3d4875d-8573-6740-de6e-2d84c04ff2bd Thu, 17 Sep 2020 21:44:35 +0000 “Where are the names I just read of the 43 police officers who have died in the line of duty this year?” the congressman asked. What is the 1776 Commission? Trump announces plan to promote ‘patriotic education’ https://www.sunherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article245815855.html News urn:uuid:2bd44bd1-8cbd-3cab-9503-099e6f3c4d4b Thu, 17 Sep 2020 21:33:01 +0000 The president announced the commission Thursday during the White House History Conference. Swastika mowed into North Carolina lawn, photo shows. ‘Racism never went away’ https://www.sunherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article245814380.html News urn:uuid:b809b726-abec-87f6-2b54-f85f7befce4a Thu, 17 Sep 2020 21:15:58 +0000 “I don’t know why they chose our family home, but you picked the wrong house,” the owner said Ivanka Trump brings in $7.5 million for dad’s campaign at Florida, Texas fundraisers https://www.sunherald.com/news/politics-government/election/article245810360.html News urn:uuid:ab68bea1-30ab-29e4-72ed-d935237230b2 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 21:13:02 +0000 A pair of fundraisers that Ivanka Trump headlined netted $7.5 million for her father’s cash-strapped reelection campaign this week. Blue Bell must pay record $17 million fine for listeria outbreak in ice cream, feds say https://www.sunherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article245813095.html News urn:uuid:a881cdfe-92a8-967c-8888-3b8be91eec19 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 20:48:28 +0000 The fine is the largest-ever criminal penalty for a “conviction in a food safety case.” An oyster garden? BP oil spill money to fund 4 new projects on the Mississippi Coast https://www.sunherald.com/news/local/article245811400.html News urn:uuid:4af38142-54d6-769f-6788-b35deb5ec043 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 20:32:12 +0000 Hundreds of acres of oyster beds are set to be restored in one of the new Coast projects. COVID-19 positive test rates vary greatly among Southern states. Here’s how they rank https://www.sunherald.com/news/coronavirus/article245805235.html News urn:uuid:ad05bc1b-5b59-fcf4-0d82-e0dec568ed43 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 19:54:12 +0000 North Carolina’s percent of positive coronavirus tests has been hovering around 5%, but Mississippi’s is nearly three times higher. Marshall Ramsey: The Crossroads https://mississippitoday.org/2020/09/17/marshall-ramsey-the-crossroads-3/ Mississippi Today urn:uuid:1bc1215d-1d05-5b91-fff2-da0df1f4e43b Thu, 17 Sep 2020 19:47:08 +0000 <p>At the crossroads. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://mississippitoday.org/2020/09/17/marshall-ramsey-the-crossroads-3/">Marshall Ramsey: The Crossroads</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://mississippitoday.org">Mississippi Today</a>.</p> <p><img loading="lazy" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-778071" src="https://mississippitoday.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Untitled_Artwork-454-771x596.jpg" alt="" width="771" height="596" srcset="https://mississippitoday.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Untitled_Artwork-454-771x596.jpg 771w, https://mississippitoday.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Untitled_Artwork-454-336x260.jpg 336w, https://mississippitoday.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Untitled_Artwork-454-768x593.jpg 768w, https://mississippitoday.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Untitled_Artwork-454-1536x1187.jpg 1536w, https://mississippitoday.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Untitled_Artwork-454-2048x1583.jpg 2048w, https://mississippitoday.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Untitled_Artwork-454-1170x904.jpg 1170w" sizes="(max-width: 771px) 100vw, 771px" /></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://mississippitoday.org/2020/09/17/marshall-ramsey-the-crossroads-3/">Marshall Ramsey: The Crossroads</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://mississippitoday.org">Mississippi Today</a>.</p> Angry son kills his dad and stuffs the body into a large toolbox, Oklahoma police say https://www.sunherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article245809480.html News urn:uuid:e55ce4ac-3c94-d7fa-1871-38447cc57078 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 19:17:42 +0000 Police responded to the home after a call from the victim’s daughter. Wicker Sponsors Legislation to Punish Criminals for Targeting Law Enforcement Officers https://yallpolitics.com/2020/09/17/wicker-sponsors-legislation-to-punish-criminals-for-targeting-law-enforcement-officers/ Mississippi Politics and News – Y'all Politics urn:uuid:c63c6947-a5a7-78e0-6a78-b669018a1721 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:59:54 +0000 U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., today joined U.S. Senator Thom Tillis, R-N.C.,&#160;to introduce&#160;the&#160;Protect and Serve Act,&#160;legislation that would create strong federal penalties for individuals who deliberately target local, state, or federal law enforcement officers with violence. “Attacks on our nation’s law enforcement officers are deplorable and should be severely punished,”&#160;Wicker&#160;said. “Recent assaults like this week’s [&#8230;] <p style="font-weight: 400;">U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., today joined U.S. Senator Thom Tillis, R-N.C.,&nbsp;to introduce&nbsp;the&nbsp;<em>Protect and Serve Ac</em><em>t,&nbsp;</em>legislation that would create strong federal penalties for individuals who deliberately target local, state, or federal law enforcement officers with violence.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">“Attacks on our nation’s law enforcement officers are deplorable and should be severely punished,”&nbsp;<strong>Wicker</strong>&nbsp;said. “Recent assaults like this week’s shooting in Los Angeles have shown the need for stronger federal protections for those who defend our communities. I am glad to join this effort to add strong federal penalties for criminals who would intentionally attempt to harm&nbsp;a law enforcement officer.”</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">In 2020, there have been 37 law enforcement officers killed in the U.S. – an increase of over 20 percent since this time last year. Of those deaths, eight were killed in premeditated attacks, two were victims of an unprovoked attack, and the other 27 officers were killed in the line of duty.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">The&nbsp;<em>Protect and Serve Act</em>&nbsp;would support law enforcement officers by:</p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;">Levying severe federal penalties on those who would knowingly cause, or attempt to cause, serious bodily injury to a law enforcement officer. Offenders would be subject to imprisonment for up to 10 years.</li> <li style="font-weight: 400;">&nbsp;An offender could receive a life sentence if a death results from the offense, or the offense includes kidnapping, attempted kidnapping, or attempted murder.</li> </ul> <p style="font-weight: 400;">Other cosponsors of the legislation include: Senators&nbsp;John Kennedy, R-La., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Mike Rounds, R-S.D., Rick Scott, R-Fla., Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Mike Braun, R-Ind., Rob Portman, R-Ohio, David Perdue, R-Ga., Richard Burr, R-N.C., James Inhofe, R-Okla., and John Boozman, R-Ark.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">Read a one-pager of the legislation&nbsp;<a href="https://www.tillis.senate.gov/services/files/48EC5FF0-3416-40D0-AB78-2AE85F8DED49" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.tillis.senate.gov/services/files/48EC5FF0-3416-40D0-AB78-2AE85F8DED49&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1600454581048000&amp;usg=AFQjCNF-lHjdPu_Yn7byuoepiA-Yu4wjIA">here</a>&nbsp;and text of the legislation&nbsp;<a href="https://www.tillis.senate.gov/services/files/5947FFA5-A14E-4433-B2D4-D7957255F709" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.tillis.senate.gov/services/files/5947FFA5-A14E-4433-B2D4-D7957255F709&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1600454581048000&amp;usg=AFQjCNEYByS7gKc_qkMugzHisRRqVExxVA">here</a>.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;"># # #</p> <p><em>Release from Senator Roger Wicker.</em></p> Ag Commissioner Andy Gipson still practicing law, representing companies before another state agency https://mississippitoday.org/2020/09/17/ag-commissioner-andy-gipson-still-practicing-law-representing-companies-before-another-state-agency/ Mississippi Today urn:uuid:726fae48-f5ea-98b0-bdbc-bc373f837611 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:58:53 +0000 <p>Among Andy Gipson's legal clients is a national company that's asking the Mississippi Public Service Commission to sign off on a restructure.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://mississippitoday.org/2020/09/17/ag-commissioner-andy-gipson-still-practicing-law-representing-companies-before-another-state-agency/">Ag Commissioner Andy Gipson still practicing law, representing companies before another state agency</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://mississippitoday.org">Mississippi Today</a>.</p> <div id="attachment_457134" class="wp-caption module image alignnone" style="max-width: 771px;"><img loading="lazy" class="wp-image-457134 size-large" src="https://mississippitoday.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/MG_2905-771x522.jpg" alt="" width="771" height="522" srcset="https://mississippitoday.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/MG_2905-771x522.jpg 771w, https://mississippitoday.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/MG_2905-336x228.jpg 336w, https://mississippitoday.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/MG_2905-768x520.jpg 768w, https://mississippitoday.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/MG_2905-1170x792.jpg 1170w" sizes="(max-width: 771px) 100vw, 771px" /><p class="wp-media-credit">Eric J. Shelton/Mississippi Today, Report For America</p><p class="wp-caption-text">Andy Gipson speaks at the Westin Jackson after being named Mississippi&#8217;s new agriculture and commerce commissioner Tuesday, November 5, 2019.</p></div> <p>Despite holding a full-time, statewide elected position, Agriculture Commissioner Andy Gipson continues to practice law and is representing national companies before another state agency.</p> <p>Gipson, a longtime former state lawmaker who was appointed in 2018 by then-Gov. Phil Bryant as agriculture commissioner, remains an employee of the law firm Jones Walker, one of the largest 120 law firms in the U.S. with offices in multiple states including Mississippi. His position is listed as special counsel.</p> <p>Among Gipson’s clients is Frontier Communications, a Connecticut-based nationwide telecommunications company that provides internet and cable service to about 1,800 customers in rural north Mississippi. The company has filed bankruptcy and is asking the Mississippi Public Service Commission to sign off on its restructuring plan.</p> <p>The company has generated numerous complaints from Mississippi customers, and Gipson’s representation of it prompted recent calls to Mississippi Today.</p> <p>Gipson, who receives $90,000 a year from taxpayers as agriculture commissioner, said he has taken “a significant reduction in pay” from the law practice because of his limited work. He said his legal work doesn’t pose any conflict with his elected office, and that he limits his law practice and manages his time well, giving taxpayers their full due as commissioner of agriculture and commerce.</p> <p>He also said he cleared his law work with the state Ethics Commission and that he resigned his position as pastor of a church in his home area, although he still runs a cattle and tree farm.</p> <p>“I have a history of doing several different things at a time and doing them well,” said Gipson, reached by phone this week while in Starkville on state agriculture business. “… It’s a matter of time management, being efficient with the time you have … I’ve stepped way back from my law practice. There are many other attorneys in my firm that assist on anything I do.”</p> <p>While Mississippi’s weak ethics laws and enforcement don’t appear to prohibit Gipson’s side work or representing a private company before a state agency, an ethics expert said it could easily be questioned by the public.</p> <p>“It’s not unusual or uncommon for a state or local official to still continue private employment after they are elected or appointed,” said John Pelissero, a senior scholar in government ethics with the Makkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. “But the problem comes in when their private actions, in this case as a private attorney, seem to be at odds with serving the public interest.</p> <p>“What we have here is at least the appearance of a conflict of interest, which could be judged as unethical, if in representing private clients before this other commission he’s putting private interest of the client ahead of the public.”</p> <p>Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley represents people in Tishomingo, Rienzi, Guntown and New Houlka served by Frontier. Presley said he respects Gipson, but that his representation would not influence him or the commission.</p> <p>“I wouldn’t care if their lawyer was Mickey Mouse — I wouldn’t be mean to them or sweet to them based on their lawyer,” Presley said. “I’ve been on Frontier’s butt … I’ve held the (approval of restructuring) up. I intend to hold it up if it takes until the Lord returns if we do not get an improvement plan.”</p> <p>After complaints about phone and internet service lack of customer service from Frontier, Presley said he recently took a driving tour of their offices.</p> <div id="fb-root"></div> <p><script async="1" defer="1" crossorigin="anonymous" src="https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&amp;version=v8.0" nonce="Pbfg9uR4"></script></p> <div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=3266695146701124&amp;id=100000820111587" data-width="750"> <blockquote cite="https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=3266695146701124&amp;id=100000820111587" class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"> <p>So here’s the deal, Frontier Communications. Either submit an immediate improvement plan for QUALITY customer service&#8230;</p> <p>Posted by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/people/Brandon-Presley/100000820111587">Brandon Presley</a> on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=3266695146701124&amp;id=100000820111587">Sunday, September 6, 2020</a></p></blockquote> </div> <p>“In Guntown, people had left Post-it notes on the door asking for help about their phone service,” Presley said. “One had been there so long it had faded out. In Houlka, the windows are busted out of the office and they’ve stuck plywood pressed board up and there’s nobody there. In Tishomingo, there are bird droppings on the door and their sign is leaned up on a stump. In Rienzi, the welcome mat is a big old ball of moss and mold.</p> <p>“It makes me mad when companies like Frontier act like absentee landlords, just here to make money and people are constantly upset with them,” Presley said. “I’ve talked to tons of customers. I have a problem with Frontier because I saw what looked to me like the abandonment of their facilities.”</p> <p>In July, the Daily Journal reported the New Houlka board of aldermen voted to cut off water to Frontier’s officer there because the company had not paid its bill in several months.</p> <p>Frontier customer SaDeanna Hardin, echoing comments of others, wrote to Presley recently via social media: “Frontier is terrible. I have called them since June because either I have no phone or the static is so bad I might as well have no phone. I gave up the internet service because it was so unreliable. I can write you a book on the problems with Frontier.”</p> <p>In addition to Frontier, Gipson also has represented Viasat Carrier Services before the PSC. Viasat is a satellite communications provider wanting PSC clearance to receive federal funds for providing internet services to rural areas in Mississippi.</p> <p>Gipson, when he was first appointed by the governor to the agriculture post in 2018, requested a state Ethics opinion on remaining an employee of the law firm.</p> <p>The Ethics Commission opined that he could, but warned “the official and the law firm must continue to avoid representing clients which are likely to have dealings with the (agriculture) state agency ….”</p> <p>The opinion also cited state law: “… Elective and public office and employment is a public trust and any effort to realize personal gain through official conduct … is a violation of that trust. Therefore, public servants shall endeavor to pursue a course of conduct which will not raise suspicion among the public ….”</p> <p>Ethics Commission Director Tom Hood said he is aware of no prohibitions against statewide elected officials having outside employment or income. He said that in unrelated cases, it has been held that “elected officials do not have office hours or work hours — they don’t have to put in a 40-hour week like an employee would.”</p> <p>Gipson said he has continued private law practice since he served in the Legislature, but has always vetted this with the Ethics Commission. He said he gave up being a law firm partner when he first was elected to the Legislature, and that he now has “very limited law practice” and handles only “routine matters.”</p> <p>Gipson said being a lawyer and keeping up to date with his legal training benefits him as agriculture commissioner as he deals with legal issues and statutes and regulations.</p> <p>Gipson said he has always listed his other work or sources of income above $2,500 a year on <a href="https://www.ethics.webapps.ms.gov/SEIForm.aspx?ai=DS1OxJKzc18%2fHnDYDVaXAg%3d%3d">the statement of economic interest</a> he and other elected officials are required to file each year with the Ethics Commission.</p> <p>In his latest statement, filed in April, Gipson listed his sources of income as ag commissioner, as a lawyer with Jones Walker, as owner of JA Gipson Properties and D’Lo Corner Grocery and Market, and as an officer of a nonprofit called Ambassadors for Christ.</p> <p>The Ethics statement also has a section where officials are asked to list any “person or business and the nature of business the filer represented or intervened for compensation before an authority of state or local government, excluding the courts, on any matter other than uncontested or routine matters, only if the filer is … and elected official … (or) an executive director of head of a state agency ….”</p> <p>Gipson left this section blank.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://mississippitoday.org/2020/09/17/ag-commissioner-andy-gipson-still-practicing-law-representing-companies-before-another-state-agency/">Ag Commissioner Andy Gipson still practicing law, representing companies before another state agency</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://mississippitoday.org">Mississippi Today</a>.</p> Michelob Ultra is hiring someone to travel to national parks — for a hefty salary https://www.sunherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article245809965.html News urn:uuid:06579e04-82d7-9ba6-425a-2ad21d200719 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:56:14 +0000 “Don’t worry about gas money, that’s on us.”  Popular Mississippi newscaster has message for viewer who commented on ‘offensive’ looks https://www.sunherald.com/news/state/mississippi/article245806230.html News urn:uuid:cb9c284a-4d6c-9821-b4a2-53600308b0dd Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:48:11 +0000 “We are all beautiful and unique in our own way,” reporter Maggie Wade said. ‘Gentleman’ pirate famous for his capture on the NC coast gets HBO Max comedy series https://www.sunherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article245806325.html News urn:uuid:a31e03d1-f642-d6b4-d6a9-ca2479435bcf Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:37:38 +0000 The series will be “loosely” based on his “true adventures.” Governor Reeves Announces MS TIG Approval of $15 Million in Restoration Projects https://yallpolitics.com/2020/09/17/governor-reeves-announces-ms-tig-approval-of-15-million-in-restoration-projects/ Mississippi Politics and News – Y'all Politics urn:uuid:a77c39a8-a618-9b0b-d580-786dc4c8665e Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:35:29 +0000 Today, Governor Tate Reeves announced that the Mississippi Trustee Implementation Group (MS TIG) approved four restoration projects totaling over $15 million that will have a direct impact on Mississippi’s coastal natural resources. &#8220;This is a great day for Mississippi and our coastal communities. With over $15 million in restoration projects, we will be able to [&#8230;] <p>Today, Governor Tate Reeves announced that the Mississippi Trustee Implementation Group (MS TIG) approved four restoration projects totaling over $15 million that will have a direct impact on Mississippi’s coastal natural resources.</p> <p>&#8220;This is a great day for Mississippi and our coastal communities. With over $15 million in restoration projects, we will be able to ensure the vitality and longevity of our precious natural beauty and resources along the Gulf Coast,&#8221; said Governor Tate Reeves. &#8220;We are truly grateful for our ongoing partnership with MS TIG and their commitment to protecting the people and local economies on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.&#8221;</p> <p>The MS TIG released its second restoration plan in September to address injuries to coastal habitats and to oysters caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) serves as a Trustee on the MS TIG and will administer the projects, working closely with the project partners to implement them.</p> <p>“The approval of this plan has been a long process, and I am pleased we can move forward into implementation of these important projects,&#8221; said Interim Executive Director Chris Wells. &#8220;These projects are crucial components of the efforts to improve the health of natural resources and the oyster population on the Coast.”</p> <p>The four projects contained in the plan are:</p> <p>Wolf River Coastal Preserve Habitat Management &#8211; Dupont and Bell’s Ferry Tracts ($3.1 million)</p> <p>The Wolf River Coastal Preserve is a 2,500-acre area located near the confluence of the Wolf River with St. Louis Bay. Management activities will include prescribed fire, chemical treatment, mechanical treatment, hydrologic restoration, road repair, culvert replacement, and prescribed grazing.</p> <p>Hancock County Coastal Preserve Habitat Management – Wachovia Tract ($1.76 million)</p> <p>The Hancock County Coastal Preserve-Wachovia Tract is a 1,203-acre area located south of I-10 and east of the Pearl River. Management activities will include a combination of mechanical, chemical, and prescribed fire treatments to help restore habitat in Mississippi.</p> <p>Oyster Spawning Reefs in Mississippi ($10 million)</p> <p>The project will include the restoration and/or creation of a minimum of 100 acres and a maximum of approximately 400 acres of high-relief cultch placements in up to six locations in the Mississippi Sound and areas including St. Louis Bay, Heron Bay, Back Bay/Biloxi Bay, Graveline Bay, Pascagoula Bay, and Grand Bay in Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson Counties.</p> <p>Mississippi Oyster Gardening Program ($500,000)</p> <p>The Mississippi Oyster Gardening Program is a continuation of a Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund project over a five-year period utilizing volunteers along the Mississippi Gulf Coast to grow sub-adult oysters in gardens that hang from waterfront piers, wharves, and docks at suitable locations in the Mississippi Sound including associated bays and estuaries.</p> <p>The MS TIG, comprised of MDEQ, the Department of the Interior, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency, works jointly to implement restoration projects in the Mississippi Restoration Area.</p> <p>More information about the plan and the projects can be found here.</p> <p>###</p> <p><em>Release from Governor Tate Reeves.</em></p> Anti-mask pastor hosts church gathering of hundreds in Washington, officials say https://www.sunherald.com/news/coronavirus/article245807000.html News urn:uuid:ac574959-ce48-d9a0-0367-cecdcdb207c4 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:32:41 +0000 Pastor Greg Locke said face masks are “the dumbest thing that’s ever been created by humanity.” Netflix’s ‘Cheer’ star Jerry Harris charged in child porn investigation, feds say https://www.sunherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article245807945.html News urn:uuid:9b5838db-d23a-4d8c-f539-f7ac1df20c00 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:23:38 +0000 Harris is accused of enticing a 13-year-old boy to send him nude photos and videos, according to court documents. Bloomberg makes initial ad buy in Florida, targets Trump’s pandemic response https://www.sunherald.com/news/politics-government/election/article245804540.html News urn:uuid:cbf937f0-7fbe-dce4-b48b-9269061ef2e4 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:19:22 +0000 Michael Bloomberg is starting to put his money where his mouth is. Side-by-side photos reveal Glacier National Park in Montana fast losing its glaciers https://www.sunherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article245799735.html News urn:uuid:f85d3c76-0e29-35d7-d5ee-bca4c8679b58 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:06:24 +0000 There are 26 glaciers in the park, “nine fewer than in 1966,” officials say. Trump ditches ‘law and order’ for the economy in new TV ad blitz https://www.sunherald.com/news/politics-government/election/article245807355.html News urn:uuid:9194537b-9d6a-c34a-ec1e-077602d2ca41 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 17:46:51 +0000 Amid months of the coronavirus pandemic and civil unrest, the economy has consistently been President Donald Trump’s top issue in the polls. Remnants of 18th-century tavern found spilling from hillside in NC farmer’s yard https://www.sunherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article245698675.html News urn:uuid:a44c20d3-98b4-bda0-a6b7-0629e5689b19 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 17:46:41 +0000 His 3-year-old son kept bringing artifacts into the house. Hyde-Smith says Bill to Avoid Government Shutdown Must Help Farmers, Ranchers https://yallpolitics.com/2020/09/17/hyde-smith-says-bill-to-avoid-government-shutdown-must-help-farmers-ranchers/ Mississippi Politics and News – Y'all Politics urn:uuid:9b63395a-1fc9-9dac-17d6-9d62520ef40f Thu, 17 Sep 2020 17:23:08 +0000 U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) today warned that key agriculture and conservation programs will “come to a screeching halt” on Oct. 1 if Congress fails to include a key provision in legislation to avoid a federal government shutdown. Hyde-Smith and fellow Senate Agriculture Committee and Agriculture Appropriation Subcommittee members delivered speeches Thursday to stress the [&#8230;] <p style="font-weight: 400;">U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) today warned that key agriculture and conservation programs will “come to a screeching halt” on Oct. 1 if Congress fails to include a key provision in legislation to avoid a federal government shutdown.</p> <p><iframe title="Senator Hyde-Smith Fights for Ag Programs as Congress Tries to Avoid Shutdown" width="696" height="392" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Eo0PgSzVfWU?feature=oembed&#038;enablejsapi=1&#038;origin=https://yallpolitics.com" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">Hyde-Smith and fellow Senate Agriculture Committee and Agriculture Appropriation Subcommittee members delivered speeches Thursday to stress the need for Congress to replenish the USDA Commodity Credit Corporation and continue 2018 Farm Bill safety net programs before the end of the month.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">“This is not a situation to be taken lightly.&nbsp; In recent years, America’s farmers and ranchers have experienced unfair foreign tariffs, depressed prices, catastrophic flooding and other natural disasters, market disruptions, and now COVID-19,” Hyde-Smith said.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">“With the end of the fiscal year fast approaching, we must act to ensure important agriculture and conservation programs administered by the Department of Agriculture do not come to a screeching halt on October 1st,” she said.&nbsp; “Failure to include such a provision would pose a serious risk to America’s farmers and ranchers in these already challenging times.&nbsp; It would cause harmful delays in program funding and benefits, at a time when many producers across the country cannot afford to wait months to receive cover for their losses.”</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">Negotiations are underway on a continuing resolution that Congress must pass to prevent a government shutdown on Oct. 1.&nbsp; A year ago, Hyde-Smith was also part of an effort to keep House Democrats from&nbsp;<a href="https://www.hydesmith.senate.gov/hyde-smith-senate-appropriators-house-should-support-farmers-and-ranchers-ensure-mfp-payments-are" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.hydesmith.senate.gov/hyde-smith-senate-appropriators-house-should-support-farmers-and-ranchers-ensure-mfp-payments-are&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1600449475234000&amp;usg=AFQjCNGJpuYBVFgXav1obEN7yJss0QPIig">intentionally omitting</a>&nbsp;USDA program provisions in a CR.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">Mississippi farmers and ranchers are among the more than 1.7 million farmers and ranchers enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs, which the 2018 Farm Bill authorized to help the American agriculture sector weather financial and market disruptions.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">The following is the text of Hyde-Smith’s floor speech:</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;"><em>Mr. President, as the former Commissioner of Agriculture in Mississippi, this is issue is so vital and so important.&nbsp; In Mississippi, agriculture is the number one industry.&nbsp; One in every four jobs is related to agriculture, so this is very vital to my state.</em></p> <p style="font-weight: 400;"><em>With the end of the end of the fiscal year fast approaching, we must act to ensure important agriculture and conservation programs administered by the Department of Agriculture do not come to a screeching halt on October 1st.</em></p> <p style="font-weight: 400;"><em>The 2018 Farm Bill, which was supported by 87 members of the Senate, authorized important safety-net programs to:&nbsp;</em></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><em>Protect producers against sharp price and revenue declines;</em></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><em>Provide short-term loans and interim financing to help producers meet cash flow needs;</em></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><em>Assist dairy producers affected by low milk prices and high feed costs;</em></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><em>Compensate landowners for taking fragile land out of production and implementing conservation improvements to help the environment; and</em></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><em>Assist producers when natural disasters destroy feed for livestock, cause above-average livestock mortality, or damage commercial orchards and fruit trees.</em></li> </ul> <p style="font-weight: 400;"><em>Current law requires many of these program payments to be made annually after October 1st, which highlights the importance of this matter.</em></p> <p style="font-weight: 400;"><em>As Congress discusses measures to keep the government open and federal programs operating beyond the current fiscal year, it is essential for any continuing resolution include a provision allowing the USDA Commodity Credit Corporation to continue financing these programs.&nbsp;</em></p> <p style="font-weight: 400;"><em>Failure to include such a provision would pose a serious risk to America’s farmers and ranchers in these already challenging times.&nbsp; It would cause harmful delays in program funding and benefits, at a time when many producers across the country cannot afford to wait months to receive cover for their losses.</em></p> <p style="font-weight: 400;"><em>Mr. President, this issue is not just about supporting American agriculture, it is about Congress living up to its promises.&nbsp; More than 1.7 million producers signed contracts for the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs.&nbsp; Millions of private landowners have signed conservation contracts to take their land out of production.&nbsp; These are contracts, and the terms of those contracts must be met.&nbsp;</em></p> <p style="font-weight: 400;"><em>I remind my colleagues that this is not a situation to be taken lightly.&nbsp; In recent years, America’s farmers and ranchers have experienced unfair foreign tariffs, depressed prices, catastrophic flooding and other natural disasters, market disruptions, and now COVID-19.&nbsp; I applaud my fellow Republican colleagues on the Appropriations Committee and the Senate Agriculture Committee for raising awareness on this issue.</em></p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">###</p> <p><em>Release from Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith.</em></p> Watch orphaned otter pups explore new habitat after their stay at North Carolina Zoo https://www.sunherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article245802905.html News urn:uuid:0af2f365-9bcc-39ae-ff92-b89b86834148 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 17:19:31 +0000 Video shows the young animals swimming in the wild. NFL player covered the name of a shooting victim on helmet. Here’s the team’s response https://www.sunherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article245805610.html News urn:uuid:4d8d7302-5d18-4dae-b28e-4a3e4e4afbe2 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 17:15:52 +0000 “We understand that individually we may say or do things that are not universally accepted,” the team president wrote. DOJ announces over $6 million in grant funding to assist victims of domestic, sexual violence in MS https://yallpolitics.com/2020/09/17/doj-announces-over-6-million-in-grant-funding-to-assist-victims-of-domestic-sexual-violence-in-ms/ Mississippi Politics and News – Y'all Politics urn:uuid:f8580f74-80eb-e1b9-2955-0ccfe0a41b61 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 16:57:32 +0000 Southern District of Mississippi Launches “Operation Pheonecia” to Combat Domestic Violence ### U.S. Attorneys Mike Hurst of the Southern District of Mississippi and William C. “Chad” Lamar of the Northern District of Mississippi announced today that Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) will direct over $6 million in grant funding to Mississippi to [&#8230;] <p><strong><i><span lang="EN">Southern District of Mississippi Launches “Operation Pheonecia” to Combat Domestic Violence</span></i></strong></p> <p>###</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">U.S. Attorneys Mike Hurst of the Southern District of Mississippi and William C. “Chad” Lamar of the Northern District of Mississippi announced today that Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) will direct over $6 million in grant funding to Mississippi to bolster efforts throughout the state to curb domestic violence.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">With domestic violence continuing to proliferate throughout Mississippi, affecting not only victims but also their families and friends, U.S. Attorney Hurst is also announcing a new initiative entitled “Operation Pheonecia,” in honor of a local victim of domestic violence,&nbsp;<a href="https://people.com/crime/angelic-miss-mom-set-to-graduate-college-in-december-is-killed-by-boyfriend-in-murder-suicide/" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://people.com/crime/angelic-miss-mom-set-to-graduate-college-in-december-is-killed-by-boyfriend-in-murder-suicide/&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1600447278571000&amp;usg=AFQjCNHM8J9WbtZaGv2bhspR2_sUpHOnmg">Pheonecia Ratliff of Canton, Mississippi</a>, to combat this growing threat.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will experience physical violence by their intimate partner at some point during their lifetimes. About 1 in 3 women and nearly 1 in 6 men experience some form of sexual violence during their lifetimes. Intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and stalking are high, with intimate partner violence occurring in over 10 million people each year.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">&nbsp;“These grants will help victims escape abuse, seek justice, and rebuild their lives,” said OVW Principal Deputy Director Laura Rogers. &nbsp;OVW’s current and forthcoming investments in Mississippi foster coordinated responses to violence against women, making resources available to local and tribal communities for investigation and prosecution, transitional housing, and culturally specific victim services, and training for professionals who respond to these crimes.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">“Today, we are recommitting to do even more to combat the scourge that is domestic violence. These grants and Operation Pheonecia will go a long way in making our homes, our families and our communities safer,” said U.S. Attorney Hurst. “By bringing together law enforcement, victim advocates, our courts, attorneys, and the general public, we can effectively fight domestic violence and get victims the help they so desperately need.”</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">“There are far too many Mississippians and Americans who fall victim to domestic violence at the hands of an intimate partner, family member or parent. For many of these victims, home is a place for fear and pain rather than a refuge or safe place.&nbsp; Our office is committed to working alongside state and local partners to combat this problem and these grants will significantly aid in ongoing efforts to combat domestic violence across our state and nation,” remarked U.S. Attorney Lamar.</p> <ol> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><strong><u>Grant Awards</u></strong></li> </ol> <p style="font-weight: 400;">Among the more than $6 million in awards that will be issued to organizations and government agencies in Mississippi are:</p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>The</strong>&nbsp;<strong>Mississippi State Department of Health</strong>&nbsp;will receive&nbsp;<strong>$2,271,297</strong>&nbsp;in formula funds to support law enforcement, prosecutors, victim services providers, and courts in working collaboratively to respond to domestic and sexual violence.</li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>The</strong>&nbsp;<strong>Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians</strong>&nbsp;is receiving four awards, totaling&nbsp;<strong>$2,149,722</strong>, to: fund a cross-deputized tribal prosecutor to pursue cases involving domestic violence, sexual assault, and other serious crimes in tribal court, federal court, or both; bolster coordinated community responses to violence against women; strengthen the tribal criminal justice system in preparation for exercising special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction under the Violence Against Women Act; and provide services specifically for sexual assault victims.</li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>The</strong>&nbsp;<strong>Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault</strong>&nbsp;is receiving&nbsp;<strong>$152,345</strong>, and the&nbsp;<strong>Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence</strong>&nbsp;is receiving&nbsp;<strong>$91,274</strong>, to coordinate victim services and training, and collaborate with federal, state, and local entities across the state.</li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>The</strong>&nbsp;<strong>Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault</strong>&nbsp;is also being awarded an additional&nbsp;<strong>$500,000</strong>&nbsp;to provide training and technical assistance to colleges and universities throughout the nation to address violence against women on campus.</li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Care Lodge Domestic Violence Shelter, Inc.</strong>, in Meridian, is receiving a grant of&nbsp;<strong>$550,000</strong>&nbsp;to provide transitional housing for domestic violence victims.</li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><strong>Our House, Inc.</strong>, in Greenville, is receiving&nbsp;<strong>$288,300</strong>&nbsp;to provide services tailored to the needs of Black survivors of sexual assault in rural areas.</li> </ul> <p style="font-weight: 400;">Mississippi’s grant recipients will also have access to training and technical assistance to help them implement effective strategies for keeping victims safe and holding offenders accountable. One example is OVW’s Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center, a project of the Washington, DC-based Aequitas: The Prosecutor’s Resource on Violence Against Women, which is receiving $1.5 million this year to continue providing training and other resources to law enforcement, prosecutors, and victim services providers to combat stalking. Stalking is a crime that often occurs alongside domestic violence and is associated with a higher risk of domestic violence-related homicide, so equipping justice and victim services professionals with tools for responding to stalking can help them reach victims before it is too late.</p> <ol> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><strong><u>“Operation Pheonecia”</u></strong></li> </ol> <p style="font-weight: 400;">Named in honor of Pheonecia Ratliff of Canton, Mississippi, who lost her life on May 14, 2020, due to domestic violence, “Operation Pheonecia” is a new initiative by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi to directly combat domestic violence with the intent to prevent harm and loss of life before they occur.&nbsp; The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%, and with intimate partner violence accounting for 15% of all violent crime and with almost 20% of domestic violence incidents involving a weapon, the U.S. Attorney’s Office knew it had to act.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">Under this initiative, and by working with federal, state and local law enforcement and nonprofit entities, the U.S. Attorney’s Office is making the investigation and prosecution of federal domestic violence crimes a priority.&nbsp; In addition, “Operation Pheonecia” will involve a campaign to put domestic abusers on notice of their prohibition to possessing firearms, train law enforcement on how to investigate federal domestic violence crimes, provide education for local judges as to the impact of their orders on potential federal criminal prosecutions, and bring awareness to local bar associations and the public on how to report domestic violence crimes to and work with federal authorities, with the overarching goal to reduce domestic violence, save lives and assist victims.</p> <p>###</p> <p><em>Release from U.S. Attorney Office.</em></p> Shopper holds suspect at gunpoint in superstore after fatal stabbing, MI cops say https://www.sunherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article245804360.html News urn:uuid:5f69f2c2-3bab-83ec-36ba-4bc54612c346 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 16:46:50 +0000 An 85-year-old man was stabbed to death in the store, police say. 21-year-old woman accused of killing a grandma, two kids in fire, Michigan cops say https://www.sunherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article245803195.html News urn:uuid:6e17babf-c216-d3cb-d341-d5fff7d16fff Thu, 17 Sep 2020 16:46:38 +0000 Firefighters reportedly discovered a “wall of fire” when they got inside the home Blowtorch-wielding man sets customers’ hair ablaze at boba shop, California cops say https://www.sunherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article245803465.html News urn:uuid:8da0fc89-cb13-3856-55a9-103fdacc0a61 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 16:40:43 +0000 “He said something right before he sprayed, and it was kind of like an evil chuckle.” Pregnant women in prison could see health care improve under House legislation https://www.sunherald.com/news/politics-government/article245804670.html News urn:uuid:b575f20a-4296-2ab0-8f28-1d2fc6352348 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 16:36:28 +0000 <p>Pregnant inmates face unique challenges which congressional lawmakers say have not been adequately documented or addressed, so the <a>House plans to vote</a> on legislation aimed at improving their prison medical care.</p> A Mississippi Gulf Coast shipyard is adding 200 jobs with new tugboat contract https://www.sunherald.com/news/business/article245803150.html News urn:uuid:b6103957-03f3-2466-57e8-0c804e0586e5 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 16:29:27 +0000 Wanted: Skilled shipbuilders A Mississippi Gulf Coast shipyard is adding 200 jobs. 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