From the Wire
Board: Public Universities Cannot Require COVID-19 Vaccine The board that governs Mississippi's public universities has voted to prohibit schools from requiring COVID-19 vaccines for students and staff.
Mississippi Takes Management of Prison from Private Company The Mississippi Department of Corrections is taking over operation of Marshall County Correctional Facility, a prison that has been privately run since it opened 25 years ago.
Mississippi Develops Website for Reporting Human Trafficking The state of Mississippi has developed a website for people to report suspected cases of human trafficking and find help for victims.
Crowded Field Running for Mississippi Senate Seat Nine people have qualified to run for a Mississippi Senate seat vacated in June when Sen. Sampson Jackson retired after 29 years.
Amerigroup and Mississippi Food Network to Launch First Food Rx Program A $25,000 donation from Amerigroup to the University of Mississippi Medical Center will help establish the state’s first Food Rx program for children at Children’s of Mississippi, the state’s only dedicated children’s hospital.
Family: Man Turned Away by Dozens of COVID-Filled Hospitals As hundreds of mostly unvaccinated COVID-19 patients filled Alabama intensive care units, hospital staff in north Alabama contacted 43 hospitals in three states to find a specialty cardiac ICU bed for Ray Martin DeMonia, his family wrote in his obituary.
Mississippi Courts Moving Slowly to Online Records All Mississippi counties were supposed to have their circuit, chancery and county court records online by July 1, but only about half met the deadline.
Mississippi Judges Promote Vaccination Against COVID-19 Some Mississippi judges are urging people to follow their example and get vaccinated to slow the spread of COVID-19—an effort aimed at keeping courts open.
Some Workers Protest Mississippi Hospital's COVID Vaccine Mandate Some employees are protesting a Mississippi hospital's mandate that all of its workers get vaccinated against COVID-19, even as the state has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the U.S. and has experienced a sharp increase in coronavirus cases ...
Ida Damages More Than 160 Mississippi Homes Hurricane Ida damaged at least 164 homes in Mississippi, destroying six of those and leaving 42 with major damage, state officials said Wednesday.
Ida Similar to Katrina, but Stronger and Smaller Hurricane Ida is looking eerily like a dangerous and perhaps scarier sequel to 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, the costliest storm in American history. But there are a few still-to-come twists that could make Ida nastier in some ways, but not quite ...
Heat Wave Brings Scorching Temperatures to a Dozen States Cooling centers have opened in Mississippi’s capital city as a heat wave scorches temperatures in several states in the South and Midwest.
City Sanctioned for Slow Response to Public Records Request The Mississippi Ethics Commission has ordered the city of Jackson to pay more than $170,000 in legal fees for violating state law by taking more than a year to provide public records that a TV station requested.
Sheriff Lee Vance Dies After Testing Positive for COVID-19 The sheriff of Mississippi's largest county has died, almost two weeks after he tested positive for COVID-19 amid an outbreak of the illness at a jail he oversaw.
Jackson Leaders Approve $120,000 to Help the City's Zoo The city council in Jackson has approved more than $120,000 for the Jackson Zoo to help the facility maintain its license to operate.