YP – Gov. Reeves discusses state of emergency after Easter storms

Gov. Reeves confirmed that there have been 11 confirmed deaths as a result of the Easter Sunday storms.

MEMA Director Michel said about 30 counties across the state were involved and the deaths spanned across six of those counties. He added that they are still working to account for all local populations.

MEMA shares damage images

MSDH: Coronavirus cases at 2942 with 98 deaths

WJTV – MDOC confirms one COVID-19 case, inmate dies

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The Mississippi Department of Corrections has confirmed one case of COVID-19 in the inmate population.

According to MDOC, the inmate was housed at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman and has died. The inmate, who had underlying health conditions, was tested when he began exhibiting symptoms and was immediately medically isolated pending results. The results did not come in until after the inmate had died. Whether the inmate died because of the coronavirus has not been determined.

After 1 COVID-19 case in prison, Espy calls it them “petri dishes”

WJTV – Mississippi Insurance Commissioner on tornado damage

YP – NFIB making sure small businesses hit by Easter storms can recover

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) is making sure small businesses who have already been hurt by COVID-19 and were involved in the Easter storms know what to do to get assistance.

At this time there are an estimated 11 deaths in Mississippi caused by the storms that wrecked havoc across counties like Walthall, Lawrence, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Carroll and Panola. Governor Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency in light of the damage.

“This is not how anyone wants to celebrate Easter Sunday. As we reflect on the death and resurrection on this Easter Sunday, we have faith that we will all rise together. To the people of Mississippi, know that you are not alone,” said Governor Reeves.

VICKSBURG POST – Flaggs to announce plans to reopen city government, lift business restrictions

YP – Greenville Mayor walks back church tickets, blames Governor for confusion

Outlining the steps he and the City Council took as the city sought to follow CDC guidelines and the Governor’s shelter-in-place order, Simmons said faith was at the center of his administration but a “smear campaign” was begun against him and the city, calling it “unacceptable and reprehensible.”

Mayor Simmons said he and his family have had threats on their life following the incidents.

“These incidents have been taken out of context,” Simmons said.  “This is not a time to play politics.  This is not a time to inflame unprecedented and challenging times with unnecessary attacks and false narratives.”

Speaker Gunn provides an update

NEW YORK TIMES – Does a Dept. of Pandemics Sound Odd? Homeland Security Once Did, Too

President Trump has held regular news conferences to address his administration’s response to the spread of the coronavirus. 

It became a central issue in the 2002 elections and helped Republicans win the Senate. Disagreement over the changes continues to this day.

But another overhaul is almost certain given the effect of the coronavirus.

“Americans will need answers on how our government can work better to prevent a similar crisis from happening again,” said Representative Bennie Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi, who leads the House Homeland Security Committee.

YP – Wicker, Hyde-Smith laud $108 million special ops contract to Gulfport Shipbuilder

U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) today lauded the award of a $108 million defense contract to United States Marine, Inc. (USMI) of Gulfport to produce vessels for the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).

“This is excellent news for talented craftsmen at USMI,” Wicker said. “This Mississippi-based company has grown to be one of the premier suppliers of special warfare boats to our nation’s military, and the Combatant Craft Assault continues that legacy. Mississippians can be proud of their contributions to our national security.”

YP – Congressman praises $108M Contract for USMI in Gulfport

WLOX – Chief Justice Lenore Prather, first woman to serve on Miss. Supreme Court, dies at 88

Chief Justice Lenore Prather, first woman to serve on Miss. Supreme Court, dies at 88

Former Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Lenore Loving Prather died Saturday, April 11, at her home in Columbus. She was 88.

Chief Justice Prather was the first woman to serve on the Mississippi Supreme Court, and was the court’s first female chief justice. In that role, she was the leader of the judicial branch of government in Mississippi.