MSDH: 300 news cases reported Sunday

On Sunday, the Mississippi Department of Health reported 300 new case of coronavirus in Mississippi with 7 new deaths.  The total cases since March 11th is now at 4274 with 159 deaths.

The Governor has extended the shelter-in-place order until Monday, April 27th as the state continues in this peak.

Governor Tate Reeves on Fox News to discuss storm disaster, coronavirus

YP – April campaign finance reports tell story of 2020 Senate & Congressional races

The top race in the Magnolia State this cycle is U.S. Senate Race Round 2 between incumbent Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat challenger Mike Espy

…Since January 2020, Espy has raised nearly $518k compared to Hyde-Smith’s $584k in the same period.

The glaring difference, however, is in the campaigns’ cash on hand, meaning their ability to remain engaged and in the forefront of voters’ minds as the election kicks off in earnest with summer just around the corner.

Hyde-Smith holds that advantage with a $800k lead over Espy in cash on hand, further solidifying the likelihood of her reelection.

#MSSen: Espy says Hyde-Smith “too extreme for Mississippi”

YP – Auditor White encourages local, state government to prohibit purchasing technology from China

State Auditor Shad White released a statement and video Sunday calling on local and state governments to follow the lead of the federal government and prohibit purchasing technology from some dangerous Chinese companies.

“From the doctors and journalists they ‘disappeared’ to the lies they’ve told about the disease, China has cost countless lives in this pandemic. Their government cannot be trusted,” White said in the released.  “We should say a prayer for the people living under China’s repressive regime and everyone suffering during the pandemic. And we should acknowledge that the consequences of China’s virus are in part just that—the Chinese government’s doing.”

Congressman Bennie Thompson gives Democratic Weekly Address

YP – Hyde-Smith welcomes program to benefit Ag producers hurt by COVID-19

U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) today welcomed news of a two-pronged coronavirus relief plan for U.S. agriculture, including provisions that should benefit Mississippi livestock and agricultural producers hurt by price disruptions and market loss with the onset of the COVID-19 national emergency.

Hyde-Smith praised President Donald Trump and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue as they unveiled the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program on Friday evening.  The program entails the distribution of $19 billion from the CARES Act.  Approximately $16 billion is to be provided in direct support to producers, while an additional $3 billion in commodities will be purchased to support food banks, nonprofits and faith-based organizations.

MEMA: 1 death reported in second weekend round of storms

WLOX – Miss. Band of Choctaw Indians Tribal Chief tests positive for COVID-19

Miss. Band of Choctaw Indians Tribal Chief tests positive for COVID-19

The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Tribal Chief Cyrus Ben announced on Facebook Saturday he tested positive for the coronavirus.

Chief Ben said he currently does not have any symptoms, but has self-quarantined to follow the CDC guidelines.

He also said he will move his office to his home and continue to work from there.

WCBI – Mississippi Supreme Court Rules in Favor of C-Spire for State Contract

A legal victory for C Spire.

C Spire announcing a unanimous ruling by the Mississippi Supreme Court to award the company the state technology contract.

In the ruling, the State Supreme Court denies an appeal by AT&T. The contract with the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services will now move forward.

MERIDIAN STAR – Analysis: Mayors set local path on coronavirus response

Analysis: Mayors set local path on coronavirus response

Mississippi mayors are responding to the coronavirus pandemic with stern warnings about the importance of social distancing and friendly reminders of good health practices like keeping clean hands.

Gov. Tate Reeves has said many times that the coronavirus response is federally funded, state supported and locally executed. That means mayors have lots of power to make decisions.