YP – Gov. Reeves gives good news to those ineligible for unemployment assistance

Governor Tate Reeves provided positive news for those who have been unable to apply for unemployment during the COVID-19 pandemic. He announced that gig workers, self employed, church workers and others who might not have been eligible for unemployment are not able to apply through special funding from the Coronavirus pandemic.

Reeves said the re-opening strategy will be continuous but also likely to be slow. He said he is following the advisement of healthcare officials and expects that even as sectors begin to open there will still be rules to follow.

He said that Mississippi’s curve appears to be flattening and is expected to actually be lower than anticipated. But reminds people that that does not mean the threat is gone.

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WLOX – MDES announces ‘Pandemic Unemployment Assistance’ for Mississippians now available

MDES announces ‘Pandemic Unemployment Assistance’ for Mississippians now availableOn Tuesday, the Mississippi Department of Employment Security announced assistance for Mississippians who are unable to work due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Governor Reeves also highlighted this new unemployment assistance during his press conference saying, “Good news starting today… we have cleared the hurdles to make the pandemic unemployment assistance available.”

This “good news” is that people, who are partially unemployed or became unemployed as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, may be eligible to apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). This includes “self-employed individuals, independent contractors, persons employed by a church or religious entity, employees of non-profit organizations, gig economy workers, those who do not have sufficient wages in covered employment during the last 18 months to establish a claim under regular unemployment compensation.”

WDAM – Ban on elective procedures/surgeries impacts rural hospitals already at risk of closure

Ban on elective procedures/surgeries impacts rural hospitals already at risk of closureBefore the coronavirus pandemic, Field Health System didn’t make a profit, CEO Chad Netterville said.

The network of five clinics and a Centreville hospital broke even.

Now it’s even worse, because Netterville said elective surgeries helped keep those workers paid and the doors open.

#MSSen: Espy launches campaign to save the Postal Service

YP – States, cities begin to reopen under President’s Three-Phase Plan

After President Donald Trump’s roll out of his three-phase plan for states to reopen their economies last week, many governors and local officials began taking immediate steps to do just that.

In Mississippi, Governor Tate Reeves has extended the shelter-in-place order another seven days until April 27 but did allow for some non-essential businesses to reopen on a drive through, pick up, or delivery basis.

The governors of Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina have announced they will be easing restrictions by the end of this week, allowing for the states to reopen to varying degrees.  Local leaders, like the Mayor of Atlanta Keisha Bottoms, said they were concerned about this decision.

Wicker, Hyde-Smith support new PPP funding

YP – Hyde-Smith highlights AG disaster assistance for tornado victims

U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) today identified U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs that could help cattle producers, poultry growers, and private landowners who experienced losses from recent historic tornadoes and severe storms in Mississippi.

Hyde-Smith, a member of the Senate committees with authorizing and funding jurisdiction over USDA, confirmed that Mississippians who lost cattle, chickens, timber, or farm-related infrastructure are eligible for assistance offered by USDA to a number of USDA programs.

Palazzo joins call for China to be tried in International Court

GAZEBO GAZETTE – Cuevas enters vacancy for County Tax Collector

Cuevas Enters Vacancy for County Tax Collector

Following a twelve year stray away from the political scene in Mississippi politics, former District 46 (Pass Christian, DeLisle, Kiln, Lizana) State Senator Scottie Cuevas will enter the vacancy for the Harrison County Tax Collector vacancy set for the November election.  The Harrison County Board of Supervisors directed the Election Commission to set the special election for November 3 and appointed Sharon Nash in the interim role for the vacancy left by David LaRosa.

Cuevas represented District 46 for 12 years from 1996-2008 until losing to former State Senator and Mississippi Democratic Caucus Representative David Baria in the Democratic Primary by 36 votes.

Former MS House Rep. Tommy Woods dies