YP – Mississippi economy fully reopens

“Today, there are no more business closures in our state. I want to underscore: the threat is not gone. It is as contagious and deadly as ever. Please be smart and keep your loved ones safe,” said Reeves.

YP – Sen. Gary Jackson resigns from the Mississippi Senate

On Monday, Senator Gary Jackson submitted his letter of resignation from the Mississippi Senate effective June 30. Jackson cited growing health concerns for his reason in leaving a 17 year stent in the Senate.

“It’s time, it’s tough for me to do this but June the 30th will be my last day,” said Jackson. “I appreciate the service of all of you and that’s all I’ve got to say.”

Gov. Reeves addresses Floyd incident, riots

WJTV – State leaders address national protests over George Floyd’s death

YP – Rep. Bennie Thompson says protests are “expected result” but riots can lead to “serious social reforms”

In a statement to Y’all Politics, Thompson sides with the rioters, justifying their acts in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a Minneapolis man who died after a police officer appears to have used unreasonable force to restrain the man.  Floyd is black and the now former police officer, who has been charged with murder and manslaughter, is white.

“Protesters in Minneapolis and across the country are employing their constitutional right of free speech and the right to assemble,” Thomspon said.  “We are witnessing the expected result of African-Americans being brutalized and dehumanized for centuries. The police have historically tortured and murdered African-Americans at a disproportionate rate—usually with no consequence. Riots are destructive, dangerous, and scary – but can lead to serious social reforms.”

#MSSen: Espy calls for donations of bail funds for protestors

WTVA – State lawmakers calls for peaceful demonstrations

State representative Cheikh Taylor has advised a group of community leaders in Starkville as they organized a demonstration…

…Taylor says, “Nonviolent protests are actually much more effective. It keeps the messaging on point. It makes sure outside detractors don’t control the narrative. If you want your voices heard, make sure that you’re talking to the right leadership and make sure that these energies are buying channeled in a way that’s productive.”

WDAM – Lott wins runoff election for Petal alderman-at-large

Lott wins runoff election for Petal alderman-at-large

Petal residents elected a new alderman-at-large Monday during a runoff election that had been delayed due to COVID-19.

Mike Lott will be the new alderman, receiving 431 votes to Andrew Brickson’s 373 votes.

MSDH: Coronavirus cases up to 15,752 with 739 deaths

Auditor White addresses unemployment fraud

YP – State Workforce Board recommends investment in training