YP – Joint Legislative Committee discusses procedure for upcoming Elections

Watson said supplies for elections will be coming in two phases. The first phase will arrive in time for the runoff and be distributed to counties that need them. These supplies will come out of the $4.7 million in CARES Act dollars that were distributed directly to SOS offices around the nation…

…Election Commissioners said things will definitely look different this year. Training for poll workers will be different to ensure measures are taken to protect from the Coronavirus. The Legislature confirmed that they would be covering the extra costs for those needs as a plan is implemented.

To encourage more people to become poll workers, since there is anticipation for a higher demand, Watson said they are reaching out to the Bar Association, bankers and realtors. They have offered Continuing Education Credits for anyone willing to be trained to work the polls.

Reeves cancels presser so as not to interfere with Floyd memorial

MS Legislative Black Caucus pushes for legislation to address “police brutality,” says colleagues don’t have same urgency

YP – Mike Espy to attend #blacklivesmatter rally in Jackson this Saturday

Mike Espy, the Mississippi Democrat candidate for the U.S. Senate, will be protesting in the capital city this weekend.

“I will be joining Black Lives Matter Mississippi in Jackson on Saturday, June 6 at 3:00 PM CT,” Espy said in a statement.

YP – Wicker supports Paycheck Protection Program

YP – Hyde-Smith reminds of June 15 deadline to comment on Corps Yazoo Backwater Project

Congressman Thompson: Deportations should end

WLOX – Mississippi schools will reopen in the fall but learning may look very different

Mississippi schools will reopen in the fall but learning may look very differentWhile all schools are currently offering some type of summer learning, the main focus now has turned to reopening in the fall.

“I don’t think there’s going to be a switch that’s flipped and you’re going to see 100% of the children in the building. I really do not,” said Wright. “I think all of the superintendents now are pivoting to the reopening of schools… What will it take to reopen and what will be a safe way to do that?What do schedules need to look like? What does cleanliness need to look like? What do all types of activities need to look like, extracurricular activities?”

Wright continued: “What do schedules need to be thinking about? Do we need to bring some students in the afternoons? Do we need to bring certain grade levels in? One thing it’s shown us is that our little ones, particularly pre-K to (grade) 1, we need to make sure they are having as much facetime with teachers in terms of learning to read. That is one thing I think all of the teachers on my advisory council have said is that, yeah, we need those little ones right in front of us when it comes to teaching them to read.”

Reeves thanks Trump Administration for COVID-19 aid

MSDH: Coronavirus cases at 16,650 with 794 deaths

DAILY JOURNAL – Tupelo mayor announces intent to seek third term in office


Current Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton in a social media post Thursday morning announced that he intends to run for re-election and seek a third term as mayor of the All-America City.

“For the next year I will continue to work hard to earn your trust and support, but I will not make decisions because they are politically popular or politically expedient to bolster my chances of getting re-elected,” the post read.

The announcement does not mean the mayor is officially in the race. The qualifying period for Tupelo municipal elections begins in January 2021, and the election will take place in June 2021.

MERIDIAN STAR – La-Z-Boy closes Newton manufacturing plant

The Newton upholstery plant, built in 1960, employs about 300 people, accounts for approximately 10% of the La-Z-Boy branded business total upholstery production and manufactures La-Z-Boy recliners, motion sofas and classics (high-leg recliners), according to the news release.

The Newton-based integrated internal supply functions will remain in operation, the company stated. Approximately 170 people work across these areas and will remain with the company, the company stated.