YP – Coaches, Universities urge Legislators to take action in changing the state flag

Coaches from all eight of Mississippi’s public universities rallied at the state Capitol on Thursday calling for Legislators to take action and change the state flag.

“I had a meeting with our team the other day and I could tell a hurtfulness in our locker room, a confusion in our locker room, because they want change,” said Kermit Davis, head basketball coach at Ole Miss. “It’s the right thing to do. Mississippi needs to have a flag that is great for all the citizens in our state.”…

…Speaker of the House Philip Gunn also made remarks at the press conference. He said that the presence of these individuals alone at the Capitol today continues to speak to the importance of this issue.

“This entire state is screaming for change,” said Gunn. “This is an issue that needs to be resolved, and resolved quickly. The longer it goes, the more it festers and the harder it will be to change later on.”

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DAILY JOURNAL – Tupelo City Council plans to remove state flag

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Mayor Jason Shelton’s administration announced on Thursday the intent of the City Council to remove the current Mississippi flag from municipal property until a new flag is approved, whenever that may be.

In a statement released Thursday afternoon, Shelton’s administration said that a majority of the current council members have requested that orders be drafted to remove the state flag from all locations where it currently flies, replacing it with the City of Tupelo flag.

YP – Congressman Thompson to serve as Democratic National Convention Chairman

According to a release on Wednesday, the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) announced their convention plan to broadcast from Milwaukee and across the nation, “in a convention geared to reach out to all Americans.”

The Democrat Convention will include four nights of programming from August 17-20, 2020.

The DNCC announced that Mississippi Congressman Bennie Thompson (MS-02) will serve as Permanent Chair of the 2020 Democratic National Convention. The Convention Chair presides over all official convention business.

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YP – PSC Commissioner Presley talks utilities during COVID, expansion of broadband

“We’ve got to get the broadband gap filled in Mississippi and give people in rural communities the same quality of life of people in more populated areas,” said Presley.

Legislators are currently handling a few bills to address broadband expansion like SB 3946 which is part of the COVID-19 bills. Entitled the “COVID-19 Connectivity Act,” this bill would establish a grant program to be administered by the Public Utilities staff in order to expand broadband service to underserved areas.  EPA’s would be eligible to apply for the grant dollars in order to expand service. This bill passed in the Senate and will now head to the House for consideration.

YP – Sen. Hyde Smith to Democrats: Stop looking for ways to divide the American public

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MSDH reports nearly 1100 new Coronavirus cases in MS in one day

WLOX – Top Miss. health official: ‘Absolutely terrified we’re going to overwhelm health care system’

Top Miss. health official: ‘Absolutely terrified we’re going to overwhelm health care system'

“I’d say this is a surprise but this is not even remotely a surprise,” State health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said about the increase.

MSDH officials say the spike in cases is highest among people ages 18-29.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers says the spike cannot be tied to any one event, but transmission is coming from groups of people who are gathering together and not social distancing or wearing masks.

Reeves, Dobbs plead with citizens to heed guidelines on COVID-19