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YP – First Legislative Redistricting Hearing Held in Meridian
The Legislative Redistricting committee has scheduled hearings throughout the month of August across the state to receive suggestions and recommendations on how Mississippi should redraw the district lines for voting purposes.
This includes the four congressional districts of the United States, as well as the 174 House and Senate districts of Mississippi.
YP – MS Supreme Court Issues Emergency Order Due to Increase in COVID-19 Cases
Due to the pandemic, specifically the Delta variant of COVID-19, the Mississippi Supreme Court issued a emergency order Thursday night.
The emergency order was issued to ensure the safety of all community members and local and state judges.
“In these Orders, the Court has sought to adequately balance individual rights, public health and safety, and the constitutional requirement that Mississippi state courts remain open and accessible,” the Court stated.
MSDH COVID-19 Reports
Today, MSDH reports 2,094 more COVID-19 cases in Mississippi, 8 deaths, and 152 ongoing outbreaks in long-term care facilities. Condition # COVID-19 total: 358,149 cases, 7,621 deaths and 1,045,849 fully vaccinated people. Complete information: https://t.co/YCv9xPyJDk pic.twitter.com/nr5HYlsnfz
– MS Department of Health (@msdh) August 6, 2021
YP – WICKER: President Biden has left the border
Last month, federal immigration agents dropped off about 90 migrants at a bus station in Natchez, Mississippi, causing confusion for both migrants and station workers. Similar declines have occurred this year in Louisiana, Texas and Arizona as the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) struggles to cope with the massive flow of migrants crossing the border. south. Due to the dire situation, ICE has released 50,000 migrants to the country this year, thousands of whom have confirmed COVID-19 cases. Instead of giving them a court date, these people are told to report to an ICE office at a later date, something only 13 percent have done so far. Most will probably disappear in the country forever.
Ole Miss soccer reaches 100% COVID vaccination rate
– US Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (@SenHydeSmith) August 8, 2021
Four years ago, State Representative Omeria Scott says she knew something was wrong when she discovered a large lump in her left breast.
“I woke up on April 21, that Friday morning, and I thought I was lying on the remote …” Scott said. “I looked for it and couldn’t find it. And, you know, I turned around again and I felt something big on my arm and I thought it was the remote control. But then I located the remote and I still felt it and said, ‘OMG, this is a lump.’
She had stage three triple negative breast cancer.
“I don’t think I heard anything more than what they said after they told me the word cancer,” Scott said.
The state Senate District 32 seat is up for grabs when Sampson Jackson resigned from office on June 30. A Meridian optometrist who has cared about the region’s eyes for nearly 20 years is announcing his candidacy in the 32nd District State Senate Special Election in November.
Dr. Minh Duong is throwing his hat into the ring. Duong told Newscenter 11 that he is excited to see what happens and said he is ready to share his ideas to help people in his district.
“This community has been good to us, my employees and my family. This is where I am going to raise my family. This is my home now. It is time for me to give back to the community that has given me so much, ”said Dr. Duong.
The Mississippi State Medical Association believes that masks can make a difference, particularly when it comes to getting students to physically attend classes.
The MSMA said that implementing the mask mandates in schools would be one way to slow the spread of COVID-19, protecting students who cannot get vaccinated, as well as teachers and staff inside the building.