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The Delta Bureau's monthly digest of news, culture and education analysis
Hey y'all! 

Welcome back to The Delta Beat! As we're writing and reporting on how the pandemic changes the lives of Mississippians, we reflected on how it has changed ours. We realized we hadn't seen one another or worked together in-person as much as we did pre-pandemic times. So, here's a photo of us during our recent work day at a local coffee shop in Clarksdale.

We hope that this month's newsletter is helpful and beneficial to you.  

As always, don't hesitate to reach out to us. Stay healthy and safe.

Thanks again,

Teachers, parents share concerns about how districts communicate COVID-19 cases

Some Mississippi teachers say they feel unsafe in schools because no one is telling them when they are exposed to COVID-19 and need to quarantine. Read the story. 


Stories from Around the Mississippi Delta
Delta roots radio hour to launch a web series

The Delta Roots Radio Hour, a locally produced radio show promoting the Mississippi Delta connection to roots music, is scheduled to launch November 7 as a series of 15 minute webisodes on social media.  Read the story.

Itta Bena may be left in dark over unpaid power bill
A decade ago, the sole grocery store in the city of Itta Bena shuttered. The last bank left a few years later, followed by the pharmacy — lifelines for a small, rural community. Now, the lights may go out for all 1,800 residents. Read the story.

Greenville's Delta Health System signs to buy Clarksdale's hospital

Northwest Mississippi Medical Center announced that Delta Health System has signed an agreement to purchase the hospital and its related physician clinics and outpatient services.  Read the story.

Bell Academy flourishes with a new garden
Students and faculty at Bell Academy are enjoying the fruits and vegetables of their labor at the school’s Sprouting Garden. Read the story.


The undisputed winner thus far in Mississippi high school football playoffs: COVID-19

 

So far, six teams have forfeited Friday night playoff games due to coronavirus outbreaks, thus ending their seasons. Read the story.

THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA
IN NATIONAL NEWS
Mississippi's Christone 'Kingfish' Ingram on a blues revival

The blues is a quintessentially American art form, yet one whose early masters have mostly passed away. The genre relies on each succeeding generation to renew and reinvigorate it. In Clarksdale, Mississippi, 21-year-old guitarist Christone “Kingfish” Ingram is taking up that mantle.  Read the story. 

For Black students, Mississippi's new state flag means end of a 'Confederate relic'

Some Mississippi school leaders refused to display the state’s previous flag, to shield students from a symbol of the Old South. A new flag is changing that. Read the story.
Podcasts:
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This podcast is a continuation of the mission that Mississippi Today serves: To present facts, perspectives and appropriate context on all sides of a political debate. Mississippi Today deployed 9 reporters to report across 24 counties in the state. Here's what Election Day looked like in Mississippi. Listen here.
 
Tune in on Friday morning to 97.5 FM Clarksdale at 8:40 for Newsweek in Review. Each week, Aallyah Wright and Paul Wilson discuss news stories and events of local interest. Don't worry if you can't catch it live— each episode is posted online as a podcast after airing. 

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