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Photo essay: Jackson's Metrocenter Mall planning tentative soft opening on Nov. 25

The Metrocenter Mall in west Jackson opened in 1978 and closed in 2018. After months of uncertainty and plans delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, mall officials expect for the mall to partially reopen later this month.

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Officials remain mum on suspension, investigation of Mississippi's chief medical examiner

Mississippi Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Mark LeVaughn is being investigated by the attorney general’s office and has been placed on administrative leave, but officials are saying little about the case.

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Griffis defeats Westbrooks for Supreme Court seat after delay in counting votes

Central District Justice Kenny Griffis, an appointee of former Gov. Phil Bryant, has won a full eight-year term on the Mississippi Supreme Court. 

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Analysis: Supreme Court justices lacking some facts during oral arguments on governor's partial veto


Before breaking that all-important tie, it might behoove the Mississippi Supreme Court justices to gather all the facts — facts they did not seem to have during last week’s oral arguments.


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The Other Side Podcast: Postmortem on state's historic 2020 election 

Mississippi Today’s political reporters Geoff Pender and Bobby Harrison discuss candidates and issues surrounding the 2020 elections and what the results could mean in the coming years.
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Judge issues gag order in Mississippi welfare embezzlement case
 

Two days after Mississippi Today's investigation with the Clarion Ledger published, a judge issued an order prohibiting parties in the welfare embezzlement case from speaking with press.

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Mississippi is one of the most under-connected states in America. Why is that?
 

As school, work, doctor visits and other aspects of life have moved online, just 57% of Mississippians have access to affordable broadband.
 

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Mississippi Today store opening set for Nov. 23

The Mississippi Today online store is almost here! On Monday, Nov. 23, all of our readers will be able to shop for apparel, mugs, Marshall Ramsey merch, face masks and more. Subscribe to The Today, our daily newsletter, to get the link when it launches.

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Mississippi Today team searches for higher education reporter

If you are a journalist with a deep curiosity about how the higher education system really works in Mississippi — from the sociological factors that influence a student’s decision on whether or not to enroll, to the political influence of the Institutions for Higher Learning (IHL) governance of our state’s colleges and universities — you might be the reporter Mississippi Today seeks to create a new state higher education beat.  

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Seven counties added to Mississippi mask mandate

Gov. Tate Reeves added seven more counties to a mask-wearing mandate on Monday, bringing the total to 22 counties. The counties added are: Hinds, Madison, Pontotoc, Tate, Winston, Itawamba and Montgomery.


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Most Mississippi nursing homes haven't completed Medicare's COVID-19 training

Mississippi has the most COVID-19 infections per capita among nursing homes. Only 29 of the state's 211 nursing homes have taken advantage of the free COVID-19 training offered by the federal government to help squash transmission in their facilities.


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Weekly update: How many students and teachers have tested positive for COVID-19 in your school?

This past week saw the weekly number of students, teachers and staff rise sharply, with 1,546 people contracting COVID-19 the week of Nov. 9-13.

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Jackson Public Schools to resume in-person classes and sports in January

Jackson Public School District announced it will resume in-person learning in January of next year after operating entirely virtually during the fall semester. 
 

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Schools across the state close their doors as COVID-19 infections spike

Schools and districts across Mississippi are shutting their doors and transitioning to online learning ahead of the Thanksgiving break as COVID-19 cases sharply spike.

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Thomas Hudson named new JSU president

Interim Jackson State University president Thomas Hudson has been named president. His appointment marks a hopeful end to a tumultuous period of leadership upheaval at JSU.

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Key education groups call Gov. Reeves' budget priorities hypocritical, 'extremely disappointing'

On Monday, Gov. Tate Reeves recommended limiting funding to schools that do not teach in-person during the pandemic and setting aside $3 million for a “Patriotic Education Fund.” Top education groups say his priorities do not address their needs.

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

Educators who spoke with Mississippi Today said they feel unsafe because no one is communicating to them when someone in the building contracts the virus, meaning they have no idea if they have been exposed and need to quarantine.

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Alcorn's Giles and Young, JSU's Bacon join Black College Football Hall of Fame

The Black College Football Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2021 on Thursday, and three of the six inductees played college football in Mississippi. Jimmie Giles and Roynell Young of Alcorn State and the late Coy Bacon of Jackson State will join the BCF Hall of Fame, soon to have a permanent home at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. 

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Marshall plane crash still resonates 50 years later, especially at Mississippi State

It was 50 years ago last week the college football world took a long timeout to grieve. The charter plane carrying the Marshall football team home  crashed and burned about a mile from the strip where it was supposed to land in Huntington, W.Va. That same plane was supposed to pick up the Mississippi State football team later that night.

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