Scientists Report Earliest Known Coronavirus Cases in Five US States

Blood drawn from nine people in the earliest days of the pandemic tested positive for the infection. But some experts questioned the results.

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Scientists Report Earliest Known Coronavirus Infections in Five U.S. States

Blood drawn from nine people in the earliest days of the pandemic tested positive for the infection. But some experts questioned the results.

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Two Black Students Won School Honors. Then Came the Calls for a Recount.

After two white families claimed a grade calculation error, a Mississippi school added their children as co-valedictorian and co-salutatorian, reviving questions about race and equity.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #black-people, #cleveland-miss, #education-k-12, #grading-of-students, #mississippi, #national-assn-for-the-advancement-of-colored-people, #race-and-ethnicity

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NASA doesn’t need to test SLS anymore, but the Senate mandates it anyway

Photo of SLS core stage hot fire test.

Enlarge / During a second attempt, the SLS core stage fires for a full eight minutes at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. (credit: Trevor Mahlmann )

After spending more than 15 months at the Stennis Space Center in Southern Mississippi, the core stage of NASA’s large Space Launch System rocket departed for Florida in late April. Preparations are now underway for launching this mammoth rocket from Kennedy Space Center, likely sometime in early 2022.

For US Senator Roger Wicker, a Republican from Mississippi, the months with the SLS rocket nestled onto a test stand in his home state kindled memories of NASA’s glory days, when engine and rocket test firings were more common at the space center. “Seeing and hearing all four engines of the SLS core stage fire together for the first time was thrilling,” Wicker said after one of the SLS test firings.

But even as he was celebrating the Stennis hot fire tests, Wicker must have been wondering what his center would do after the SLS rocket was gone. During the 15-month test campaign, officials from NASA and the core stage contractor, Boeing, made it plain that they only needed to perform ground test firings of this vehicle one time. Future SLS rockets would ship straight from the factory in Michoud, Louisiana, to the Florida launch site.

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#mississippi, #nasa, #science, #sls-rocket

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We’re Mississippi’s Last Abortion Clinic, and We’re Braced for the Worst

We’ve long needed federal intervention to protect abortion rights, but it’s never been more urgent.

#abortion, #jackson-womens-health-organization, #mississippi, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #southern-states-us

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The Sound of Silence on Abortion

Sport leagues and corporations rally against bias and voter suppression. But they are quiet about abortion. 

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The Catholic Church’s Abortion Fight and What’s Behind It

It’s time to take a look at the role religion plays in American law and jurisprudence.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #john-paul-ii, #mississippi, #pelosi-nancy, #reproduction-biological, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states-conference-of-catholic-bishops

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‘A Great Sense of Inspiration’: Anti-Abortion Activists Express Optimism

The Supreme Court on Monday said it would consider a case from Mississippi that would ban abortion after 15 weeks of gestation, a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade.

#abortion, #guttmacher-institute, #jackson-womens-health-organization, #mississippi, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision

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Damage Reported as Tornadoes Tear Across the South

The National Weather Service planned to survey damage in four Mississippi counties on Monday. Tornadoes were also reported in Georgia, Kentucky and South Carolina.

#alabama, #atlanta-ga, #georgia, #kentucky, #mississippi, #national-weather-service, #tennessee, #tornadoes, #weather

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Vaccine Slots Go Unused in Mississippi and Other States

The good news: There are more shots available. The challenge is getting people to take them.

#black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #indianola-miss, #mississippi, #reeves-tate-1974, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #rural-areas, #states-us, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #whites

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Salmonella Outbreak Is Linked to Wild Birds and Feeders, C.D.C. Says

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 19 people had been sickened in eight states.

#birds, #california, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #kentucky, #mississippi, #new-hampshire, #oklahoma, #oregon, #salmonella-bacteria, #tennessee, #washington-state

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What Has the Pro-Life Movement Won?

Donald Trump gave us a Supreme Court that could overturn Roe v. Wade. But the fight against abortion may leave the current G.O.P. behind.

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As Mask Mandates Lift, Retail Workers Again Feel Vulnerable

“It’s no different now than it was a year ago,” one Kroger employee said, as states like Texas and Mississippi end mask requirements.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #dallas-tex, #kroger-company, #masks, #mississippi, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #united-food-and-commercial-workers-union, #vaccination-and-immunization, #walmart-stores-inc

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How a Volunteer Army is Trying to Vaccinate Black People in the Rural South

In the face of limited transportation, patchy internet service and threadbare medical care, community leaders in Alabama and Mississippi are trying to shrink the racial disparities in vaccine access.

#alabama, #black-people, #cleveland-miss, #greenville-miss, #medicine-and-health, #mississippi, #race-and-ethnicity, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #rural-areas, #southern-states-us, #tuscaloosa-ala, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Getting the Vaccine Isn’t Easy for Black Americans in the Rural South

In the face of limited transportation, patchy internet service and threadbare medical care, community leaders in Alabama and Mississippi are trying to shrink the racial disparities in vaccine access.

#alabama, #black-people, #cleveland-miss, #greenville-miss, #medicine-and-health, #mississippi, #race-and-ethnicity, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #rural-areas, #southern-states-us, #tuscaloosa-ala, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Mississippi Will Remove ‘Misleading’ Language About Covid-19 Vaccine

Bobby Wayne, a retired reverend, called the state seeking help getting the vaccine. He said he was told there was no evidence the vaccine was effective.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-and-drug-administration, #mississippi, #moderna-inc, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Jackson Water Crisis: ‘You Can’t Bathe. You Can’t Wash.’

Nearly one month after a winter storm froze pipes and water mains, more than 70 percent of the city’s water customers remained under a notice to boil water.

#black-people, #infrastructure-public-works, #jackson-miss, #lumumba-chokwe-1947-2014, #mississippi, #reeves-tate-1974, #water

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College Athletes Ask the N.C.A.A. to Protest Bills That Would Bar Transgender Competitors

There have been 25 state bills introduced this year that would prohibit transgender athletes, mainly women, from competing on teams matching their gender identity. Here’s what we know.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #athletics-and-sports, #gender, #house-of-representatives, #mississippi, #mosier-chris, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #politics-and-government, #south-dakota, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #women-and-girls

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Unmasked: When Identity Politics Turns Deadly

Will Republican politicians kill some Texans to own the libs?

#conservatism-us-politics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #masks, #mississippi, #quarantines, #republican-party, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Biden Calls State Decisions to End Mask Mandates ‘Neanderthal Thinking’

Recent announcements by the governors of Texas and Mississippi have health officials pleading for Americans to continue social distancing and mask-wearing.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #fauci-anthony-s, #governors-us, #masks, #mississippi, #reeves-tate-1974, #texas

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Mississippi Congressman Faces Allegations of Misusing Campaign Funds

The House Ethics Committee is investigating Representative Steven M. Palazzo after a preliminary inquiry found he engaged in a “concerning pattern” of spending campaign funds on his waterfront house.

#campaign-finance, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #house-committee-on-ethics, #house-of-representatives, #mississippi, #office-of-congressional-ethics, #palazzo-steven, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Voter Suppression Is Grand Larceny

We are watching another theft of power.

#black-people, #democratic-party, #elections, #law-and-legislation, #mississippi, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Using an Anti-Klan Law Against Trump’s Clan

The recent federal lawsuit against Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani is forcing us into a much-needed history lesson.

#black-people, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #ku-klux-klan, #mississippi, #national-assn-for-the-advancement-of-colored-people, #reconstruction-era, #slavery-historical, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #thompson-bennie-g, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Scenes From a Record-Setting Winter Storm

The coast-to-coast storm brought heavy snow and frigid temperatures as well as prompted rolling blackouts.

#dallas-tex, #mississippi, #ohio, #oklahoma, #photography, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #snow-and-snowstorms, #texas, #washington-state, #winter-season

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Limited Testing in Mississippi Prisons May Be Obscuring Virus’s Toll

Mississippi officials are proud their prisons have some of the country’s lowest infection rates, but they’re not testing inmates without coronavirus symptoms.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #mississippi, #prisons-and-prisoners

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Lincoln Knew in 1838 What 2021 Would Bring

Before Jefferson Davis there was John C. Calhoun. What rougher beasts do Trump, Hawley and Cruz prefigure?

#illinois, #lincoln-abraham, #mississippi, #speeches-and-statements, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vicksburg-miss

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NASA’s SLS Rocket to the Moon Faces Setback After Test

An ground ignition of the engines of the Space Launch System was halted after only about a minute.

#engines, #mississippi, #moon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy

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Man Who Sat on Death Row Is Cleared After Bite-Mark Evidence Is Doubted

Eddie Lee Howard of Mississippi spent more than two decades in prison, but the evidence used to convict him in a 1992 killing is no longer considered reliable.

#false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #forensic-science, #howard-eddie-lee-jr, #mississippi, #west-michael-h-1952

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H. Jack Geiger, Doctor Who Fought Social Ills, Dies at 95

He used medicine to take on poverty, racism and the threat of nuclear destruction. Two groups he helped start won Nobel Peace Prizes.

#black-people, #boston-mass, #deaths-obituaries, #doctors, #geiger-h-jack, #medicine-and-health, #mississippi, #nobel-prizes, #poverty

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William Winter, Reform-Minded Mississippi Governor, Dies at 97

In his single term, he fought to improve his state’s education system. He later threw himself into civil rights work.

#civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #deaths-obituaries, #democratic-party, #education-k-12, #mississippi, #politics-and-government, #segregation-and-desegregation, #winter-william-f

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When Only Homegrown Sweet Potatoes Will Do

For many Southerners, a holiday meal isn’t complete without sweet potatoes direct from the grower.

#agriculture-and-farming, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #internal-storyline-no, #mississippi, #sweet-potatoes

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Supreme Court Considers How to Decide if Teenagers Should Serve Life Without Parole

The justices considered precedents that said only “permanently incorrigible” juvenile offenders ought be sentenced to die in prison.

#eighth-amendment-us-constitution, #kennedy-anthony-m, #mandatory-sentencing, #mississippi, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #supreme-court-us

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This Is an Election Story That Mentions Neither Biden Nor Trump

Here are the (other) races and issues our national correspondents are watching.

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Mississippi City Spared Loss of Electric Service

Upset over high electricity bills, residents of Itta Bena, Miss., complained, only to discover the city was hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt to its power supplier.

#black-people, #electric-light-and-power, #greenwood-miss, #itta-bena-miss, #mississippi, #mississippi-public-service-commission

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Hurricane Zeta’s Winds Swept the Gulf Coast, Leaving Another Mess to Clean Up

It was the fifth named storm to hit Louisiana during a busy and brutal hurricane season. Hundreds of thousands of residents in Louisiana and Mississippi were left without power.

#hurricane-zeta-2020, #louisiana, #mississippi, #wind

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Black Senate Candidates in South Tell Democrats to ‘Meet the Moment’

Several Black Democrats are running competitively in conservative states, and they are doing so by talking explicitly about race.

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AT&T has trouble figuring out where it offers government-funded Internet

An AT&T logo on the side of a building.

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | ljhimages)

If you live in an area where AT&T has taken government funds in exchange for deploying broadband, there’s a chance you won’t be able to get the service—even if AT&T initially tells you it’s available.

AT&T’s Mississippi division has received over $283 million from the Federal Communications Commission’s Connect America Fund since 2015 and in exchange is required to extend home-Internet service to over 133,000 potential customer locations. As we previously reported, the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) accused AT&T of submitting false coverage data to the FCC program. As evidence, Mississippi said its “investigation found concrete, specific examples that show AT&T Mississippi has reported location addresses… as being served when, in fact, the addresses are without service.”

AT&T has since provided an explanation that confirms it submitted false data on the serviceability of some addresses but says it will still meet the overall requirement of serving over 133,000 new customer locations. The problem is in how AT&T determines whether its wireless home-Internet service can reach individual homes and businesses. AT&T uses propagation modeling software to map out coverage areas, but the software isn’t always accurate. This wouldn’t be a problem if AT&T deployed fiber-to-the-home or fiber-to-the-node in these areas, but the company is meeting its obligations with wireless service.

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#att, #biz-it, #connect-america-fund, #fcc, #mississippi, #policy

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Hurricane Delta Heads Toward Louisiana

Schools have been closed and several parishes are under either mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #edwards-john-bel-1966, #hurricane-delta, #hurricane-laura-2020, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #louisiana, #mississippi, #national-hurricane-center, #weather, #wind

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Gulf States Brace for Hurricane Delta

The governors of Alabama and Mississippi have declared states of emergency, while some parishes in Louisiana are under mandatory evacuation orders.

#alabama, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #gulf-coast-us, #gulf-of-mexico, #hurricane-delta, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #louisiana, #mississippi, #national-hurricane-center, #texas, #weather

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‘We Are Losing Parts of Our Culture’: Virus Tears Through Choctaw Community

More than 10 percent of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians has had the coronavirus, and the tribe is bracing for a second wave and more devastation.

#choctaw-indians, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #mississippi, #native-americans

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AT&T took $283 million but didn’t deploy required broadband, Mississippi says

A man with an umbrella walking past a building with an AT&T logo.

Enlarge / A man walks with an umbrella outside of AT&T corporate headquarters on March 13, 2020, in Dallas, Texas. (credit: Getty Images | Ronald Martinez)

AT&T falsely told the US government that it met its obligation to deploy broadband at more than 133,000 locations in Mississippi, state officials say.

Since 2015, AT&T has received over $283 million from the Federal Communications Commission’s Connect America Fund to expand its network in Mississippi. But the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) said it has evidence that AT&T’s fixed-wireless broadband is not available to all the homes and businesses where AT&T claims it offers service. The PSC asked the FCC to conduct “a complete compliance audit” of AT&T’s claim that it has met its obligation.

“Our investigation has found concrete, specific examples that show AT&T Mississippi has reported location addresses… as being served when, in fact, the addresses are without service under their [Connect America Fund] obligations,” said a letter to the FCC sent Tuesday by all three Mississippi PSC commissioners. “This pattern of submitting false data to the USAC [the Universal Service Administrative Company, which administers the program on the FCC’s behalf] merits a full compliance audit by the FCC, USAC, or whichever appropriate agency. We feel it is our duty to alert you to this issue.”

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#att, #connect-america-fund, #fcc, #mississippi, #policy

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Can Mike Espy Make History, Again?

If the Democratic Party claims to value Black support, then they should work harder to make it happen.

#black-people, #democratic-party, #elections-senate, #espy-mike, #mississippi, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #senate, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Shepard Smith, Fox News Apostate, Is Starting Over at CNBC

In a new show on a new network, the anchor wants a ‘no pundits’ approach: ‘We’re not interested in helping you know how to think.’

#carlson-tucker, #cnbc, #fox-news-channel, #mississippi, #news-and-news-media, #ratings-audience-measurement, #shark-tank-tv-program, #shell-jeff, #smith-shepard, #television

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Church That Hosted Emmett Till’s Funeral Is Designated ‘Endangered’

Roberts Temple Church of God in Christ in Chicago, where thousands paid their respects to the murdered teenager in 1955, was placed on a new list of endangered historic places in the United States.

#black-people, #chicago-ill, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #funerals-and-memorials, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #mississippi, #mobley-mamie, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #national-trust-for-historic-preservation, #till-emmett-louis

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Wildfires and Hurricane Sally: How to Help

With fires on the West Coast and floods on the Gulf Coast, relief organizations are providing meals and shelter to devastated communities. If you want to give aid, here are some research pointers.

#alabama, #american-red-cross, #california, #charity-navigator, #florida, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #mississippi, #oregon, #philanthropy, #washington-state, #wildfires

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Live Hurricane Sally Updates

Sally made landfall near Gulf Shores, Ala., as a Category 2 hurricane, with sustained winds over 105 m.p.h. The slow-moving storm is expected to bring “catastrophic” flooding.

#alabama, #floods, #florida, #hurricane-sally-2020, #mississippi, #rain, #wind

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Hurricane Sally Is a Slow-Moving Threat. Climate Change Might Be Why.

Scientists say that climate change, which has also contributed to the wildfires on the West Coast, helped intensify a storm that is unleashing a deluge in Mississippi and Alabama.

#alabama, #floods, #global-warming, #gulf-of-mexico, #hurricane-laura-2020, #hurricane-sally-2020, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #mississippi

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Live Hurricane Sally Updates: Gulf Coast Prepares for Deluge

Officials urged people to prepare for “life-threatening” flash floods, torrential rains and strong winds. “This is the real deal,” Mississippi’s governor said.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gulf-coast-us, #gulf-of-mexico, #hurricane-sally-2020, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #louisiana, #mississippi, #rain

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Tropical Storm Sally Barrels Toward the Gulf Coast

The storm is expected to bring dangerous flooding to areas of Louisiana and Mississippi, according to the National Hurricane Center.

#alabama, #floods, #florida, #gulf-coast-us, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #mississippi, #new-orleans-la, #ocean-springs-miss, #rain, #wind

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After 6 Murder Trials and Nearly 24 Years, Charges Dropped Against Curtis Flowers

Mr. Flowers had faced the possibility of a seventh trial in the quadruple-murder case from Mississippi.

#black-people, #evans-doug-attorney, #flowers-curtis, #mississippi, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #supreme-court-us

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