Fraud overwhelms pandemic-related unemployment programs

With the floodgates set to open on another round of unemployment aid, states are being hammered with a new wave of fraud as they scramble to update security systems and block scammers who already have siphoned billions of dollars from pandemic-related jobless programs.
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  Biden hails House passage of $1.9T virus bill, now to Senate

The overall relief bill would provide $1,400 payments to individuals, extend emergency unemployment benefits through August and increase tax credits for children and federal subsidies for health insurance.

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  COVID-19 in Mississippi: 704 new cases reported Sunday

  Black History Month: The Tougaloo Nine try integrating local library through read-in

JPD: Two men wanted in deadly shooting on Jayne Ave.

2 dead, 8 injured after mass shooting inside Claiborne County club

  Mississippi lawmakers considering creation of a conservation trust fund

Several Mississippi outdoors and conservation groups are looking towards a new possibility of infusing more money into their conservation efforts.
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Biden team readies wider economic package after virus relief

Looking beyond the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, President Joe Biden and lawmakers are laying the groundwork for another top legislative priority — a long-sought boost to the nation’s roads, bridges and other infrastructure that could run into Republican resistance to a hefty price tag.

  Water levels and frustrations rise as crews repair breaks across the city

  Major flooding from burst water pipe could threaten development for downtown Jackson building

Jackson’s 21st homicide of 2021 occurs after man killed on N. Prentiss Street

Woman killed in hit-and-run on Old Fannin Road

Prayers encouraged for Copiah Co. deputy diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer

Vicksburg PD: 16-year-old taken to hospital after being shot in the back, legs

Disqualified candidates question legitimacy of Canton’s Democratic executive committee

Dr. Horne: Recent drop in Miss. COVID cases may have led to ‘unreasonable optimism’

  • Coronavirus

Pharmacist drives through snow to deliver COVID-19 vaccine to disabled woman, family

For five weeks, the mother of a disabled woman in Pennsylvania searched for a vaccine appointment, reaching out to state and local leaders with no luck.

SPORTS

MSU walks off Tulane for a second straight game to win series

Reyes plates six runs as JSU sweeps UAPB

Big second half sees Ole Miss get past #17 Kentucky

MSU women fall to Missouri in regular season finale

Hancock’s grand slam evens series for MSU

Luke Hancock left his mark with a walk-off grand slam that gave the No. 5 Mississippi State baseball program a 9-5 win over Tulane

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  Mother, 2 children killed in apartment fire

  Continued progress in Jackson water pressure, but no timeline for restoration

Former ranking state official arrested on child sex charges

JPD officer arrested for domestic assault

Mississippi teen accused of biting police officer is now in jail

While being arrested, investigators say she clamped down and bit the cop.
  • Coronavirus

J&J’s 1-dose shot cleared, giving US 3rd COVID-19 vaccine

The U.S. is getting a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19, as the Food and Drug Administration on Saturday cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two.

Emergency rental assistance program to be launched in March

  Man gets two life sentences for raping children in 2020 home invasion

Miss. getting $5.62M grant to improve health, education responses in pandemic

ATM burglarized in Flowood, undetermined amount of cash taken