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  National Equal Pay Day supporters and critics speak out on wages

According to the National Committee on Pay Equity, women have worked 81 days to earn what a man did last year in the U.S.

So... just how concerned should we be about America’s $28 trillion debt?

Small businesses have until Feb. 22 to apply for disaster relief loans

Real estate shortage causing seller’s market in central Mississippi

  No extended hours for local bars on New Year’s Eve

  Canceled Christmas parties take holiday strain on restaurants that host them

  Non-violent offenders can find a second chance at the Mississippi Expungement Center

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  Employees could be required to take COVID-19 vaccination if employers make it mandatory

Rankin County Chamber’s ‘Let it Glow’ gives you maps of sensational light displays

  Large number of customers supporting local stores during Small Business Saturday

  Small bakery owners work holiday crunch in wake of COVID-19

  Shoppers adjusting Christmas lists during the pandemic

New Orleans rapper Lil Wayne meets with Trump, gives endorsement of ‘Platinum Plan’

FedEx hiring delivery drivers through Jobs for Jacksonians

Those interested can apply at the Champion Gymnasium on Hattiesburg Street in Jackson between a.m. and 2p.m.

  Pascagoula flower shop celebrates 75 years in business

Pugh’s Floral Shop in Pascagoula is celebrating being in business for 75 years!

  Magnolia aldermen extend mask mandate until January, rescind outdoor party and firework allowance

La Mariposa has now been open 14 years. In spite of plans to social distance, aldermen rescinded the owner's permit to hold her yearly anniversary party. She and others feel like it was a vindictive political move.

  86 days left in 2020: First responders feel hurricane fatigue after long year of disasters

“It can be very stressful. You’re trying to protect the whole community. And it’s just difficult when you have so many disasters happening at once," said Copiah County EOC Director Randle Drane.

  Holiday crafters prepare all year for the holiday season, hope COVID stays home

Metrocenter Mall owner discusses delayed opening and responds to tenants' leasing concerns in Facebook update

  Deion Sanders shines spotlight on the Capital City, boosting tourism

Nine anti-Trump billboards posted just days before the first Presidential debate

  Non-profits face lost donations, higher spending during pandemic

  ‘I came here as a little girl’: Jackson business closing after 30+ years due to COVID-19 impacts

FedEx employees to receive 2% raise as health crisis continues

As the coronavirus pandemic persists, FedEx employees are set to receive a 2% raise in October.

  Some local businesses flourish in spite of COVID-19

Some businesses are gaining traction during the pandemic.

  Local music venues among many nationally in jeopardy

Arden Barnett says 80-90 percent of around 2,000 venues in jeopardy nationally could shut down in the next four to six months.

  Residents of counties with tighter restrictions have mixed views

“If you’re not being safe for yourself, be courteous and be safe for someone else,” Target shopper Wanda Zambrano said.

Dept. of Commerce explains Atlantic Beach strip club’s ‘essential’ business designation

A strip club in North Myrtle Beach was allowed to reopen on Thursday after it received an “essential” business designation.

Gov. Northam says Robert E. Lee monument will be removed as soon as possible

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is expected to announce plans Thursday for the removal of an iconic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond’s prominent Monument Avenue.

  Brandon restaurant owner honors fallen mentor, promotes unity with free food for cops

In order to reach across the thin blue line and encourage officers, John Owens decided to feed as many as would come eat in the parking lot of his business in Brandon Thursday night.

  Business owners react to recession prediction

The prediction that Mississippi may not recover economically from coronavirus until 2023 is a hard pill for business owners to swallow. Some industries are optimistic that the impact will be minimal, while some are facing hard truths.

  Jackson bond rating looking up despite coronavirus outbreak, mayor says

Jackson's credit rating is looking up, in part thanks to an $89 million settlement with Siemens.

Over $21.3 million in federal fishery disaster funds allocated to Mississippi

Over $21.3 million in federal fishery disaster relief has been allocated to the state of Mississippi to help recoup the loss suffered in 2019 after the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway.

New restaurant in Gulfport set to open in August

Marina Cantina, from the folks who brought you The Blind Tiger, is on its way, in Gulfport on the shore of Bayou Bernard.

GBI releases new details after father, son charged with murder of Ahmaud Arbery

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has arrested two men in relation to the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery in Glynn County.

GBI: ‘Sufficient probable cause’ for arrest of father, son in shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery

A judge officially denied bond for Gregory and Travis McMichael on Friday.

  People revive their night lives as some area restaurants open back up

“I’ve been so mad that I could not come and eat at a restaurant or anything for so long that I’m just ready to be out here."

The great mask debate: Is it necessary to wear one in public?

"I be like, uh, they need to have their masks on too. If we have our masks on, they need to have theirs on too," said Andrea Smith, Brookhaven resident.

Moss Point sailor baptized at sea aboard the USS Truman

A Moss Point native was baptized at sea aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman last week.

  Shoppers, store owners look forward to Monday’s reopening

For some places like the Vintage Hydrangea, the shutdown could have been fatal. The store only opened in October.

  Brookhaven nursing home ships patients out for treatment to sterilize facility after outbreak

Many of the residents and employees were infected, and in many cases they were showing signs but were testing negative.

BBB: Stop sharing senior pictures on social media

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is advising against sharing senior photos on social media.

  Ridgeland business offering virtual funerals as social distancing rules linger

Under the current social distancing rules, no more than 10 people may gather in one place.

Tyler Perry surprises shoppers by paying for groceries at Winn Dixie stores

Perry and Winn-Dixie joined forces to provide thousands of elderly and high-risk customers with free groceries

  Essential or not? Some businesses close just in case, some stay open

Some essential businesses have chosen to close down for safety sake, while some say they’re staying open because it’s the right thing to do.

  Impacts of shelter in place order already starting to show for local business owners

“Well of course we’ll have to shutdown completely, and it will be difficult, but honestly I feel like it’s something that needs to be done," Lisa Hayman said.

Gulf Shores announces cancellation of the 2020 Hangout Music Festival

City officials say they have been considering the cancellation for some time and that the decision was based solely on what was in the best interest of public health, safety and welfare.

Dolly Parton to begin reading bedtime stories to children online

Dolly Parton wants to help make these times a little less scary for all of us.

Lee County community members ‘Park and Pray’ for hospital staff

Lee County residents are showing their support for hospital workers.

  Professionals say your gloves may not protect you if you wear them wrong

A lot of Mississippians have taken to wearing nitrile or latex gloves to battle against the spread of the coronavirus. Medical professionals say, however, the gloves won’t save you if you don’t wear them right.

  Ridgeland lifts sign ordinance restrictions to promote businesses affected by COVID-19

Ridgeland lifts sign ordinance restrictions amid Covid 19

Students will not go back to school in Alabama, schools are moving to online learning

That means all students, in public K-12 schools, will begin e-learning or distance learning from home starting on April 6, 2020.

Waffle House closes 365 locations across the U.S.

The breakfast-chain announced the news on their Facebook page Tuesday morning.

Dozens of inmates released from Smith County Jail over Covid-19 concerns

The Smith County Jail is taking steps to prevent more infections.

Kroger adjusting store hours starting Monday

Kroger will be adjusting store hours at its Delta Division stores starting Monday, March 23.

Truck drivers having difficult time getting meals

Truck drivers who don't have mini fridges or cooking capabilities in their trucks are having a difficult time getting meals on the road.

‘This week we have already seen a 50% drop’: Local businesses impacted by coronavirus pandemic

Business owners searching for hope.. in a time of uncertainty.

  Biscuit shop keeps breakfast served in Brookhaven, coronavirus or not

In Brookhaven, there’s a little biscuit shop on the corner of Highway 51 and Industrial Park that has stood through storms of all kinds.

Baton Rouge area pastor defies governor, welcomes large gathering into church service

The pastor of a Louisiana church who says he believes the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is “politically motivated” defied government orders and welcomed hundreds of people into his church service Tuesday evening (March 17).

  Jackson mayor shuts down city buildings, asks restaurants to consider pick-up/delivery only

The city’s coronavirus task force will also be meeting regularly, with state health officials joining the group Tuesday.

Beehive, 8-feet long, discovered in apartment ceiling

Virginia Wildlife Management and Control said in a statement that they removed the hive from the ceiling of a living room in Richmond on Monday.

  McDonald’s worker surprised with award for her kindness, customer service

If you pull up to the speaker at McDonald’s in the morning, you’ll receive a greeting along the lines of, “Good morning me love. Serving you. May I have your order?”

  Alleged Baptist Hospital shooter had murder, domestic violence in arrest record

On Jamal Holmes’ Facebook page, his friends called for compassion for those with mental illness.

  ’I don’t have anything:’ Hilltop Inn fire displaces dozens

Veranda Cole, like the other residents of the Hilltop Inn, now has to figure out where to go from here, and how to take care of her children in the meantime.

  Auto burglars hit same Byram business three times in apparent crime spree

Surveillance photos show two men who raided the same auto repair shop on Wynndale Road three times.

  4-H preparing kids for more than raising farm animals

From 82 counties these young people have come to Jackson starting on January 30 and they'll stay through Thursday.

New bill would require daycares to call if child doesn’t show up

State Rep. Wood introduced a bill to stop hot car related deaths.

MS Lottery Corporation issues warning after player receives email with fake lottery win

The corporation said on Twitter that you will never receive an e-mail from them notifying you of a win.

Mississippi scratch off games bring $54 million since November debut

Lottery players are anxiously awaiting the release of the Mega Millions and Powerball games in just a few weeks.

  Jackson church congregation needs an $80,000 roof to keep them in their building

Southside Baptist Church has been at it's location on Raymond Road since 1939, and has been serving the inner city for many years. Now they need an $80,000 roof to keep them in their building.

Google to bring hundreds of jobs to Mississippi

A new Google Operations Center will be opening in northwestern Mississippi next year.

Coroner releases cause of death of 5-year-old killed in Christmas parade

The coroner has released the cause of death of a 5-year-old who was killed in an accident during a Christmas parade in Bluffton.

  Family seeks answers after worker dies at FedEx hub in Memphis

Troy McClanton is having trouble accepting the death of his 23-year-old son, Duntate Young, who died in an accident early Wednesday at the FedEx hub at the airport.

  Mississippi Braves future hopefully secure at Trustmark Park

Could talks to do away with some minor league teams affect the M-Braves?

  Volunteer firefighter shortage not only affects safety, it may also impact your wallet

Volunteer firefighter participation is waning all over the state and in some places, it has a direct effect on your insurance bill.

  Want to buy a haunted house? Ask about ‘stigmatized properties’

When you pay your $15 or so to go into a HALLOWEEN haunted house, you expect creepy things to happen. But not when you pay your $150,000.

  Lincoln County specialty tea farm finds niche for their product worldwide

Like any other real success, the Great Mississippi Tea Company has a great story!

  Monticello attorney gets videographer to build hype video to save local ballfield

Monticello residents try to salvage their favorite ballpark.

  Jackson Zoo closes gates for at least 2 to 3 months, city officials say

The animals will continue to be cared for by the same crew that has them now, but under the city’s oversight.

  Early tech training: Some kids could bypass college

Some worry early tech training could encourage students to skip college, but some educators say that doesn't have to be the case. Even if it is, it doesn't have to be a bad thing.

Fred’s Pharmacy chain to be delisted from Nasdaq

This comes just after the company recently announced it had filed for bankruptcy last week.