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Mississippi health officer issues immediate stay-at-home order for COVID-19 patients

Mississippi health officer issues immediate stay-at-home order for COVID-19 patients

By JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - Any Mississippian diagnosed with COVID-19 must immediately isolate at home, according to an order just issued by State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs. The order is statewide and effective immediately. “We have a lot of COVID activity throughout the state right now, so it is absolutely critical that anyone infected with COVID-19, and not hospitalized, must remain in the home or other appropriate residential location for 14 days from onset of illness (or from the date of a positive test for those who are asymptomatic),” Dobbs explained Tuesday. Failure or refusal...

August 4, 2020
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$6.67M grant awarded for PRCC’s workforce training in Hancock County

$6.67M grant awarded for PRCC’s workforce training in Hancock County

$6.67M grant awarded for PRCC’s workforce training in Hancock County By HANCOCK COUNTY, Miss. (WLOX) - Pearl River Community College is receiving a $6.67 million RESTORE Act grant to support the school’s workforce training in Hancock County. Governor Tate Reeves announced the grant Monday. The funds will be used for the construction of the , located adjacent to Stennis International Airport and Hancock County High School. “This is a great day for Pearl River Community College and the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” said Governor Tate Reeves. “We’re grateful for President Trump and Treasury...

July 27, 2020
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Biloxi resident fatally shoots intruder, police say

Biloxi resident fatally shoots intruder, police say

By BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - One person is dead following an alleged early morning intrusion in Biloxi, police say. According to the Biloxi Police Department, they received a 911 call at 1:10 a.m. from a Biloxi resident who shot an intruder at their home located on Old Bay Road. When police arrived, they found the alleged trespasser in the backyard of the house with a gunshot wound. The investigation is initial thus far. But at the moment, investigators say the deceased did break into the Biloxi residence and the homeowner shot the intruder during a confrontation. Family members of the...

July 19, 2020
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Bill outlining RESTORE Act projects becomes law

Bill outlining RESTORE Act projects becomes law

By SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Money for multiple projects in South Mississippi has been approved after Senate Bill 2977 became law Wednesday. The bill outlines plans for projects to receive nearly $86 million in funding from BP oil spill money. Gov. Reeves did not sign the bill within the designated window of time, which means the bill is now automatically approved. A restoration committee appointed by the governor reviewed 119 applications for RESTORE Act money, ultimately narrowing it down to the final 14 projects that will receive funding. Coast appointees to the restoration committee...

July 9, 2020
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Chemours to close First Chemical Pascagoula plant by end of the year

Chemours to close First Chemical Pascagoula plant by end of the year

LIVE REPORT: Chemours to close First Chemical Pascagoula plant by end of the year By PASCAGOULA, Miss. (WLOX) - Chemours has announced that it will close its plant in Pascagoula at the end of this year. A statement released by Monday by Chemours reads: The First Chemical site in Pascagoula has been a valuable part of Chemours through its manufacturing of aniline, nitrobenzene and NDPA lube antioxidant. As a result of a business review we determined that aniline business is not core to our future strategy and we have made the difficult decision to exit the business and cease production at...

July 6, 2020
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Ocean Springs block party scheduled for Fourth of July now canceled

Ocean Springs block party scheduled for Fourth of July now canceled

By OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (WLOX) - Ocean Springs mayor Shea Dobson announced the Independence Day celebration scheduled for the Fourth of July will not be taking place anymore. The original plan was to shut down the street in order to provide more room for visitors to social distance. However, medical and legal professionals suggested that the downtown block party be canceled. Mayor Dobson admitted he was disappointed but ultimately felt like it was the smartest move. “I am not the only one whose opinion matters. I am not the only one whose perspective matters, and it’s important to do what...

June 28, 2020
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Beauvoir COO ‘not surprised’ to lose Literary Landmark designation

Beauvoir COO ‘not surprised’ to lose Literary Landmark designation

By BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - The Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library at Beauvoir is losing its designation as a Literary Landmark. Friday, June 12, the Executive Committee of United for Libraries voted unanimously to rescind the status previously given to the library, which sits on the grounds of the historic last home of Confederate president Jefferson Davis. The program recognizes sites of literary significance, and the designations are awarded to sites as opposed to authors. The United for Libraries Executive Board released a statement saying, “United for Libraries has rescinded...

June 22, 2020
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Mississippi Supreme Court denies motion preventing evictions through July

Mississippi Supreme Court denies motion preventing evictions through July

By JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - The Mississippi Supreme Court denied a petition this week that would extend the moratorium on evictions and late rental fees until July. The Mississippi Center for Justice hoping to give relief to renters struggling to pay rent during the pandemic. It asked that the ban on evictions and late fees be extended to July 27, and that garnishment be be suspended until 60 days after the end of a state of emergency. The Court denied both. The Center for Justice asked for the extension, citing the federal CARES Act, which prevents evictions through July 27 for federal...

May 1, 2020
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Gulfport, Biloxi lifting temporary mandatory curfew

Gulfport, Biloxi lifting temporary mandatory curfew

By GULF COAST, Miss. (WLOX) - As the Gulf Coast goes into another calendar month under the coronavirus pandemic, cities are announcing the end of their mandatory curfews. Biloxi Mayor Andrew “Fofo” Gilich announced Friday that the city’s nightly curfew would end Sunday morning, meaning the 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew remains in effect Friday and Saturday nights. Gilich also announced the “” guidelines to establish protocols for various sectors of the Biloxi business community, including retailers, non-casino hotels, and healthcare facilities. The guidelines also cover those awaiting the OK to...

May 1, 2020
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Mississippi casinos allowed to reopen May 21st

Mississippi casinos allowed to reopen May 21st

LIVE REPORT: Mississippi casinos can reopen May 21 By BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - Mississippi casinos will be allowed to reopen at 8am on Thursday, May 21. WLOX News received confirmation of that decision Thursday afternoon from Allen Godfrey, Executive Director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission. When asked about that decision to reopen, Governor Tate Reeves said, “If the gaming commission has released their decision, it is final and official.” The Mississippi Gaming Commission will send out its official order Friday. That order will include the guidelines all casinos must follow to reopen....

May 14, 2020
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