Mississippi Weather Outlook for Friday, January 29th

Image courtesy of Gary O’Cain/SuperTalk Mississippi Here’s a look at your statewide forecast: To the north, widespread morning frost, then mostly sunny with highs in the lower 50’s. Cloudy tonight with lows in the upper 30’s. In central Mississippi, widespread frost this morning, then sunny with highs in the upper 50’s. Partly to mostly cloudy …

MSDH confirms 2,186 new COVID-19 cases, 38 deaths

The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting 2,186 new cases of COVID-19. The latest report brings the state’s total up to 272,662. With the confirmation of 38 additional deaths, 5,983 Mississippians have now passed away from the virus. *MSDH Note: 23 COVID-19 related deaths occurred between December 5, 2020 and January 22, 2021, identified …

Wicker Opposed to Permanent Fencing Around U.S. Capitol

The acting Capitol Police Chief wants to make the razor-wire lined fencing around the US Capitol permanent, an idea MS Senator Roger Wicker opposes. Wicker issued this statement in response to a proposal that would not only make the fencing permanent, but also keep backup forces for Capitol police in close proximity to the White …

MS House Republicans call for investigation into treatment of guardsmen

After 25,000 National Guardsmen were deployed to D.C. for the inauguration of President Biden, several thousand soldiers were later forced to relocate from the Capitol complex to a nearby parking garage.  While the 100 members of Task Force Mississippi were not among those in the parking garage, the Republican members of Mississippi’s delegation in the …

Businessman pleads guilty to dumping waste into Jackson Sewer System

A local businessman has admitted to dumping over three million gallons of waste into the City of Jackson’s sewer system. Andrew Walker, owner of Rebel High Velocity Sewer Services, pled guilty in Federal District Court before Judge Kristi Haskins Johnson to having illegally discharged industrial waste into the capital city’s sewer system from November 2016 …

Supreme Court to hear arguments in Madison’s Initiative 65 challenge

The Mississippi Supreme Court has set a date for oral arguments to be heard in the city of Madison’s lawsuit challenging the legitimacy of Initiative 65—the medical marijuana program approved by an overwhelming majority of Mississippi voters. Arguments in the case, labeled Mary Hawkins Butler v. Michael Watson, will begin on April 14th. Hawkins-Butler, the …

MEMA awarded $32 million to aid vaccine distribution

Photo courtesy of CDC.gov A large chunk of federal funding will aid Mississippi’s vaccination distribution efforts.  $32 million in grant funding has been awarded to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency to support the rollout of the vaccine at public facilities across the state. The funding, awarded by FEMA, was applauded by U.S. Senators Roger Wicker …