Latest Coronavirus: 7,441 cases in Mississippi, 7,611 cases in Alabama

Editor’s Note: This article will be updated as more cases are reported. Any video shown above is time-sensitive and may contain old numbers. WTVA will update the video often. (WTVA) – Here is a quick glance at the number of coronavirus cases in Mississippi and Alabama. Mississippi There are 7,441 coronavirus cases in Mississippi reported Saturday, …

Pawn shops prosper amid coronavirus pandemic

TUPELO, MISS. (WTVA)- While the coronavirus has put many industries in financial hardship, the pawn shop industry is still prospering through hard times. Mike Kidd, owner of Mike’s Pawn Shop, says he can’t keep anything in stock. “With the stimulus checks combined and put out in increments it’s been something I’ve never seen before,” said …

Mississippi legislators assert control over virus money

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Friday and asserted their control in a power struggle with the governor over who has the authority to spend $1.25 billion the state is receiving from the federal government for coronavirus relief.Republicans who lead the House and Senate say the Mississippi Constitution gives spending …

Mississippi state graduates react to virtual graduation

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) – Mississippi State University held their first virtual graduation ceremony. The university was forced to change their ceremony style because of the coronavirus. Although it wasn’t what seniors were expecting at the beginning of the semester. “I’m thankful that Mississippi State put this ceremony on for us, even though I wish I …

Lawsuit claims Alabama’s voting rules jeopardize health

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A lawsuit says that Alabama’s voting rules amid the coronavirus pandemic jeopardize the health of voters _ especially older voters, black voters, and voters with disabilities. The lawsuit filed by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program alleges that Alabama’s …

Inmate housed at South Mississippi prison dies

GREENE COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) – The Mississippi Department of Corrections said an inmate housed at a South Mississippi prison died Saturday morning. Rodney Brown, 60, died at Greene County Hospital after he fell ill in his housing area. There appears to be nothing suspicious about Brown’s death, according to the county coroner. An autopsy will determine …

First Monday flea market opens during coronavirus pandemic

RIPLEY, Miss. (WTVA) — The First Monday flea market opened this weekend and attracted customers even though the governor and state health officer discouraged people from attending over coronavirus concerns. Among those there to shop was Barbara Sanderson of Smithville. She and her husband said they were not worried about getting the virus. People looking …