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Can you fix ventilators? A fuel cell engineer figures it out

Posted yesterday in National

It was late when engineer Joe Tavi's boss called with an odd question: Could their company, which makes fuel cells, learn how to fix a ventilator?



Poll: Less than half back Trump's pandemic response

Posted yesterday in National

Americans give high marks to state and local governments for their handling of the fast-moving coronavirus pandemic that has swiftly remade everyday life.



Some employers to laid-off staffers: Let's stay in touch

Posted yesterday in National

As millions of job cuts tear through the U.S. economy, a faint glimmer of light has emerged: Some employers are trying to maintain ties to the staffers they're letting go so they can more quickly rehire them once the viral outbreak has passed.



More evidence indicates healthy people can spread virus

Posted yesterday in National

Scientists offered more evidence Wednesday that the coronavirus is spread by seemingly healthy people who show no clear symptoms, and the federal government issued new guidance warning that anyone exposed to the disease can be considered a carrier.



Gun background checks smash records amid coronavirus fears

Posted yesterday in National

Background checks required to buy firearms have spiked to record numbers in the past month, fueled by a run on guns from Americans worried about their safety during the coronavirus crisis.



Residents snitch on businesses, neighbors amid shutdowns

Posted yesterday in National

One Tulsa bar owner said more than a dozen motorcyclists showed up unannounced, but he served them a round of shots anyway to celebrate a birthday. Another live-streamed a drag queen show on Facebook while up to 20 people drank inside the locked bar, ignoring police when they knocked on the door.



Son: Jazz great Ellis Marsalis Jr. dead at 85; fought virus

Posted yesterday in National

Ellis Marsalis Jr., the jazz pianist, teacher and patriarch of a New Orleans musical clan, has died after battling pneumonia brought on by the new coronavirus, one of his six sons said late Wednesday.



Feds: Man intentionally derailed LA train near hospital ship

Posted yesterday in National

A train engineer intentionally drove a speeding locomotive off a track at the Port of Los Angeles because he was suspicious about the presence of a Navy hospital ship docked there to help during the coronavirus crisis, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.


One confirmed case of COVID-19 in Starkville nursing home

A Starkville nursing home has a patient with a case of COVID-19 coronavirus.

Local businessman, antebellum homeowner joins CVB board

Posted 4/1/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Lowndes County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday morning to appoint Joe Beckett, local businessman and antebellum homeowner, to the board of the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Local State Farm agent, CRA chair dies Tuesday

Posted 4/1/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

John Acker, chairman of the Columbus Redevelopment Authority and longtime State Farm agent, died Tuesday evening from an apparent medical condition.


Reeves issues stay-home order for 1 of 82 counties

Posted 4/1/2020 in State

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves issued his first stay-at-home order Tuesday against the new coronavirus, but it is only for one of the state's 82 counties.



Trump: 'Life and death' at stake in following guidelines

Posted 4/1/2020 in National

President Donald Trump warned Americans to brace for a "hell of a bad two weeks" ahead as the White House projected there could be 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the U.S. from the coronavirus pandemic even if current social distancing guidelines are maintained.



What you need to do to get your government stimulus check

Posted 4/1/2020 in National

The IRS and the Treasury Department say Americans will start receiving their economic impact checks in the next three weeks.



Mississippi alters probation check-in because of coronavirus

Posted 4/1/2020 in State

The Mississippi Department of Corrections is temporarily stopping in-person check-ins for people on probation, parole, house arrest or other forms of community supervision.



Autopsy set for inmate who died in Mississippi prison

Posted 4/1/2020 in State

An inmate has died at South Mississippi Correctional Institution, and the state Department of Corrections said Tuesday that no foul play is suspected.



Those without broadband struggle in a stuck-at-home nation

Posted 4/1/2020 in National

In Sandwich, New Hampshire, a town of 1,200 best known as a setting for the movie "On Golden Pond," broadband is scarce. Forget streaming Netflix, much less working or studying from home. Even the police department has trouble uploading its reports.



2nd Mississippi rep resigns over pension and pay dispute

Posted 4/1/2020 in State

A Mississippi lawmaker is resigning as of Tuesday because he will not be able to collect his state government pension while serving in the state House.



Louisiana spillway may open for record third consecutive year

Posted 4/1/2020 in National

A major flood control structure on the Mississippi River may have to soon be opened up to ease pressure on New Orleans levees, federal authorities said Tuesday.



Twister slams Alabama neighborhood during virus quarantine

Posted 4/1/2020 in National

An apparent tornado slammed into an Alabama neighborhood, shattering more than a dozen homes Tuesday while people were hunkered down inside because of the coronavirus outbreak, as storms caused damage from Mississippi to Georgia.



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