Mississippi Today: Gov. Bryant promised to release ‘all’ his welfare scandal-related texts. But some key ones are missing.

Mississippi Today: Gov. Bryant promised to release ‘all’ his welfare scandal-related texts. But some key ones are missing.. “Former Gov. Phil Bryant opted Thursday to release hundreds of pages of text messages with figures in the Mississippi welfare scandal after initially fighting a subpoena against him. But several key messages between the state’s chief executive and his appointed welfare director are missing from the batch, according to a separate trove of leaked text messages obtained and possessed by Mississippi Today.”

State of Mississippi: Eudora Welty Digital Archives Launches Online

State of Mississippi: Eudora Welty Digital Archives Launches Online. “Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) is pleased to announce that The Eudora Welty Digital Archives is now available to the public on the MDAH website…. The Eudora Welty Digital Archives represents only a sample of Welty-related material housed at MDAH and features selections of correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, and other media related to Eudora Welty (1909-2001), master of the short story and one of America’s greatest authors.”

State of Mississippi: BEAM to Create Mississippi Broadband Map, Needs Feedback from the Public

State of Mississippi: BEAM to Create Mississippi Broadband Map, Needs Feedback from the Public. “The Office of Broadband Expansion and Accessibility of Mississippi (BEAM) launched a new website to record internet speeds and gather information about internet usage and availability. This information will allow BEAM to create a unique and updated Mississippi Broadband Map that is critical for expanding broadband infrastructure in the state.”

Mississippi State University: MSU Libraries takes Mississippi Republican Party papers online for first time

Mississippi State University: MSU Libraries takes Mississippi Republican Party papers online for first time. “Historical papers of the Mississippi Republican Party, held by Mississippi State Libraries since 1980, are available online for the first time. A new finding aid—or descriptive guide—now helps researchers in electronically examining and understanding the content of the collection which dates back to 1928.”

University of Southern Mississippi: USM Special Collections Earns Grant for Preservation Work

University of Southern Mississippi: USM Special Collections Earns Grant for Preservation Work. “The grant – $135,828 from NHPRC, with $70,178 in-kind matching funds from USM to increase access to collections – will support processing, digitization, and development of finding aids for existing collections significant to the history and culture of Mississippi. Select material will be digitized and featured in online presentations.”

University of Southern Mississippi: Study Shows How African American Pastors in Mississippi Led Their Congregations Toward Public Health Safety during COVID Pandemic

University of Southern Mississippi: Study Shows How African American Pastors in Mississippi Led Their Congregations Toward Public Health Safety during COVID Pandemic. “A research team at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), led by assistant professor of public health, Dr. Tanya Funchess, has recently completed a phenomenological qualitative study designed to address how African American pastors in Mississippi handled the COVID-19 pandemic with their congregations.”

Mississippi Public Broadcasting: Pediatric coronavirus cases continue to rise in Mississippi

Mississippi Public Broadcasting: Pediatric coronavirus cases continue to rise in Mississippi. “Experts say kids are at risk for several severe symptoms of the highly transmissible omicron coronavirus variant, and only 6% of children between the ages of 5 and 11 in Mississippi are fully vaccinated. In the state’s only children’s hospital, nearly all coronavirus patients are unvaccinated, or are to young to be vaccinated at this time. Dr. Anita Henderson is President of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She says some parents are hesitant to get their children vaccinated because they may have had the coronavirus during the delta surge.”

Mississippi Free Press: Mississippi Begins 2022 Awash In COVID-19, Hospitalization Data Mixed

Mississippi Free Press: Mississippi Begins 2022 Awash In COVID-19, Hospitalization Data Mixed. “Omicron continues to wash over Mississippi unrestrained, driving increased case counts and hospitalizations. But data from the University of Mississippi Medical Center support early hopes that the disease may have a milder course of disease in aggregate, but not for every individual.”

WLBT: Miss. Pediatricians urge school mask policies, vaccinations amid rise in COVID-19 infections

WLBT: Miss. Pediatricians urge school mask policies, vaccinations amid rise in COVID-19 infections. “As COVID-19 cases surge to record numbers in the state, pediatrician members of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MSAAP) are reiterating their strong recommendation that schools and child care facilities implement school-wide mask policies for staff and students older than 2 years of age, in alignment with guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics, to help keep children and staff in school.”

Stone County Enterprise: MDAH Launches Family Genealogy Fellowships

Stone County Enterprise: MDAH Launches Family Genealogy Fellowships . “The Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) will award fellowships of up to $2,000 to support individuals hoping to locate information related to their family history using resources available at MDAH. The fellowships are a part of a year-long initiative in 2022 to expand understanding of the Great Migration and its impact on Mississippi and the nation.”

WBHM: Prison visits are back in the Gulf States. Many have not seen loved ones for nearly 2 years

WBHM: Prison visits are back in the Gulf States. Many have not seen loved ones for nearly 2 years. “For over a year, more than 70,000 people incarcerated in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi were not able to visit with their loved ones, impacting both the prisoners and their family members. The Alabama Department of Corrections was one of the last states in the country to reinstate in-person visitation for family and loved ones, holding off until Dec. 4. Louisiana and Mississippi began allowing family visits in October and November.”

Mississippi Today: There’s an exodus of Mississippi school leaders. Is the pandemic to blame?

Mississippi Today: There’s an exodus of Mississippi school leaders. Is the pandemic to blame?. “Superintendents, the chief administrative leaders of Mississippi’s 138 traditional public school districts, have in recent months been left to drive bus routes, serve food in school cafeterias, teach classes in place of teachers and substitutes, and conduct contact tracing missions to identify children who’ve been exposed to COVID-19. And in what have undoubtedly been their worst moments, they’ve lost school staff and students to the virus. Those in the education business say more superintendents are leaving before their contracts are up or are retiring early.”