Articles by Emily Wagster Pettus

Federal Judge in Mississippi Calls On Supreme Court to Examine Qualified Immunity

A federal judge in Mississippi has issued a sharply worded ruling that calls on the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the principle of qualified immunity, which protects law enforcement officers from being sued for some of their actions. U.S. District …

Mississippi Gov Looks to Expand COVID Restrictions to More Counties

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves says he is likely to extend the time for restrictions in counties with rapidly expanding cases of the new coronavirus, and he could add several other counties to the list. The current restrictions started last week …

Mississippi Mandates Masks in Parts of State as it Sees ‘Worst’ of COVID-19 Spread

A mask mandate and other restrictions took effect Monday in 13 of Mississippi’s 82 counties as the state continues to see a rapid increase in cases of the new coronavirus, including a steady rise in hospital patients. “This is the …

Mississippi to Release Names of Nursing Homes with Virus Outbreaks After Lawsuit

The Mississippi State Department of Health said Tuesday that it will start releasing the names of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities where people have tested positive for the new coronavirus. The action comes only after a newspaper sued …

All Mississippi Businesses Allowed to Reopen Amid Virus

All types of Mississippi businesses were being allowed to reopen Monday as Gov. Tate Reeves lifted his final orders that had closed them for several weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic. The openings were taking place even as virus case …

Mississippi Establishes Small Business Website for Virus Relief Grants

Mississippi has established a website where owners of small businesses can soon start applying for grants funded by a federal coronavirus pandemic relief package, Gov. Tate Reeves said Friday. The site – backtobusinessms.org – has rules for the program created …

Mississippi Governor Says Reopening Plan has ‘Freedom with Risk’

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Wednesday that he will allow all types of businesses to reopen Monday but they must follow safety guidelines to try to minimize spread of the new coronavirus. “This does not mean the threat is gone,” …

Stay-At-Home Order Extended to June 1 in Mississippi

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Friday that he’s adding another week to his statewide “safer at home” order because of the coronavirus pandemic, but he’s also easing restrictions on water parks and other outdoor sports and leisure venues. The home …

Mississippi to Offer $300M in Virus Relief Grants for Small Businesses

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said last week that he expects to sign a bill to create grants for small businesses by using part the state’s coronavirus relief money. The governor’s staff was involved in negotiations that led to the bill …

Mississippi Gov Supports Lawsuit Protection for Businesses that Reopen

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Wednesday that he will ask state lawmakers to provide legal protection for businesses that might be sued if they reopen and customers or employees become ill with COVID-19. “I am supportive of Mississippi providing liability …