Articles by Melinda Deslatte and Leah Willingham

Southern Exposure: Cold Wreaks Havoc on States with Aging Waterworks

The sunshine is back and the ice has melted. But more than a week after a deep freeze across the South, many communities are still grappling with getting clean water to their citizens. For years, experts have warned of the …

Water Woes Expected to Last Several More Days in Mississippi After Freeze

Rising temperatures began melting the snow and ice in Mississippi and Louisiana, but tens of thousands of people still had little or no water service Monday, some waiting a week for restoration since the outages began during an extended freeze. …

Freezing Winter Storm Paralyzes Deep South; Thousands Without Power

Winter storms that dumped additional snow and ice on the Deep South plunged more than 300,000 homes and businesses into darkness early Thursday and left roads impassable across a wide area. While temperatures were expected to warm over the weekend, …

Mississippi Gov Adds 13 Counties to Mask Mandate in Lieu of Statewide Order

Gov. Tate Reeves instituted mask mandates in 13 more Mississippi counties Tuesday but chose not to implement the measure statewide, a week after several prominent health care leaders called on him to do so. During a press briefing, the Republican …

Mississippi Voters Approve Statewide Medical Marijuana Program

The Mississippi Department of Health has been working around the clock to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the agency will be responsible for starting a statewide medical marijuana program within the next nine months. Uncertified election results show 74% …

Mississippi Governor Adds 10 Counties to Mask Mandate

Starting Monday, people are required to wear masks in public in 23 out of 82 counties in Mississippi, per a new executive order by Gov. Tate Reeves. “COVID-19 is spreading and killing in our state. It’s not a hypothetical – …

Mississippi Lawmakers Seek to Limit COVID-19 Liability to Businesses

The Mississippi Senate is working to limit lawsuits by customers who say they were exposed to the new coronavirus at businesses or medical offices. Senate Bill 3049 would shield businesses, health care providers, religious organizations and other entities from lawsuits …