7/21/20 - Mask Mandates and Hospital Strain | Rep. Thompson Remembers John Lewis | Coin Shortages
The Governor extends his Executive Order requiring masks, and adds new counties to the list.
Then, a Mississippi Congressman remembers the life and service of the late John Lewis.
Plus, where have all the coins gone? We examine why retailers are limiting cash transactions.
More Mississippians are now being required to wear masks when in public. In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, Governor Tate Reeves announced the revised and extended Executive Order during a press briefing yesterday. Mississippi saw another new single-day record yesterday with 1,251 new cases reported. State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs says the recent upward trend is putting unprecedented stress on the state's hospital system.
Congressman Bennie Thompson was a teenager during the Freedom Summer of 1964 - a campaign led by Civil Rights icon John Lewis to register black voters in Mississippi ahead of the primary and general elections. Thirty years later, Thompson would be take the oath of office as Mississippi's Second District Representative, joining Lewis in the People's House. Thompson remembers Lewis, the man and the lawmaker, in a conversation with our Michael Guidry.
"Exact Change Only" - It's a phrase being seen more than usual at retailers across the state, and it's due to a breakdown in coin circulation caused in part by the weeks-long shutdown earlier this spring. Gordon Fellows is President and CEO of the Mississippi Bankers Association. He explains where all the coins have gone.