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AGs Hood & McKenna Release Statement on Rogue Sites Legislation




**Vicksburg Daily News obtained a copy of the letter that was addressed to Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator Chuck Grassley, Representative John Conyers and Representative Lamar Smith. We have included the text of the letter below.

Dear Senators and Congressmen: We write to commend you for your attention to the serious issue of the counterfeiting and piracy of U.S. products occurring on rogue websites, and to ask for your legislative support in addressing these extremely harmful activities. Today, enforcement against theft of intellectual property (IP) is more important than ever. The activities of infringers and counterfeiters are estimated to cost the global economy $650 billion each year and have robbed 2.5 million jobs from the G20 economies. Moreover, counterfeit products are often of inferior quality or outright harmful design, which poses a serious and very real threat to the health, safety and wellbeing of our citizens. While counterfeiting and piracy are not new, the proliferation and extent of these activities is unprecedented. Criminals have turned to the Internet, abusing its virtually unlimited distribution opportunities, to expand their illicit activities and profits. With the Internet, these criminals have access not just to all of the 50 states, but also to the territories, such as Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands. And they are succeeding; a recent study found that just a small sample of 43 rogue sites generated over 53 billion visits a year. A growing number of rogue websites are based overseas, presenting law enforcement with unique enforcement challenges. We are therefore extremely pleased that in Washington, D.C., both the House and Senate have turned their attention to this major problem. Legislation is needed to disrupt the counterfeiting and pirate business model by cutting those sites off from the American marketplace. This narrowly tailored response to clearly illegal activity would enable effective action against the worst of the worst counterfeiters and pirates online. We urge Congress to make the introduction and enactment of rogue site legislation a top priority this year. On behalf of all of us and the citizens of our respective states, we thank you for your leadership on this important issue. Respectfully, Jim Hood Attorney General of Mississippi NAAG Intellectual Property Committee Co-Chair Rob McKenna Attorney General of Washington NAAG Intellectual Property Committee Co-Chair Roy Cooper Attorney General of North Carolina NAAG President Luther Stranger Attorney General of Alabama John J. Burns Attorney General of Alaska Fepulea’i Arthur Ripley, Jr. Attorney General of American Samoa Tom Horne Attorney General of Arizona Dustin McDaniel Attorney General of Arkansas John Suthers Attorney General of Colorado George Jepsen Attorney General of Connecticut Joseph R. Biden, III Attorney General of Delaware Pamela Bondi Attorney General of Florida Samuel S. Olens Attorney General of Georgia Leonardo M. Rapadas Attorney General of Guam David M. Louie Attorney General of Hawaii Lawrence G. Wasden Attorney General of Idaho Tom Miller Attorney General of Iowa Derek L. Schmidt Attorney General of Kansas John Conway Attorney General of Kentucky James D. “Buddy” Caldwell Attorney General of Louisiana William J. Schneider Attorney General of Maine Douglas F. Gansler Attorney General of Maryland Bill Schuette Attorney General of Michigan Lori Swanson Attorney General of Minnesota Catherine Cortez Masto Attorney General of Nevada Michael A. Delaney Attorney General of New Hampshire Gary King Attorney General of New Mexico Wayne Stenehjem Attorney General of North Dakota E. Scott Pruitt Attorney General of Oklahoma Peter F. Kilmartin Attorney General of Rhode Island Alan Wilson Attorney General of South Carolina Robert E. Cooper, Jr. Attorney General of Tennessee Greg Abbott Attorney General of Texas Mark L. Shurtleff Attorney General of Utah Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, II Attorney General of Virginia Darrell V. McGraw, Jr. Attorney General of West Virginia Gregory A. Phillips Attorney General of Wyoming]]]]> ]]>

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Father arrested for taking newborn from hospital



Travis Hargrove (photo courtesy LSP)

Police have arrested the father of the newborn taken from a Monroe, Louisiana, hospital last week.

Travis Hargrove, 35, has been charged with cruelty to a juvenile for taking his newborn son, Travis Hargrove Jr., from the St. Francis Medical Center just after 11:20 p.m. Oct. 22, the night of the baby’s birth. Police say the father hid the infant in a backpack, but the baby’s security bracelet alerted the hospital to his leaving the premises.

Court records reveal that the mother, who has not been named, tested positive for THC and amphetamines at the time of the infant’s birth, which could result in the child being taken from the parents by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, KNOE reports.

The infant, who was found safe just a few hours after his father took him, needed to be monitored for possible withdrawal symptoms, according to hospital staff.


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Mass shooting in Greenwood leaves two dead among the 10 shot



A mass shooting in Greenwood, Mississippi, Saturday claimed the life of two people among the 10 who were shot.

Siblings from Chicago died Saturday night as a result of being shot at a gathering after their grandmother’s funeral. They have been identified as Jonathan Pitts, 42, and his sister Katrina Pitts, 41, according to the Greenwood Commonwealth.

The shooter had fled the scene by the time police arrived, Greenwood Police Deputy Chief Marvin Hammond said.

The Vicksburg Daily News will provide additional information as we know it.

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Mississippi reports 675 new COVID-19 cases this weekend; 7-day average up 30% from last month



The number of new COVID-19 cases continues to rise across the U.S., with a 23% increase over the past week and two record-setting days. In Mississippi, the seven-day average is 30% higher now than it was one month ago.

Almost no state is immune to the rise, with 37 states reporting growing numbers of new cases and the other 13 relatively flat, according to Johns Hopkins University data. No state reported statistically significant COVID-19 decreases last week.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported three new COVID-19 cases Sunday and Monday in Warren County and one new death identified from a death certificate report. The cumulative number of cases in Warren County to date is 1,551, and the county’s death toll is 56.

Statewide, MSDH reported 675 new COVID-19 cases Monday for Sunday and Monday, with 228 reported Sunday and 447 Monday, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 115,763. The seven-day average of new cases is 739, higher by 226 cases or about 30% higher than a month ago.

Most new cases are seen in younger people recesntly, and they are more likely to survive the virus than those 65 and older. By far, the age group reporting the most cases in Mississippi are young people from 18 to 29 years old.

MSDH reported Monday that eight additional Mississippians died of COVID-19 statewide. The cumulative number of deaths in the state is 3,263. The state’s rate of deaths to confirmed cases is about 2.8%.

Deaths are a lagging indicator. While July saw the highest number of new cases since the crisis began, August saw the highest number of deaths. The highest number of deaths in any one day was 67 reported Aug. 25.

Of the eight deaths MSDH reported Monday, four occurred between Oct. 11 and Oct. 25 in the following counties:

County Deaths reported Monday
George 1
Leake 1
Marion 1
Tippah 1

Another four COVID-19 related deaths occurred between Aug. 29 and Oct. 6 and were identified from death certificate reports.

County Deaths identified from death certificate reports
Grenada 1
Hinds 1
Jackson 1
Warren 1

New cases and deaths were reported to MSDH as of 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, and Sunday, Oct. 25. MSDH usually reports statistics on the COVID-19 coronavirus each day based on the previous day’s testing and death reports.

The primary metric concerning state health officials are the numbers of people hospitalized, and that number rose steadily with the rise of new cases in July and August. On June 6, the number of Mississippians hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 was at 358. Hospitalizations nearly tripled by late July. They leveled off in early August and began noticeably dropping in the middle of the month including critical cases and numbers of people requiring ventilators. Hospitalizations continued to drop in September but levelled off at the middle of the month. They dropped again through Oct. 3; however, hospitalizations have been rising since then.

The number of Mississippians hospitalized for the virus as of 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, is 679, more than half of the late July peak of about 1,200. The number includes 580 with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 99 people with suspected but unconfirmed cases. Of those with confirmed infections, 157 were critically ill and in intensive care units and 66 were on ventilators.

Source: MSDH

MSDH has estimated the number of people who can be presumed recovered from COVID-19 in Mississippi. That number is 101,385 through Sunday, Oct. 25. This figure is updated weekly. It represents about 87.6% of the cumulative 115,763 cases reported as of Monday, Oct. 26.

The number of cases in Warren County three weeks ago, Monday, Oct. 5, was 1,431, therefore the estimated number of people presumed recovered in the county is 1,375, or about 88.7% of the 1,551 cumulative cases reported as of Monday, Oct. 26. The county has an estimated 120 active cases.

These estimates are based on MSDH’s guidelines for calculating estimated recoveries when hospitalizations are not known, using the number of cases 21 days ago, less known outcomes (deaths).

The total number of Mississippians tested for COVID-19 (PCR and antigen tests identifying current infections) as of Saturday, Oct. 10 (the latest testing results reported by MSDH), is 900,479 or about 30.3% of the state’s 2.976 million residents. Without an updated number of tests, it is impossible to accurately calculate Mississippi’s positivity rate (positive results to tests, seven-day average), however, the rate was 16.6% Thursday according to Johns Hopkins University. The national rate is 6.2%, and 5% or lower indicates adequate testing.

The total number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities was 133 Monday. About 40%, or 1,304, of the state’s total deaths were people in long-term care facilities.

A total of 26 deaths in Warren County were residents of LTC facilities.

MSDH is no longer reporting outbreaks in individual long-term care facilities in Mississippi and has replaced it with access to a database from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. You can access and search the data here. The latest data available is for the week ending Oct. 11.

For additional information, visit the MSDH website.

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