Markets: U.S. stocks jumped about 1% this morning with the tech-heavy Nasdaq hovering near a fresh record high on hopes of a bounce back in post-pandemic economic activity, as investors shrugged off rising new COVID-19 cases in several U.S. states, Reuters reports. The Nasdaq opened above its all-time closing high on June 10, lifted by shares of the largest U.S. companies by market capitalization, Apple Inc., Microsoft and Amazon. Read the full story.
ICYMI: The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board selected Leslie Brown as the system’s new superintendent during a meeting Thursday. Two women were up for the job, Brown and Nakia Towns. Brown is chief portfolio services officer for Broward County Public Schools in Florida. WAFB-TV has the full story.
Mississippi flag: The Southeastern Conference released a statement Thursday warning that potential SEC championship events will no longer be held in Mississippi unless the state flag is changed, WBRZ-TV reports.