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Day of action focuses on CT undocumented's healthcare needs; 7 jurors seated in first Trump criminal trial; ND looks to ease 'upskill' obstacles for former college students; Black Maternal Health Week ends, health disparities persist.

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Seven jury members were seated in Trump's hush money case. House Speaker Johnson could lose his job over Ukraine aid. And the SCOTUS heard oral arguments in a case that could undo charges for January 6th rioters.

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Fears grow that low-income folks living in USDA housing could be forced out, North Carolina's small and Black-owned farms are helped by new wind and solar revenues, and small towns are eligible for grants to boost civic participation..


In Mississippi, around 11% of the total population was uninsured in 2021. (Drazen)

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Mississippi seniors may benefit from dual-eligible special-needs coverage

Certain health plans offer benefits for eligible low-income seniors in Mississippi who have special medical needs, but not everyone knows they are …

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The AARP Foundation says its Tax-Aide program helped secure more than $1.1 billion in refunds for more than 1.5 million taxpayers last year. (RomanR/Adobe Stock)
Tax-filing procrastinator? Free help still available in MS

From now until next Monday, Mississippi residents who need assistance in filing their income tax returns can use the free services of the AARP …

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One in five children in the Magnolia State faces hunger, according to the nonprofit Feeding America. <br />(Adobe Stock)
Mississippi kids will miss out on Summer EBT food program

As summer approaches, thousands of children in Mississippi could go without enough nutritious food when school is out, as the state has opted out of …

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House Resolution 4366 is a package of six Fiscal Year 2024 appropriations bills that continues funding for several programs and helps avoid a partial government shutdown. (DC Studio/Adobe Stock)
MS Community Health Centers get boost from federal funding bill

In Mississippi and across the country, Community Health Centers are getting a funding increase, thanks to Congress passing a bipartisan spending …

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Mississippi boasts around 5,000 named streams spanning about 14,000 miles in total length, but most are seriously degraded, according to the group Wildlife Mississippi. (kengmerry/Adobe Stock)
Clean water advocates urge Congress to restore vital protections

Today is World Water Day, a global observance to raise awareness about the importance of access to clean, fresh and safe water. This year, advocates …

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A new Prison Policy Initiative report revealed the number of deaths by suicide among women in jails increased by almost 65% between the periods of 2000-2004 and 2015-2019. (Karen/Adobe Stock)
New report details harsh realities of women in jail, prison

Women are treated much differently than men by the criminal justice system, according to a new report detailing how and why mass incarceration is …

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A report from the National Rural Education Association showed there is only one psychologist or counselor for every 436 children in Mississippi, the fifth
Rural MS schools face steep hurdles compared with nation

Nearly half the public schools in Mississippi are in rural areas and their needs figure prominently in a national report on rural education. The …

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In Mississippi, 147,800 people aged 35 to 49 owe an average $48,985 in student-loan debt, totaling $7.24 billion, according to Education Data Initiative. (Tada Images/AdobeStock)
Loan forgiveness deadline approaches for Mississippi student borrowers

Student-loan borrowers in Mississippi and nationwide could have their debt reduced or eliminated through a new one-time adjustment by the U.S…

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Mississippi is one of 14 states that has banned abortion completely. Before the Dobbs decision, the  monthly average number of abortions in April and May 2022 was 350 each. (Parilov/AdobeStock)
Group offers abortion travel benefits for Mississippi women

Amid ongoing concerns about reproductive access in the Magnolia State, a Jackson-based organization is offering financial help and other support …

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The three oral conditions that most affect overall health and quality of life are cavities, severe gum disease and severe tooth loss, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Drazen/Adobe Stock)
Mississippians' access to oral health among worst in U.S.

The Magnolia State is in the top five for worst access to dental care, according to a county-by-county report. More than 70 million Americans live in …

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The Postmaster General implemented a 10-year transformation plan known as
MS postal union workers voice concerns about understaffing, mail delays

Postal service staffing shortages across the United States, including in rural areas of Mississippi, are being cited as one of the reasons for mail …

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Operation Good works to improve life in Jackson and recently collaborated with University of Mississippi Medical Center for a violent crime interruption research project. (Operation Good Mississippi)
'Operation Good' works to curb violent crime in Jackson

A group of formerly incarcerated people is making headway in Jackson, Mississippi, to turn young lives around and prevent violent crime. On average…

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