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UAW strike continues: Officials say EPA standards must catch up; Mississippians urged to register to vote ahead of the Nov. 7 general election; NYers worry about impacts of government shutdown.

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Senate leaders advance a plan to avoid a government shutdown, an elections official argues AI could be a threat to democracy and voting rights advocates look to states like Arizona to rally young Latino voters.

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A small fire department in rural Indiana is determined not to fail new moms and babies, the growing election denial movement has caused voting districts to change procedures and autumn promises spectacular scenery along America's rural byways.

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Mississippi's Nov. 7 election is to choose a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, members of the Legislature and other offices. (Burlingham/Adobe Stock)

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Mississippians urged to register to vote ahead of Nov. 7 general election

Ahead of the general election on November 7, there is an urgent push for voter education in the Magnolia State. In 2020, more than 1.9 million …

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Nationwide, nearly 12% of delinquent youth in secure correctional custody have been incarcerated for violating probation or after-care rules, not for committing new criminal offenses. <br />(Miguel Aguirre/Adobe Stock)

Monday, September 25, 2023

A call to action to see fewer children incarcerated in MS

The number of children behind bars in Mississippi has declined significantly in recent years, but their advocates say more work could be done to …

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Mississippians with diabetes have medical expenses about 2.3 times higher than those who are not diabetic, according to the American Diabetes Association. (Seventyfour/Adobe Stock)
Healthier lifestyle tips for preventing diabetes in communities of color

The prevalence of Type 2 diabetes is on the rise in Mississippi. About one in seven Mississippians lives with diabetes. Jernard A. Wells, cookbook …

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A recent report found incarcerated individuals were sleeping on steel bunkers without a mattress at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville. (Photo courtesy Disability Rights Mississippi)
New Bill Advocates for Incarcerated People with Disabilities

A new bill in Congress would ensure assistance and resources for people with disabilities who are in jail or prison. It could have a major effect in …

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According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, during 2020, more than 91,000 Mississippi residents enrolled in health insurance plans through the federal insurance marketplace. (C D/peopleimages.com/Adobe Stock)
MS Call Center Workers Want Better Healthcare, Wages, Union

As the open-enrollment period for people who need health insurance fast approaches, some Mississippi workers are threatening to walk the picket line…

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More than 1,495,000 people are currently working as truck drivers in the United States. (Drazen/Adobe Stock)
Mississippi Black Women Make Strides in Trucking Careers

A Mississippi Black-owned business is cultivating solutions to the transportation industry by training women of color to get into trucking. Nearly 6…

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Jackson is the largest city in Mississippi, and its public water system includes more than 71,000 water connections. (Jana/Adobe Stock)
The Lingering Effects of Jackson's Ongoing Water Crisis

By Torsheta Jackson for Yes! Magazine.Broadcast version by Danielle Smith for Mississippi News Connection, reporting for the YES! Media/Public News …

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The cost of incarcerating older people is especially high, and their risk of reincarceration is incredibly low, yet 12% of people in Mississippi prisons are over age 55. (Viperagp/Adobe Stock)
Report Examines 'Safety Beyond Sentencing' in MS, U.S.

Making jails and prisons safer and sentencing more equitable are the goals of a report marking 50 years of mass incarceration in the U.S. In …

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A study showed thousands of e-cigarette exposure cases reported to U.S. poison centers in the past year, most of which were among kids younger than 5 years old. (Oleg/AdobeStock)
Report: Recommends Ending Disposable Vape Sales in Mississippi

A recent report found disposable vapes are posing a growing environmental threat in Mississippi and across the country. The U.S. Public Interest …

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Mississippi is one of five states to not supplement the federal Supplemental Security Income payment. All other states and territories add money to federal SSI payments. (Gunnar3000/AdobeStock)
SSA Expands Outreach for SSI Benefits to Rural Mississippi Communities

The Social Security Administration has taken a proactive step to bridge the gap between critical financial assistance and the people who may be eligib…

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About 9,480 Mississippians will see their student loans automatically forgiven thanks to the Income Driven Repayment plan, according to the U.S. Department of Education. (Vitalii Vodolazskyi/AdobeStock)
Mississippians Prepares to Start Paying Back Student Loans

Mississippians are working on their monthly budgets as the pause for federal student-loan payments comes to an end, and the pressure of another …

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Agriculture in Mississippi is a $9.72 billion industry. There are approximately 34,700 farms in the state, covering 10.4 million acres. (Brastock Images/AdobeStock)
Bill Aims to Advance Farmer-Led Conservation Education in Mississippi

New federal legislation aims to help farmers in Mississippi and elsewhere share their knowledge of conservation practices as they face an increasing n…

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