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Some South Dakota farmers are unhappy with industrial ag getting conservation funds; Texas judge allows abortion in Cox case; Native tribes express concern over Nevada's clean energy projects.

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The Colorado Supreme Court weighs barring Trump from office, Georgia Republicans may be defying a federal judge with a Congressional map splitting a Black majority district and fake electors in Wisconsin finally agree Biden won there in 2020.

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Texas welcomes more visitors near Big Bend but locals worry the water won't last, those dependent on Colorado's Dolores River fear the same but have found common ground solutions, and a new film highlights historical healthcare challenges in rural Appalachia.


A 2021 Empower Mississippi report reveals the state earns an

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

'Dead Zone' persists as defendants await indictment without legal representation

By Caleb Bedillion for The Marshall Project.Broadcast version by Danielle Smith for Mississippi News Connection reporting for the Marshall Project-Pub…

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A report from AARP found expanding the use of innovative, effective models for nursing homes can improve both quality of care and quality of life, such as with smaller facilities and private rooms. (Rawf8/Adobe Stock)
MS ranks low among states for long-term care services, supports

A new report finds Mississippi could be doing a lot more to better serve the people in the state who need long-term care. AARP's Long-Term Care …

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Volunteers for Big House Books distributed 557 packages containing more than 1,671 books to Mississippi correctional facilities in September and October. (Lightfield Studios/Adobe Stock)
Prison Book Program fosters literacy behind bars in Mississippi

A Mississippi-based organization is providing free books to incarcerated individuals to promote literacy and pave the way for prison reform. Prison …

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Black Americans were 9.3 times as likely as whites to be homicide victims in 2020, American Indians were 4.3 times as likely, and Latino Americans were 1.9 times as likely, based on age-adjusted figures. (LIGHTFIELD STUDIOS/Adobe Stock)
Report cites disparities in crime and policing

The lifetime likelihood of imprisonment for Black men has changed significantly from one generation to the next, according to The Sentencing …

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The Governor's Job Fair Network of Mississippi will be in Clinton next Wednesday for a job fair at the Wood Activity and Therapeutic Center. (Prostock-studio/AdobeStock)
MS second-chance job fairs connect formerly incarcerated with employers

Finding a job after prison can be tough, but a program in Mississippi is helping formerly incarcerated people get back on their feet. The …

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Black individuals are incarcerated at 2.5 times the rate of white individuals in Mississippi. (thawornnurak/Adobe Stock)
Report: Racial disparities remain high in MS incarceration rates

Black people continue to be locked up at disproportionate rates in Mississippi, according to the latest data. The report from the Prison Policy …

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In United Health Foundation's
Report: MS ranks last among states for health of women, children

Mississippi received the lowest ranking of the 50 states for the overall health of women and children in the new America's Health Rankings report by t…

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In Mississippi, about 375 children are legally able to be adopted, who are in current adoptive placements and at various stages of the process. (Jade M/ Stock)
Adoption partnership aims to boost 'forever families' in Mississippi

More than 1,100 children are in foster care in Mississippi, and an adoption partnership aims to increase the number of them who find "forever …

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Mississippi requires voters to have a photo ID, such as a driver's license or U.S. passport, for verification to vote. (
Mississippian voters under 45 to change state politics

The youngest Mississippians voters could end up shifting the political landscape of the state in the not-too-distant future. Research from the …

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College students with Defenders of Democracy campaign attend a voter registration event at Mississippi Valley State University. (Courtesy of Southern Poverty Law Center)
'Activate Mississippi' aims to boost voter engagement, education

Ahead of the Nov. 7 general election, an advocacy group aims to expand voter education and engagement throughout Mississippi. The Magnolia State has …

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This week, Mississippi received an $8.3 million grant to promote better reentry outcomes by expanding people's access to employment when they're released from prison. (Nina/peopleimages/Adobe Stock)
Firsthand experience informs MS 'Rethinking Reentry' conference

In Mississippi, people face many barriers to restarting their lives after prison. Today's Rethinking Reentry Conference focuses on helping them …

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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)
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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