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Clearing the Air of Conflicts of Interest

Several conservation groups plan to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to hold Mississippi and Alabama accountable for violating certain provisions of the Clean Air Act.

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House Bill 1523 Becomes Law after 5th Circuit Overturns Injunction

The controversial "Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Religious Discrimination Act" is now state law, after the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the 2016 injunction that prevented House Bill ...

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Still Fighting at Home: Transgender Veterans Caught in the Flux

Some top-down changes coming soon to the VA could help alleviate inadvertent or purposeful discrimination against LGBT veterans. Due to a recent change, all VA medical centers now have the ...

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Farish Street Affordable Housing Hits Snags

Not everyone is supportive of expanding the pastel-painted affordable housing units in the Farish Street Historic District.

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Previously Secret Children's Mental Health Report: State Institutionalizes Too Many Kids

After nearly two years of litigation, U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate ordered the State of Mississippi to release a 2015 report on its system of mental-health care for children, referred ...

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How Affordable is Housing in Mississippi?

Rental housing in Mississippi is not very affordable, the new "Out of Reach 2017" report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition shows.

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New Mayor-elect Lumumba Will Get to Appoint 3 JPS Board Members

The Jackson Public School District will be down three Board of Trustees members by the end of June, meaning Mayor-elect Chokwe Antar Lumumba will be responsible for filling the board ...

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Special Session: Too Little, Too Late?

Gov. Phil Bryant tried to smooth out the state's economic appearance and patch up additional budget holes in the June 5 special session, but Democrats were not too pleased with ...

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Wrapping Around the Most Vulnerable

Terry Thigpen had been to four residential acute-treatment facilities before he was 10 years old, until his mother, Shavonne, discovered the Wraparound Initiative. It was an alternative to sending Terry ...

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Report: Mississippi Kids Still in Last Place; Black Children in Worst Conditions

Mississippi still sits in last place in the Annie E. Casey Foundation annual Kids Count report, which ranks economic and family well-being as well as education and health in each ...

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