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Minnesota public safety agencies reeling from weekend tragedy; Speaker Johnson faces critical decision on Ukraine aid; Public comment sought on proposal to limit growth in health-care costs; MS postal union workers voice concerns about understaffing, mail delays.

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Truckers for Trump threaten to strike over his massive civil fine for business fraud in New York City. Biden wants Norfolk Southern held accountable one year after an Ohio derailment and dangerous chemical spill and faith leaders call for peace in the Israel-Hamas war.

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Drones over West Texas aim to improve rural healthcare, the Ogallala Aquifer, the backbone of High Plains agriculture, is slowly disappearing and federal money is headed to growers of wool and cotton.

Mississippi

The Postmaster General implemented a 10-year transformation plan known as

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

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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New Lumina Foundation data revealed Mississippi's attainment of higher-education degrees or certificates increased 19.6% between 2009 and 2021. (Prostock-studio/Adobe Stock)
Report: MS could do more to help people get degrees, certificates

A new report looked at how many people go on to get degrees or other education credentials after high school, and showed Mississippi has some work to …

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Last year, the AARP Community Challenge Grant program received more than 3,600 applications. More than $3.6 million was distributed to 310 projects across the country. (Courtney Haas/peopleimages.com)
AARP Mississippi seeks ideas for grants to boost 'livability'

Cities or civic groups with ideas for improving their communities have a new chance to make them a reality. Grants from the AARP Community Challenge …

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African American students are about twice as likely as their white peers to attend school in a district with below-adequate funding, while Hispanic students are about 75% more likely to do so, according to a new report. (Adobe Stock)
Report: MS schools among nation's most 'chronically underfunded'

A new report finds Mississippi is among the states that it says "chronically underfunds" its K-through-12 schools. The Albert Shanker Institute …

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The latest
Report: MS prison policies only deepen inequality

Being in prison has consequences stretching far beyond paying back a person's debt to society and a new report found it is even more true in Mississip…

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Restaurant workers are among the groups most likely to earn minimum wage, which in Mississippi is $7.25 an hour. It was last changed in 2008, when it was raised $0.70 from $6.55. (Joshua Resnick/Adobe Stock)
MLK Day highlights wage disparities for Black women

In observance of Martin Luther King Junior Day, there's a call to action to address the persistent wage disparity between Black women and their …

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Six states have passed laws requiring state-regulated private health plans to cover certain over-the-counter forms of contraception, without the need for a prescription and without cost-sharing. (Pixel-Shot/Adobe Stock)
Mississippi 'Right to Contraception Act' to be filed in 2024

Amid ongoing concerns about reproductive access in the Magnolia State, Mississippi's Democratic lawmakers and advocacy groups are slated to introduce …

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An estimated 29% of Mississippi adults, or more than 660,000 people, have criminal convictions; 11% have a felony conviction and 5% have spent time in prison. (Mavoimages/Adobe Stock)
Criminal justice reform would boost MS workforce, economy

In the new year, advancing criminal justice reform could improve the Magnolia State's low labor participation rate and strengthen the workforce…

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Parents are the first and most important teachers for their children. As part of the Early Steps to School Success program, a mother reads with her daughter at home. (Save The Children)
MS program help families bond, promotes early child development

A Mississippi home-visiting program is helping families build a strong, positive, nurturing relationship with their children. The program equips …

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Natural gas accounted for 72% of Mississippi's net electricity generation in 2021 and was the primary fuel used at nine of the state's 10 largest power plants. (Andranik123/AdobeStock)
Report: Biomass surpass emissions of other fossil fuels

Biomass and wood pellets, often touted as renewable or clean-energy alternatives to fossil fuels, may be far more costly for public health and air …

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Mississippians may register to vote by mail or in-person but the deadline for mail-in registration requires it to be postmarked 30 days before Election Day. (rawpixel.com/Adobe Stock)
'Inclusive Democracy Act' would expand ballot access for people in prison

In Mississippi, 27,000 people are incarcerated and legislation now in Congress might let them cast their ballots from behind bars. The nonprofit …

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