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Polly C. Speak
With overcrowded units, dated prison facilities, obscure cleaning methods and a shortage of COVID-19 tests, there is no reason to assume the virus isn’t running unchecked through Mississippi’s prisons, say attorneys. For this reason, a host of organizations are calling on the state to finally update two of its biggest prisons to reflect post-COVID threats....
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The U.S. Department of Education, under Education Secretary Betsy Devos, is rolling back Obama-era rules to the nationwide Title IX program that will make it even harder for women to report incidents of rape and sexual assault to campus supervisors. “Title IX” is a federal civil rights law passed as a component of several amendments in...
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Two years after barely defeating his Black Democratic opponent, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is opening his state for business amid a deadly pandemic. Atlanta residents, frankly, are not amused. “I can’t understand where this (eagerness) is coming from considering we’re unable to properly distance ourselves from our clients,” said Linda Sharp, owner of Lark &...
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While everybody was fretting over being locked away in their own house for a few more weeks, one Mississippi man is facing being locked away in state prison for 12 years for walking into a county pen with a cellphone. Mississippi resident Willie Nash didn’t know what hit him the day Circuit Court Judge Mark...
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When the Mississippi economy faltered due to the 2008 national recession, and again in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, it was largely due to circumstances beyond the influence of the average Mississippian. When Americans and Mississippians voluntarily choose to shut down a whole economy, however, we do it with flair. Mississippi and the...
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A three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals did something nobody expected in this political climate: They took public education seriously. Last month, the judges bucked their court’s conservative nature and opened the door to a trial over school funding, which conservative U.S. District Judge William H. Barbour had wanted dead. Two years...
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When a deadly virus tears through the world’s population and single-handedly ransacks the U.S. economy, you can always count on certain people to try to use it as a tool to push a personal (and political) agenda. Such is the nature of Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves who gleefully announced his plan last month to impose...
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The coronavirus strain that has swept the nation threatens health, economic and mental breaking points, but it has taken a particularly hard toll on the powerless. The working-poor typically have no babysitters when schools close and their income tends to evaporate with their hourly-wage work schedule when managers shut things down until further notice.  The...
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The legislative session is underway in neighboring Alabama and the mostly white legislature is already looking to impose itself upon the majority Black city of Montgomery. Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed, whose term began this year, is accusing state politicians of legislative overreach as they work to pass a bill that would undermine the city’s attempt...
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After nearly four hours of debate, the Florida legislature passed a bill making parental consent mandatory for girls under 18 who are seeking an abortion. Senate Bill 404, introduced by Republican senators and passed by Republicans in a party-line vote, demands underage women have written permission from their parents or a legal guardian before the...
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