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Mississippi legislators, under current Republican leadership, will likely fail to enact lasting solutions for a rash of hospital closures across the state, despite a whopping $3.9 billion revenue surplus. State health officer Dr. Daniel Edney warned senators last November that more than half of Mississippi’s rural hospitals—38—could close, aggravating already poor health conditions in the...
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Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves’ appointment of Jeffery Belk as chairman of the State Parole Board is costing the state dearly. Belk adopted the role in January, replacing Steven Pickett, who retired late last year. Pickett had worked with the parole board to adhere to legislative intent to reduce the state’s prison population, which was sucking...
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Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba announced in a Jan. 6 statement that the city of Jackson has managed to nab about $800 million in grants and loans exclusively for upgrades and repairs to its failing water system. “Today, we can finally say after decades of kicking the can of crumbling infrastructure down the road, the stars...
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The U.S. Dept. of Justice recently filed an interim proposal for overseeing the City of Jackson’s problematic water system. If approved by a federal court, that proposal appoints an Interim Third-Party Manager (ITPM) with more power than the city’s mayor and council, in some respects. The DOJ proposes U.S. Water Alliance Senior Fellow Edward “Ted”...
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As we close in on the holidays, The Lighthouse caught up with Marquitrice Mangham, a woman who recently opened a grocery store, Farmacy Marketplace, in the underserved town of Webb, Miss. Grocery stores are rare in the Delta, which leaves residents in a vast “food desert,” with no access to fresh vegetables and produce. This,...
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Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves fought back against claims the state of Mississippi discriminated against the majority-Black city of Jackson by refusing to spend federal funds on the city’s aging water system. The NAACP recently asked the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate allegations of state deprivation after critical water failures and flooding left thousands of Jackson...
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Money is never far from my mind—I’m a Capricorn, after all. When I didn’t have it, I was constantly worrying about how to get it. Now that I have more of it, I am constantly wondering about how to keep more of it and whether I am being too indulgent. I’ve also come of age...
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Businesses in southern states and nationwide are moving into the holiday season with a rash of vacancies on their sales and service teams. Restaurants across the U.S. have “Now Hiring” signs hanging in windows and doors, promising free food on the side, better wages, even help with college. So far, bosses and managers are still struggling to fill...
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Happy New Year, writers and artists! We’re excited to bring you this list of upcoming grant and residency opportunities. Some are seeking to support Black, Indigenous, Queer and Trans People of Color (BIQTPOC) specifically. Be sure to check out the websites below for more details.   Rhizomatica Residency Philadelphia, Pa. Deadline: Jan. 31, 2021  This in-person residency...
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