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Mississippi is fostering a queasy reputation for corruption, and gaping holes in its oversight and sunshine laws are making that reputation deserved. The steady crank of court filings in the state’s expanding Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) money racketeering and bribery scam is uncovering new revelations every week. At the heart of the suspected...
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The state of Mississippi is losing its only burn center at Merit Health Central in South Jackson. The JMS Burn and Reconstruction Center, which includes 13 intensive care patient rooms, is closing due to staffing issues. “The complex medical needs of burn patients require support from a broad range of specialists — ones you typically...
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The U.S. has not been a union-friendly nation in the last few decades, and union membership continues to decline in some sectors. However, unions appear to be entering the autumn season on a fierce note. Workers can thank the economy that bounced back from the COVID epidemic for a flurry of successful organization attempts. Plummeting...
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The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals said a Mississippi’s Jim Crow law keeping nearly 16% of Black residents from voting should stay on the books. The court affirmed a lower court ruling keeping the state constitutional provision intact, despite the language being inserted by unabashed racists targeting Black residents for disenfranchisement. The current provision places...
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Book bans continued this month with a brief effort by the Goddard school district, in Wichita, Kansas, to ban a list of books including well-known novels “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison, “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas and “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood.  The list, which was created and submitted by a...
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Primarily white GOP lawmakers intend to blow $400 million of their $2.1 billion allotment from the federal pandemic rescue plan to build two 4,000-bed prisons, plus a women’s correctional facility. U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-New York, called the diversion an abuse of funds, claiming it “will particularly harm communities of color who are already disproportionately impacted by over-incarceration and this public health crisis.” Nadler then asked the U.S. treasury department to disrupt the blatant “misuse” of pandemic-related funding by any state, particularly Alabama. 
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President Joe Biden recently met with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) to try to hash together a deal on financing a massive rebuild of the nation’s ailing infrastructure, but time is running out for Biden and Democrats to overcome Republican efforts to tank a bipartisan deal. Critics say the GOP is hoping to sink the...
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A nurse at a private immigration detention center in Georgia blew the whistle on something that sounds right out of a nightmare. Whistleblower Dawn Wooten claims the Irwin County Detention Center she worked at performed an unethical number of hysterectomies on immigrant women in custody. Her claims confirm accounts by detained immigrants at the facility...
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Whenever commissioners or the secretary of state sends out a piece of mail to a voter’s household, that mail runs the risk of returning, for whatever reason. That return could spell trouble for a legitimate voter ... This amounts to more than one triggering event, and multiple events can put a voter on inactive status...
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