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5/19/2023 - Pre-K Benchmarks | No Menthol | HBCU Students & Law School

Mississippi is one of five states to pass all of its quality benchmarks

Then, Mississippians are being asked to put down their menthol cigarettes this weekend, with experts saying the additive increases health risks when smoking.

Plus, a program is seeking to make Mississippi's legal field more diverse by preparing HBCU students for law school.

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    The family of a Jackson man whose body was found floating in the Pearl River are still searching for answers about his death. Then, men are at a much higher risk for committing suicide than women. What could be done to prevent those deaths?Also, the abortion pill Mifepristone will stay on the market after a recent Supreme Court decision. What does this mean for the abortion rights movement in Mississippi?   
  • 06/14/2024: Fentanyl | Dollar Stores | Picnic in the Park

    Fentanyl continues to be the leading cause of overdose deaths in the U.S. And experts say part of the solution is helping those struggling with addiction. Then, there’s a rapidly growing business across the South that has communities up in arms. They warn the stores are dirty, crime magnets and dangerous.Plus, New Yorkers with roots in Mississippi are getting together this weekend to celebrate Picnic in the Park. It marks the return of a decades-old tradition that's been absent since 2016.
  • 06/13/2024: Title IX | Summer Meals | National Geographic Winner

    A Senator from Mississippi wants to undo anti-discrimination rules recently adopted by the Biden administration which protect trans students.Then, some schools are providing meals for students this summer.Plus, a student from Gulfport is being recognized by National Geographic for her video about oyster farming in the Mississippi Sound.
  • 06/12/2024: Boycott | LGBT Mental Health | Roadside Markers

    Democrats are calling for a boycott of the Mississippi State Fair after Republicans held a rally in support of former President Donald Trump.Then, LGBTQ youth in Mississippi are four times more likely to commit suicide. How can mental health services reduce that number?Plus, roadside markers are a way to preserve history where it happened. That's ahead in this week's History is Lunch.
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    Lawmakers are considering cuts to red tape to increase competition in the healthcare field.Then, the American Heart Association celebrates its centennial.Plus, A Grammy-award-winning star from the South recently launched his first solo tour, saying he wants to bring even more attention to the music legacy of the Gulf States.
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  • 06/07/2024: Trump Rally | Hurricane Drill | State Health Exchange

    A week after former President Donald Trump was convicted of falsifying business records, some Mississippians are rallying to show support for his 2024 Presidential campaign.Then, Emergency responders test their communication skills as part of an annual hurricane preparedness exercise.Plus, a new law allows for the establishment of a state health exchange. But where does the state begin to design that system?
  • 06/06/2024: Jackson Water | Skilled Jobs | Gulf Coast Land

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    Several organizations in Mississippi have been named "hate groups" in a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center.Then, pushback from residents of a historically Black neighborhood in North Gulfport has local officials delaying plans to build a large cold storage facility.Plus, environmental advocates are asking if the EPA is doing enough to help Jackson's struggling water system.