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Expanding Medicaid would improve state's health, economy

Feb 04, 2013

We have reached a policy crossroads and can opt for one of two paths: We can deny working families access to the care they need, or we can extend Medicaid benefits to newly-eligible residents to spur job growth and...

Sandy spurs talk of legal assistance disaster fund

Jan 30, 2013

Martha Bergmark, founding president of the Mississippi Center for Justice, is on a mission. She’s currently trying to raise awareness that money should be in place at the national level for legal services in the...

Center for Justice: Bryant lacks real awareness of health care needs

Jan 28, 2013

Gov. Phil Bryant’s pronouncement last week that hospital emergency room access ensures that all Mississippians have health care reflects a poor understanding of how healthcare works for many of the state’s families,...

South Mississippi nonprofits help break the cycle of debt

Jan 17, 2013

GULFPORT -- Local nonprofits and volunteers got a preview Wednesday at the Knight Nonprofit Center of a new campaign to help educate those in financial difficulty on the pitfalls of payday loans and predatory lenders...

BankPlus takes on Mississippi payday lenders

Dec 26, 2012

As the operators of a community bank in the state with the most payday lenders per capita (32 for every 100,000 people), executives at BankPlus in Belzoni, Miss., are characteristically appalled at the exorbitant...

Mortgage help brings holiday hope in DeSoto

Dec 05, 2012

Mississippi Special Assistant Attorney General Bridgette Wiggins was in Hernando Tuesday morning to address and meet with citizens at a mortgage-assistance session for distressed homeowners in DeSoto County. Wiggins...

Social change promoted through film and television at USM Gulf Park festival

Dec 04, 2012

LONG BEACH -- Television producers led off the Social Change Film Festival and Institute on Monday at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park Campus with a workshop designed to teach participants how to use...

Portion of $4.5 billion criminal fine will benefit Mississippi

Nov 16, 2012

A day of reckoning arrived for BP on Thursday as the oil company agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges and pay a record $4.5 billion in a settlement with the government over the deadly 2010 Deepwater Horizon...

Biloxi Blues: Legal-cost fears have victims of the oil spill sliding out of the middle class

Nov 02, 2012

That was it. Nothing more could be done. Two years after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, Tina Copeland’s American dream was over. Her Mississippi Gulf Coast business was hemorrhaging funds, her marriage torn...

MISSISSIPPI ROAD TRIP: The ancestors inside us and the precious right to vote

Oct 24, 2012

“The past is never dead,” wrote Mississippi writer William Faulkner. "It’s not even past.”

I grew up in Missouri, digging up Civil War relics and arrowheads from the nearby woods and thought it was the Midwest...

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