Global AIDS fund facing a financial nightmare

Back when Joyce Kamwana was diagnosed with HIV, it was considered "equal to death," she said.

More than 20 years later, Kamwana, an HIV survivor with two children, is on a mission to ensure the virus that leads to AIDS does not became a death sentence for others as nations lose their will to help them.

"This is a matter of life and death," said Kamwana, 48, a native of the African country of Malawi.

The Recessions Ongoing Impact on Americas Children

Joint report from First Focus and the Brookings Institution underscores ability to use child poverty as an indicator for recession recovery in the United States. The report utilizes statistics from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance

Steps coalition asks HUD to halt port expansion

GULFPORT -- A coalition of community groups large and small is asking the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to demand repayment of federal funds already spent on state port expansion.

Attorney Reilly Morse told a group of about 100 Gulfport residents Thursday evening: “We’re basically telling HUD, ‘The state is not taking you seriously at this point, You’re going to have to take that money back. ... Pressure is being applied, and we hope to see some results quickly.”

Bergmark discusses access to justice amid funding crisis

As part of the American Bar Association's annual midwinter meeting, Martha Bergmark, Mississippi Center for Justice president and CEO, participated in a discussion about the current state of funding for legal services and strategies for ensuring access to justice amid economic crisis.

Legal aid fine-tuning role in BP oil spill claims

As government and corporate representatives negotiate damages stemming from the BP oil spill, legal aid advocates are noting hundreds of low-income residents are stuck in filing damage claims of their own. Lawyers are setting up a system to ensure a quick response to future disasters for the most vulnerable residents.

Martha Bergmark is president of the Mississippi Center for Justice. She says that after Hurricane Katrina, a dozen legal aid providers across the Gulf states formed a coalition to help.

Foreclosures rising but help is available

After years of decline, foreclosures are again on the rise across the country. MPB's Daniel Cherry reports how even though Mississippi remains less impacted than most states, residents facing foreclosure have a tough road ahead.

Mississippi ranked 44th in the nation for foreclosures in 2011, but that doesn't mean much for those fearing the loss of their home.

"Several years ago, my wife lost her job. It was a hardship for both of us."

How will the Affordable Care Act affect Mississippi children?

Air date 03/02/12

How will the coming changes in Mississippi’s health care system affect your children? Wesley Prater, a senior health analyst at Georgetown University, explains how the Obama health care bill will provide coverage for more kids. In 2014, more than half of Mississippi’s children will be able to get health care through Medicaid or CHIP.

Deep South is 'epicenter' of HIV epidemic in America

Today is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and to honor it here in Mississippi, we need to dedicate ourselves to doing more to provide access to health care, housing and employment for people with HIV/AIDS.

This year marks the 13th anniversary of the first diagnosis of HIV, and while HIV/AIDS is pervasive throughout the country, Human Rights Watch calls the Deep South "the epicenter of the HIV epidemic in the United States, with more people living and dying of AIDS than in any region in the country."

BP: The case of the century

The Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010 caused the world’s largest offshore oil spill. It has also led to a mammoth legal action, as tens of thousands of plaintiffs – and the US government – fight for compensation

Investors appear confident in BP settlement figure

BP's estimate that it will pay $7.8 billion to settle thousands of Gulf oil spill claims has reassured investors even as lawyers for plaintiffs emphasize that the figure may be low.

The settlement between BP and a plaintiffs' committee, announced March 2, puts no cap on what BP eventually may pay Gulf Coast individuals and businesses for economic and medical losses relating to oil that spilled from BP's Macondo well after it blew out on April 20, 2010. Eleven people died.