Archive | August 12th, 2013

(VIDEO) Margaret Heffernan: The dangers of “willful blindness” — which Mississippians know nothing about

August 12, 2013

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Gayla Benefield was just doing her job — until she uncovered an awful secret about her hometown that meant its mortality rate was 80 times higher than anywhere else in the U.S. But when she tried to tell people about it, she learned an even more shocking truth: People didn’t want to know. In a […]

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Where are we on this list? CNN stiffs Mississippi

August 12, 2013

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According to CNN Money, America’s top 50 small towns are not only thriving economically, they’ve also got all you could want in a place to raise a family: plenty of green space, good schools, and a strong sense of community. … Unfortunately, there are no towns from Mississippi on this list. » Read complete story here […]

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Crawford: Mississippi’s Bryant Turning Manufacturing Trends Around

August 12, 2013

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By Bill Crawford The peak in manufacturing jobs over the past 20 years in Mississippi occurred during the third year of Governor Kirk Fordice’s administration. In 1994 jobs in manufacturing industries averaged 261,000, according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. Since then, average annual jobs in manufacturing have trended down, with two rare exceptions. […]

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Tenn. judge changes infant’s name from ‘Messiah’

August 12, 2013

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NEWPORT, Tenn. (AP) — A judge in Tennessee changed a 7-month-old boy’s name to Martin from Messiah, saying the religious name was earned by one person and ‘‘that one person is Jesus Christ.’’ Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew ordered the name change last week, according to WBIR-TV (http://on.wbir.com/1cDOeTY). The boy’s parents were in court […]

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Meteorologist: Lid about to fly off the Tropical storm season

August 12, 2013

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If you were thinking it’s been a quiet year for hurricanes, forecasters say you shouldn’t let your guard down. The worst is yet to come. “Still 75 percent of the season to go,” Weather Channel meteorologist and on-air personality Jim Cantore wrote in a twitter post to the Northwest Florida Daily News. “They will happen.” […]

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