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BILL CRAWFORD: Early intervention with disadvantaged children has high ROI

Gov. Phil Bryant kicked off a recent seminar at the Civil Rights Museum auditorium featuring Nobel Prize winning economist Dr. James Heckman. An expert in the economics of human development, Dr. Heckman spoke on “Making the Case for Investing in High Quality Early Childhood Education in Mississippi.” The Graduate Center for the Study of Early Learning at the University of ...

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Analysis: Clash of ideology on health care regulation

A clash of ideology was on display last week in the Mississippi Legislature. On one side were free-market conservatives who want to overturn the state’s longtime system of limiting new medical facilities and services. On the other side are defenders of the current system who fear that changes could harm financially fragile parts of the state’s current health care system. ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Cuts put Mississippi health care infrastructure at risk

Our politicians these days seem to look only at the costs of health care when making policy decisions. Thus, it is no surprise legislative leaders are proposing to cut already low Medicaid reimbursements by 5% while Congressional leaders look to slash health care spending wherever they can.   People with health crises have a different view. During this flu epidemic, ...

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Analysis: Lawmakers must make decisions on oil spill money

Nearly eight years after an explosion unleashed millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi’s elective representatives still must decide how to spend part of the compensation for the spill. Contrasting approaches to that $750 million from oil company BP PLC for lost tax revenue are on display in the state Senate and House. The Senate, led ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Mississippi’s seniority clout looks to dwindle

Powerful seniority has given small, rural Mississippi significant clout in Congress. That clout looks to dwindle sooner than expected.    Since 1940, the state has elected and re-elected U.S. Senators and Representatives for multiple decades to allow them to accrete seniority. For example, Rep. Jamie Whitten served 53 years, Bill Colmer 39 years, John Rankin 32 years, and Tom Abernethy ...

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ALAN TURNER — The importance of quality local journalism

Today, we’ve all heard the use of the term “fake news”. This is a term that was virtually unknown until recent years, just as the words “Google”, “Facebook”, and “Twitter” were unknown just a few years ago. There is no way to over-emphasize the importance of trustworthy, accurate news and information to a free and democratic nation. There is also ...

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TODD SMITH — TV news audience continues to dwindle

Blistering fast wireless networks, digital assistants everywhere, and a coming out bash for augmented reality. Americans are relying less on television for their news, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis. Just 50 percent of U.S. adults now get news regularly from television, down from 57 percent a year prior in early 2016. But that audience drain varies across ...

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