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House could reverse vote pausing third grade reading mandate

JACKSON — Some Mississippi lawmakers staged a brief revolt Tuesday against plans to fail thousands of poorly reading third graders this spring, but that movement is already melting away. A number of House Republicans joined all but one Democrat to amend House Bill 745 to wait another year before requiring school districts to hold back the students. But by the ...

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Report: Mississippi has worst child poverty rate in U.S.

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Children’s Defense Fund analysis of new 2013 state data released by the U.S. Census Bureau reveals child poverty rates remain at record high levels, and Mississippi leads the nation in impoverished children. Children are the poorest age group, and the poorest are children of color and those under 6, according to the Children’s Defense Fund. Two ...

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Dr. Hannah Gay to get honorary degree

Dr. Hannah Gay, professor of pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree at William Carey University’s commencement on Aug. 9. Gay will also was the speaker for the graduation ceremony, which honored graduate students on the Hattiesburg campus. Gay, a Mississippi native, received her bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry at ...

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Bryant's position on refugee children unchanged after meeting with religious leaders

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant’s decision to block additional legal child refugees from being resettled in Mississippi hasn’t changed following a meeting with Catholic, Methodist and Episcopal leaders. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Jackson runs a program to resettle child refugees under sponsorship of the Mississippi Department of Human Services. » READ MORE: DAVID DALLAS — Gov. Bryant offers tough love ...

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Church leaders to ask Bryant to keep sponsoring program for children of refugees

JACKSON — Catholic, Methodist and Episcopal leaders are scheduled to meet this morning with Gov. Phil Bryant, asking Mississippi to keep sponsoring a 34-year-old program that resettles children with legal refugee status. The Bryant administration has told the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services it’s declining to accept any new children into the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor program. Spokeswoman Nicole ...

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Celebrities can lift spirits, create buzz

It’s not uncommon to see photos or footage of celebrities, athletes or representatives of organizations visiting children in the hospital. The special guests go to meet with the young patients, deliver toys and other gifts or make donations to the hospital. Whether the visits are high profile or low key, they all must follow hospital rules designed to protect the ...

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Bryant protests immigrant children being housed in state

JACKSON — Mississippi has received fewer than 200 of the unaccompanied immigrant children who crossed the U.S. border and were released to sponsors so far this year, but the war of words over such children continues within the state. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families released data yesterday showing that sponsors in Mississippi ...

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Report: State should be spending more to keep kids tobacco-free

A national ranking has been released that does not have Mississippi at the bottom, but the report finds the state should rank higher. Fifteen years after the 1998 state tobacco settlement, Mississippi ranks 16th in the nation in funding programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a national report released today by a coalition of ...

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AIDS trial group inspired by curing of baby at UMMC

JACKSON — An international group devoted to pediatric AIDS treatment is taking on a long-term global trial in hopes of replicating the success a University of Mississippi Medical Center researcher achieved in curing a baby born to an HIV-positive woman. And although Dr. Hannah Gay, Mississippi’s leading pediatric AIDS specialist, won’t be directly involved, “I will be following it with ...

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