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Mississippi youth obesity rate remains worst among states

New government data show Mississippi young people aren’t getting fatter, but remain the fattest nationwide. Among children aged 10-17, 26.1 percent were either obese in 2016-2017, That’s about level with the 26.2 percent based on 2016 data alone. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a report last week analyzing data collected by a federal government survey. Nationwide, 15.8 percent of ...

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School district to apply for district of innovation status

Officials say a northeast Mississippi school district will seek to become the state’s seventh district of innovation. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the Tupelo school district plans to apply for the status in 2019, seeking a waiver from certain state rules beginning in fall 2020. The district last week began surveying people on strengths and needs. If Tupelo is ...

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Vote on liquor and wine sales set in south Mississippi city

Voters in one south Mississippi city will decide this week whether they want wine and liquor to be sold along with beer. WDAM-TV reports Collins will hold a referendum on wine and liquor sales on Tuesday. Beer sales have been legal in the city limits for decades, although surrounding Covington County prohibits all alcohol sales. Collins City Clerk Suzette Davis ...

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Historic stoplights give retro feel to Greenwood

Greenwood technically may no longer be a Cotton Capital, but it just might be the Historic Stoplight Capital of the World.That’s according to Barrett Williams, a historic preservationist dedicated to preserving and recreating streetscapes to match the historic buildings that line them. Along with Mayor Carolyn McAdams, former Chief Administrative Officer Thomas Gregory, the late state Rep. May Whittington and ...

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Tupelo River provides specialty coffee, something extra

By DENNIS SEID, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal of Tupelo Peter and Kelley Vance were driving down a road one night, looking for a place that offered a good cup of coffee and maybe a beer. But there wasn’t a place that offered both, and Peter thought of the possibilities of having a storefront. The beer idea was dropped in favor of ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — PERS sees taxpayers as their evergreen money tree

The PERS Board of Trustees seemed happy after hearing from their actuary. The funded ratio for PERS increased and investment returns were up.   So, are things turning up for PERS?   Only if you don’t mind your pocketbook getting raided.   Here’s the story. As the actuary report highlighted, PERS’ funded ratio moved from 61.1% to 61.8% (the minimum ...

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Mississippi city judge displays flag without rebel symbol

A Mississippi judge says his courtroom now displays a proposed new state flag designed by an artist rather than the 124-year-old Mississippi banner that includes the Confederate battle emblem. Clarksdale Municipal Judge Carlos Moore ordered the state flag removed from the courtroom on his first day there in 2017. He says on Tuesday, he started displaying a flag designed by ...

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Hyde-Smith open to debate in potential Mississippi runoff

A Mississippi Republican appointed to the U.S. Senate says she would not mind debating a Democratic challenger if they get into a runoff for the special election. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith told The Greenwood Commonwealth on Wednesday that she thinks Mike Espy “would be very civil.” Republican Gov. Phil Bryant appointed Hyde-Smith to temporarily succeed Republican Sen. Thad Cochran, who resigned ...

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Emmett Till cousin: ‘Hate is a luxury I can’t afford’

Emmett Till’s cousin says people should learn about the black teenager’s brutal death that energized the civil rights movement. But the Rev. Wheeler Parker also says: “Hate is a luxury I can’t afford.” Parker appeared Tuesday at Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville, speaking to 400 students, professors and community members, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported. In the summer ...

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Mississippi casinos win more in second month of sports bets

Casino revenue rose sharply again in Mississippi in September in the state’s second month of legal sports betting. State revenue department figures show gamblers lost $177 million statewide in September, up 6 percent from $167 million in September 2017. Of that amount, $5.5 million was lost on sports wagers, out of $32 million legally bet on sports in Mississippi. Casino ...

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