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State ranks at bottom of national life-expectancy study

ATLANTA — If you’re 65 and living in Hawaii, here’s some good news: Odds are you’ll live another 21 years. And for all but five of those years, you’ll likely be in pretty good health. Hawaii tops the charts in the government’s first state-by-state look at how long Americans age 65 can expect to live, on average, and how many ...

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Survey ranks state 49th in U.S. for well-being of children

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A new national survey ranks Mississippi 49th overall for the well-being of children. The Anne E. Casey Foundation has done its Kids Count survey 24 years, and this is the first time Mississippi has not ranked 50th. New Mexico is in that spot now. The survey says Mississippi ranks 48th in education and health, showing improvements in ...

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Proposed road-widening project has supporters, opponents

SOUTHAVEN — The road to progress can be bumpy. On top of facing funding hurdles, DeSoto County and state transportation officials — gathering public comment for an environmental assessment on possible widening of Star Landing to ease traffic and promote economic development — are finding many residents worried or resistant to change outside their front door or along their fields. ...

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Delta county's 10-year strategic plan completed, available

COAHOMA COUNTY — Copies of the Coahoma County 10-Year Strategic Plan are now available. “The Strategic Community Plan for Coahoma County, Mississippi” is a long-range visioning document created over a 12-month period by more than 600 Coahoma County residents representing diverse sectors of the community. The purpose of the plan is to identify and promote the implementation of comprehensive community ...

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Cochran, Hutchins want continuation of USDA programs in farm bill

WASHINGTON — In a Senate hearing on energy and economic growth for rural America, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) urged continuation of economic development programs in the Department of Agriculture that will help provide jobs and improve the standard of living in rural America. Cochran serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee that heard testimony from a number of witnesses, including ...

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Delta town finally gets gas after failing to pay bill

WINSONVILLE — People in a struggling Mississippi Delta town will soon have natural gas service after six months of heating bath water on electric stoves or cooking on hot plates because the town failed to pay its gas supplier for years. Utility crews are restoring service in Winstonville this week just as the first blast of wintry air is moving ...

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Supervisors want public, private sectors to work together

MADISON COUNTY — Madison County wants public bodies and private businesses to set a course jointly for future economic growth. The Clarion-Ledger reports the current Board of Supervisors is asking the three economic development agencies, five chambers of commerce and four municipalities to bring a list of development priorities to the new board in January. Supervisor John Bell Crosby and ...

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Abandoned historic hospital getting new life

MOUND BAYOU — The long-shuttered Taborian Hospital in Mound Bayou is getting a nearly $3-million grant to become the first urgent care center in one of the nation’s poorest towns. Mayor Kennedy Johnson sees the grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a win-win-win situation. In 2000, the hospital made the 10 most endangered historic sites in Mississippi. The ...

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Educators collaborating to boost region's economy

NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — Leaders from two of Mississippi’s eight public universities are setting aside traditional rivalries and working together to boost the economy of the northeastern part of the state. A task force includes leaders from Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi. Members will focus on improving education, increasing average salaries and building up industries for the region. ...

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MSHEI expanding to other 'at-risk' counties

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Higher Education Initiative (MSHEI) is receiving more than $119,000 to assist eight counties in the north and central parts of the state considered economically “at risk.” The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) recently awarded a supplemental grant to the Mississippi State University-based initiative. Launched last year in 12 other ARC-designated “distressed” counties, the MSHEI program works ...

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