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Doctor on Board? Yes, the Surgeon General

Jerome Adams helps unconscious passenger

(Newser) - A reminder that the US surgeon general is himself a doctor: Jerome Adams, an anesthesiologist, assisted someone on a Delta Air Lines jet as he prepared to fly Wednesday to Jackson, Miss. It seems a person lost consciousness when the plane was on the ground in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and... More »

Aspiring Rapper 'Lil Lonnie' Shot Dead While Driving SUV

22-year-old was killed in hometown of Jackson, Miss.

(Newser) - An up-and-coming rapper was planning on buying a house for his family as soon as he hit it really big in the music world, but the 22-year-old never got the chance. The Clarion-Ledger reports Lonnie Taylor, aka "Lil Lonnie," who gained national fame with his 2015 song "... More »

10 States Where Chance of Dying Young Is Highest

JAMA study blames opioids, alcoholism, suicide

(Newser) - "Some of our states are falling behind other, less developed countries" when it comes to premature death, says University of Washington epidemiologist Ali Mokdad, whose new study in JAMA shows a major disparity in the death rates of people aged 20 to 55 in California and those in West... More »

This Is the Place to Be for Millennials

WalletHub takes quality of life, affordability into account

(Newser) - As a whole, millennials are doing pretty well financially . But those in certain states are much better off than others, according to WalletHub . It compared affordability (the cost of a Starbucks latte was taken into account), education and health, quality of life, economic health, and civic engagement in all 50... More »

Sonic in Mississippi Takes a Stand Against Pot Smokers

With a laminated sign and everything

(Newser) - The "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service" sign apparently needs an update. The Sun Herald reports on a sign that's been getting some attention since it was taped up in the drive-thru window of a Sonic in Gulfport, Miss., about two weeks ago. "ATTENTION," the laminated... More »

5 States That Need to Loosen Up

WalletHub uses 38 stress indicators to rank most, least stressed states

(Newser) - The Midwest is best—at least when it comes to living a relatively stress-free life. WalletHub took a look at nearly 40 stress indicators related to work, family, money, and health, in all 50 states and DC to determine the most and least stressed states. Its list suggests anxiety rises... More »

3 Boys Make Ancient Find on Spring Break

They discovered mastodon jawbone on family land

(Newser) - Three boys have found a part of a mastodon jawbone while exploring family property in Mississippi. The Vicksburg Post reports that two brothers and a cousin made the discovery on plowed land near Bovina, a small community east of the Mississippi River. The three were on spring break from school... More »

Judge Blocks Mississippi's Strict New Abortion Law

Temporary ruling will set up bigger legal showdown over 15-week ban

(Newser) - A federal judge has temporarily blocked a new Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks, the most restrictive abortion law in the United States. US District Judge Carlton Reeves on Tuesday granted a temporary restraining order requested by the state's only abortion clinic, per the AP . Dr. Sacheen... More »

Mississippi Imposes 15-Week Abortion Ban

It's the toughest ban in the nation

(Newser) - Mississippi's governor signed a law Monday banning most abortions after 15 weeks' gestation, the tightest restrictions in the nation, the AP reports. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said while signing that by enacting the law, the state is "saving more of the unborn than any state in America, and... More »

Mississippi Passes Nation's Most Restrictive Abortion Law

Measure bans abortion after 15 weeks

(Newser) - Mississippi has passed an abortion bill believed to be the nation's most restrictive—and state Attorney General Jim Hood says he expects an "immediate and expensive legal challenge." House Bill 1510 bans abortion after 15 weeks following a woman's last menstrual period, down from 20 weeks... More »

High School Shooting Leaves Teen Girl Dead, 2 Others Injured

Authorities investigating school shooting in Alabama, campus shooting in Mississippi

(Newser) - A student was fatally shot Wednesday at an Alabama high school, AL.com reports. The Birmingham City School system says the shooting happened during dismissal at Huffman High School. Two students and an employee were injured. One student is in critical but stable condition; the other died on the way... More »

A GOP Senator's Resignation, a Bitter Battle for His Seat

Mississippi's Thad Cochran cites health issues as reason for his departure

(Newser) - Longtime Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi said Monday he'll resign because of health problems—triggering what could be a chaotic special election to fill the seat he has held for a generation. Cochran, who turned 80 in December and has been in poor health, has been a sporadic... More »

States That Benefit Most, Least From Immigration

New York is No. 1

(Newser) - Immigration is likely to be one of the topics covered in President Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday, and WalletHub takes a look at the subject through the lens of state economics. The site looked at all 50 states and DC under four main categories—the immigrant workforce,... More »

The 5 Most, Least Educated US States

Mississippi ranks last

(Newser) - A good education often brings greater chances of employment as well as higher income potential—two perks that residents of Mississippi and West Virginia might be at a disadvantage of attaining. That’s based on a list of the most and least educated states in the US, compiled by Wallet... More »

Klansman Convicted in Killing of Civil Rights Workers Dies

Edgar Ray Killen was 92

(Newser) - A KKK member responsible for the 1964 murder of three civil rights workers in Mississippi has died while serving a 60-year-sentence for manslaughter, the Clarion Ledger reports. The Mississippi Department of Corrections tells NPR that Edgar Ray Killen died Thursday night at the age of 92. He was suffering from... More »

5-Year-Old Calls 911 to Stop the Grinch From Stealing Christmas

And he even got to make the arrest

(Newser) - "I'm just trying to tell you something. Um, watch for the Grinch, 'cause the Grinch gonna steal Christmas, OK?" After watching YouTube videos about the Grinch, 5-year-old TyLon Pittman called 911 on Dec. 16 to warn authorities about his penchant for stealing Christmas, NPR reports. According... More »

Trump Visits New Civil Rights Museum Amid Protests

'It's big stuff'

(Newser) - President Donald Trump paid tribute Saturday to the leaders and foot soldiers of the civil rights movement, though protests surrounding his visit to Mississippi laid bare the stark divisions among Americans about his commitment to that legacy, the AP reports. As Trump gazed at an exhibit on Freedom Riders at... More »

5 Most, Least Religious US States

New Hampshire is where Americans are least religious, Mississippi the most

(Newser) - Being able to freely turn to whatever higher power one chooses (or none at all) is one of the principles America was founded on, but in some states, residents take their religion more seriously than others. A Pew Research Center survey from 2014 was placed under the 24/7 Wall St.... More »

Man Who Got Face Transplant Details Life After Risky Surgery

Pat Hardison says he 'bet it all' and won; now he vacations with his kids, lives life to fullest

(Newser) - There was only a 50% chance the face transplant that could transform his life would work—and it was a gamble Mississippi's Pat Hardison won. Per USA Today , the ex-Senatobia firefighter received the "world's most extensive face transplant" in August 2015, after he'd been severely burned... More »

School Named After Jefferson Davis Will Be Renamed for Obama

Parents pushed for change at Mississippi schoool

(Newser) - A school named after Jefferson Davis is getting a new name: Davis IB Elementary School in Jackson, Miss., is going to honor the nation's first African-American president instead of the Confederacy's president by renaming itself after Barack Obama, Newsweek reports. PTA president Janelle Jefferson says parents had been... More »

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