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Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1390 yesterday, requiring all physicians performing abortions in Mississippi to be board-certifiied obstetrician-gynecologists and to have admitting priviliges at an area hospital.  "Today you see the first step in a movement, I believe, to do what we campaigned...

Mississippi has the highest teen pregnancy rate once again, according to state data released on Tuesday. For 2010, Mississippi reported 55 births for every 1,000 teen girls aged 15-19. That number is 60 percent higher than the average birth rate for the whole country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that although Mississippi's teen birth...

Do you consider yourself to be very religious? According to the latest Gallup poll, 59 percent of Mississippi residents do. Respondents were classified as "very religious" if they reported that religion "is an important part of their daily life and they attend religious services every week or almost every week." The study also reported that 40 percent...

  Today is International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. March 21 was marked for the world to focus on conflict caused by racism because it is the anniversary of the day in 1960 when dozens of peaceful apartheid protestors were killed by police officers in a South African town. United Nations officials hope that this day will inspire...

(Poster features a 1936 Works Progress Administration poster created for a monthly reading program at Illinois libraries. Source: Library of Congress.) The 19th annual Oxford Conference for the Book kicks off this Thursday, March 22, with a lunch and lecture in the Faulkner Room of the J.D. Williams Library. The event, which celebrates books, writing and...

Today is the last day of classes for Ole Miss students before spring break begins. According to travel writer Kathleen Crislip, approximately 1 million students will be out of school for spring break during the week of March 12.  Many of those 1 million plan to travel. If you are one of them, there are several things you can do to protect yourself and your...