December 6, 2019, KHN, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Nina Feldman, WHYY and Aneri Pattani - Portia Smith’s most vivid memories of her daughter’s first year are of tears. Not the baby’s. Her own.“I would just hold her and cry all day,” Smith said. At 18, Smith was caring for two children, 4-year-old Kelaiah and newborn Nelly, with little help from the partner in her abusive relationship. The circumstances were difficult, but she knew the tears were more than that.
December 4, 2019, NPR, Patti Neighmond - New research raises concern about the safety of permanent hair dye and chemical hair straighteners, especially among African American women. The study was published Wednesday in the International Journal of Cancer. Previous research in animals has found links between certain chemicals in hair dye and straighteners and cancer. But findings from other human studies on the association between hair dyes and straighteners and cancer have been inconsistent. This large, prospective study provides firmer evidence of a link. Researchers analyzed data from an ongoing study called the Sister Study, looking at medical records and lifestyle surveys from 46,709 women between the ages of 35 and 74. Women answered questions about their use of hair dyes and straighteners. While earlier studies on hair dye and cancer risk included mostly white women, the new study includes 9% African American women.
December 3, 2019, Mississippi Today, Adam Gaucheau - Republican Gov.-elect Tate Reeves fired a warning shot to legislative Republicans on Tuesday morning who have expressed interest in increasing the state’s fuel tax and expanding Medicaid. The battle lines drawn this week by Reeves, whose principal campaign strategy involved resisting a gas tax increase and Medicaid expansion, could put him at odds with prominent Republicans in the Legislature, including House and Senate leaders.
November 27, 2019, Mississippi Today, Aallyah Wright - Minerva Clemon pays taxes and contributes to her Delta town. Yet this 70-year-old civil rights veteran has been scrambling for months to find money for clean drinking water, an issue her town’s mayor said he was not aware of until a Mississippi Today reporter contacted him. “Nobody has called me,” said Mayor Jason Colquett in a phone call with Mississippi Today. “This is the first call I’ve had ... I’ll look into it and see who doesn’t have water.“The Delta News, a Greenville-based television station, broke the news last week of the plight of Clemon and five other families. They have been without running water since July. Schlater is a town of a little more than 300 people, located between Ruleville and Greenwood in Leflore County. Clemon and other families living on County Road have their own water well pump to fetch water near their trailer homes.
December 1, 2019, Mississippi Today, Alex Rozier and Erica Hensley - Jessica Wells spends a lot of her time mopping and vacuuming, dusting the baseboards and wrapping her daughters’ bedding with special protective pillowcases and sheets. But Wells isn’t a neat freak - she’s a mom to twin 10-year-olds with asthma. After a decade of monthly trips to her daughters’ pediatrician for asthma attacks and a stint in the emergency room, Wells made her first big change of many-to-come. She moved her three daughters out of their mold-infested apartment and into a new home. What seemed unthinkable a few years prior for the single mother-of-three, she saved up and made it work. The girls love their three-bedroom house with a big yard on a quiet street. For Wells, it’s more square-footage to keep up with and a hefty rent bill, but worth it for the peace-of-mind knowing the walls aren’t making her daughters sick.
November 27, 2019, Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press - A U.S. judge in Oregon on Tuesday granted a preliminary injunction blocking a Trump administration proclamation that would require immigrants to show proof of health insurance to get a visa. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon said in a written opinion that the proclamation could not take effect while a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality makes its way through the courts.The proclamation issued by President Donald Trump in October would only apply to people seeking immigrant visas from abroad - not those in the U.S. already. Seven U.S. citizens and a nonprofit organization sued to prevent the rule from taking effect, saying it would block nearly two-thirds of all prospective legal immigrants.