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  • Trouble on the Mississippi

    Audubon uncovers the truth that U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been damming the Upper Mississippi River System close to the point of ecological ruin; the article also details the massive plot within the corps to expand it's works program by altering proposal data and expenses in order to green-light projects.
  • Southern Exposure

    In this artilce, Brill's Content takes a look at the history of Mississippi's largest newspaper, The Clarion-Ledger. The ledger recently re-opened several violent crimnal cases from the civil rights era, but Ann Woolner shows that the paper may have played a larger part in the cases at the time.
  • In Mississippi, Justice Delayed-But Not Denied

    This is a copy of the year-long coverage from beginning to end. The jury took only 3 1/2 hours to convict former KU Klux Klan Imperial Wizard Sam Bowers in the murder of NAACP leader Vernon Dahmer. But the trial that resulted in that verdict took 32 years to bring about. And The Clarion-Ledger played a significant role in making it happen.
  • Freedom of Information

    As a result of this work, there are two routes a journalist can take to access the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission files that were released in 1998. A journalist can travel to Jackson, Mississippi, and use one of the terminals dedicated for use by pool reporters. Or one can access the files via the World Wide Web.
  • Separate Worlds

    The story deals with persisting segregation in Yazoo City, Mississippi. Its focuses on the Russell family, one of the few in town to choose the predominantly black public school over the all-white private school.
  • "A New Path Out of Poverty"

    Sherman examines Mississippi's "Faith in Families" program, which transferred some of the responsibilities of taking care of welfare recipients from the government to churches and civic institutions. The resulting investigation showed that only 13 churches in that state are actively involved in the program, which encourages church members to "adopt" poor families and help the find employment and education. But in the churches where this program is functioning, it's working because, supporters say, its participants receive personal, spiritual attention lacking at the local Department of Human Services.
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    Rolling Stone magazine looks at the state of abortion rights in rural states, such as Mississippi. While abortion may still be legal, lawmakers in many rural areas make it nearly impossible for women to choose to have abortions. Many states now require expensive abortion facilities, controversial counseling, permission for minors from both parents and even waiting periods before abortions will be granted. (June 27, 1996)
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    When The Clarion Ledger performed a computer-assisted analysis of the Mississippi public school district performances on a new statewide standardized test, it immediately noticed that one of the Jackson district's 37 elementaries stuck out. Woodville Heights Elementary is traditionally a poor performer on standardized tests, yet the analysis showed it as the highest scoring. The Department of Education began an investigation in direct response to the Ledger's findings. The district concluded tests were altered after they left the hands of the children. (March 3 - 10, April 1, Aug. 22)
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    The Clarion Ledger uncovered how schools in Meridian, Mississippi, have continued down the path of land giveaways, giving one businessman a $48,000 lease, only to have him sell that lease for $2.8 million. Sixteenth Section land was established in Mississippi to provide property and money to the state's school districts. (Sept. 24, 1995)
  • Blood on the Tracks

    In a computer assisted investigation, The Sun Herald finds that CSX railroad tracks that parallel the beachfront along the Mississippi Gulf Coast are among the nation's most dangerous. Seventy-four people were either hurt or killed in train-car or train-pederstrian accidents on those tracks from 1990 - 94. The railroad and federal and state governments blame the victims foolhardiness or inattention for the accidents. (Sept. 3 - 6, 1995)