Health

Southern Miss baseball climbs to highest ranking in program history

Southern Miss baseball has earned itself the highest ranking in program history.
The Golden Eagles (27-8, 13-2 Conference USA), who are on a nine-game winning streak, came in at No. 6 in the latest D1Baseball rankings. The last time they were ranked in D1Baseball’s top 10 was on May 29, 2017.
As for Ole Miss (21-14, 5-10 SEC), the Rebels dropped out of the rankings for the first time this season after losing two of three to South Carolina. While Mississippi State (21-16, 6-9 SEC) was not able to climb back into the rankings, the Bulldogs had a bounce-back weekend, taking two of three from Auburn.
Find the full D1Baseball rankings below:

Tennessee
Oregon State
Oklahoma State
Arkansas
Miami
Southern Miss*
Stanford
Virginia Tech
Texas Tech
Texas
Virginia
Gonzaga
UCLA
Georgia
Connecticut
Louisville
Texas State
Notre Dame
Auburn
Oregon
TCU
LSU
Dallas Baptist
Maryland
Georgia Southern

*Southern Miss was also ranked No. 5 by Perfect Game and No. 7 by BaseballAmerica. SuperTalk Mississippi generally refers to D1Baseball as its primary poll.  […]

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Mississippi cities and counties that have opted out of the state’s medical marijuana program

Over the last few months since the signing of the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act of 2022, multiple cities and counties across the state have chosen to opt out of the new medical marijuana program.
The bill was signed into law on February 2 and allows cities and counties three months to make a decision on if they want to partake in the program.
Here is the current list of Mississippi cities and counties that have chosen to opt out:

Pass Christian
Ridgeland
Brandon
Gluckstadt
Flora
Pontotoc
Madison
Clinton
Horn Lake
George County

If citizens of the above cities and counties wish to overrule the decision, they can petition for an election to have it reversed. The petition must include signatures of either 20% of the population or 1,500 people, whichever is less depending on the city or county.
For more information about what the medical marijuana program entails, read more here:
The wait is over: Gov. Reeves signs medical marijuana bill […]

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Sally Doty appointed as director of Mississippi broadband office

Broadband in Mississippi has been the recipient of some massive grants funding further expansion across the state this year, with Governor Tate Reeves supporting the continued development through the creation of House Bill 1029.
On Wednesday afternoon, Reeves signed a bill that would create an office for the Broadband Expansion and Accessibility of Mississippi (BEAM) Act within the Department of Finance and Administration.
Before the signing of the bill, Mississippi was the only state in the nation that did not have an office over broadband.
Now, the Office of Broadband Expansion and Accessibility will oversee “applications for projects to provide broadband service in unserved or underserved areas using the BEAM Fund.”
Reeves detailed that the new office is needed to reach every unreached corner of Mississippi, saying:
“This new office will give us a centralized, coordinated, and streamlined approach to bringing a variety of programs and efforts together under one roof.”
BEAM’s office is also expected to handle the distribution of federal and state funding given to expand broadband in Mississippi.
“There’s been a vast amount of money set aside towards broadband across our country. We’ve seen dollars moved quickly into this issue and we’ve seen dollars moved quickly into our state. Being a good steward of taxpayer dollars will always be one of our top priorities,” Reeves explained.
In addition to the creation of the office, Reeves appointed Executive Director of the Mississippi Public Utilities Staff Sally Doty to be the new director.
Doty thanked Reeves for the position and stated that her team is ready to bring high-speed broadband coverage to unreached areas in the state.
“To me, broadband expansion is opportunity,” Doty explained. “It’s opportunity for Mississippians to have better health outcomes through telehealth visits and monitoring. It is opportunities for higher educational attainment for our students… All of these opportunities are dependent on connectivity in today’s world and my team is ready to get to work.”
The bill goes into effect immediately as Doty takes steps into her new position as director. […]

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Canopy plants blue pinwheels for Child Abuse Awareness Month

Have you seen any blue pinwheels in gardens across Mississippi?
If so, you’ve seen the work of Canopy Children’s Solutions, the largest nonprofit provider of behavioral health, educational, and social service solutions in Mississippi.
Over the entirety of April, Canopy has been placing blue pinwheels in gardens across the state to serve as a reminder of Child Abuse Awareness Month.
Countless cases of child abuse occur across the nation every day, but Canopy aims to change that.
Every day, Canopy collaborates with multidisciplinary teams to streamline the process of identifying, investigating, and prosecuting cases of child abuse, along with providing a wide range of services to children and families.
Director of Canopy’s South Mississippi Child Advocacy Center (SMCAC) Sabreniee Wright explained how her team works every day to give children and families the justice they deserve.
“In order for children to have the trauma that they experienced resolved, they need people like Canopy’s South Mississippi Child Advocacy team to help them along the way,” Wright continued. “There is hope when children have access to therapeutic resources and can begin healing.”
If you suspect a child is being abused, call Mississippi’s 24-hour child abuse hotline at 1-800-222-8000 to file an anonymous report. […]