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Ten hospitals in Mississippi have filed a lawsuit against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi, including Biloxi Regional Medical Center.More >>
Ten hospitals in Mississippi have filed a lawsuit against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi, including Biloxi Regional Medical Center. The hospitals say the insurance company wrongfully reduced inpatient payments it was obligated to make for medical services provided to patients.More >>
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MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
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One person is in critical condition and another behind bars after a shooting in Moss Point. According to Police Chief Keith Davis, a man from Pascagoula was shot twice in the upper torso around 9:30pmMore >>
One person is in critical condition and another behind bars after a shooting in Moss Point. According to Police Chief Keith Davis, a man from Pascagoula was shot twice in the upper torso area around 9:30 Monday night. Investigators say it happened on Church Street near the Hall Street intersection in a car.More >>
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(RNN) – Rapper Lil' Wayne is attempting to stomp his way out of controversy after a clip of him walking on the American flag went viral over the weekend. A behind-the-scenes clip of the music video GodMore >>
Rapper Lil' Wayne is getting attention for a viral video some are calling unpatriotic.More >>
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
Do our Louisiana kids stack up against school children in other states? State Superintendent John White says public education here is not where it should be. Wednesday, the state's top educator laid down some goals for the upcoming year.
Offering vouchers to students to get out of failing schools was the start of fixing the problem in public schools, says White. He added there are fewer children in failing schools, but by his department's calculations, there are still 63,000 students in a school labeled as F.
"It's okay to say we're not where we need to be yet. It's okay to say its hard...struggle together," White told the audience at a school in Jefferson Parish.
For example, he says 49 percent of students in the state graduate high school and go on to study at a four year school. Of those, 19 percent graduate with a four year degree. Another 15 percent earn an associates degree.
White says its apparent educators need to do a better job of preparing students for both higher education or a career. Along the same line, White said he was shocked to learn that just one out of three special needs children ever graduate from high school.
Something else that needs to be addressed, he says, only 54 percent of kindergartners recognize the 26 letters of the alphabet or are able to count to 20. White says the state Department of Education will be starting a pilot program to monitor three and four year olds and what they are learning, prior to that first day of elementary school.
There are some gains, however. White says fewer students are dropping out of school and more kids are performing on grade level. But to address some of the other problems, teachers will be getting more freedom in the classroom to address the needs of their students.
"We owe it to our kids to give them every opportunity to realize the American dream right here in Louisiana," White said.
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