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Read/Watch/Listen: Mississippi ACLU’s new LGBTQ-justice project leader McKenna Raney

Attorney McKenna Raney-Gray will lead the brand-new LGBTQ Justice Project, a free legal clinic at the ACLU of Mississippi that will offer services to LGBTQ-identifying people on issues including family law, civil rights and employment discrimination.  Raney-Gray shared with Reckon what she’s currently reading, watching and listening to on LGBTQ issues and culture.   [...]

By |2021-09-01T14:55:04-05:00September 1, 2021|Feature, Justice, LGBTQ|

Organizers worked for decades to save this historic Black neighborhood in Alabama. It’s finally paying off.

The only suburb built specifically for Black residents in Huntsville, Ala. has a rich history that was in danger of vanishing – until a coalition of grassroots organizations and local leaders worked to preserve it.   “Edmonton Heights was a prominent African-American neighborhood because there were few other places in [...]

By |2021-08-25T12:04:33-05:00August 23, 2021|Race, Story|

‘What most kids need’: How one school community got SMART when its rural hospital closed

The only hospital in rural Pickens County, Ala., closed its doors for good just two weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.  It was March 2020. The west Alabama county sits along the Mississippi state line, its landscape dotted with small towns. When the hospital closed in the county seat of Carrollton (pop. 1,000), Pickens County [...]

By |2021-07-07T10:42:05-05:00June 21, 2021|Economy, Education, Health, Reckon|Women, Story|

Why the $300 child tax credit could be a step toward universal basic income — and happier families

Next month, millions of American families will begin receiving monthly direct cash payments, and unprecedented foray into the idea of a universal basic income.  A new expanded child tax credit, part of the American Rescue Plan that Congress passed in March, will give low- and middle-income families monthly payouts of $300 per child under age 6 [...]

By |2021-06-14T15:38:52-05:00June 3, 2021|Economy, Reckon|Women, Story|

Dr. Ellen Eaton: Reading, watching, listening on COVID vaccines and teens

Recently, COVID vaccines were approved for children ages 12 and up. Vaccines for younger children are under evaluation in clinical trials. But even for infectious disease experts, the amount of information available to parents about COVID vaccines can be overwhelming.  Dr. Ellen Eaton is assistant professor at the Division of Infectious Diseases at [...]

By |2021-05-19T16:24:15-05:00May 19, 2021|Health, Story|

These young docs know how to fix the South’s rural health crisis. Will anyone listen?

The rural healthcare crisis is not new, but it is particularly pronounced in the South.  Rural areas are less likely to have enough primary care physicians. Rural residents also tend to be poorer, according to the National Rural Health Association.  More than half the nation’s rural hospital closures since 2010 were in the South. Many of those are clustered [...]

By |2021-05-18T09:39:27-05:00May 10, 2021|Health, Story|
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