August 30, 2006 |
The United States continues to get fatter, with Mississippi and other Southern states leading the way, according to a report issued Tuesday by the advocacy group Trust for America's Health. The report found 29.5% of Mississippi residents were obese. Nine of the 10 states with the highest rates of obesity are in the South, the report says. At the other end of the spectrum, Colorado is the leanest state, with 16.
January 18, 1990 |
The government-owned Export-Import Bank of Japan is studying a request from three Southern U.S. states for subsidized loans, but a decision on the matter is still a way off, bank officials said today. The governors of Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi first raised the idea of the low-cost loans in September, 1988. The bank has been informally studying the possibility since then. "It is very premature," said Tadahiko Nakagawa, manager of the bank's international relations division.
March 10, 2004 |
John F. Kerry racked up four more wins in Democratic presidential primaries Tuesday, while on the campaign trail he continued to focus his fire on President Bush. Lopsided victories in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas delivered Kerry a slew of new delegates. But his support was not universal. North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, who pulled out of the race last week, drew 16% of the vote in Louisiana -- enough to pick up a few new delegates.
February 10, 1988 |
Secretary of Education William J. Bennett announced today that his department has found four Southern states in full compliance with civil rights law in their college systems, while six others must take further steps to eliminate the vestiges of segregation. The six states that Bennett said are in partial violation of the law are Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Oklahoma and Virginia.
June 28, 1992 |
Thirty years after federal marshals forced Mississippi to open the doors of its best state colleges to black students, the Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state has not done nearly enough to dismantle its formerly segregated system of higher education. Mississippi, along with the other Southern states, has an "affirmative duty to dismantle its prior dual university system," the court declared, an obligation it said Mississippi has failed to meet.
February 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The historic Voting Rights Act appeared to be in deep trouble Wednesday after the Supreme Court's conservative justices argued during a racially charged debate that targeting the South for special scrutiny was no longer fair. The unusually tense discussion split along ideological lines. Justices from the left and right took turns arguing the case - and arguing with one another over whether racism and racial discrimination remain problems. At one point, Justice Antonin Scalia referred to the law as a "perpetuation of racial entitlement," a phrase that irked Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who voiced strong objection earlier this week to a Texas prosecutor's focus on defendants' race.