Report: Mississippi’s roads aren’t the worst (but they’re not great)

Transportation for America and Taxpayers for Common Sense released a new report called “Repair Priorities 2019“. Some of the findings: “Between 2009-2017, the percentage of roads nationwide in poor condition increased from 14 to 20 percent.” “States spent  nearly as much money expanding their road networks as they did repairing existing roads.” The report calls … Continue reading “Report: Mississippi’s roads aren’t the worst (but they’re not great)”

Study: Concerts help you live longer

Going to a live concert once every two weeks can help you live longer, up to nine years longer, according to a new study. British concert promoter O2 paired up with scientist Patrick Fagan who found “just 20 minutes of [concert] time resulting in a significant 21% increase in feelings of wellbeing.” That’s better than … Continue reading “Study: Concerts help you live longer”

Over-the-counter Kratom affects the brain “just like heroin”

More than 100 people have overdosed on a supplement or herbal drug called Kratom. It’s from a tree that grows in tropical Asia and Dr. Scott Hambleton, from the Mississippi Physician Health Program, told Paul Gallo that it is an addictive substance that affects the brain “just like heroin”.

The “Secret” Coast? Coastal Mississippi unveils new tourism campaign

Is the Mississippi Gulf Coast the best kept secret of the tourism world? The Coastal Mississippi Board of Commissioners says yes – and unveiled a new ad campaign. Coastal Mississippi is also the new name of the organization formerly known as Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast and is “charged with promoting South Mississippi as a tourism … Continue reading “The “Secret” Coast? Coastal Mississippi unveils new tourism campaign”

Survey: March Madness boosts employee morale

Have you filled out your bracket yet? More than 70 million Americans are expected to fill out a bracket for the NCAA Tournament, competing for money or just bragging rights with friends and co-workers. But is filling out a bracket and following the “March Madness” bad for business? It can actually boost employee morale, according … Continue reading “Survey: March Madness boosts employee morale”

#MississippiReads: Donate books for kids and get a sweet treat

Statistics have shown that kids who are read to at a young age are more likely to succeed in school. That’s why Families First for Mississippi has partnered with Banner Hall to be a drop-off point in the Jackson metro area for new or gently-used books that will then go toward families throughout Mississippi. For … Continue reading “#MississippiReads: Donate books for kids and get a sweet treat”

The top booze in Mississippi

Herb Frierson, the state Revenue Commissioner, sat down with Paul Gallo on Tuesday to talk taxes and refunds, but they also talked about alcohol sales in the state. The Department of Revenue controls which wine and alcohols are sold in the state, and who can buy it. Burnett’s Vodka is the most popular vodka in … Continue reading “The top booze in Mississippi”

Mythbusting: Hemp won’t get you high

Industrial hemp is no longer considered a “controlled substance” under the Farm Bill signed into law in December. That means farmers across the country can “produce a high-value cash crop while retaining federal farm program benefits that were previously not allowed.” There has long been confusion between hemp and its sister marijuana. They’re both varieties … Continue reading “Mythbusting: Hemp won’t get you high”

A Rollover Story: Why you should buckle up every time you get into a car

Everyone should be buckling up when they get into a vehicle, no matter where you sit. That’s the message from Mississippi Highway Patrol as they travel the state with their rollover simulator. The machine shows you what it looks like when a rollover crash happens at 40 miles per hour. Just 40 MPH: MHP says … Continue reading “A Rollover Story: Why you should buckle up every time you get into a car”

Stennis Space Center tests rocket that will take humans to Mars

NASA did a “hot fire” rocket engine test earlier Wednesday at Stennis Space Center, the first one of 2019. The RS-25 rocket features a developmental engine designed to take humans farther in space than we’ve ever gone before – back to the Moon and ultimately Mars. Four RS-25s, when fired simultaneously, produce two million pounds … Continue reading “Stennis Space Center tests rocket that will take humans to Mars”