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The U.S. Federal Reserve Focuses On The Economy As The World Tilts Toward A Recession

“The U.S. Federal Reserve holds inordinate sway over the world’s economies,” MSU Finance Professor D. Brian Blank writes. “Its power is primarily because of the dominance of the U.S. dollar, which soared in recent months as the Fed’s aggressive interest rate hikes made the greenback more attractive to investors. But this has a downside for other countries because it is fueling inflation, raising the cost of borrowing and increasing the risk of a global recession.”

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A stock image of a doctor's hands with blue gloves pointing at an EKG scan with a pencil, along with a stethoscope and opened pill bottle. Mississippians need access to cardiovascular disease treatments.
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Mississippians Need Open Access to Life-Saving Cardiovascular Treatments

“Nearly one-third of Mississippians live with high cholesterol,” cardiologist Dr. Kevin Hall writes, warning that insurance companies are statistically more likely to deny life-saving medications for Black and hispanic cardiovascular-disease patients, especially women. Hall, a Tupelo, Miss., native, encourages Mississippians to practice preventative care with regular screenings, to educate themselves further on risk factors and to consider effective prescription access for better patient outcomes.

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‘The Last Will Be First’: National Infrastructure Bank’s Plan for Failed Jackson Water System

HR 3339, a current bill in Congress, would create a $5-trillion National Infrastructure Bank to finance projects that federal, state and local governments cannot. This plan would allow Mississippi to receive up to $47 billion over 10 years to cover all infrastructure improvements, including roads, bridges, levees and dams, affordable housing, public transport and more, Alphecca Muttardy writes.

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Coalition: Auditor’s ‘Fatherlessness’ Report ‘Irresponsible,’ Blames Individuals Over Systems

The Mississippi Economic Inclusion Coalition submitted this MFP Voices column in response to State Auditor Shad White’s report, “Dads Matter: The Taxpayer Cost of Fatherlessness,” writing that “good leaders are solution-oriented and often self-assess before passing the blame onto others.” But, they write, in this case, White missed the mark.

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How Mary Kay Contributed To Feminism—Even Though She Loathed Feminists

Mary Kay Ash, who died in 2001, loathed the term “feminist” and disliked the movement, but she successfully defied her era’s female gender norms, Professor Cassandra L. Yacovazzi writes. “She turned a few thousand dollars into a multibillion-dollar cosmetics empire and led it for decades. Her sales force grew from fewer than 10 women to tens of thousands.”

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