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Location: * South, Mississippi
Beat: Mississippi state legislature, especially actions affecting the poor
Position: This beat delves into the decisions and proposals made by state officials specifically from the perspective of poor people in Mississippi. Are those decisions and proposals helpful or harmful to those living on the margins? What is driving them? How do they impact real people in Mississippi? Are powerful political and business forces influencing policy in a way that hurts the poor?
Reporter: Leah Willingham