Brain drain is common enough in Mississippi that some policymakers are starting to recognize it as a long-term problem for the economic well-being of the state, which has long been one of the poorest in the nation.
About one out of every 10 people in Mississippi has one of 7,000 rare diseases. About half of them are children. And there are few cures or treatments. All they and their parents want is a fighting chance and they say a state Senate bill is a good place to start.
Coast leaders went to Jackson to meet with legislators last week, and on Monday a bill passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee directs all the the BP settlement into a fund to benefit the environment and the economy that were hurt by the Gulf oil spill in 2010.