‘Brain drain’ doesn’t apply: Why these young people stay in Mississippi

Young people, both Gen Z and millennials, talk about why they decided to stay in Mississippi despite bigger or better opportunities in other states. Mississippi is a victim of "brain drain," losing young people faster than most other places in US.
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Young people, both Gen Z and millennials, talk about why they decided to stay in Mississippi despite bigger or better opportunities in other states. Mississippi is a victim of "brain drain," losing young people faster than most other places in US.

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Anita Lee is a Mississippi native who specializes in investigative, court and government reporting. She has covered South Mississippi’s biggest stories in her decades at the Sun Herald, including the Dixie Mafia, public corruption and Hurricane Katrina, a Pulitzer Prize-winning effort. Nothing upsets her more than government secrecy and seeing people suffer.

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