Why do they stay in Mississippi? Mockingbird managers believe in home

Hancock County is losing more millennials than the other counties on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Mockingbird Cafe managers Whitney LaFrance and Laura Hurt are dedicated to staying in Bay St. Louis, and embracing diversity and social growth.
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Hancock County is losing more millennials than the other counties on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Mockingbird Cafe managers Whitney LaFrance and Laura Hurt are dedicated to staying in Bay St. Louis, and embracing diversity and social growth.

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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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