Where Senate races stand

Mississippi will hold two U.S. Senate races this year. That’s very important for our future, and it depends on the voters to make the choices. But with so much going on at once, here’s a rundown to bring you up to speed:

Narcan needed

Society seems to be finally turning the battle against prescription pain pill abuse, even though it will still take many years to win the war. Gov. Phil Bryant’s opioid task force commission, which issued its report last year, offered many sound ideas that are beginning to be implemented.

East Marion teams impress

For any team to make it to Jackson for the state basketball “elite eight” is a true accomplishment in Mississippi where the level of hoops talent is so high.

So it’s doubly impressive for both the boys and girls teams from a school to do so, as the Eagles and Lady Eagles from East Marion High School did this week.

Scary numbers about U.S. youth

Government data says a whopping 75 percent of Americans age 17 to 24 are ineligible for the military due to obesity or other health problems, a criminal background or the lack of an education. Analysts say this will be “a harsh reality check” for the Pentagon’s plans to recruit tens of thousands more young people.

More bull about grad rates

Mississippi education officials have mostly gotten a free pass over the state’s trumped up graduation rate. Every year they tout improved numbers, and conveniently leave out the details about how they got to that point. Namely, they’ve done it by lowering the standards that it takes to get a diploma.