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The Reflector

Obamas Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, 14 years later

Obama’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, 14 years later

Teirrah Tidwell, Contributing Writer February 21, 2024

Turkey and ham club sandwich, hamburger or grilled chicken salad, potato wedges, steamed broccoli florets and fresh or chilled fruit, white, chocolate or strawberry milk — these are typical lunch options...

The social media platform TikTok is emerging as a method to promote and review literary works.

‘BookTok’ online community provides literary exposure

Grace Sullivan, Staff Writer February 19, 2024

“That was what I'd always loved about reading, what had driven me to write in the first place. That feeling that a new world was being spun like a spiderweb around you and you couldn't move until the...

The number of small flower farms is increasing in Mississippi. These producers cater to their surrounding community, offering specialized products that the international market cannot replicate.

Local flower farmers overlook Valentine’s Day, focus on specialty markets

Samuel Hughes, News Editor February 13, 2024

Mary Dowell, Starkville resident and owner of Petal Row flower farm, stepped outside on a warm summer morning. Her small farm – an area of about 2,600 square feet in her backyard – was filled with...

The new lab will research solutions to problems facing Mississippis aquatic life.

New Gulf Coast Aquatic Laboratory to research marine life

Kaitlin Mapp, Contributing Writer January 30, 2024

Mississippi State University is constructing a new Gulf Coast Aquatic Laboratory to help protect aquatic environments and improve the health of Mississippi's aquatic animals in the Gulf of Mexico. Funded...

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves at a digital equity rally last year.

Reeves opts out of food aid program

Ivy Rose Ball, Photography Editor January 23, 2024

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves, along with governors from 15 other states, recently opted out of a federal program that would provide families with school-age children grocery benefits in the summer. The...

Mississippi farmers and researchers are employing new management techniques to adapt to climate change. 

Mississippi agriculture adapts to changing climate

Caleb Bowman, Staff Writer November 22, 2023

The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce reported in 2022 that agriculture was the Magnolia State’s largest industry — outputting $9.72 billion through roughly 34,700 farms...

Biloxis river marshes, like many other coastal wetlands, face risks associated with sea level rise and erosion. 

Gulf Coast ecology, communities face a shifting climate

Samuel Hughes, News Editor November 22, 2023

2019 was the United States' second wettest year on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. Intense rainfall in the Mississippi Valley caused the Mississippi River to swell...

Idalia approaching the coast of Florida while Hurricane Franklin churned in the Atlantic in August. The Atlantic basin saw 20 named storms in 2023, which ranks fourth for the most-named storms in a year since 1950, According to NOAA.

MSU researchers investigate evolving tropical cyclones

Caleb Bowman, Staff Writer November 22, 2023

The National Centers for Environmental Information reports that tropical cyclones are the costliest weather and climate disaster annually in the U.S. Between 1980 and 2022, U.S. tropical cyclones accounted...

The emerald ash borer has been rapidly spreading across North America, killing up to 99% of ash trees in its path.

Destructive beetle encroaches on Mississippi forests

Kate Myers, Contributing Writer October 18, 2023

The emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle responsible for destroying millions of U.S. ash trees, is encroaching on Mississippi’s forests. This metallic green insect was first detected in Michigan...

The bookstore dog, Scarlet, has her own book. Customers can get their copy pawtographed.

Friendly City Books promotes local authors

Kate Myers, Contributing Writer October 2, 2023

Friendly City Books is a Columbus-based independent bookstore that serves as a community literary hub and publishes local authors. Located just off Main Street in Columbus, Friendly City Books first opened...

Mississippi faces record drought

Mississippi faces record drought

Caleb Bowman, Staff Writer October 1, 2023

A prolonged lack of rainfall is causing historic drought conditions in an increasing number of counties throughout Mississippi. A recent report by the US Drought Monitor illustrates that after months of...

The IDEE lab is a cooperative space designed to be accessible to all mechanical engineering students.

MSU engineering receives $10.5 million to expand education, construct new lab

Caleb Bowman, Staff Writer September 24, 2023

Dalton “Ross” Smith, an instructor in Mississippi State University's Department of Mechanical Engineering, has received $10.5 million to expand engineering education through the Advancements...

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