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Mississippi ranks worst for children's well being

JACKSON, MS (AP) - Some Mississippi politicians and educators say they're not surprised by a new national report ranking the state worst for children's well being based on measures of health and poverty.

The annual Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, released Tuesday, uses information from 2007 and 2008.

It ranks Mississippi worst nationally in 7 out of 10 categories.

The report says Mississippi had the highest percentage of low-birthweight babies; the highest rates for infant mortality, child deaths and births to teenagers; the highest percentage of children in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment; the highest percentage of children in poverty and the highest percentage of children in single-parent families.

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