In celebration of Mississippi Today’s sixth anniversary, we’re taking a look back at some of our top stories through the years. Today, I wanted to share a story I reported in 2017 on a House committee chairman declining to take up the proposal to make domestic violence the 13th ground for divorce in Mississippi, although we later gave an update that the House passed domestic violence provisions under an amendment to a bill.

We’ve been reporting on these issues for years now. Our ongoing coverage and publicity of these issues holds lawmakers and public officials accountable. It’s not something we’re going to stop writing about — in fact, we published an analysis about the state’s “irrevocably broken” marriage laws during the current legislative session back in February.

We published this series on domestic violence that highlighted the broken systems and laws in Mississippi that leave our citizens vulnerable. All of this reporting is made possible by readers like you that share our vision of a better informed Mississippi capable of change. The longer we are supported by our readers, the more continued coverage we are able to provide.

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take a look at the last six years


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Kayleigh Skinner joined the Mississippi Today team in January 2017 as an education and legislative reporter and advanced to a senior staff member in her four years with the company. Before joining Mississippi Today, Kayleigh worked at The Hechinger Report, Chalkbeat Tennessee, and The Commercial Appeal. She has appeared on MSNBC, NPR, and BBC Newsday Radio to discuss her reporting.