Finally, first in something besides the alpahbet!
I lived in Alabama for 7 1/2 years. One of the unofficial state slogans there was "Thank God for Mississippi!", since without its western neighbor Alabama would have ranked dead last in the nation in many categories like poverty and infant mortality. But according to today's NY Times, the Heart of Dixie is now a leader in the nation in child welfare, in the good sense. So way to go, Alabama!