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  • Educators in Mississippi are Motivating Children to Read with the Help of Dr. Seuss
    Published by Lawayne Childrey on 02 Mar 2011 01:06pm | Listen Now

    Studies show that only 22% of Mississippi 4th graders are reading at grade level or above. In response, the State Department of Education has set a goal to have all 3rd graders reading at grade level by 2012. MPB's Lawayne Childrey examines how one Jackson school is meeting the challenge and what it could mean for the future of our state 

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  • High Tech Industries Bolster Economic Confidence
    Published by Jeffrey Hess on 02 Mar 2011 12:55pm | Listen Now

    Mississippi's economic and legislative leaders are expressing growing optimism about the future of the state's economy. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports the addition of new, high tech industries are driving the positive trend... 

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  • Governor Barbour testifies before U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee
    Published by Teresa Collier on 02 Mar 2011 12:17pm | Listen Now

    Governor Haley Barbour was in Washington calling on the federal government to rethink its plans for Medicaid. Elizabeth Wynne Johnson explains. 

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  • Gulf Coast Businesses Battle the Perception of Oil
    Published by Teresa Collier on 02 Mar 2011 08:53am | Listen Now

    Oil from last year’s BP spill didn't actually stain Mississippi's mainland shores, but nearly a year later, the perception of it covering the state's beaches and animals is still impacting businesses along the Mississippi coast. Following a season of cancelled vacations and diminishing reservations, coastal businesses are still fighting a battle to change would-be tourists' perceptions. Eve Abrams reports. 

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  • Middle East Protests Hit Home
    Published by Daniel Cherry on 02 Mar 2011 07:43am | Listen Now

    Political unrest in the Middle East continues to escalate as people in the area seek their own freedoms and democracy, but for some here in Mississippi it's a topic of conversation and concern. MPB's Daniel Cherry tells us more about what the revolutions overseas could mean for us at home 

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  • Experts Discuss Food in Mississippi
    Published by Daniel Cherry on 01 Mar 2011 07:55am | Listen Now

    We all need air, water, and food to survive, but for Mississippians food is also the cause for many of the state's biggest health concerns. The state is the worst in the nation in obesity rates, but Mississippi also has more hunger than any other state. MPB's Daniel Cherry talks to some experts about the future of the state's food related problems. 

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  • Mississippi Religious Leaders Urge Opposition To Immigration Bill
    Published by Jeffrey Hess on 01 Mar 2011 07:31am | Listen Now

    A group of Mississippi Christian leaders is asking the legislature not to approve and Arizona-style immigration law. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports that Mississippi law makers could see an updated bill as soon as this week. 

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  • Mississippi Union Workers Support Wisconsin Union Protests
    Published by Jeffrey Hess on 28 Feb 2011 09:57am | Listen Now

    Mississippi union workers are showing solidarity with the protesters in Wisconsin. About 60 union workers rallied at the capitol in Jackson yesterday. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports that public workers in Mississippi already have fewer protections than workers in Wisconsin.

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  • Spring Time Can Mean Flooding for Mississippi
    Published by Daniel Cherry on 27 Feb 2011 10:01am | Listen Now

    During severe weather events in Mississippi flooding is often one of the most dangerous threats. In fact the state has more than 30 million acres classified as flood plain. MPB's Daniel Cherry takes a look at one of the most prevalent natural disasters in the state and what you can do to protect yourself.

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  • New Approaches To Reading Could Increase Mississippi’s Literacy Rate
    Published by Jeffrey Hess on 25 Feb 2011 10:07am | Listen Now

    Mississippi has the lowest literacy rate in the nation...roughly 20-percent of Mississippi adults cannot read. An early start for Mississippi kids can help improve the literacy rate. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports on new ways of learning to read that are more than just the ABC's.

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  • Gas Prices Jump On Fears of Spreading Revolution
    Published by Jeffrey Hess on 24 Feb 2011 12:25pm | Listen Now

    Unrest across the Middle East has pushed oil prices over 100-dollars a barrel, which leads to higher gas prices. Mississippi drivers are watching the price of gas rise and are asking 'how high can it go?'. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports that some are preparing for gasoline that costs more than 5-dollars a gallon.

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  • MSU Researchers are Turning Waste Into Fuel
    Published by Lawayne Childrey on 24 Feb 2011 11:27am | Listen Now

    As Americas energy needs continue to grow researchers are looking for cleaner, cheaper ways to keep up with the demand. To conclude our series highlighting Engineering Week, MPB's Lawayne Childrey examines how experts are assessing the countries energy needs and coming up with possible solutions.

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  • Immigration Activists Threaten Lawsuits Following Weekend Sweep
    Published by Jeffrey Hess on 23 Feb 2011 12:36pm | Listen Now

    Immigration Activists in Mississippi are considering filing lawsuits against the federal government following a weekend immigration sweep. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports that nearly 60 illegal immigrants have been arrested in the four day sweep in Central Mississippi.

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  • Research at MSU Creates Environmentally Friendly Ways to Pave Highways
    Published by Lawayne Childrey on 23 Feb 2011 12:31pm | Listen Now

    Americans rely heavily on highways for commerce, to commute to work, even vacation. But as the demand on the system increases, performance, reliability and safety are key concerns for transportation agencies. As part of our engineering week coverage MPB's Lawayne Childrey examines research being done in Mississippi to recycle used asphalt and make roads safer and cheaper.

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  • Engineering Biodegradable Plastics out of Biomass-Crops and Timber Harvest
    Published by Lawayne Childrey on 22 Feb 2011 12:42pm | Listen Now

    From plastic bottles to plastic bags landfills across the country are being filled to capacity with the petroleum based products that could take millions of years to disintegrate. In part four of our engineering week series MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports how researchers at Mississippi State University are developing a biodegradable plastic made from harvested plant residue.

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