• Senate Appropriations Chairman Doug Davis Discusses the 2012 Budget at the Stennis Press Luncheon
    Published by Lawayne Childrey on 07 Mar 2011 12:33pm | Listen Now

    Mississippi lawmakers are in the final few weeks of the 2011 legislative session and the question of how to appropriate the state's 5 billion dollar budget still remains unanswered. MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports one of the main sticking points is expected to be the Mississippi Adequate Education Program which is the equity funding plan for K-12 schools. 

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  • South Africans Learn Economics in Jackson
    Published by Daniel Cherry on 07 Mar 2011 12:10pm | Listen Now

    A group of educators from South Africa is in the Jackson metro area as part of an international project aimed at teaching economics. MPB’s Daniel Cherry takes a look at how they plan to use their lessons back home. 

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  • Freedom Riders Tell Their Stories
    Published by Lawayne Childrey on 04 Mar 2011 08:33am | Listen Now

    It’s been Fifty years since hundreds of people both black and white risked their lives to break down the barriers of segregation in interstate travel. When their bus arrived in Mississippi they were arrested and sent to Parchman prison. MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports how these brave "Freedom Riders" helped change the course of a state and nation. 

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  • Sex Education Bill Passes Senate Now Goes Back to the House for More Work
    Published by Lawayne Childrey on 03 Mar 2011 08:21am

    Mississippi has some of the highest teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease rates in the nation. MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports how a new sex education bill making its way through the state legislature could impact the lives of thousands of teens throughout the state. 

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  • Higher Education Could See Funding Changes
    Published by Daniel Cherry on 03 Mar 2011 08:16am | Listen Now

    Higher education could be seeing a new model for how it's funded in Mississippi. The legislature is deciding whether to allow an education committee to review different ways to allocate money among universities. MPB's Daniel Cherry reports on how the bill could make a big difference in the state. 

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  • Mississippi Democrats Face Tough Election Season
    Published by Daniel Cherry on 02 Mar 2011 02:35pm | Listen Now

    Democrats in Mississippi will not contest Republicans in elections for three statewide offices, and now the deadline to field candidates is passed. MPB's Daniel Cherry takes a look at what Democrats are facing in election season. 

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Educating and Training Law Officers in the Area of Cyber Crime
    Published by Lawayne Childrey on 21 Feb 2011 12:51pm | Listen Now

    From identity theft to child exploitation, cyber crimes affect thousands of Americans every day. As part of our engineering week coverage, MPB's Lawayne Childrey shows us how research in Mississippi is a model for law enforcement across the country.

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  • Research that’s Being Done at Mississippi State to Help Children who are Born with Heart Defects
    Published by Lawayne Childrey on 19 Feb 2011 12:54pm | Listen Now

    One in every one hundred children born in the United States has some form of heart defect. In Mississippi that means at least 400 children this year will need heart surgery to stay alive. As part of National Engineering week MPB's Lawayne Childrey examines research that is already being done in the state to help children's hearts grow stronger.

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  • The Choctaw Journey: Making The Case for a Segregated Education
    Published by Sandra Knispel on 16 Feb 2011 01:30pm | Listen Now

    Segregation seems to fly in the face of every lesson learnt from Mississippi’s past. Still, for the Choctaw separate schooling has been key to maintaining tribal identity. MPB’s Sandra Knispel continues her series on the Mississippi Choctaw Journey.

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  • Legal and Religious Scholars Debate Immigration
    Published by Jeffrey Hess on 14 Feb 2011 01:46pm | Listen Now

    Legal and religious scholars debate the approach Mississippi should take to deal with the issue of illegal immigration. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports on recent panel discussion about ethics and immigration at the Mississippi College of Law in Jackson.

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