Mississippi News

  • Committee Approves Senate Redistricting Plan
    Published by Jeffrey Hess on 07 Mar 2011 11:41am | Listen Now

    A new senate redistricting map could see a vote on the floor of the Senate as soon as Wednesday. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports that the new legislative redistricting map quickly passed a joint committee yesterday. 

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  • Redistricting Focus Moves To The Senate
    Published by Jeffrey Hess on 05 Mar 2011 11:04am | Listen Now

    Now that the Mississippi House has passed a redistricting plan, the redistricting focus moves to the Senate. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports that plans from both chambers are now in the Senate. 

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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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  • House Unveils New District Map
    Published by Jeffrey Hess on 03 Mar 2011 02:44pm | Listen Now

    The Mississippi House could vote today on a newly redrawn district map based on 2010 census data. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports that the new district map reflects population shifts over the last ten years.... 

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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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  • Economic Hardships from Oil Spill Disaster filters into Unexpected Areas
    Published by Teresa Collier on 02 Mar 2011 01:22pm | Listen Now

    Mississippi’s fishing and coastal tourist industries aren’t the only ones feeling the economic pinch of last year’s Oil Disaster. As money stops flowing into the businesses most directly impacted by the spill, economic hardship filters into some unexpected places. Eve Abrams reports. 

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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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