Mississippi News

  • 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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  • New RNC Chairman Lays Out Vision In Jackson
    Published by Jeffrey Hess on 22 Feb 2011 09:33am | Listen Now

    The new chairman of the Republican National Committee says he wants a Republican in the White House in 2012. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus came to the Magnolia state on Tuesday, and MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports on his vision for the party.

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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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  • Ex-State Employees Claim Improper Firing
    Published by Jeffrey Hess on 21 Feb 2011 12:48pm | Listen Now

    A group of former state workers is claiming that they were improperly fired following last year's budget cuts. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports that the employees worked at a state run reform school for troubled youths.

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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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  • Feinberg: New Rules For Oil Spill Payments
    Published by Jeffrey Hess on 18 Feb 2011 12:58pm | Listen Now

    New rules are now in place to help speed up the claims process for thousands of Mississippians affected by the Gulf oil spill. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports the man in charge of the BP oil spill fund made the changes after numerous complaints.

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  • The Choctaw Journey: From Rags to (Not Quite) Riches
    Published by Sandra Knispel on 17 Feb 2011 01:15pm | Listen Now

    The Choctaw have come a long way from abject poverty to tribal economic independence, but not all that glitters is gold. MPB’s Sandra Knispel continues our series on the journey of the Mississippi Choctaw Indians.

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  • Community Colleges Call for More Funding
    Published by Jeffrey Hess on 17 Feb 2011 01:07pm | Listen Now

    Students and faculty members from Mississippi's 15 community colleges are urging state lawmakers to increase funding for their schools. But as MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports, an early vote in the Senate keeps funding level from the current fiscal year.

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  • The Choctaw Journey: The Mystery of the Medicine Man
    Published by Sandra Knispel on 17 Feb 2011 01:04pm | Listen Now

    To this day, the idea of a Native American medicine man conjures up vivid, exciting images in most of us. But to some Choctaw in Mississippi, combining Western medicine with a traditional approach is nothing unusual. MPB’s Sandra Knispel concludes our series on the journey of the Mississippi Choctaw Indians.

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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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