Politics

  • What’s Changed Since the Freedom Riders?
    Published by Jeffrey Hess on 16 Mar 2011 05:48pm | Listen Now

    In the 50 years since the freedom rides, Black Mississippians have gone from being banned from the state capitol to leading the nation in in the number of black legislators. Now the Mississippi Senate is honoring one of the first Freedom riders. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports on how the state has changed over the past 50 years. 

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  • State Increases Budget Estimate
    Published by Jeffrey Hess on 15 Mar 2011 05:33pm | Listen Now

    Mississippi could be coming out of the Recession more quickly than first thought. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports that state budget writers have revised the state's spending plans slightly upward for this year and next. 

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  • House Republicans Offer Redistricting Counter-Proposal
    Published by Jeffrey Hess on 14 Mar 2011 05:13pm | Listen Now

    The Mississippi house is expected to vote on a Republican drawn redistricting map this week. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports that the new map was unveiled yesterday. 

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  • House To Get Senate Redistricting Map Monday
    Published by Jeffrey Hess on 11 Mar 2011 02:56pm | Listen Now

    The Redistricting process is expected to resume up today when the Mississippi Senate releases its map to the House. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports that Mississippi Senate Republicans are hoping that House Democrats used the weekend to re-drawn their district lines. 

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  • Hundreds of Law Enforcement Officers are Being Honored
    Published by Lawayne Childrey on 10 Mar 2011 02:49pm | Listen Now

    Law enforcement officers from around Mississippi are being honored for their work in helping to save lives on the states roadways. MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports they credit their success to better seatbelt education and enforcement. 

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  • Senate Approves the ‘Burton Plan’ For Redistricting
    Published by Jeffrey Hess on 10 Mar 2011 01:28pm | Listen Now

    The Mississippi House could have a chance to vote on a Senate redistricting map as soon as today. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports that Senators had to choose between two competing redistricting plans. 

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  • Senate To Begin Floor Debate of Redistricting
    Published by Jeffrey Hess on 09 Mar 2011 01:21pm | Listen Now

    The Mississippi Senate is expected to debate the Senate redistricting map early this morning. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports that Senators will likely discuss more than one map 

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  • Redistricting Fight Takes A Partisan Turn
    Published by Jeffrey Hess on 08 Mar 2011 12:59pm | Listen Now

    The debate over Mississippi's new redistricting maps has become much more partisan. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports that Republicans in a Senate committee have quickly changed the fate of the redistricting process.... 

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  • Elder Abuse is on the Rise Nationwide Including Mississippi
    Published by Lawayne Childrey on 08 Mar 2011 12:06pm | Listen Now

    A rising number of elder abuse cases is being reported across the United states. At least 3,000 incidents were reported in Mississippi last year alone. MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports why and how law enforcement is attacking the problem. 

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  • 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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  • 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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