• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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