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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Egyptians in Mississippi React to Protests
    Published by Jeffrey Hess on 31 Jan 2011 01:58pm | Listen Now

    Egyptians living in Mississippi watch anxiously while protests continue in their home country. MPB's Jeffrey Hess spoke with two Egyptians about their reaction to the street protests.

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  • Mississippians React to President Obama’s State of the Union Address
    Published by Lawayne Childrey on 26 Jan 2011 03:52pm | Listen Now

    From Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington to State Street in Jackson, Americans are talking about President Obama's State of the Union Address. MPB's Lawayne Childrey has reaction from Mississippi's capitol city.

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  • Mississippi Congressmen react to State of the Union Address
    Published by Teresa Collier on 26 Jan 2011 03:36pm

    President Obama reached out to Republicans in his second State of the Union address. That approach seemed to work for some Mississippi lawmakers. Manuel Quinones (kin-YON-es) reports.

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  • Oil Spill Commission hears health concerns
    Published by Teresa Collier on 14 Jan 2011 07:15am

    President Obama’s panel that investigated the BP oil spill is taking its final report to the Gulf Coast in a series of community meetings. Eileen Fleming reports that people attending the first session in New Orleans are pleading for attention to health problems related to the spill.

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  • Effect of Memphis-Shelby County School District Merger
    Published by Sandra Knispel on 06 Jan 2011 09:28am | Listen Now

    DeSoto County in north Mississippi is closely watching the fallout from the back-and-forth over whether to consolidate the Memphis City and Shelby County school districts in Tennessee. As MPB’s Sandra Knispel reports, for DeSoto being the nearest school district across the state line means a direct knock-on effect from the ongoing quarrel.

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  • Mississippi Guard Deploys to Iraq as Holidays Approach
    Published by Lawayne Childrey on 30 Nov 2010 09:37am | Listen Now

    Members of the 185th Aviation unit are mobilizing for a one year tour to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn. MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports on an emotional goodbye for family.

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