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Thurs, Feb. 21st: Winter at 90

Air date 02/21/13

1 - The chairmen of the Mississippi house and senate transportation committees say the state should consider raising the tax on every gallon of gasoline. The current tax is $0.18 a gallon and has not been raised in more than 2 decades.  Mike Pepper is with the Mississippi Roadbuilders Association. He spoke with MPB's Jeffrey Hess.

2 - According to the latest numbers, Mississippi's kids ranks last in 6 out of 10 important indicators of child well being.  Child advocates and others will explore the issue in Jackson this week at the Mississippi Kids Count Summit.  Wes Moore is an author and youth advocate, and the Summit's keynote speaker. He tells our Karen Brown it's important not to abandon children just because they make youthful mistakes.
3 - In the early 1980s, then-Governor William Winter worked with the state legislature to implement state-funded kindergarten for the first time. The move was not popular among many Mississippians, who did not approve of the required tax hike. Now, on his 90th Birthday, we hear from the former Governor on education, poverty, race and more. He tells our Karen Brown Mississippi should be careful to remember the lessons of the last 90 years.
4 - In the early 1960s, segregated lunch counters were the norm in the American South. In his new book, "We Shall Not Be Moved," author M. J. O'Brien explores a lunch counter sit-in at the old Woolworth's store in downtown Jackson. O'Brien spoke with MPB's Ezra Wall.
5 - Today at 1:00 on MPB Think Radio, it's the 2013 Governor's Arts Awards. The lifetime achievement award this year goes to renowned Mississippi bluesman Bobby Rush.  So as we leave you today, let's hear what makes Bobby deserving of this high honor.

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