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Wednesday, 2/26

Air date 02/26/14
Segment 1:
The city of Jackson has an acting mayor today. This is after 1st-term mayor Chokwe Lumumba died in a Jackson hospital yesterday.   As MPB's Paul Boger reports city officials are now tasked with setting a special election date to select a new mayor.
Troopers across the state are calling their salaries "poor, embarrassing, and not respectable."  In a letter to Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and members of the Senate, troopers outlined concerns with outdated equipment, worn out vehicles, and a lack of scheduled promotions.  This letter comes as troopers are scheduled to stand with Governor Phil Bryant today, asking for funding for a trooper school to increase the number of the Highway Patrol.  Jimmy Dale Thomas is president of the Mississippi State Troopers Association.   He spoke with MPB's Ezra Wall.
Segment 2:
Parents of Mississippi's special needs children favor a set of bills that would give them a $6,000 education voucher for private schools or other education expenses.  Within certain guidelines, the funds would be spent at the parents' discretion, instead of being part of any public school special education program.  
MPB's Paul Boger spoke with Donna Brewer, the mother of a developmentally disabled student.  Brewer says she just found out about the bill in the legislature, but she's in full support.
Segment 3:
If you haven't filed your taxes yet, don't worry; there's still plenty of time.  And the Internal Revenue Service says filing online can get your return to you pretty quickly.  Mark Green is with the IRS, and talked with us about the e-file program.
Mississippians are reacting to the Pentagon’s latest proposal for defense spending cuts. As MPB’s Evelina Burnett reports, the military is a big piece of the Gulf Coast’s economy, so any cuts could have a ripple effect throughout the community.

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