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Fri, March 1: Sequestration

Air date 03/01/13

Mississippi is set to lose out on millions of dollars in federal funds if  Congress and the White House can't come to an agreement and the automatic spending cuts take effect tonight.  Mississippi Congressman Greg Harper  is still hopeful an agreement can be reached. But if not, the District 3 Republican says the cuts may not be as painful as some expect.

 
In the final installment of our weeklong series, Segregation Shifts: The New Faces of an Old Problem, we go to Nashville, where public school officials are finding it a challenge to balance school improvement plans with a desire for racial diversity. LaTonya Turner of The Southern Education Desk reports.
 
In recent years, almost 70% of American fourth graders scored below proficient reading levels. Those numbers are troubling to child literacy advocates in Mississippi, who hope to use the birthday of probably the most famous children's author to promote reading.  Tomorrow, on Dr. Seuss's birthday, the Mississippi Children's Museum will host a Read Across America day to get kids to read. Susan Garrard and Alicen Blanchard are with the Children's Museum. Blanchard says younger is better, but it's never too late to start reading with kids.
 
In the 1950s Toyota's Toyopet became the first Japanese car marketed to American consumers. They did not sell, and most of them were destroyed. Now, a classic Toyopet is part of the regular display at the Tupelo Automobile Museum. That car is hitting the road this weekend. Joining us with more is the car's caretaker, Daron Pitts.
 
The awards have been given out, and it's back to square one for the movie industry. Here to tell us if that means a good weekend for moviegoers is film critic Anita Modak-Truran.


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