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Monday, 3/24

Air date 03/24/14
Segment 1:
 
Nearly 700 lbs. of tar balls believed to be from the BP oil spill have been cleaned from the beaches of Mississippi’s barrier islands during the past week. The Coast Guard says about 80 lbs. were removed from West Ship Island Saturday. On Friday, 520 lbs. were removed from Horn Island. The oil was reported by the National Park Service, and was removed by BP contracted clean-up crews, overseen by the Coast Guard. Lieutenant Commander Natalie Murphy is a spokesperson for the Coast Guard. She spoke with MPB's Evelina Burnett.
 
 
Also:
The IRS is warning Mississippian's about a growing number of tax related scams designed to trick you out of your money. MPB's Lawayne Childrey takes a  look at how the scams work. 
 
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Segment 2:
 
The deadline for Mississippians to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is quickly approaching. That means time is also running out to avoid new penalties the uninsured will face under the law.  Jarvis Dortch with the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program says there are still opportunities for Mississippians to get enrolled.
Bill Corr is United States Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services. He joins MPB's Ezra Wall to talk about the looming deadline.
This is Mississippi Edition on MPB Think Radio.
 
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Segment 3:
 
Death Row inmate Michelle Byrom is still awaiting an official date of execution. She was convicted in the 1999 of murder-for-hire in the killing of her husband.   According to an attorney close to her case, a date has been requested by the Attorney General for this week, but official word has yet to arrive from the State Supreme Court.  Byrom would be the first woman executed in Mississippi in 70 years.  David Voisin is a Jackson attorney who has consulted on Byrom's case.  He tells our Paul Boger strong evidence exists that Michelle Byrom didn't have anything to do with the crime she has been convicted of.


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