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Thursday, 5/22

Air date 05/22/14
Segment 1:
Sparks are flying in the US Senate race between Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran and State Senator Chris McDaniel in the Republican primary. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports that the two campaigns are sparring over who knew what and when about a blogger accused of taking unauthorized pictures of Senator Cochran's wife.
In other news:
Starting this fall,  the Mississippi Prepaid Affordable College Tuition program or MPACT  will  re-open for enrollment.   It had been closed to new enrollees since the fall of 2012 because of an $80 million funding shortfall.  The program allows parents and guardians to purchase college tuition now - at a fixed cost - rather than wait until their student is ready to attend college.  State Treasurer Lynn Fitch was not prepared to answer specific questions about costs or payment options.  But she did offer our Jeffrey Hess some insight into program, and what some of the new changes could mean.
Segment 2:
2,000 kids go missing everyday in the US and the National center for Missing and Exploited Children wants parents to get on board the Take 25 campaign.  Parents are asked to spend 25 minutes about talking to their children about safety.  JuRiese Colon with the Center says about half of the kids who go missing are either runaways or as she describes them "Throw Aways."  Colon talks with us about how just 25 minutes can keep your kids safer.
Segment 3:
Former University of Mississippi Chancellor, Dr. Robert Khayat's book, "The Education of a Lifetim," has been awarded a Silver Medal from the IPPY Awards - which honor books produced by independent publishers.  Last year, Khayat sat down with MPB's Sandra Knispel to talk about the book, and his time at the helm of Ole Miss.

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