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Tuesday, 6/10

Air date 06/10/14
Segment 1:
 
Patients seeking care through the G.V. Sonny Montgomery Veterans Administration Medical center in Jackson are waiting an average of 45 days for their first appointment with a primary care doctor---that's about three times longer than the department's goal. A report from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says the average wait time for new patients at the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System in Gulfport was about 48 days.  Embra Jackson is a Public Affairs Officer with the Sonny Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson.  He tells MPB's Ezra Wall the VA is working to reduce wait times for their patients. 
 
Segment 2:
 
A group of gay rights activists are calling on Governor Phil Bryant to speak out in support of their cause and recognize gay marriages performed in other states. About a dozen activists covered their mouths in black tape today and protested in silence outside the Governor's mansion in Jackson. One of the demonstrators was Dee Smathers, who last year went out of state to marry her partner of almost 30 years. Smathers talks to MPB's Jeffrey Hess.
 
Segment 3:
 
Joel Bomgar started his company in his Belhaven University dorm room a decade ago, while looking for a way to make his part-time computer repair job go more smoothly.  This year, he sold the company to a major investment group that hopes to expand Bomgar's already-international presence.  Bomgar is the first in our series on Mississippi Entrepreneurs - a title we're borrowing from a brand new book of the same name.  Joel Bomgar talks to MPB's Ezra Wall about his entrepreneurial beginnings.


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