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Thursday, October 31

Air date 10/31/13

A new study is showing that older school children are less physically fit than younger schoolchildren in Mississippi. The data is part of an attempt to track results of a 2007 Mississippi Healthy Students Act – a  law meant to promote nutrition, exercise and health education.  Researcher Jerome Kolbo says  just 12-percent of students were able to meet six fitness benchmarks.  He spoke with MPB's Jeffrey Hess.

Prescription drug abuse in Mississippi has tripled since 1999, according to a study from the Trust for America's Health.  Mississippi ranks 30th out of the 50 states in prescription drug misuse.  Earlier, our Ezra Wall talked about the study with Rich Hamburg from Trust for America's Health.

Angie Butler is now clean after her battle with prescription drug addiction.  In a Southern Remedy TV special airing tonight, she tells her story to MPB's Dr. Rick deShazo.

Pulizer Prize-nominated editorial cartoonist Marshall Ramsey was the guardian of a border terrier named Banjo.  The two grew even closer after Marshall - also an MPB Radio host - experienced some changes in his job status.  In his new children's book, Banjo's Dream, Ramsey imagines Banjo in a different profession representing each letter of the alphabet. In this week's Book Club, Marshall Ramsey remembers his late friend, Banjo.

Marshall Ramsey will be signing copies of Banjo's Dream at Lemuria Bookstore in Jackson on Saturday at noon.  Next week, he'll be at the popular Mistletoe Marketplace in the capital city, beginning on Thursday.  He says the books will make their way to a store near you as soon as his distribution department - HIMSELF - can get there.

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