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Wednesday, 11/6

Air date 11/06/13
Segment 1:
 
Mississippi legislators are expected to have 5-point-3 billion dollars to spend in the next session, which is nearly a 3-percent increase over the current year. Yesterday, the joint legislative budget committee adopted projected increases for the current fiscal year and the fiscal year that begins July first.  State economist Darrin Webb says the growth in revenue is still very slow.   Dr. Webb spoke with our Jeffrey Hess.
 
Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn - both Republicans - spoke about what the extra money could mean for their respective chambers.  We hear a brief exchange between the two, beginning with the Lieutenant Governor.
 
Senator Willie Simmons is one of three Democrats on the Joint Legislative Budget Committee.  He tells our Jeffrey Hess the unexpected income could help relieve financial pressure from under-funded programs.
 
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Segment 2:
 
According to the Centers for Disease Control, obesity has more-than doubled in  young children, and  trippled  in adolescents in the last 30 years.  And even with recent slight declines in obese kids, Mississippi is still leading the way.  Dr. Jennifer Harris is with Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, and she's co-author of a new "Fast Food Facts" report.  She says the way fat-inducing fast food products are marketed to your kids could be adding to their unhealthy bottom lines.
 
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Segment 3:
 
On November 1st - just in time for the Holiday Season - food stamp benefits for low-income Mississippians fell.  The average benefit is now less than $1.40 per person, per meal.  Helping fill in the gap between what people have and what they need is the Mississippi Food Network.  Joining us with more on how the Network distributes food to needy Mississippians Statewide, and how you can help out, is Marilyn Blackledge, spokesperson for the Mississippi Food Network.
 
 
 


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