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Thursday, 11/14

Air date 11/14/13
Segment 1:
 
Governor Phil Bryant has issued a $6.1-billion executive budget recommendation for the fiscal year that begins July first 2014. Bryant says the budget is conservative and raises spending only in necessary areas.   He says his budget uses no-one time money for recurring expenses, puts $108-million in the rainy day fund, and dedicates $70-million to improve state buildings rather than relying on borrowing.  
 
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Segment 2:
 
The years between 2011 and 2015 coincide with the 50th anniversaries of many key civil rights era events.  From the Freedom Riders, to the murders of Medgar Evers and Emmett Till and many other events, people will be watching Mississippi from around the world to see how we remember our past.  This week the Episcopal Church is sponsoring a series of events called "50 Years Later: the State of Racism in America."  Two of the Mississippians participating are Bishop Duncan Gray III, Episcopal Bishop of Mississippi, and former Governor William Winter.  They joined us to talk about the State of Racism in Mississippi.
 
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Segment 3:
 
Writer Ann Patchett has topped best-sellers lists primarily as a novelist. Her new book, though, is a collection of essays entitled, "This is the Story of a Happy Marriage."  She joins us in this week's Book Club to talk about the book, and about whether she worries about sharing too much.
 
 
Finally:
Country singer Bobbie Gentry is being honored in her home state with a marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail.   Gentry was born Roberta Lee Streeter in Mississippi's Chickasaw County in 1944. She is probably best known for her 1960's hit, "Ode to Billie Joe." The track earned her Grammy awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1968.  The marker will be unveiled this morning in Greenwood.
 


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