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Wednesday, 12/18

Air date 12/18/13
Segment 1:
The Senate is expected later today to pass a bipartisan budget designed to keep Washington from repeatedly facing a financial crisis.  The measure would restore half the amount already scheduled to be automatically cut from the 2014 operating budgets of the Pentagon and some domestic agencies.  An additional $18 billion for 2015 would provide enough relief to essentially freeze spending at those levels for the year.  The House of Representatives has already passed a similar measure.  Republican Congressman Steven Palazzo spoke to our Evelina Burnett about why he supports the compromise.
Mississippi's Common Core program is unlikely to change even after Governor Phil Bryant signed an executive order saying the state will set it's own academic standards. MPB's Paul Boger reports state education officials say full implementation of Common Core will continue as planned.
Segment 2:
According to a weekly report from the Centers for Disease Control, Mississippi is one of the worst states for the flu this year.  The report says Mississippi - along with Texas and Alabama - has a high level of flu-like illness.  Dr. Lynn Finelli is with the CDC.
Segment 3:
A lawsuit filed in federal court today charges that gay students are routinely bullied in the Moss Point School District.  The lawsuit was filed on behalf of 17 year old Destin Holmes, a student who allegedly endured such sever harassment she was driven out of Magnolia Junior High School to be home-schooled. Southern Poverty Law Center, Staff Attorney, Anjali Nair says in March they demanded the district take immediate action to end the bullying and harassment.  The lawsuit names as defendants the school district, school board, superintendent and the former principal of Magnolia Junior High School. The student, Destin Holmes, spoke to us previously, when an initial report was first released.

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