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Friday, 12/20

Air date 12/20/13
Segment 1:
 
More uninsured Mississippians are signing up for health coverage on the new insurance exchange. Jason Dees with Magnolia Insurance says his company has enrolled more than 1,500 people, which is double the total number that both companies in the state had enrolled at the end of last month.  Dees spoke with our Jeffrey Hess.
 
The other company offering coverage through the exchange in Mississippi is Humana.  Spokesman Mitch Lubitz says they are experiencing increased enrollment but did not have a total estimate. Humana is also launching a new ad campaign to encourage Mississippians to sign up before Monday which is a deadline to enroll in plans in order for them to begin at the start of the year. Lubitz also spoke with Jeffrey Hess.
 
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Segment 2:
 
A new study says youth incarceration in Mississippi is continuing to decline, falling 28% in 2011. Jody Owens, director of the Mississippi office for the Southern Poverty Law Center, says the decline is due to a growing realization of better alternatives to detention, alternatives that he says produce better outcomes AND are less costly. Owens says housing a youth in a detention center can cost as much as $150 to $200 a day. The cost of house arrest, on the other hand, is $5-$10 a day. He spoke with our Evelina Burnett.
 
 
 
Also:
Alcorn State University will soon began searching for a new President.  Dr. Christopher Brown has resigned from the university. College Board Commissioner Dr. Hank Bounds made the announcement yesterday during a late afternoon press conference.  He says Brown's resignation comes amid an ongoing investigation into purchasing and expenditures at the school. 
Christopher Brown has led Alcorn since 2010 and brought national recognition to the 5,000 student land grant university in southwest Mississippi. Alcorn was named the historically black college of the year in 2012, and recruited Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of Medgar Evers, to join its faculty. Dr. Norris Edney, former Interim President of Alcorn State, will serve as Acting President, effective immediately.
 
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Segment 3:
 
Anita Modak-Truran previews this weekend's box office offerings.
 


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