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Tue, July 31: Future Politics

Air date 07/31/12

Top leaders from Mississippi's two largest political parties say they want civility in state politics, but both are preparing for a fight.  Speaking in Jackson yesterday, Republican Joe Nosef and Democrat Ricky Cole.

Then a black couple recently blocked from getting married in the sanctuary of the mostly-white First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs is speaking out. The controversy has drawn national attention to the Copiah County town of 5000 people. Residents gathered in the town square last night in a show of support for equal rights and racial reconciliation. Still Te'Andrea and Charles Wilson say they're hurt. The couple spoke with MPB's Lawayne Childrey.

Mississippi is short on teachers. Responsibility is increasingly falling on emergency staffing and alternative track teacher programs such as Teach for America. TFA places more teachers in the Mississippi Delta than in any region in the country. And they plan to double their numbers. MPB’s Southern Education Desk reporter, Annie Gilbertson, reports the state has allocated millions to support TFA’s growth, but has done little to keep teachers, TFA members included, in the classroom.  For more on this story, including interactive graphics, visit

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