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Wed, August 1: Rep. Palazzo

Air date 08/01/12

Segment 1: Leaders in the US House and Senate appear to have reached a six-month deal that would keep the Federal Government funded through the new year. The measure will avoid drawn-out budget controversies through the remainder of election season. This week republican Congressman Steven Palazzo was in Gautier to meet with constituents and answer their questions. He spoke to MPB's Rhonda Miller about his legislative priorities.

Segment 2: Two weeks of temperatures near 100 degrees has caused the national weather service to put most of Mississippi under a heat advisory. The advisory means there is a high risk for heat related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Jim Pollard is with American Medical Response. He tells MPB's Jeffrey Hess the extreme heat can easily put people in harm's way.

Segment 3: Teach for America places high-achieving recent college graduates in low performing, hard to staff schools. And it's an organization that is growing rapidly, both because of increasing demand and substantial political support. In Mississippi, the TFA has quadrupled in size in the last four years and plans to double in the near future.  MPB's Southern Education Desk reporter, Annie Gilbertson, takes us to the Teach for America Delta Institute where all these new teachers get trained in rapid succession.  For a slide show of some of the Delta Institute teachers and activities, visit

Segment 4: Among the Americans vying for Olympic Gold at the 2012 games are three athletes with ties to Mississippi. MPB's Jay White joins us with more.

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