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Tues, Sept. 11: Remembering 9/11

Air date 09/11/12

Eleven years ago today - also on a Tuesday morning - the world stood in shock as terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. All that seems a long way from Mississippi. But here at home, an entire agency was created to secure our own state. J.W. Ledbetter is executive director of that agency, the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security. It doesn't take him long to answer whether he thinks we're safer now than we were eleven years ago.

Lt. Governor Tate Reeves says state agency heads need to move away from a 'wish list' approach to budgeting. A series of early budget hearings for the 2014 fiscal year are set for next week in Jackson. Lt. Governor Reeves a Republican, spoke to the Jackson Rotary Club yesterday and outlines his priorities for the next budget year. Democratic Representative George Flaggs responds.

Over the years, remembrances of September 11th have grown from simply solemn occasions to an opportunity to serve others. Many across the state will honor the day by engaging in service projects of various kinds. In communities hard-hit by disaster, the timing couldn't be better. Joining us with more is Deirdra Harris Glover of the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service.

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