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Friday, June 22: Student Loans

Air date 06/22/12

Politicians in Washington are in a battle over funding for higher education financial aid programs.  Without additional spending by Congress, student loan interest rates on new loans will double from 3.4%-6.8% on July 1st. Doctor Hank Bounds is Mississippi's Commissioner of Higher Education. He tells MPB's Daniel Cherry he's worried about more than just interest rates.

Then, Mississippi has the highest rate of food insecurity in the nation, according to Feeding America, a group that works with food banks across the country.  One out of five people in the Magnolia State don’t know where their next meal is coming from.  Jill Cartledge is with Back Bay Mission in Biloxi. She tells MPB's Rhonda Miller that the problem with hunger is so large, sometimes it seems like nobody is doing anything about it.

Plus, Bianca Knight runs fast. But is she fast enough for the 2012 Olympic Games? The Ridgeland High School graduate will find out this weekend, when she competes at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Eugene, Oregon. Knight tells MPB's Ezra Wall she doesn't spend much time worrying about the other runners.

Also, if you've ever sat awake at night trying to picture our nation's 16th president as a vampire.  Well, let's just say Anita Modak-Truran has the movie for you, along with other movies that premieres in theaters today.



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