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Monday, June 25: Severe Weather

Air date 06/25/12

Tropical Storm Debby is spinning drenching rains over northern Florida, hanging nearly stationary over the Gulf of Mexico. Forecasters say Debbie's biggest threat Monday is flooding rather than winds. A tropical storm warning is in effect along the Florida Panhandle, where resulting tornados have killed at least one person. A Coastal Flood Advisory is in effect for coastal counties in Mississippi. Rupert Lacy is Emergency Operations Director in Harrison County. He tells MPB's Rhonda Miller that forecasting Debbie has been a moving target so far.

Then, The U.S. House of Representatives will soon begin debate on their version of the 2012 Farm Bill. The massive, nearly one trillion dollar, five year plan passed the Senate last week by wide margin.  Still, many Southern Senators, including both from Mississippi, opposed the legislation. Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran tells MPB's Daniel Cherry the bill hurts Southern farmers.

Also, Kevin Farell speaks with Ashley Jefcoat  how social networks play a role in Everyday Technology.

Plus, Mississippi is often cited as having the worst education systems in America, and the feds say its time to start turning things around. Today we begin a series called "The Future for a Failing State."  Our series outlines key reforms laid out in the state’s request for a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law.  Annie Gilbertson is MPB's Southern Education Desk Reporter. Today, she reports Mississippi will have to step up oversight and support of low-performing schools if they want to join the 19 other states receiving waivers.

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