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Jan. 24: Pardons in Legal Limbo

Air date 01/24/12

The future of the Mississippians who received pardons from former Governor Haley Barbour continues to remain in legal limbo. Yesterday, a Hinds County judge delayed a hearing to determine if the pardons are constitutional.  Attorney General Jim Hood says that he asked for the extra time in order to respond to a slew of motions filed by defense attorneys.

Meanwhile, the state legislature is exploring what options they might have to limit the Governor's ability to give pardons. Daniel Cherry spoke with Senator Michael Watson (R), the chairman of the Senate Constitution Committee.

Could low-income Mississippians LOSE money to the Government because they can't afford tax help? The Earned Income Tax Credit offers tax relief to many low-income Americans, but many Mississippians don't know what the EITC is, or that they could qualify for it. Mandy Scott, director of community relations for the United Way of the Capital Area, joins Karen Brown to talk about how this could help many of the state's citizens.

Mississippi is one of only ten states without state-funded preschool, but that could change this legislative session.  In an issue brief released today, education policy group Mississippi First recommended that the state adopt a collaborative preschool delivery model. Annie Gilbertson reports that collaborative preschool systems are already developing in many Mississippi communities, and some are looking for the state to shoulder their fair share of the cost.

Also, hear from two Mississippi high school students who scored a 36 on their ACT.


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