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Tuesday, Feb. 21: Reeves on Schools

Air date 02/21/12

The state congress is currently debating a bill that could allow failing schools to shut down and ease the process of opening charters. Senate Bill 2401 would make the current requirements more flexible and create a board to manage charter schools. We listen to Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves' thoughts on the issue. Reeves sees them not as a "panacea," but as a step forward for state education.

Dailing 911 may be the best call in the case of a heart attack. Most start slowly, and some people wait too long -- and it's too late. Michelle Smith of American Medical Response ambulance service helps identify symptoms.

In the United States, minority doctors still firmly in the minority. Minorities compose 26% of the national population but only 6% of practicing physicians. The new Tour for Diversity in Medicine aims to improve patient care by diversifying medicine. Dr. Cameron Matthews, co-director of the Tour, explains their mission.

One of Tennessee Williams' finest plays is coming to three Mississippi cities. Jef Hall-Flavin, executive director of the Provinceton Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, and Jon Salem, program director of the Greater Jackson Arts Council, talk about "Orpheus Descending" and its relevance in today's society.



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