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Thursday, 6/12

Air date 06/12/14
Segment 1:
Tea Party activists in Mississippi say a surprise upset election in Virginia means good things for their candidate in this state's republican party senate run-off election. Tea Party backed state senator Chris McDaniel will face off against six-term incumbent Senator Thad Cochran later this month. Madison resident Kevin Broughton is a spokesperson for the national "Tea Party Patriot Citizen's Fund." He tells MPB's Jeffrey Hess the unexpected defeat of house majority leader Eric Cantor of Virginia by a little know tea party candidate is adding energy to Mississippi's tea party advocates.
In other news:
Civil rights leaders in Mississippi are supporting a Congressional bill that would require the state to receive federal pre-approval before making any changes to its election system. MPB's Paul Boger reports the legislation would reintroduce a portion of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that was struck down by the US Supreme Court last year.
Segment 2:
State Superintendent of Education Carey Wright says she’s determined to lift the state off the bottom of national education rankings.  Wright spoke to teachers at a conference yesterday in Biloxi. Afterward, she talked to MPB's Evelina Burnett on a wide range of topics.  First, Wright says a base pay increase for teachers is a good step in the right direction.
For information on the state's educational system, visit this website
Segment 3:
Peter Heller is the critically-acclaimed author of "The Dog Stars."  In this week's Book Club, Heller stops by our studio to visit with MPB's Ezra Wall about his new novel, The Painter.
For a preview of the book, visit Heller's website

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