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Monday, 6/23

Air date 06/23/14
Segment 1:
 
Mississippi's heated Senate primary run-off is tomorrow, and both candidates are fighting for good turn-out among their supporters. Incumbent Senator Thad Cochran urged supporters yesterday at a rally in Gulfport to vote and help turn-out the vote among family and friends.
 
Segment 2: 
 
Election officials report heavy absentee voting leading into tomorrow's runoff.  Noon Saturday was the deadline for in-person absentee voting. Mail-in absentee ballots must be returned today.  Several Republican counties report an increase in absentee voting for the runoff compared to the June 3 primary. They include DeSoto and Lee in the north, Madison and Rankin in central Mississippi and Jackson County on the coast.  Absentee voting is also heavy near the candidates' homes. Cochran lives in Lafayette County and McDaniel in Jones County.
 
Segment 3:
 
Help for low-income, working families will be the subject of discussion today at the White House. The White House Summit on Working Families is bringing together agencies and advocates from across the county to address the plight of America's lowest income-earners.  Reverent Carol Burnett is with the Mississippi Low Income Childcare Initiative.  She's excited about the opportunity to attend today's White House summit, and says it's an important chance to address the particular concerns of Mississippi's single moms.
 
In other news:
 
The Mississippi Development Authority is delaying plans to lease tracts of the Mississippi Sound for oil and gas exploration. As MPB's Paul Boger reports the suspension is the result of a court decision that says the MDA did not do enough to study all of the impacts drilling would have.
 


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