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Tuesday, 7/1

Air date 07/01/14
Segment 1:
Laws passed during the 2014 Legislative session go into effect today in Mississippi --including reforms to the state's criminal justice system, a prohibition on abortion after 20 weeks-- as well pay raises for teachers. Several groups will be protesting the much debated Religious Freedom Restoration Act that also goes into effect today. Jeff White Perkins is President of the Mississippi Gulfcoast Lesbian and Gay Community Center.  He spoke with MPB's Evelina Burnett about his concerns that the new law will discriminate based on religious grounds, especially against gay Mississippians.  
Segment 2: 
One other new Mississippi law has been delayed from taking effect today.  It would require drug testing  of some welfare recipients  The Mississippi Department of Human Services has postponed implementation of drug screening of applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or TANF until after a period of public comment.   
The American Civil Liberties Union and the Mississippi Center for Justice say they’ve found “legal and practical problems” with the proposed regulations. Sid Scott is with the Mississippi Center for Justice.
Segment 3: 
In a 5 to 4 ruling Monday, the Supreme Court says certain companies do not have to offer female employees all FDA approved contraceptives as part of a health care package of preventive services. The decision applied to two companies owned by Christian families. But what does this mean and could the rulings have an even broader impact.  Joining us now is Matt Steffey, Professor of Law at Mississippi College School of Law.
Segment 4: 
A Clarksdale elementary school is currently under investigation for allegations of cheating on standardized tests after grades at the school rose from an F to an A in just two years. State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cary Wright says if the allegations are found to be true, the investigation may be expanded to include every school district in the state. She spoke with our Jeffrey Hess. 

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