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Wednesday, 7/2

Air date 07/02/14
Segment 1:
 
Members of the Mississippi Republican  Executive Committee say it's time to move past last week's Senate runoff and begin focusing on this fall's midterm election.  But a week after balloting, State Senator Chris McDaniel isn't giving up his fight against Senator Thad Cochran.  The McDaniel campaign has sent representatives to most of  Mississippi's 82 counties to try to examine poll books for crossover voting--that's people who voted in both the Democratic primary June 3 and the Republican runoff June 24.  The state Republican executive committee met Tuesday afternoon, but did not certify results of the June 24 runoff because there's an unknown number of affidavit ballots that remain to be counted under the state's new voter ID law.  Joe Nosef is chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party.  
 
Segment 2:
 
Temperatures in Mississippi  have been soaring into the mid 90's and with high humidity,  health officials say that can be a recipe for serious health issues. But, there are specific ways to prevent heat illness.  Jim Pollard is with AMR--American Medical Response. He tells us the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke
 
Segment 3:
 
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer and the efforts to register blacks to vote in Mississippi. An estimated 700 white and black activists from around the country traveled to  the state generating national media attention about  the movement.  One of those young activists was Julian Bond, who help co-found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee or SNCC.  He helped to organize civil rights and voter registration drives.  Bond talks with MPB's Kathryn Rodenmeyer about how the movement helped to usher in the 1965 Voting Rights Act. 
 
Segment 4: 
 
A recently released report says women make up almost half the U-S workforce, but less than 3 percent of the construction industry. As MPB’s Evelina Burnett reports, a program in Biloxi is giving women the skills to build a path towards a better-paying career. 
 
 


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