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Wednesday, 7/15

Air date 07/15/14K
Segment 1:
 
U.S. Senate challenger Chris McDaniel is taking his quest to view original voting records to the Mississippi Supreme Court. MPB's Paul Boger has more. 
 
In other news: About 250 thousand of the one-million working Mississippians would see an increase in their paychecks if the nation's minimum wage was raised to 10 dollars and 10 cents per hour. That's according to a report released by Oxfam America, an organization working to end poverty worldwide. The data in the report was broken down by the state's four Congressional districts and found that a wage increase would have the biggest affect on the Delta. Jeffrey Buchanan is policy advisor with Oxfam America.  He talks with MPB's Paul Boger.
 
 
Segment 2:
 
The head of the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System says he's put in place changes to help improve veterans' access to health care. Anthony Dawson says he's increased hiring and is also looking at ways to improve hiring in hard-to-find specialty fields. In the last quarter, the Gulf Coast VA hired 96 new employees in Biloxi and its clinics in Alabama and Florida. Dawson says he's getting daily reports on wait lists and new enrollee appointment requests - known as "near." He's also meeting with scheduling clerks and improving training.  Dawson talk to MPB's Evelina Burnett about improving service at the VA.
 
Segment 3:
 
For the first time in almost a decade, Mississippi teachers will begin the year with a higher base salary than the year before.  Still, Joyce Helmick of the Mississippi Association of Educators says there's still a long way to go, including full funding of Mississippie's adequate education formula.  Helmick talks to our Karen Brown.
 
 


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