02/01/2024: Presumptive Eligibility | STD Rates | FAFSA
The Mississippi House has advanced a bill that would remove hurdles that prevent pregnant people from receiving timely prenatal care.
Then, Mississippi continues to have one of the highest rates for sexually transmitted diseases according to the centers for disease control.
Plus, advocates for post-secondary education are helping students apply for financial aid.
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03/01/2024: Deepfakes | Turkey Creek Advocates | National Read Across America Day23:36Lawmakers want to prevent AI from being used to deceive voters prior to an election.Then, residents of Turkey Creek say they still have concerns after a court ruled a military storage site can be built nearby.Plus, tomorrow is Read Across America Day, and early education organizations are calling on parents to get a book and read with their kids.
02/29/2024: House Medicaid Passage | DOJ Investigation | Home caretaker for Evers Family24:41Mississippi's House of Representatives has passed a bill that would expand Medicaid for the state's working poor.Then, a new report from the US Department of Justice alleges the Mississippi Department of Corrections is violating the constitutional rights of inmates.Plus, we talk with a woman who helped take care of Medgar Ever's home following his assassination in 1963.
02/28/2024: House Medicaid Bill | Oysters | IVF24:18The Mississippi House is considering a bill for how the state can improve Medicaid coverage for the working poor.Then, Oysters have a few different benefits to the ecosystem - they help protect coasts from erosion and flooding, filter water and provide a home to other animals.Plus, the recent Alabama Supreme Court ruling in about invitro fertilization could have rippling effects for much of the Gulf South.
02/27/2024: State of the State | Redistricting Lawsuit23:01Hear tape from the 2024 State of the State address, and how lawmakers are reacting.Plus, courts in Mississippi are considering if the state's legislative districts violate election map laws.
02/26/2024: Early Voting Bill | Loan Forgiveness | "Ghosts of Segregation"24:38Senate Republicans have filed a bill that could establish 15 days of early voting in Mississippi elections.Then, the federal government forgives the student loans of nearly 2 thousand Mississippians.Plus, a new book takes readers on a visual journey through Mississippi's racist past.
02/23/2024: Education Formula | Congressman and Students | Teacher Job Vacancies24:26Lawmakers in the state Senate want to fix the formula used to fund public k-12 schools, while lawmakers in the House want to scrap it altogether. Then, Mississippi's Second District Congressman is meeting with students to discuss political engagement.Plus, teachers' groups are calling on the state legislature to take action in filling job vacancies in Mississippi.
02/22/2024: CPS Social Worker Scholarship | Utility Bill of the Month | Student Loan Forgiveness23:20The state Department of Child Protection Services is seeking to fill gaps in social work throughout Mississippi.Then, many people are asking why their energy bills are so high this month. More in the latest installment of Utility Bill of the Month.Plus, the White House is rolling out another round of student loan forgiveness. Hear what that could mean for Mississippians.
02/21/2024: Medicaid and the Economy | Voting Rights Coalition | In the Pines Book23:54Experts are telling House lawmakers that Medicaid expansion could boost the state economy.Then, Voting rights advocates are campaigning for improved and more accessible elections in Mississippi. Plus, a new book shares the story a black man lynched in police custody, a Mississippi sheriff, and a woman seeking the truth in her family history.
02/20/2024: Medicaid Dummy Bill | Teacher Vacancies | Heart Health Month23:50Lawmakers have filed a bill that could expand parts of the state Medicaid program, but it's still uncertain what changes would look like.Then, teacher shortages are still a major problem for many Mississippi schools.Plus, heart disease is the leading cause of death in Mississippi; a statistic that doctors want to see change.