10/5/2022 - Charter School Grant | Insurance Disputes | Natchez Colored Troops Monument
The U.S. Department of Education sends nearly 20 million dollars to Mississippi for charter school expansion.
Then, lawmakers hear from the insurance commissioner regarding a dispute between the state's largest hospital and a major insurance provider.
Plus, we talk to the man commissioned to design the Natchez colored troops monument.
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09/22/2023: Hospital Investments | HB 1020 Ruling | Delta food bus24:44Governor Tate Reeves is proposing a change to Medicaid reimbursement rates that could inject up to 700 million dollars into the state's troubled healthcare system.Then, the Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled to keep several provisions of a highly contested lawPlus, a farmer in the Delta is converting an old school bus into a mobile fresh food market.
09/21/2023: Don't Ask Don't Tell | Black quarterbacks | Ag Museum23:47Mississippi's LGBT community is recognizing the 12th anniversary of the repeal of an anti-gay military policy.Then, a new book details how Black quarterbacks have revolutionized professional football.Plus, this week marks the 40th anniversary of the Mississippi Agriculture Museum.
09/20/2023: Public Defender Shortage | EMS Heat | Anne Moody Pt 224:13Poor defendants are getting left behind in Mississippi's criminal justice system. But legal experts and the leader of the state's public defender office have solutions.Then, a deep dive into the surge in EMS calls for unhoused people in New Orleans due to relentless heat.Plus, part two of our reflection on the life of a civil rights icon Anne Moody.
09/19/2023: Mississippi River Waterline | Respiratory illnesses Pt. 2 | Civil Rights Sit-ins Honored23:35The water line on the Mississippi River is dropping rapidly with little rainfall on the horizon.Then, doctors say parents play an important roll in keeping children safe from respiratory illnesses.Plus, we reflect on the life of a civil rights icon who participated in the Jackson sit-ins.
09/18/2023: RSV, Flu and COVID | WIC Budgets | College Courses23:58The CDC is reporting increased hospitalizations for COVID-19, as well as a rise in cases of RSV. We talk to an expert in pediatric infectious disease.Then, a Congressional gridlock on the spending budget could have significant effects on mothers and children in poverty. Plus, who should influence what colleges teach? A recent report reveals most Americans say not the government.
9/15/2023 - Voting Rights Politics | Public Funds, Private Schools | Life Insurance22:46Two Democratic Candidates for state office are announcing their plans to work together to protect elections.Then, the state's largest educator association has filed an amicus brief for a case that alleges state funds were illegally sent to private schools.Plus, a life insurance policy locator is helping to recover millions of dollars in unclaimed property for Mississippians.
09/14/2023: Child Poverty Rates | Heat in rural areas | Welding training in prisons22:21Mississippi youth advocates are reacting to new Census data that shows a near doubling of child poverty rates in the nation.Then, this year’s extreme heat is taking a toll on rural communities across the country.Plus, several inmates in the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility have completed training and have begun a new career path in welding.
09/13/2023: Petition for Resignation | Disaster Public Assistance | Cyberattacks23:26The NAACP is gathering signatures to petition the resignation of Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey. Then, FEMA has expanded disaster public assistance to 12 counties affected by the June tornados.Plus, there have been several major cyber attacks across businesses and government bodies in Mississippi within the last month.
09/12/2023: Power Grid | Prison Higher Education | Black Mustard Seed23:57A federal program is trying to find weaknesses in the state's power grid.Then, how can higher education help reduce the number of repeat offenders in state prisons.Plus, part two of our conversation with Black Mustard Seed, a non-profit seeking to help folks who can't afford diapers.