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2/18//21 - Second Wave of Winter Precipitation | MS Congressman Sues Trump, Giuliani | Book Club: Eudora Welty, Pictures

A second wave of ice and snow swept through the central and northern parts of the yesterday. We visit with the National Weather Service on the outlook for the days ahead. 

Then, a Mississippi Congressman uses legislation from 1871 as grounds to sue former President Trump. 

Plus, in our Book Club, "Eudora Welty: Photographs." 

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A second wave of winter precipitation swept through much of the state yesterday – prolonging hazardous road conditions and shutdowns another day, and causing extensive power outages. Highs today could creep into mid thirties, but sub-freezing temperatures are expected to return at night. For more on the latest we are joined by Daniel Lamb with the National Weather Service in Jackson.

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A Mississippi Congressman is citing a Reconstruction-era act in a federal lawsuit against Donald Trump and the former President’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. Representative Bennie Thompson says the Ku Klux Klan Act was passed in the years following the Civil War to ensure outside parties did not interfere with newly elected Southern Congressmen’s ability to perform their duties. Now he is using the act in an attempt to hold Trump, Giuliani, and extremists groups accountable for the January 6th insurrection. In part one of his conversations with MPB’s Karen Brown, Thompson explains the 1871 legislation that is the foundation of the suit, and why he felt it was a necessary action against the former President. 

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Eudora Welty is, without a doubt, one of Mississippi's greatest writers but she had an equal passion and talent for photography. In 1989, a book of her photos was released by the University Press of Mississippi. It has been their biggest selling book ever since. After thirty years, a new edition was released in 2020. Simply called, "Eudora Welty: Photographs," her niece, Mary Alice White, tells MPB’s Karen Brown about Welty's view behind the lens.

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