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4/15/21 - Clinics Adjust to CDC Pause of JnJ | Initiative 65 Hearing: Legal Arguments | Book Club: No Common Ground

Clinics adjust to the temporary pause in the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. We examine how the new CDC guidance could effect the vaccination effort in the Magnolia State.

Then, the fate of medical marijuana is in the hands of the Mississippi Supreme Court following yesterday's oral arguments. We break down each side of the debate.

Plus, in today's Book Club, a historian lays out the history and motives behind erecting monuments in homage to the Confederacy.

Segment 1:

Clinics across Mississippi are adjusting their coronavirus vaccination plans as the state puts a temporary pause on the use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Health officials say nearly 42 thousand doses of the single shot JnJ vaccine have been given in Mississippi, - that's around 3 percent of the nearly 1.5 million doses administered in the state. The pause is due to a number of JnJ recipients developing a rare form of blood clots. At the Healthworks Immunization Clinic in Hattiesburg, Dr. Rambod Rouhbakhsh says the clots need to be fully investigated. He tells our Kobee Vance, the pause will effect health providers' vaccination efforts differently, and the CDC's decision is an example of the robust monitoring all the vaccines are receiving.

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The fate of Initiative 65 - the constitutional amendment ballot referendum establishing a medical marijuana program in Mississippi - rests in the hands of the Mississippi Supreme Court. And while the subject of the widely used plant may be controversial, the debate over 65 boils down to a legal argument over constitutional language. To better understand yesterday's hearing, our Michael Guidry joins Matt Steffey - professor of Constitutional Law at the Mississippi College School of Law. In part one of their two part conversation, they break down the legal arguments presented to court.

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Before Confederate monuments began coming down in recent years, to the consternation of some and the jubilation of others, the history of when they began to go up is long. In her book, "No Common Ground," Karen L. Cox talks about heritage versus history and how women took the lead to erect the largest number of monuments before the turn of the 20th century.

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