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09/11/2023: Pearl River Flooding Project | Broadband Access | Diaper Access pt 1

Federal engineers are studying ways to mitigate flooding along the lower Pearl River, but progress is being delayed.

Then, the legislature is trying to better understand how broadband access can be expanded to every home and business.

Plus, many families in Mississippi are unable to afford diapers and other essentials for their youngest children.

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  • 09/26/2023: UAW Strike | PERS Rates | Stennis Space Partnership

    Members of the United Auto Workers union in Mississippi are joining the nationwide strike against the three largest domestic car manufacturers.Then, the rates which state and local governments pay into the Public Employees' Retirement System is expected to rise.Plus, an aerospace partnership in Mississippi that spanned more than a quarter-century has come to a close.
  • 09/25/2023: Doctor reacts to Medicaid investments | Revisiting Rolling Fork | Plantiff on HB 1020 ruling

    The state's strained healthcare system may soon see a growth of income from Medicaid, but some doctors say it is not sustainable.Then, it has been six months since a catastrophic tornado ripped across the lower Mississippi Delta and into Alabama, killing at least 23 people and injuring dozens more.Plus, we speak with one of the plantifs of a legal challenge towards House Bill 1020, the law that expands police jurisdiction and creates a temporary court in Jackson.
  • 09/22/2023: Hospital Investments | HB 1020 Ruling | Delta food bus

    Governor 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 Museum

    Mississippi'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 2

    Poor 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 Honored

    The 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 Courses

    The 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 Insurance

    Two 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 prisons

    Mississippi 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.