09/13/2023: Petition for Resignation | Disaster Public Assistance | Cyberattacks
The 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.
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11/28/2023: Education formula | Water bills go missing | BBB on Giving Tuesday24:07A teachers' advocacy group is calling for a greater investment in the state's education funding formula next year. But the state economist has warned of a possible economic downturn in 2024.Then, when water bills get delayed or go missing, bigger problems can catch customers by surprise.Plus, the Better Business Bureau is reminding folks to research non-profits before making donations this Giving Tuesday.
11/27/2023: Food worker minimum wage | Applesauce recall | Salvation Army23:59A collaboration between national and local organizations is trying to bring higher wages to Jackson's tipped food service workers.Then, some applesauce manufacturers have recalled their products after reports of lead contamination.Plus, the Salvation Army is accepting donations to help feed families and gift presents to children in need.
11/21/2023: Dexter Wade Funeral | Teacher Health Plans | Winter weather preparedness24:22During a funeral service for a man killed by an off-duty Jackson police officer, civil rights leaders called for justice and a federal investigation.Then, state lawmakers are trying to determine how teacher health plans could be improved.Plus, emergency managers are reminding folks to get prepared for a cold and wet winter.
11/20/2023: Dexter Wade autopsy | Professional Jiu Jitsu | Jackson water billing changes24:42An independent autopsy into the death of Dexter Wade finds evidence contradicting the story officials have provided to his family. Then, the only professional jiu-jitsu league in the country has been growing in Decatur, Alabama.Plus, Jackson's water system manager wants to raise the city's water utility rates for some but decrease it for low-income households.
11/17/2023: Gov reacts to JLBO Budget | HRC Municipal Scores | New JSU President | Turkey Pardon 202323:37Mississippi's governor wants to cut taxes next year, but a group of lawmakers want budget proposals to reflect a possible economic downturn.Then, the Human Rights Campaign is scoring cities based on their LGBTQ+ policies. One city in Mississippi scored above the national average, and two scored zero points.Plus, a turkey has been pardoned in Mississippi as part of an annual campaign to help people facing food insecurity this holiday season.
11/16/2023: Budget Disputes | LGBTQ Brain Drain | Jails not ready for Patients24:44Lawmakers are preparing budget recommendations for next year's legislative session, but the top statewide officials disagree on how it should be divided up.Then, Some LGBTQ healthcare providers are leaving the Gulf South over discriminatory state laws.Plus, dozens of prisons and jails throughout Mississippi hold psychiatric patients in crisis until they can be transferred to medical facilities. But a new report finds that only one jail in the state meets the requirements set in state law.
11/15/2023: Burn ban lifted | Diabetes and Prediabetes | 'Lost Cause' myth24:37Governor Tate Reeves has lifted a burn ban affecting 40 counties, but meteorologists say full relief from these dry conditions is still a ways away.Then, Mississippi has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the nation.Plus, a historian and author shares how he came to see through the myth of the Confederate 'lost cause'.
11/14/2023: Body exhumed early | Early intervention taskforce | Sickle Cell treatment25:35The Relatives of a man killed by an off-duty Jackson police officer in March arrived to find his body was exhumed hours before the scheduled time.Then, a taskforce is preparing recommendations for how pediatric illnesses can be identified and treated early.Plus, a new treatment for sickle cell could help Mississippians live long and healthy lives.
11/13/2023: Call center on strike | Roe, the play | Newborns with Syphilis22:24More than 100 call center employees in Hattiesburg went on strike Thursday, demanding higher wages and an end to 'union busting' tactics.Then, Roe, the play, is premiering in Baton Rouge, causing mixed reactions from both people who support and denounce abortion.Plus, the number of infants hospitalized with syphilis has grown rapidly in Mississippi since 2016.