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04/04/2024: State Superintendent | Everyone can be a lobbyist | Solar Eclipse Tips

The Mississippi Senate is set to confirm Dr. Lance Evans as the next State Superintendent of Education. 

Then from the Gulf States Newsroom, formerly incarcerated people and their loved ones are learning how to get facetime with their state lawmakers and advocate for change.

Plus, the solar eclipse is just a few days away, and astronomers say it will be years until another one passes near Mississippi.

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    A new study looks at how Mississippi police officers are charged and sentenced when they commit crimes.Then, it's cicada season. What thousands of loud bugs mean for your backyard.Plus, In the rural South, it can be difficult for families to get updates on loved ones who are in prison or jail. Especially true when someone is hurt or even dies.
  • 05/20/2024: Hurricane Season | Broadband Access | WZZQ The Movie

    Hurricane season starts soon. Researchers are projective an active summer and fall.Then, public and private broadband providers are discussing how to connect folks across Mississippi to the internet.Plus, a new documentary airs tonight about the first counter-culture rock station in the southeast. Jackson's own WZZQ.
  • 5/16/2024: Mental Health Resources | Solar Panel Controversy | Addiction Prevention in MS

    It's National Mental Health Action Day, and experts are sharing how Mississippians can get in touch with the assistance they -- or a loved one --- may need.Then, the state public service commission undid a solar panel incentive program, a move environmentalists say is short-sighted and could violate the law.Plus, it's National Prevention Week. What tools are available in Mississippi for people to stay away from addiction?
  • 05/15/2024: Parole and Sentencing | Food Assistance | Southern Soul Music

    Incarceration rates are high in Mississippi, and the state legislature did little this year to address it according to prison reform advocates.Then, Mississippi turned down federal food assistance funding. How are families and food banks planning to move forward?Plus, Mississippi has been named the home of Southern Soul Music.
  • 05/14/2024: Brain Injuries | Rolling Fork | "The Dead Don't Need Reminding"

    Mississippi has one of the highest rates of death from traumatic brain injuries, according to new CDC data.Then, we re-visit the town of Rolling Fork, where residents are still working to rebuild from last year's devastating tornado.Plus, a new memoir shares the story of a black man and his great-grandfather who had to flee Mississippi because of his race.
  • 05/13/2024: Medicaid | Dirty Dozen Report | "I Am, I Can, I Will"

    Organizations that spent months advocating for Medicaid expansion are looking ahead to 2025 after efforts failed during this year's legislative session.Then, a national workplace safety group says two Mississippi companies are among the nation's most dangerous.Plus, a new book seeks to inspire young black women to be the best version of themselves.
  • 05/10/2024: PERS Changes | Economic Development Week | Presidential Medal of Freedom

    What changes to the public employee's retirement system could mean for local governments in Mississippi.Then, it's economic development week in the state.Plus, President Joe Biden is posthumously awarding Medgar Wylie-Evers with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His daughter shares her experience accepting the award on behalf of her late father.
  • 05/09/2024: Prison Welfare Funds | FAFSA Issues | Hurricane Preparedness Week

    A new report outlines how prisons in Mississippi can allegedly pocket inmate welfare funds. Then, incoming college students are trying to sources of financial aid, but technical issues are plaguing the FAFSA portal. Plus, it's hurricane preparedness week. Emergency managers say now is the time to make plans for a possible storm.
  • 05/08/2024: Public Funding Private School Lawsuit | Medicaid | History is Lunch

    Mississippi courts have chosen to not intervene in a case where public funds are being allocated to private schools.Then, Mississippi now joins Alabama as another Gulf South State that wasn’t able to approve Medicaid Expansion - and it leaves tens of thousands of people in the “coverage gap”.Plus, a murder mystery nearly 140 years in the making, involving a prohibitionist pastor and the owner of a local prison. That's ahead in this week's history is lunch.