A decision is expected today on whether a judge will dismiss the election challenge filed by state Senator Chris McDaniel regarding his loss in the June Republican Senate runoff. As MPB’s Paul Boger reports retired Chancery Court Judge Hollis McGehee says lawyers for both McDaniel and his opponent incumbent Senator Thad Cochran made compelling arguments.
14 Mississippi schools districts have filed a lawsuit against the state seeking more than one-hundred mission dollars they say they were illegally shorted by the state legislature. The districts are asking a Hinds County judge to order the state to replace the money and ensure that lawmakers full fund state's education spending formula going forward. The suit's lead attorney, Former Governor Ronnie Musgrove, says the suit is the quickest way to recoup millions in needed state support. He spoke with MPB's Jeffrey Hess.
One of those school districts is Okolona. Superintendent Dexter Green talks with Jeffrey Hess about why the missing funding would be so crucial to his district.
Patsy Broomfield represents an initiative called Better Schools, Better Jobs. Her group favors mandatory full MAEP Funding, but she says demanding back-payments through this lawsuit just puts money in the lawyers' pockets.
9 years ago today, Hurricane Katrina swept ashore and forever changed the conversation about severe weather here in Mississippi. Thousands and thousands of low-to-moderate income homes have been repaired or replaced. But millions more dollars will be needed to make sure those still in need of permanent housing are made whole. That's according to the Mississippi Center for Justice, whose President and CEO Reilly Morse joins us now.
When Hurricane Katrina made landfall nine years ago today, it left behind $125 billion dollars in damage on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. 38-thousand people left Mississippi’s three coastal counties after the storm. MPB's Evelina Burnett reports on how the coast is doing now.