Supplies. Laptops. New backpacks. Parents and children across the state are getting their ducks in a row as schools start back this week and next. One of the most important items on a parent's to-do list is getting their child immunized. Mississippi has one of the highest vaccine rates in the country. MPB's Maura Moed looks at child immunization in the state.
As we approach the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, forecasters are taking stock of the Atlantic hurricane season so far and looking ahead to the remaining months. Experts are predicting this will remain a below-normal hurricane season in the Atlantic. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center says there’s now a ninety percent change for a slow season. But Gerry Bell, the lead seasonal hurricane forecaster, notes the outlook does not include predictions of how many storms will make landfall, or where they might strike.
An arrest or criminal conviction can be a life changer. Mississippians with records often have trouble finding jobs and getting on with their lives. But there is a remedy for some. Certain offenses can be removed -- or expunged -- from a person's record if they meet the qualifications under the law. MPB's Desare Frazier spoke with Gayla Carpenter-Sanders of the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project about the expungements available under state law.
Though Mississippi's literary heritage is unrivaled in the nation, the state has never hosted a Mississippi Book Festival. But later this month that will change. The Festival comes to the grounds of the State Capital in Jackson on August 22. Authors, publishers and aspiring writers will be there. And lovers of literature of all ages are invited to the free event. Holly Lange, executive director of the Festival, said it has been years in the making.