State legislators are greeting the day under new rules this morning after the House of Representatives voted last night to limit the ability of members to speak under certain circumstances. The speeches -- known as points of personal privilege -- traditionally allow legislators to editorialize or speak out against actions they find out of bounds. With us this morning to talk about the change -- and other legislative news -- is Emily Wagster Pettus, who covers the Legislature for the AP.
Incidence of cancer in parts of the Delta are at an alarming rate. An organization named after Mississippi Civil Rights Activist Fannie Lou Hamer is working to increase access to quality healthcare and promote cancer prevention. MPB's Desare Frazier reports.
Some politicians in the state are under the microscope for how they spend campaign money. An investigative report by the Clarion-Ledger recently looked at the records of politicians across the state and found that sometimes the money meant for campaigning ended up being spent on things like auto insurance, baseball tickets and cowboy boots. MPB's Maura Moed spoke with Geoff Pender -- Clarion-Ledger reporter -- about the investigation. Pender said in some cases, campaign money is an alternative source of income for politicians.
A new program from Mississippi's Community College Board is combining GED education with workforce training in hopes of getting more Mississippians into jobs. Mississippi's dropout rate is seventeen percent statewide, and much higher in some parts of the state. This means many job seekers lack the basic high school diploma needed to hold most jobs. It also means they can't enter job training programs that require a diploma. But the MI-BEST Program is built to change that. MPB's Karen Brown spoke with Kenneth Wheatley and Nikitna Barnes of the Community College Board about the program.