Deciding A Contested State Senate Election
Members of the Senate’s Special Committee to Resolve Election Contests may soon decide who will be the victor in the one undecided Senate race in District 37. The decision may come as soon as today. The Senate’s five-member special committee worked late into the night yesterday, listening to testimony on former Republican Senator Melanie Sojourner’s challenge to her general election loss to Democrat Bob Dearing, the man she unseated four years ago. Sojourner lost by 64 votes and claims a number of incomplete absentee and affidavit ballots were counted and election workers improperly assisted voters at the polls. She says she just want to make sure every vote is counted correctly. Lawmakers will hear closing arguments from lawyers representing Sojourner and Dearing later today. The committee will deliberate and present their findings to the full Senate who will decide who will take the now currently vacant seat. MPB's Paul Boger spoke with Sojourner.
Using Mentors To Promote Literacy
First Lady Deborah Bryant is helping promote a mentoring program in Mississippi called The Teen Trendsetters, sponsored by the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. The project launched in Jackson last fall. It pairs elementary schools with mentors from area high schools and middle schools. Bryant told MPB's Desare Frazier the program should be expanded across the state.
Homeless Veterans On The Gulf Coast
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says Gulfport and Biloxi are among 20 cities to have ended homelessness among veterans. While the designation from HUD doesn’t mean homelessness among veterans has been completely eradicated, homeless veteran advocates say much progress has been made. Eric Oleson is homeless program manager at the Gulf Coast Veterans Health System. He spoke with MPB's Evelina Burnett.