Researchers in Mississippi are working to use economics to tackle some of the state’s toughest problems. Economists and researchers from several Mississippi universities are using data analysis to tackle issues such as obesity, teacher shortages and racial disparities. Dana Franz is a professor at Mississippi State University. She tells MPB's Paul Boger she and other researchers took a hard look at the data behind Mississippi's teacher shortage.
Two hundred Mississippi teachers are on the Gulf Coast this week discovering new ways to integrate the arts into their classrooms. They’re gathered on the campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College for the Mississippi Arts Commission’s Whole Schools Initiative summer institute. The initiative will help educators learn how to use all the arts to deepen their students' understanding. Kristy Luce is Director of Innovative Programs for the Tupelo Public School District. She tells MPB's Evelina Burnett learning through the arts helps students make connections.
It's the hardest part of a state trooper's job -- knocking on a family's door to tell them that one of their loved ones has died in a car crash. Mississippi's troopers say it happens too often in the state. Mississippi ranks third in the nation when it comes to car crashes involving teenagers. To help promote car safety in the state, the state Highway Patrol is promoting the Stop The Knock campaign. MPB's Mark Rigsby speaks with Mississippi Public Safety Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz.
The Episcopal Church in Mississippi is kicking off a weekend of racial healing and music today. The Church's Annual Medgar Evers Memorial Service for Racial Reconciliation is this weekend. But as Ann Phelps of Saint Andrews Cathedral tells us, there's a lot more going on during the next couple of days -- including a mixture of liturgy and jazz.