North Mississippians in the first Congressional District are heading back to the polls on Tuesday for a run-off election. The runoff decides who will represent Mississippi's First District in Washington to serve out the remaining two-year term of the late Congressman Alan Nunnelee -- who died of cancer in February. MPB’s Sandra Knispel sat down and talked to both men vying to fill the seat -- one a Democrat and the other a Republican. Here she talks with Republican candidate Trent Kelly, who is the district attorney for seven counties in northeast Mississippi. Kelly said he wants to use the office to serve Mississippi more.
Walter Zinn is an attorney and a political consultant from Pontotoc. He was an aide to former Jackson mayors Harvey Johnson, Junior and Chokwe Lumumba and has worked on several local and state political campaigns before deciding the throw his hat into the ring as the Democratic candidate running for the First Congressional seat. As a nineteen year old. Zinn was a Washington intern for Republican Senator Roger Wicker -- who was then a congressman. Zinn says he became a Democrat after the September eleven attacks when he disagreed with the policies of then-president George W. Bush. MPB's Sandra Knispel spoke with Zinn and asked him what made him fight in this race where he's widely regarded the underdog.
The Mississippi Secretary of State's Office has fined the proprietors of the Maryland-based Oxford House, a set of group homes catering to individuals recovering from addiction. According to the complaint, Oxford House solicited nearly four hundred thousand dollars in income last year, despite filing for a charity exemption that stated they did not intend to collect more than twenty-five thousand dollars. Steve Polin is the attorney representing Oxford House. He spoke with MPB's Paul Boger.
Governor Phil Bryant has written a letter opposing Oxford House's presence in Mississippi. He said the key to his position is public safety.
Bluesman B.B. King will be laid to rest tomorrow in Indianola. The legendary musician died May 14 in Las Vegas. A memorial service will be held Saturday morning starting at eleven at the Bell Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Indianola. Today, visitors can pay their respects at the church during a public viewing from ten a.m. to five p.m. We talked with Dion Brown of the B.B. King Museum about the events today and tomorrow.