The state's second largest school district is figuring out how to serve students with $4 million less than last fiscal year. Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Cedric Gray says that's how big the cut to the district under the Mississippi Adequate Education Program was this year. Gray told MPB's Mark Rigsby he and the other decision makers in JPS are working to adjust to the new reality of less money under MAEP.
Analysts in the gaming industry are unsure how Mississippi casinos could be affected by states like Georgia expanding into gaming. As industry leaders gather at this week's Southern Gaming Summit in Biloxi, competition from outside the state's borders was one of the topics for discussion. As MPB's Evelina Burnett reports, Alabama, Florida, Georgia -- and even Cuba -- were on the radar. She spoke with gaming industry consultant Michael Soll of The Innovation Group. He says gaming in nearby state's could have both positive and negative effects on Mississippi's coastal casinos.
A credit union and a bank are teaming to bring new lending options to businesses owned by minorities and women in the state. HOPE Enterprise Corporation and Wells Fargo Bank say the new program will offer $25 million in grants and $50 million in loans over the next three years. We spoke with Elaina Jackson of HOPE and Mike Ryan of Wells Fargo about the loan program. They hope the money will promote economic growth for businesses owned by women and minorities in the state.
As the warm weather approaches, the Mississippi Department of Transportation starts sending more crews out to make repairs and improvements on state highways. And since workers often toil inches away from fast moving traffic, safety is a top concern. We spoke with MDOT engineer Brian Ratliff. He told us a few common sense precautions from drivers can help keep workers safe.