The College Board has officially named the new chancellor for the University of Mississippi. Doctor Jeffrey S. Vitter -- a Louisiana native -- met with students, faculty and staff on the Ole Miss campus in Oxford after being selected. Vitter told MPB’s Sandra Knispel the new job is an opportunity to help the university move forward.
Mississippians will head to the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of Initiative 42. It's the proposed education funding amendment that could potentially force lawmakers to increase state spending on public schools. Initiative supporters believe the increased funding could improve educational outcomes for students. Opponents argue the proposal would lead to unintended lawsuits as well as layoffs across state government. But are those messages reaching voters? To wrap-up our weeklong series 42: The Fight Over Funding, MPB's Paul Boger reports on what both campaigns are doing to rally the troops.
A Time To Kill was the first novel by best selling writer and native Mississippian John Grisham. It also was a hit movie filmed in and around Canton. And now it's a play at New Stage Theatre. We spoke with Francine Reynolds, director of the production. She said the play was performed on Broadway before being available for wider distribution.
Ben Williams is a composer and assistant professor of musical theory and composition at Mississippi College. His latest work for symphony orchestra -- entitled "Jitters" -- explores how melodies converge, diverge and come back together again. He spoke with us about the piece.
Halloween is not only one of the most fun holidays of the year, it's also a time when parents need to keep safety in mind. We spoke with Doctor Jimmy Stewart -- host of MPB's Southern Remedy Kids and Teens -- about keeping children safe while they are out seeking tricks and treats.