Yesterday, one former University of Mississippi student was sentenced for his role in the defacing of the James Meredith statue on the Ole Miss campus. Sandra Knispel -- our Oxford reporter -- is with us today to remind us what the original incident was exactly about. Welcome, Sandra.
The three-month online comment period about Mississippi College and Career Ready Standards -- which are based on Common Core -- ended this week. According to the state department of education, nearly fourteen hundred people responded. Almost half were teachers. Parents, administrators, professors and business leaders also weighed in. Chief Academic Officer Kim Benton says more than ninety percent like the academic standards. She spoke with MPB's Desare Frazier.
The Federal Reserve Board decided yesterday to keep interest rates near zero. This decision extends the status quo on interest rates to nearly a decade. Financial advisor Nancy Lottridge Anderson told MPB's Sid Scott that a change in this status has to be coming soon.
E.J. Galloway is a senior at Provine High School in Jackson. Last year -- while playing basketball -- Galloway suffered cardiac arrest. His coach gave him CPR and today Galloway lives with an internal defibrillator. He spent the last two days in Washington, D.C. advocating for increased funding for the National Institutes of Health. MPB's Sid Scott caught up with Galloway in Washington.