Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber says he's not resigning his office in the wake of a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by his former executive assistant. Yarber also says the city has a lot of work to do on improving infrastructure. Much of the money for the improvements comes from a one percent sales tax approved specifically for that purpose. The infrastructure improvements come in context of a city budget that is in questionable shape. Earlier this year, many city workers were furloughed once a month to save money. Yarber talks with MPB's Desare Frazier about the state of the city and what he plans to do about the lawsuit.
Some immigration advocates in Mississippi say they continue to worry about the divisive tone of Donald Trump's rhetoric and policies on immigration. In a speech from Phoenix on Wednesday night, the Republican presidential nominee spoke about immigration -- doubling down on his ideas of building a wall and deporting undocumented immigrants. Melinda Medina is a community organizer in Biloxi for the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance. She tells MPB's Evelina Burnett one of the things that concerns her about Trump’s comments is the fear she sees them create.
Mississippi law enforcement will be out this Labor Day weekend looking for speeders, drunk drivers and distracted drivers. While the holiday weekend means an extra day of fun for many, for law enforcement it can mean longer hours and -- inevitably -- working wrecks that could have been prevented. Last year, four people died in car crashes on Mississippi roads during the first weekend of September. MPB's Sid Scott spoke with Captain Johnny Poulos of the Mississippi Highway Patrol. Poulos says the weekend officially starts for the Highway Patrol tonight.
Thousands of Mississippians are hitting the road this getaway day for the Labor Day weekend. Though Labor Day travel numbers have declined in recent years -- according to Triple-A -- the traditional end-of-summer holiday still puts a lot of Mississippians on the road. And inevitably where people are traveling in cars, cars are breaking down. Walt Brinker -- a retired Army lieutenant colonel -- says why not prevent the breakdowns in the first place? The author of Roadside Survival: Low-tech Solutions to Automobile Breakdowns, Brinker tells us his mission to help travelers get to the destinations safely started with a chance encounter years ago.