A stopgap budget deal will fund the federal government until after the presidential election. Lawmakers reached the agreement shortly before recessing. Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker spoke with MPB's Desare Frazier about voting for the budget. He says the deal isn't perfect, but it's acceptable and the government has to stay funded to run.
It's Friday night football across Mississippi. High school athletes will be crashing into each other while fighting it out on the field. And all of the athletes face the possibility of severe injury. Dr. Brian Tollefson treats some of those injuries. An assistant professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Tollefson also conducts research on sports related injuries -- and how to prevent them. He tells MPB's Sid Scott most injuries are minor -- but the major ones can be life changing.
Mississippi has one of the highest prostate cancer rates in the nation. As many as 127 out of every 100,000 men in the state will develop or die from the disease. That's according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At the Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation, they're trying to do something about it. The organization just graduated its largest class of volunteers. Forty-four men will fan out across their communities to promote awareness and the importance of early detection. Lenon Butts participated in the training. He tells MPB's Desare Frazier he has been screened -- and he's giving other men the reasons they should be screened, too.
It’s a problem across the nation. Traffic crashes from distracted driving are causing injuries and deaths. Mississippi has a law banning texting and driving -- but is the law working? Tonight, @Issue on MPB TV will take a closer look at the law, its purpose -- and whether it's being enforced at all. In this clip from tonight's show, @Issue Executive Producer Mark Rigsby talks with Oxford Police Chief Joey East -- who says the state's texting and driving law isn't accomplishing what it was set out to do.