Mississippi is still getting a failing grade for its public health according to the state's annual 'Public Health Report Card.' The report issued by the department of health and Mississippi State Medical Association, says the state remains at or near the top of negative health measures such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Dr. James Rish with the Medical Association says focusing more on improving the health of school children is key to the state's overall health outlook. Dr. Rish spoke with MPB's Jeffrey Hess.
The body that governs the Port of Gulfport is meeting as we speak, following a public forum where a watchdog group challenged the Port to create more low-to-moderate income jobs. The jobs were promised as part of an almost $600-million post-Katrina restoration and expansion project. The federally funded grant requires that a portion of the jobs are directed to low or moderate income residents, an area in which the project has faced criticism from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. At last night's community meeting in Gulfport, port director Jonathan Daniels said the port now has procedures in place to meet both the overall jobs goal and the income requirements. He spoke with MPB's Evelina Burnett.
Reilly Morse is with the Mississippi Center for Justice. He says it's important to remember that Low-to-Moderate income jobs doesn't mean failing to pay a good, living wage. He also spoke with our Evelina Burnett.
On Monday - and even over the coming weekend - many in Mississippi will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day of service. Joining us to talk about service opportunities across the state, and the economic impact of volunteering, is Deirdra Harris Glover from Volunteer Mississippi.
"The Kept," the debut novel from author James Scott, is being well-received on the literary circuit. Scott tells us part of that success is because he had the good sense to put the story away earlier in his career. He says he wasn't a mature enough writer to tell the story correctly. James Scott joins us in this week's Book Club.