James Everett Dutschke had pleaded guilty in January to sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama, Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker and local judge Sadie Holland. But he told a federal judge yesterday he was innocent after all. The dramatic turnaround came at what was supposed to be his sentencing in federal court in Aberdeen. Instead, James Everett Dutschke read a lengthy prepared statement in which he accused federal agents and the prosecution of lying under oath. Joining us with more on the strange turn of events is our own Sandra Knispel.
A national civil rights group is launching a new campaign to call for anti-discrimination laws and marriage rights for gay Mississippians. The Human Rights Campaign is calling the effort "Project One America." Organizer Chad Griffin says campaign will establish permanent offices in Mississippi and two other southern states that lack anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Joce Pritchett is a mother of two who lives in Jackson with her children and her wife, Carla. She tells us about some of the challenges gay couples face raising children in Mississippi.
A German tannery company will open its first American tannery outside Vicksburg in Warren County. Mississippi TanTec announced this week it is investing $10.1 million and plans to hire 366 people over five years. Company CEO Tom Schneider talks to us about his company, and why they chose Mississippi as their newest home.
Flags will fly at half-staff on all state-owned buildings from sunrise to sunset tomorrow to honor those Mississippi police officers and highway patrol troopers who were killed in the line of duty. As MPB's Paul Boger reports, the move is part of a series of memorials during National Law Enforcement Officers Week.