The Arab League has agreed today to combat extremist groups like the Islamic State as one of its suicide bombers killed 16 people at a meeting of Sunni tribal fighters and security troops in Iraq. The resolution was issued after late-night meetings of Arab foreign ministers on Sunday. It doesn't explicitly back American military action against the the Islamic State - or ISIS. President Barack Obama is seeking an international coalition to challenge ISIS and is expected to outline his plan Wednesday to the American people.
Joining us with his thoughts on the increasing tension in the Middle East is Congressman Gregg Harper - a Republican - who says the current administration is at least partly to blame.
Mississippi has again been named one of the most obese states in the nation; tying with West Virginia for the top spot. According to a report released by the Trust For America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, more than 35-percent of Mississippians are now considered obese. That's the highest rate ever recorded. State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier.
Rich Hamburg is a Deputy Director at the Trust for America's Health, the organization that wrote the report. He tells MPB's Paul Boger Mississippi's numbers overall are way too high. But it's an even bleaker picture when the numbers are broken out by age and race.
An iconic voice is silent today after the passing of longtime Mississippi State Bulldogs broadcaster, Jack Cristil. Cristil called Mississippi State athletic contests on the radio from 1953 until 2011. Here are a few memorable calls posted on the University website. Jack Cristil died in a Tupelo hospice yesterday. He was 88.