The state Senate has adjourned and the House is likely to do the same today. One of the last measures to roll through the Legislature was consolidating some school districts. The Carroll County School District escaped consolidation. Superintendent Billy Joe Ferguson told MPB's Desare Frazier combining school districts is not a cure-all for ailing schools in the state.
Some low-income Mississippi parents at risk of losing their children in youth court may now be able to get a lawyer provided by the state. That's due to a recent Mississippi Supreme Court decision and a new law passed this week by legislators. As part of our ongoing "Crisis Point" child welfare series, MPB’s Evelina Burnett takes a closer look at why giving parents access to legal representation matters.
The state of Louisiana started the year $2 billion in the red. A combination of tax cuts, the end of federal money related to Hurricane Katrina and the bottoming out of oil prices left the state short of money. As a result, austerity is the name of the game in Louisiana. With Mississippi currently facing a revenue shortfall and budget cuts, we wondered if there might be lessons to learn from our neighbor to the west. Elizabeth Crisp of the Baton Rogue Advocate told us a variety of elements led to the shortfall in Louisiana.
Charlie Spillers is an ex-Marine and a former officer for the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. As an undercover cop, Spillers went deep into the underbelly of illegal drug trafficking in the state. His new book -- Confessions of an Undercover Agent -- recounts the life he spent walking the fine line between law enforcement and potential death. Spillers said a craving for adventure got him started as an undercover agent.