Some state business owners are concerned the "Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act" is going to cost Mississippi businesses money. Minnesota, Vermont, New York, Wisconsin and Seattle have banned non-essential travel by government employees to Mississippi since the new law was signed by Gov. Phil Bryant. From wedding-related businesses to employment and housing, the law allows owners to deny services to same-sex couples based upon their religious convictions. Circuit clerks also can recuse themselves from providing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but there must be someone on staff to issue the document. Jeromie Jones owns Cakes by Kake King in Pearl and is in a same-sex marriage. He told MPB's Desare Frazier the new law is offensive to him.
A bill that would allow church-goers to carry a concealed firearm into a place of worship is about to become law. Some congregations believe the “Mississippi Church Protection Act" will bolster security. Others worry it could bring more anxiety. MPB’s Paul Boger reports.
Supporters of a new project on the Gulf Coast are hoping the tiniest of acorns can grow into the mightiest of live oaks. The Perseverance Oaks project gathers acorns from landmark live oaks growing on the Coast and grows them into seedlings to be planted all across the area. Hurricanes on the Coast over the past few years -- especially Katrina -- devastated the population of live oaks there. MPB's Evelina Burnett spoke with Paul Maxwell of Hancock Bank in Gulfport. He said the project is meant to re-establish the prominence of the Gulf Coast's defining tree.
Houston, Texas, is the Sunset City in Melissa Ginsburg's new novel of the same name. The book tells the story of a woman investigating the murder of her longtime friend. While searching for answers, she delves deeper into a secret life she never knew existed for her friend. Ginsburg, a professor at Ole Miss, told us in today's Book Club she has always wanted to be a storyteller.