A task force that examined the foster care system in Hancock County is recommending a number of changes to the process. The advisory group was formed last year to address the large number of children in state custody in the coastal county. Task force chairman and state representative David Baria tells MPB's Evelina Burnett one of their major recommendations is making the current part-time youth court referee a full-time county court judge.
Mississippians who find themselves facing charges for crimes related to opioid drug addiction may find drug court offers treatment and accountability instead of just jail time. In the final part of our three part series, "Opioids in Mississippi: The Silent Epidemic," MPB's Desare Frazier looks at one program that's rebuilding lives.
One of Mississippi's adopted daughters is now the state's new poet laureate. Beth Ann Fennelly -- a native of New Jersey and a professor at the University of Mississippi -- was named the state's fifth poet laureate yesterday. She succeeds poet and Mississippi native Natasha Trethewey. The state's poet laureate is tasked with promoting Mississippi's culture. Before the announcement ceremony, Fennelly stopped by for a visit. She tells us her love of poetry started at a very young age.
Brooklyn in the 1970s was a magical place for young August and her friends growing up. It was also a dangerous place of criminals and madness. In her new novel -- Another Brooklyn -- writer Jacqueline Woodson looks back at the coming of age of the tight-knit group of friends. She also paints a picture of memory and conflict. In today's Book Club, Woodson tells us that writing for children and young adults is what moves her most.