Head Start has been helping underprivileged families in Mississippi since 1965. The social program's effectiveness in 2016 varies greatly from state to state. That's according to a new report by the National Institute for Early Education Research. The States of Head Start report took a look at Head Start across the country and found quality, enrollment, teacher pay and many other factors were all over the map. MPB's Sid Scott spoke with Steve Barnett -- director of the National Institute for Early Education Research. He says the difference in Head Start from state to state is notable.
Mississippi's Department of Health is updating its guidelines for the HPV vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending adolescents under age 15 get two shots instead of three. HPV is commonly transmitted through sexual activity and can cause cervical, vaginal and other genital cancers. Mississippi has one of the highest cervical cancer rates in the nation and one of the lowest vaccinations rates for the disease. State Epidemiologist Doctor Paul Byers tells MPB's Desare Frazier the goal is to reach children before they become sexually active.
One of the most iconic figures in modern times is now in the Mississippi Hall of Fame. Tupelo's Elvis Presley -- the King of Rock and Roll -- is among five new inductees this year. The world famous hip shaker was kept out of the Hall of Fame previously by a rule that kept musicians from the Hall. Chris Goodwin is with the state Department of Archives and History. He tells MPB's Mark Rigsby, Elvis is one of five new inductees.
In its 199-year history, Mississippi has had fifty-three governors. Some were forward-thinking champions of the little guy. Some were avid segregationists. Some were duelists. In his new book -- Mississippi Governors: Soldiers, Statesmen, Scholars, Scoundrels -- historian David Sansing brings these men to life in a candid, illustrated volume. He tells us about the raucous history of Mississippi's governors in today's Book Club.