As the current enrollment period for insurance under the Affordable Care Act continues, many Mississippians are wondering what will become of the law when Donald Trump takes office. The president-elect campaigned on a pledge to "repeal and replace" Obamacare. Political rhetoric aside, some physicians say the law is more likely to be changed than done away with. MPB's Desare Frazier spoke with Dr. William Truly -- President of the Mississippi Medical and Surgical Association. He says more Mississippians need to be educated on the benefits of the program.
Mississippi has the highest poverty rate in the nation among women -- 23.1 percent. Almost one in three children in the state lives in poverty, and nearly 65 percent of poor families are headed by single mothers. A forum to investigate solutions to these issues will be held tomorrow at the King Edward Hotel in Jackson -- the second annual Women's Economic Security Summit. The summit is presented by Biloxi-based Mississippi Low Income Child Care Initiative. Premilla Nadasen will be the keynote speaker. She tells us poverty remains a pressing issue for women in Mississippi -- and across America.
There's a new push to help kids read in Mississippi. The Campaign For Grade-Level Reading brings communities together to create reading partnership programs with schools -- emphasizing low-income students. Campaign Director Ashley Sheils tells MPB's Mark Rigsby the initiative is part of a national movement -- and Mississippi already has taken steps forward on the issue.
Ray Kroc became one of the richest people in the world as the chairman of McDonalds. But few people know the influence that his wife -- Joan -- had on his life -- and on the company behind the golden arches. In her new book -- Ray And Joan -- writer Lisa Napoli takes a look inside the world of this fascinating couple. In today's Book Club, she tells us the life of the Krocs was a classic American tale of corporate intrigue and private passion.