A bill that would require all local school districts in Mississippi to begin appointing superintendents is heading to the full Senate. Supporters of the idea believe it will give districts a greater opportunity to find the best candidates for the job. More than one third of the state’s 144 school districts elect their local superintendents, according to the state Department of Education. However, a bill passed by the Senate Education Committee yesterday, could put an end to that practice. Senate Bill 2438 would require all local school boards in the state to begin appointing their superintendents by 2019. Committee Chair Republican Senator Gray Tollison of Oxford told MPB's Paul Boger appointing superintendents will allow districts to select from a greater pool of qualified applicants.
Vitamins and nutritional supplements are a multi-billion dollar industry. Millions of Americans swear by them, yet supplements have little to no oversight from the Federal Drug Administration. But do they work? And are they safe? We spoke to Doctor Rick Deshazo -- host of Southern Remedy here on MPB -- about supplements.
He’s not just a radio host, researcher, music writer and university instructor. He’s been called Mississippi’s Ambassador for the Blues. MPB’s Sandra Knispel has more on the man whose work garnered him a prestigious Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.
David Axelrod is a political advisor and activist. A native of Manhattan, Axelrod stepped into the international spotlight as chief strategist for Barack Obama's first presidential campaign. He also served as the President's senior advisor during his first term in office. In his new book -- Believer: My Forty Years In Politics -- Axelrod takes the reader on a journey through his career -- from journalist to Oval Office insider. He told us he learned many lessons along the way -- starting when he was a reporter in Chicago.