The State Department of Health and City officials in Jackson are advising residents of high lead levels in the drinking water of some homes in the Capital City. The Health Department recommends children six years old and younger be taken to their pediatrician or primary care provider for lead screening and blood testing. The Department also says expectant mothers should only drink filtered or bottled water, and infants should only be fed with “ready-to-feed” or formula prepared with filtered or bottled water. Even with the high alert, Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber says there is no need for residents to be concerned.
Presidential candidate John Kasich is continuing his pursuit of the Republican presidential nomination, despite being behind in the polls. Kasich told hundreds of supporters at a town hall meeting in Gulfport he's the right person to win the nomination because of his experience and accomplishments. The Ohio governor is the second presidential candidate to visit south Mississippi this year. Donald Trump was in Biloxi last month speaking to a crowd of thousands. Trump has won three of the four primary contests held so far in the quest for the Republican nomination, including this week in Nevada. But Gov. Kasich says he has the best chance of beating Trump and he's not dropping out of the race.
In the Mississippi Delta, 30 percent of black women who contract cancer are dying as compared with 19 percent of white women. A cancer foundation named after Mississippi Civil Rights Activist Fannie Lou Hammer, is working to change that alarming rate. MPB's Desare Frazier reports.
The murder of Emmett Till in 1955 shocked the country and galvanized the Civil Rights movement in Mississippi and across America. In his new book, Philip Kolin -- Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Southern Mississippi -- has written fifty poems to commemorate Till's death, collected in his new book, Emmett Till In Different States. The poems cover nearly seven decades in Till's life and legacy -- focusing on his death and its aftermath, even to this day. Kolin told us the poems were years in the making.