Mississippi delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, cheered as vice presidential hopeful Mike Pence addressed the crowd. The Indiana governor officially accepted the running mate slot from Donald Trump and from the delegates last night. Pence's speech followed a tumultuous moment when Texas senator Ted Cruz spoke without endorsing Trump, causing many in the crowd to boo him as he wrapped up his address. Correspondent Matt Laslo was there and spoke with Joey Fillingane, a state senator from Sumrall. Fillingane says he supported Trump from the start.
Six African American funeral home directors are accusing the Harrison County coroner of keeping business from them. In a civil suit filed in federal court against Coroner Gary Hargrove and the board of supervisors, the directors claim discrimination. Eddie Hartwell is one of the plaintiffs. He owns Hartwell Family Funeral Home in Gulfport and tells MPB's Evelina Burnett the discrimination has taken place over more than two decades.
The National Urban League is coming back to Mississippi. The national Civil Rights organization has teamed with two Jackson area partners to reopen its chapter in the Capital City and join the other 86 affiliates in 36 other states and the District of Columbia. Herman Lessard, Junior is senior vice president of Affiliate Services for the Urban League. He tells us there is plenty of work to be done by the Urban League in Mississippi.
Nobel Prize winner William Faulkner changed American literature forever. The Oxford resident was world famous and revered for his novels. But before he reached those heights of fame, Faulkner struggled with depression and poverty. Living a hard scrabble life that made his work all the more meaningful. In a new biography -- Myself And The World -- Robert W. Hamblin takes a forthright look at Faulkner's accomplishments -- and his demons.