Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is calling for the attorney general to investigate a rash of suspicious campaign mailings. He says they target Republicans candidates statewide, accusing them of things like not supporting the state flag and taking legal firearms from citizens. Hosemanns says some are anonymous mailings, which violates state law. Other groups haven't reported the money collected and spent on campaigns despite sending out fliers. The election primary is next Tuesday, August 4. Attorney General Jim Hood's office issued a statement saying he will enforce campaign laws. MPB's Desare Frazier spoke with Hoseman.
Candidates seeking the Republican nomination for state auditor are trading blows as they stump for support at the Neshoba County Fair. As MPB’s Paul Boger reports, both candidates say Mississippians need to elect somebody they can trust.
Fewer reading materials in the home. Less access to camps or museums. Those are some reasons “summer learning loss” disproportionately affects low-income kids. There are many in the South, which can hamper efforts to raise graduation rates. But in Part Two of this Southern Education Desk series, WBHM’s Dan Carsen reports on “GEAR UP Alabama” – a wide-ranging federally funded attempt to meet those challenges, and more.
In 1970, author Ross Macdonald wrote a letter to Eudora Welty that began more than a decade of correspondence between the two writers. Separated by geography, genre and more, they nevertheless shared their lives in witty and touching letters. The relationship is captured in the book: Meanwhile There Are Letters. We spoke with Suzanne Marrs, who co-edited the book.