Some department heads in the state are concerned a new law will take money from their budgets. State Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, Secretary of State Delbert Hoseman and others asked Attorney General Jim Hood for an opinion on Senate Bill 2362. That new law takes some special funds from state agencies to help fund the state budget. Hood issued three opinions, saying the new law does NOT affect tens of millions of dollars in state trust funds -- which the agencies questioned. Proponents of the law say it's intended to provide transparency for how state money is spent. Commissioner Chaney says it does just the opposite.
This month marks the 50th anniversary of James Meredith's "March Against Fear" -- a more-than-200-mile walk, from Memphis to Jackson. As MPB's Mark Rigsby reports, those three weeks during the summer of 1966 shaped the Civil Rights movement.
A high-tech monument to the Apollo Space Program now has a home in Mississippi. The Saturn V first-stage rocket booster -- meant for the jettisoned Apollo Nineteen mission -- is now at Infinity Space Center in Pearlington. The booster was at the Michoud (MEE-shoo) Assembly Facility in New Orleans. John Wilson -- head of the Infinity Space Center -- told MPB's Evelina Burnett the booster is a piece of history -- and an inspiration for space programs to come.
Newton Knight was a coward, a traitor and a deserter. Or he was a freedom fighter on the right side of history. It just depends on who you talk to. Knight's story is told in The Free State of Jones -- the book by historian Vikki Bynum. A movie adaptation of the book starring Matthew McConaughey and directed by Gary Ross opens across the country tomorrow. And MPB's documentary -- Mississippi's Free State of Jones -- premiers tonight on MPB at seven. Marshall Ramsey sat down with Bynum to talk about the book -- and about this unique slice of Mississippi history -- in today's Book Club. Bynum says she has a small part in the movie.