Fallout continues over Mississippi's new "religious accommodations" law. The LGBT rights group The Campaign For Southern Equality is asking U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves to reopen a lawsuit filed against the state in 2015 and use that case to strike down the new law -- also known as HB 1523. With us on the phone now is Roberta Kaplan -- attorney for the Campaign For Southern Equality. Welcome, Roberta.
The Mississippi financial aid board is approving $10 million in cuts to make its budget for next year. As many as 4300 students who get state grants or loans would feel the impact of the change. One of the biggest changes -- full-time students must now have 15 hours per semester to qualify for state financial aid. Jennifer Rogers is the director of state student financial aid. She told MPB's Mark Rigsby the demand for financial aid in Mississippi keeps growing.
At the LGBT Clinic of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, transgender Mississippians have a place to go for physical and psychological care. In the second of a two-part interview, MPB's Desare Frazier sat down with Dr. Scott Rodgers, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at UMMC, to talk about the clinic -- which opened last July. Dr. Rodgers says the Clinic provides much-needed help for transgender Mississippians, but it can't do everything.
To Kill A Mockingbird was the most widely read novel of the 20th century. Yet its author, Harper Lee, remained an enigma for most of her life. Charles Shields changed that when he published Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee in 2006. Shields' book brought the reclusive Monroeville, Alabama, writer vividly to life. Since then, Lee has died and the companion novel -- Go Set A Watchman -- has been published. These two pivotal events gave Shields reason to revise and republish his biography. In today's Book Club, we asked him if he tried to contact Harper Lee before the original biography.