Leaders statewide are protesting the Mississippi Department of Corrections plan to end the Joint State County Work Program August first. Communities get twenty dollars per day for each inmate, as well as free labor. Joe Andy Helton is a supervisor from Leake County. He told MPB's Desare Frazier that his county depends on the work done by inmates.
An anonymous donor has pledged $40,000 to Habitat For Humanity in the capital area to build a home in honor of Pope Francis if the community can raise the matching funds. We spoke to Bishop Joseph Kopacz of the Catholic Diocese of Jackson about the project.
Mississippi has the fourth highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation. According to a risk assessment conducted by the state Department of Health in 2013, 54 percent of the state's teens admit that they have had sexual intercourse. Dr. Mary Currier is the state Health Officer. She spoke with MPB's Paul Boger about the issue.
Steve Inskeep is a longtime host of Morning Edition on NPR. He also is an author and his latest effort chronicles the intersection of President Andrew Jackson and Cherokee Indian Chief John Ross. He talked to us about his book Jacksonland.