Members of the state's Legislative Black Caucus are holding hearings to determine the effects of next year’s budget on state agencies. Lawmakers met in the Capitol yesterday to hear presentations from the Mississippi Departments of Health and Mental Health. Both state agencies are facing millions in cuts. Jarvis Dortch is a state representative from Raymond. He told MPB's Paul Boger leaders in the Black Caucus hope to continue the hearings through the rest of the year.
A proposed new federal rule would require thirteen types of imported seafood be traceable from the boat to your plate. The rule includes several seafood delicacies that compete directly with Mississippi seafood, including shrimp and blue crab. The advocacy group Oceana says three-quarters of the seafood found to be mislabeled won't be covered by the new rules. Kimberly Warner, a scientist with Oceana, told MPB's Evelina Burnett the new rules don't go far enough.
According to a study from Pew Research Center, most of us haven't made significant changes to our digital behavior in years. In fact, 54 percent of U.S. adults say it would be somewhat or very difficult to protect their privacy online and when using cell phones. Aaron Stein, a security expert from Google, says that's just not good enough. He told us cyber criminals are out there and there are a few simple steps we can take to protect ourselves.
Clarke County, Mississippi, occupied troubling terrain in the Jim Crow era, and into the years of the Civil Rights movement. African Americans in the county spoke for decades of a steel-framed bridge in the county that spanned the Chickasawhay River -- where many blacks were said to have died at the hands of lynch mobs. In his new book Hanging Bridge: Racial Violence And America's Civil Rights Century, Mississippi State University history professor Jason Morgan Ward looks at six murders committed at the hanging bridge.