Mississippi motorists are spending $2.5 billion dollars per year on extra vehicle operating costs from driving on roads that need repair. A new study also says the deficient roads are unsafe and could cost more if ignored. A Washington nonprofit research group called TRIP did a study on the condition of Mississippi's transportation system. The group was at the capitol yesterday to talk about its findings. According to the report, between 2010 and 2014 more than3,000 Mississippians died in traffic crashes. Rocky Moretti -- TRIP's Director of Policy and Research -- says drivers' money and safety are compromised if nothing is done.
Some civil rights groups are coming out against a bill they believe will allow state officials to discriminate against gay Mississippians. The senate bill gives protection to business owners who object to serving same-sex couples -- and to circuit clerks who object to issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Rob Hill is with the Human Rights Campaign. He told MPB's Maura Moed the bill is unconstitutional.
Republicans and Democrats in the Mississippi Legislature are once again at loggerheads, as partisan politics slow work to a crawl. Democrats in the House are asking for bills to be read aloud as a way to protest a measure that would allow the state to regionalize the Jackson Airport’s Board of Directors. In the Senate, two lawmakers say the legislative process is leaving their constituents without a voice. MPB’s Paul Boger reports from the Capitol.
The Mississippi Delta of the 1800s was legendary for its bear hunting. A few black bears still roam the region, but the hunting that brought sportsmen from across the country and from Europe is no more. The king of the bear hunters back in the day was Bob Bobo. And his story is told in the new book -- The Bear Hunter: The Life and Times of Robert Eager Bobo in the Canebrakes of the Old South. We spoke to the author -- James T. McCafferty -- in today's Book Club. He told us the Delta was the perfect home for black bears.