Strong storms are moving through the state this morning and throughout the day. We've had severe weather watches and warnings already. With us to talk about it is meteorologist David Maddux. Welcome, David.
A bill that would allow Mississippians to refuse services to gay couples based on their religious beliefs is one step away from the Governor’s Desk. Supporters of the measure say House Bill 1523 protects religious freedom. Opponents believe it to be unconstitutional, leaving the state open to costly lawsuits. MPB’s Paul Boger reports from the Capitol.
The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority, citizens, and Democratic elected officials are speaking out against what they call a takeover of the airport by the Legislature. A press conference at the capitol yesterday was organized to voice opposition to Senate Bill 2162. The bill would remove the city as the governing body and replace it with a regional authority. Bill 2162 is now back in the Senate, where senators could continue to work on the bill or give it to Governor Phil Bryant for his signature. State Senator John Horhn of Jackson opposes the bill. He told MPB's Maura Moed the proposal amounts to Republican legislators wanting to take over Jackson's major asset.
When the Great Depression hit, many Americans turned to religion for help. And Mississippi was no exception. With her new book -- No Depression in Heaven: The Great Depression, the New Deal, and the Transformation of Religion in the Delta -- Mississippi State University history professor Alison Collis Greene examines how the Depression shaped religion in the state. In today's Book Club, she told us the combination of the Great Flood and the Great Depression struck a hard blow to the Delta.