The state Department of Mental Health is adjusting to new budget realities. And for some Mississippians that means services from the Department are going away. Two substance abuse units for men are being closed, as well as a psychiatric unit and an early intervention program for children. Adam Moore is spokesperson for the Department. He told MPB's Desare Frazier some hard decisions had to be made when confronting the Mental Health budget.
The state Department of Mental Health says they had to reduce or eliminate services to adjust to their budget. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, however, says these changes are simply choices made by the decision makers at the Department. Reeves told MPB's Evelina Burnett the Department of Mental Health in fact got a budget increase this year.
There are 12 reasons for getting a divorce in Mississippi -- including impotency, infidelity and habitual drunkenness. Spousal abuse is not on that list. But supporters of a bill that would've added domestic violence as a ground for divorce in the state are redoubling efforts to pass the provision next year in the legislature. Sandra Morrison is board president of the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She told MPB's Paul Boger many who opposed the legislation want to preserve marriage in the state.
Everyone knows who Lewis and Clark were. The famous explorers traveled the wild lands of the Louisiana Purchase and charted them for President Thomas Jefferson. But Lewis and Clark weren't the only explorers commissioned by Jefferson. Four other expeditions went out as well -- including one headed by Natchez, Mississippi, native William Dunbar. Historian Julie M. Fenster examines these expeditions in her book Jefferson's America: The President, The Purchase, And The Explorers Who Transformed A Nation. She told us in today's Book Club the expeditions were necessary to protect America's new borders from its primary adversary at the time -- Spain.