Some leading Democratic lawmakers want a special legislative session to fix the state budget. As Mississippi deals with slow economic growth, corporate tax cuts, and less money to state agencies, they are asking Gov. Phil Bryant to bring the legislature back to Jackson. Rep. David Baria of Bay Saint Louis is the House Minority Leader. He told MPB's Mark Rigsby the most recent budget cuts are hurting Mississippians.
Memorial Day weekend means one thing to many Mississippians -- hitting the water in a boat for the first time this year. From the Gulf Coast to the state's reservoirs, boaters and their passengers will spend hours on the water this weekend. Which is why boating safety should be a top priority. MPB's Evelina Burnett spoke with Chief Petty Officer Jonathan McMurray of the U.S. Coast Guard. He says safety starts with being prepared.
The start of summer is the start of outdoor activity in Mississippi. Whether for work or recreation, we will spend a lot of time outside in the next few months -- which means the danger of sunburn -- or worse. Dr. Robert Brodell heads the Division of Dermatology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He says your skin can heal from sunburn -- if it's not too bad.
Author Richard Russo believes in second chances. In his new novel, Everybody's Fool, the best-selling author returns to the turf of his nineteen ninety-three work Nobody's Fool -- Upstate New York. In the new novel, Russo explores family, love and regret. He's also has written for the silver screen and for television. Russo won the Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for his novel Empire Falls. In today's Book Club, we start out by asking him if he won the Pulitzer for the right novel.