Greenville authorities are still searching for the person responsible for setting fire to an African-American church and spray painting the phrase "Vote Trump" on the outside. Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church -- a 100-year-old predominantly black house of worship in the Delta -- was in flames when firefighters arrived Tuesday night. The phrase "Vote Trump" was discovered in the process of putting out the fire. The FBI is aware of the incident, which is also being investigated by the state fire marshal's office, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and local authorities. MPB's Mark Rigsby spoke with Greenville Mayor Errick Simmons -- who says the burning and vandalism are an attempt to intimidate voters just days before the Presidential Election.
A group of Democratic Senators in the Legislature is calling on lawmakers to repeal recent tax cuts to help pay for road and bridge repair in the state. Lawmakers approved the tax decrease during the most recent legislative session. The cut phases out the corporate franchise tax and portions of the state income tax over the next 14 years. Speaking to the media, Sen. David Blount of Jackson argues eliminating the Taxpayer Pay Raise Act of 2016 is a first step in addressing the infrastructure needs of the state.
Next Tuesday is Election Day. In addition to voting for president, Mississippians will have a chance to cast votes for the state's four congressional seats and state Supreme Court. Yesterday, we talked to two candidates in the Northern District race for Supreme Court. Today, we talk to the two others in the race -- Bobby Chamberlin and James Kitchens. First, Bobby Chamberlin.
Northern District Supreme Court candidate James Kitchens.
When the city of Oxford cut down a fabled magnolia tree to make room for a statue honoring Noble Laureate and native son William Faulkner in 1997, it kicked off a year of controversy around development in the small Mississippi town. Over the course of the year, the community conversation expanded to include the Confederate battle flag at Ole Miss -- as well as the playing of "Dixie" and the Colonel Reb mascot. In his new book -- The Statue and the Fury: A Year of Art, Race, Music and Cocktails -- author Jim Dees explores what 1997 meant to Oxford. In today's Book Club, he tells us the year was meant to honor Faulkner on his one hundreth birthday.