Mississippi’s Democratic lawmakers say they would like to see reform to the state’s education funding formula. This in light of Republican leaders' announcement Tuesday of hiring a third party to recommend changes to the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, or MAEP. Republicans have long argued that the formula does not do enough to make sure money goes directly into the classroom. House Minority Leader David Baria of Bay St. Louis says that’s easier said than done.
A Jackson-based nonprofit is getting a major infusion of cash from the USDA to help impoverished communities in rural Mississippi. Hope Enterprise Corporation and Credit Union is getting a $40 million loan from the USDA, to provide loans to hospitals, schools and other facilities in small towns. USDA's Lisa Mensah tells MPB's Desare Frazier, Hope's track record makes it the right delivery agent for the loans.
Food from the State Fair is famous for many things. But being good for you isn't one of them. So if you're trying to make healthy eating a part of your life, what do you do when the Fair is in town? Can you cheat just a little and have that funnel cake -- without feeling guilty or going completely off the rails? We asked Josie Bidwell -- nursing professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
For decades, Mississippi Sen. James O. Eastland was a leader of the Deep South’s resistance to the Civil Rights movement -- what he called “the Second Reconstruction.” And yet he developed, late in his life, a very real friendship with state NAACP chair Aaron Henry. In his new book -- Big Jim Eastland -- biographer J. Lee Annis Jr. chronicles Eastland's life. In today's Book Club, Annis tells us Eastland was tremendously influential in his time as a U.S. Senator.