A $500,000 donation from Nissan has put the Mississippi Department of Archives and History over its fundraising goal for two new museums under construction. The Mississippi History and the Civil Rights museums are on target to open in 2017. MPB's Desare Frazier was at the ceremony where the $500,000 gift was announced. She talked to state Senator John Hohrn and former governor William Winter. Governor Winter said the museums should help Mississippians unite around a common cause.
Getting health care to Mississippi's veterans is the mission of the Sonny Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson. To help accomplish the mission, the medical center has a mobile health unit that hits the road to provide enrollment and health screenings for veterans in the state. Sylvia Owens, a family nurse practitioner and Outreach Coordinator for the VA in Jackson, says the mobile clinic - housed in an RV - is meant to help veterans get the healthcare they need.
Medical students are in school to learn how to save lives after they graduate. But two University of Mississippi Medical School students aren't waiting for graduation to make a difference. The students - Ian Mallett and John Howard - recently donated bone marrow and stem cells to anonymous recipients. Mallett talked to MPB's Sid Scott about the donation.
The City of Louisville is still recovering from a series of tornadoes that struck the town one year ago today. According to officials, the storm claimed 10 lives, damaged nearly 700 structures and destroyed another 400 homes. Many of those homes have been rebuilt, and as MPB's Paul Boger reports, the past year's recovery efforts have left many feeling optimistic about the city's future.