The Supreme Court is reviewing a case involving the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians that could have ramifications for tribes across the nation. Matt Laslo reports from Washington on the case that is being closely watched by native leaders everywhere.
The public will have a chance to comment on a planned expansion of the Port of Gulfport at a hearing this evening. The U-S Army Corps of Engineers is hosting the hearing to get public feedback as it puts together its draft environmental impact statement -- or EIS. Port Director Jonathan Daniels says the proposed expansion would nearly double the size of the west pier, add nine acres to the north harbor, and add about fifteen acres on the east side needed by port tenant McDermott International.
Daniels told MPB's Evelina Burnett the expansion is a way to plan for the future.
A report by a non-partisan education group says barriers currently exist in Mississippi preventing more charter schools from being opened in the state. The Mississippi Legislature allowed for the creation of charter schools in 2013. Since then, only two schools are operational with a third expected to open next school year. However, the three schools are all to located in Jackson, and there are currently no plans to open any other charters in the state. Rachel Canter is with Mississippi First -- a non-partisan education advocacy group -- and one of the authors of a report that might explain why charters outside of the Capital City are having a hard time get off the ground. She spoke with MPB's Paul Boger.