The Hattiesburg area is in recovery mode this morning, following a deadly weekend tornado. Governor Phil Bryant is asking for a federal disaster declaration, which would allow state and local leaders access to federal money. The tornado touched three South Mississippi counties in the early morning hours of last Saturday. Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree tells MPB's Desare Frazier about the damage in his community.
Delmetric Thompson lives on Webster Street in Hattiesburg. Not only did the tornado strike her home. But adding insult to injury, she says her home was robbed and vandalized in the aftermath. She spoke to our Desare Frazier.
House Minority Leader David Baria says with the EdBuild analysis of education funding, roads and bridges in need of repair, and state coffers drying up, there's much work to be done this legislative session. But the Bay St. Louis Democrat says the relationship between Democrats and Republicans is much better this year. Baria made the comments at the monthly press luncheon sponsored by the Stennis Institute, where he spoke with MPB's Mark Rigsby. Baria started by talking about the education funding recommendations of EdBuild.
Segment 3: StoryCorps Mississippi
Andrew and Ceci Whitehurst
Tonight the 15th year of Jewish Cinema Mississippi opens. The film festival has come a long way, says selection committee chair, Peter Zapletal. He joins us to talk about this year's slate of films and the festival's history.
Jewish Cinema Mississippi runs tonight through Sunday at the Malco Grandview Theater in Madison.