Polls opened across the state this morning at seven. This gives Mississippians twelve hours to cast their ballots on this Primary Day. In the studio with us is Secretary of State Delbert Hoseman to talk about the importance of this day. Welcome, Secretary Hoseman.
Isis. Immigration. Wage stagnation. The Supreme Court vacancy. Mississippi voters have a lot on their minds as they cast their ballots in the presidential primary today. With us to talk about what issues will motivate voters is Millsaps College political science professor Kenneth Townsend. Welcome, Kenneth.
As Mississippians make their way to the polls today, their votes will decide which candidates get the state's electoral votes. Many Republican voters are still basking in the attention paid to the state yesterday when candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz visited Mississippi. Trump attended a rally at Madison Central High School and Cruz was in Rankin County meeting with supporters. Trump supporter Bill Marcy of Vicksburg told MPB's Desare Frazier he believes the businessman will make America "great again."
More than five thousand children are in the custody of Mississippi's child welfare system. A lawsuit alleging the state isn't adequately taking care of the children in foster care was settled more than eight years ago. But critics say the child welfare system is still over burdened and under funded. An infant even died in state custody in the home of a foster family last year. As part of our series, "Crisis Point," MPB's Evelina Burnett reports on what the state has to do NOW to avoid a federal takeover of its child welfare system.