Attorneys with the U.S. Department of Justice are urging a federal judge to order the Cleveland School District to consolidate schools to comply with a fifty-year-old desegregation order. At a hearing, the department is advocating that the city merge its two high schools and two middle schools. Deveon Taylor is an eighteen-year-old senior at Cleveland High School. He said merging his school with Eastside High is not a workable solution. He spoke with MPB's Desare Frazier.
Mississippi Power says it may have to raise customer rates considerably if the state Supreme Court doesn’t re-consider its recent decision rolling back the rate increases already made for the new Kemper County power plant. Mississippi Power has asked for a re-hearing of the Supreme Court decision, but in the meantime, the company has filed three rate plans with the Public Service Commission. One if a refund is not imposed, with a twenty-four percent total rate increase. It also filed two alternate plans if the refund is required, where rates would increase by as much as forty-one percent. Power company spokesman Jeff Shepherd spoke with MPB's Evelina Burnett.
Howard Page of the Steps Coalition said Mississippi Power pushed hard for permission to build the plant, despite concerns by some at the time about the kind of rate increases that are now being seen, which he calls a great blow to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than fifty thousand interviews with more than ninety thousand participants. Each conversation is recorded on a CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind. Last spring, StoryCorps returned to Jackson, and we're going to take a little time out of every week here on Mississippi Edition to share the stories recorded during that visit. Our first installment today features former Governor William Winter. MPB's Ezra Wall brings us StoryCorps.