Mississippi Edition for Tuesday, October 8, 2019:
A controversial Mississippi abortion law is in front of the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans. We'll hear from the attorney arguing against the State. And after a Mississippi StoryCorps, hear from one expert who says constantly falling down is not a natural part of old age, and is actually very dangerous. And find out what researchers are saying about hemp in Mississippi.
01:11 - Segment 1:
The 5th U.S. circuit court of Appeals is reviewing arguments for and against a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The state passed the law in 2018. Mississippi's only abortion clinic immediately sued to block the law from taking effect. Hillary Schneller is an attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights and says the law is unconstitutional. She spoke with MPB's Desare Frazier.
Arguing on behalf of the state were lawyers from the Mississippi Attorney General's office. Attorneys for the state usually don't talk to the media during the course of a case. In a statement, the AG's office says - quote - "the state's interest in protecting unborn life justifies the restriction after 15 weeks."
06:41 - Segment 2: StoryCorps
11:00 - Segment 3:
One in four adults aged 65 and older will fall every year. In fact, Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans according to the National Council on Aging. Twenty percent of those who do fall will have a fractured hip, broken bones and head injuries. Kathleen Cameron with the National Council on Aging says many older adults never recover from injuries due to falls. She says the key is prevention.
17:16 - Segment 4:
Members of a government task force in Mississippi have been trying to determine if there’s a future for growing industrial hemp in the state. The crop could be used for fiber or sold as seeds. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is in the process of creating rules for Hemp production and it’s still listed as a controlled substance in the state. But the Legislature created the Mississippi Hemp Task Force to make sure the state is ready when regulations are finalized. Wes Burger is with Mississippi State University and studies crops. He talked with MPB's Desare Frazier about his research after a recent meeting of the Task Force.
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