Former Governor Ronnie Musgrove says more school districts are considering joining his education funding lawsuit, which seeks to collect million of dollars from years of under funding the state's education spending formula. Musgrove is leading a lawsuit with 14 districts to recover money left out since 2010 when lawmakers short funded the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. Speaking at the Stennis Press forum in Jackson, Musgrove talks about why he is passionate about education.
Patsy Broomfield is with an initiative called Better Schools, Better Jobs. Her group has been canvassing the state collecting signatures for a petition that would make full funding of education a constitutional mandate. She says lawsuits like Musgrove's could derail current funding efforts.
Oleta Fitzgerald is with the Children's Defense Fund. She says her organization doesn't care how full funding is achieved, so long as it eventually is.
Most Mississippians now say they don’t allow smoking in their homes. That’s a big change from two decades ago. MBP’s Evelina Burnett looks at new numbers from the Centers for Disease Control that reflect this national trend.
As the parents of a developmentally disabled son, Congressman Harper and his wife, Sydney, have seen first-hand how their son's outlook on life is affected by the opportunities that are presented to him. Harper says that's what inspired him to help create a Congressional internship program for developmentally disabled young people.
Segment 3: Ticks causing meat allergy?
With the weather cooling, more Mississippians are heading outdoors to enjoy nature. But some scientists are warning that certain tick bites can now cause a severe allergy to red meat. The discovery, made by scientists in Virginia, shows that the bite from the Lone Star Tick - a species commonly found throughout the Southern US - contains a sugar molecule that can produce a hive-like rash. In some case it also causes a dangerous anaphylactic reaction. Jerome Goddard is a medical entomologist with Mississippi State University's Extension Service. He explains the rare condition to MPB's Paul Boger.