There will be no changes to Mississippi’s election system this legislative session. After nearly 90 minutes of debate, lawmakers in the House lawmakers voted to kill an omnibus elections bill over proposed campaign finance reforms. The measure would have limited how lawmakers could spend campaign funds as well as requiring them to itemize credit card receipts. Republican Bill Denny of Jackson urged lawmakers to rethink their motion to kill the bill. He says after multiple years of work on the issue of election reform, the campaign finance portion was only 8 pages out of more than 100. He spoke from the House floor.
In the Southern Remedy Health Minute, Dr. Rick answers a listener question about protecting kids from the potentially harmful bites of mosquitos.
Despite a downward trend in cases of Gonorrhea and Chlamydia in the state, Mississippi is second in the nation for transmission of the sexually transmitted infections. In 2014 the state health department reports there were about 3-thousand fewer cases than the previous year. Deputy State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers talks to MPB's Desare Frazier about the risks.
More artists and entertainers are joining the condemnation of Mississippi's political leaders in the wake of the new "Religious Freedom" law. Comedian Tracy Morgan canceled a show yesterday and singer Belinda Carlisle -- who has a gay child -- penned a letter to Governor Phil Bryant. Carlisle decided against canceling her show on the Gulf Coast. Best-selling author Ace Atkins was one of ninety-five authors to sign an open letter recently against the new law. Atkins told MPB's Sid Scott the new law doesn't represent the Mississippi he knows and loves.
The state office of Homeland Security is training first responders to save lives in difficult conditions at Camp Shelby this week. "Operation Night Owl" is designed to sharpen participants' skills in search and rescue, hazardous material handling, and other techniques that might be needed in a natural or manmade disaster. Todd Frier of Homeland Security told MPB's Sid Scott the exercises -- which continue through Friday -- will focus on nighttime search and rescue.