Law enforcement officials from across Mississippi are receiving training on identifying, and investigating child sex trafficking. Since two thousand seven, there have been one hundred twenty-five human trafficking cases reported in Mississippi. Brian Johnston of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation says his agency came to Mississippi to help state law enforcement learn how to spot human trafficking.
Mississippi is a trendsetter in implementing the most advanced wireless communication system for first responders in the nation. When Hurricane Katrina hit Mississippi ten years ago, record storm surges and winds took out cell phone towers and destroyed communications systems. It also exposed weaknesses in technology used by county workers and officials statewide. The Mississippi Wireless Information Network can run on back-up power for up to three weeks. There are nearly twenty-three thousand users on the network -- including state and federal agencies, fire, police, and emergency management associations. Robert Bradford heads Adams County EMA and used the system to find a missing woman. He spoke with MPB's Desare Frazier.
The big push for charter schools in Louisiana started after Hurricane Katrina. The state’s Recovery School District took over most of the public schools in New Orleans, and quickly issued charters. With charter school enrollment nationwide up fourteen percent to nearly three million last year, Louisiana was still among the states adding the most students. The Recovery School District has moved on to Baton Rouge, but like any other city where a hurricane didn’t scatter all the teachers and students,, charters really have to get parents to buy into the alternative they’re selling. Amy Jeffries reports for the Southern Education Desk, it starts with pounding the pavement.
Across Mississippi, high school students are back at work following the summer break. But not all students used the summer for relaxation. Solomon Brown -- a high school senior in Greenwood -- spent much of his time learning the intricacies of government as a state delegate to National Boys State. He spoke with MPB's Desare Frazier about the honor -- and about the lessons it taught him.