Mississippi’s education leaders are asking lawmakers to increase state support of public schools, community colleges and universities by more than $350 million next year. Officials made their Fiscal Year 2017 requests during a meeting of the House Appropriations Committee yesterday. Most of the $350 million in requests would go to fully fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program as well as increasing faculty pay and state financial aid for universities and expanding workforce development for community colleges. Andrea Mayfield is executive director of the state community college board. She told MPB's Paul Boger the state's community colleges need more money to do their part in economic development in the state.
A coalition of organizations is speaking out against a proposed bill that would abolish the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority and take control of the international airport away from the city. Representatives from the Legislative Black Caucus and Cooperation Jackson, are among the groups at the state capitol to voice their opposition to Senate Bill 2162. It would abolish the five-member Jackson Municipal Airport Authority appointed by Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber and create a nine-member regional board. Senator Josh Harkins of Flowood drafted the bill. He says surrounding communities should have input into how the airport is operated. Coalition member Attorney Chokwe Antar Lumumba told MPB's Desare Frazier taking the authority over the airport away from Jackson is disrespectful to the capital city.
The Mississippi Arts Commission calls Tig Notaro one of the most sought after comedians of the modern era. She’s appeared on just about every late night talk show and recently starred in her own HBO special. Notaro’s career trajectory took a number of unexpected turns in 2012 when she became ill with a life-threatening intestinal infection. A short time later, her mother died unexpectedly. Then Notaro was diagnosed with breast cancer. Notaro is one of five artists being honored with a Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts tomorrow. A native Mississippian, she also has a show on Amazon Prime called One Mississippi. MPB's Evelina Burnett caught up with Notaro to talk about her career, the Governor's Award, and her Mississippi roots.
Today is Ash Wednesday. Christian believers around the world will attend services throughout the day and receive the imposition of ashes on their foreheads as a sign of mortality -- and as a way to start the season of Lent. MPB's Sid Scott spoke with James Bowley -- chair of religious studies at Millsaps College -- about the history of Lent and its significance in the Christian religion.