Emergency management officials and other responders are moving out across the state in the light of day to assess the damage from the severe storm system that rolled through Mississippi yesterday. Though some schools and businesses in the state closed early because of the storms' threats, there were few reports of severe damage in the initial aftermath of the storms. There was -- however -- one death reported. With us now to talk about the storms and the work to be done now is Lee Smithson -- head of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. Welcome, Lee.
The Mississippi Legislature is moving forward today after thousands of pieces of legislation introduced at the beginning of the 2016 legislative session are now dead. Some of the bills killed include efforts to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag -- and a controversial school voucher plan. Republican State Sen. Terry Burton from Newton is President Pro Tempore of the Senate. He told MPB's Paul Boger deadline day always leaves many bills behind -- and this session is no different.
A group from South Mississippi is in Jackson today to advocate for the rights of immigrants in Mississippi. The civic engagement day is being organized by the Mississippi Immigration Rights Alliance -- a group that advocates for immigrants and their families in the state. Deina Banuelos came to the United States from Guadalajara, Mexico, when she was eight years old. Like many children brought to the United States by their parents, she didn’t realize until she got older that she didn’t have legal citizenship status. Banuelos spoke with MPB's Evelina Burnett.
The City of Natchez is bringing history, literature and film together as the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration kicks off tomorrow. Brett Brinegar told us this year's Celebration coincides with the 300th birthday of this fabled city on the Mississippi River.