A new $40 million partnership will support conservation projects on private land and farms in Mississippi and other gulf states. As MPB’s Evelina Burnett reports, it’s intended to help restore the region from damage caused by the 20-10 B-P oil spill.
A new ranking from the conservative education policy group, Empower Mississippi, assigns a letter grade to every State Legislator based on whether they support school choice. What Empower Mississippi wants is for public tax dollars to be spent on a particular child's education, whether-or-not that student goes to a public school or a private school. It's an idea that's similar to a voucher program, although Grant Callen of Empower Mississippi doesn't prefer that language. He tells us more about the Education Choice Scorecard.
When President John F. Kennedy was killed, and the distinctly southern Lyndon Johnson assumed the presidency, many wondered how pending civil rights legislation would fare. The Civil Rights Act was passed and implemented in 1963. The Voting Rights Act followed in 1964. A play about that early part of the Johnson presidency features actor Mitch Tebo, who spoke with MPB's Ezra Wall.