State health officials went before members of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee in Jackson asking for $18 million to help reduce a shortfall in this fiscal year's budget. The agency is hurting financially due to a reduction in Medicaid payments and low healthcare fees in recent years. State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier says if lawmakers don't address the deficit, the department may need to close some clinics. Currier spoke with MPB's Paul Boger.
Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves told MPB's Paul Boger that an increase in funding for the State Department of Health is unlikely.
A new federal initiative has been launched to fund Alzheimer's research. Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker is sponsoring the bill, along with a bipartisan team of other senators. MPB's Sid Scott spoke with Senator Wicker about the EUREKA Act.
Across the South, college football is in full swing. But football is just one of dozens of sports; in any season, student athletes are pushing themselves -- on the field and in class. They get scholarships and generate billions of dollars. But they also struggle with their studies on top of what’s really a demanding, full-time job. In Part One of this Southern Education Desk Series "All in the Game," WBHM/Birmingham’s Dan Carsen looks at tensions between sports and academics, through the eyes of the athletes themselves.