Proposals to increase the pay of Mississippi's teachers are picking up steam in the state legislature. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports that a new plan has passed the senate and could possibly set up a showdown with the house.
State lawmakers are honoring civil rights activists as the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer approaches. Hundreds of college students converged on the state in 1964 to help local people challenge a strictly segregated society. Mississippi Lawmakers today adopted a resolution honoring Freedom Summer participants, who are holding events in late June to mark the anniversary. Senator John Horhn talks about the resolution.
The Legislature may be on board with honoring the historic Civil Rights Movement. But a new study says Mississippi still has room for improvement in the way it teaches civil rights history. MPB’s Evelina Burnett reports the state scored a "C" in a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The old adage says breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The USDA Undersecretary for Food and Nutrition says that's exactly why it could be the most important meal of the school day. Undersecretary Kevin Concannon spoke to MPB's Ezra Wall about recent changes to school breakfast, and how soon we might see slimmer kids as a result.
Thirty percent of all cancer deaths in America are from lung cancer. That's according to the American Lung Association. The association now recommends low-dose CT screens for certain high-risk people, even years after they quit smoking. Dr. Pierre de Delva of the University of Mississippi Medical Center says quitting smoking is still the most important prevention method.