The Mississippi house has just two days to take up a controversial religious freedom bill. Supporters of Senate Bill 2681 say the goal is to protect religious Mississippians from being forced to violate their convictions. A group of Millsaps college students have joined the press against it. Student Sarah Del Castillo is founder and head of the school's Amnesty International chapter. She talks to MPB's Ezra Wall about organizing a letter urging lawmakers to reject the bill, saying it could enable discrimination of gay residents.
Kidney disease is the seventh leading cause of death in Mississippi, and affects African Americans four times more than whites. According to experts increased rates of diabetes and high blood pressure are among the leading causes of kidney failure in the African American community. However, Doctor Mohit Ahuja with Central Nephrology Clinic in Jackson says there is an even larger factor at play.
Tre Nelson has dealth with Kidney Disease for the last 20 years. He shared his story with MPB's Paul Boger.
Alcorn State University has a new president following the departure of former President Christopher Brown, who resigned under investigation. Dr. Alfred Rankins comes to the position after being a Deputy Commissioner for Mississippi's Institutions of Higher Learning. He talks to us about his career, and about taking the helm at his Alma Mater.
In other news:
Former Mississippi Department of Marine Resources director Bill Walker could spend up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy. As MPB’s Evelina Burnett reports, he admitted in US District court yesterday to using federal grant money to buy property his son owned.