The Mississippi Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for death row inmate Michelle Byrom, whose attorneys say they have new evidence in her case. Byrom was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 2000 in Tishomingo County for the killing of her husband, Edward "Eddie" Byrom Sr., and for recruiting her son in the plot. In court briefs, they claim the son confessed in conversations with a forensic psychologist. The documents charge the statements were discussed with the trial judge but not revealed to Byrom or her attorneys before her trial and the psychologist was not allowed to testify about them. Joining us with more on this new development is Matt Steffey, professor of law at the Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson.
The Mississippi legislature has failed to meet a deadline to finalize its a new state budget. A fight over transportation spending led the House of representatives to reject the budget for the Department of Transportation. Joining us with more on just what went wrong last night is MPB Capitol Reporter, Jeffrey Hess...
A new report says the future success of our country depends on the ability to creat opportunity for children of all ethnic backgrounds. But that same report from the Annie E. Casey foundation says Mississippi misses the mark ACROSS THE BOARD. Joining us with more on the new "Race for Results" report is Dr. Linda Southward from Mississippi Kids Count.