60 additional state troopers will soon be patrolling Mississippi's roadways. Governor Phil Bryant
has signed into law a bill that would appropriate $6.9 million to the Mississippi Highway Patrol
for a new trooper school. He says the funding is critical to keeping Mississippians safe.
commissioner Albert Santa Cruz was also on hand. Afterward he spoke about the need for more troopers on Mississippi's interstates and highways.
Today voters in the capital city will choose between City Council member Tony Yarber and attorney Chokwe Antar Lumumba for mayor. Lumumba is the son of the late mayor, Chokwe Lumumba. Yarber is serving his second term on the city council. They were the top vote-getters in a field of 13 candidates in the first round of balloting on April 8th. The election caught the attention of filmmakers Maryann Deleo
and Isabel Vega
. They, along with Maryann's brother Dominic Deleo
are working on a documentary about the race
. Maryann Deleo starts by talking about how she - an Oscar-winner - became interested in a municipal election here in Mississippi.
Business in Mississippi are now posting blue stickers in their windows that read "We don't discriminate. If you're buying, we're selling."
The stickers are in response to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act which passed by the state legislature this year that some say could lead to the legal discrimination of gay people. The blue stickers are the idea of Mitchell Moore, a baker in Jackson
, who says discriminating against potential costumers is bad for business.