Some of Mississippi's top political leaders are speaking out on whether Mississippi should provide refuge for children who enter the country illegally being held at the U-S border with Mexico. Close to 60,000 unaccompanied children have illegally entered the US since last year, and many states have been suggested as a place to house the immigrants temporarily, including Mississippi. However, Governor Phil Bryant has written a letter to President Obama saying he intends to prohibit the federal government from housing a large number of those children in the state. He explains his point of view to MPB's Evelina Burnett.
Congressman Bennie Thompson - the State's lone congressional Democrat - has also written to the President. He writes that not all Mississippians share the Governor's opinion.
Meanwhile Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann was also on the Gulf Coast. Our Evelina Burnett caught up with him, and asked him about the latest developments in the Republican Senate Runoff Election.
Thousands of Mississippians who purchased health insurance under the federal insurance exchange could have their subsidies called into question under dual federal court rulings. One ruling in Washington, says the federal government can not subsidize premiums for people who use the federal insurance exchange. But in Virginia, another appeals panel unanimously came to the opposite conclusion. That court said the IRS had correctly interpreted the will of Congress when it issued regulations allowing consumers nationwide to purchase subsidized coverage. Jarvis Dortch of the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program talks with MPB's Ezra Wall.
It's official: the State High School Football Championship games are leaving the Capital City. The Mississippi High School Activities Association made the announcement this week, after more than a week of widespread speculation. MPB's Jay White joins our Ezra Wall with more on the decision.