The Tupelo City Council voted 5-2 on Tuesday on a policy that will keep the Mississippi flag in place on city property and will ensure that it will fly in front of a new police department headquarters.
Their vote comes after other Mississippi cities and public universities have removed the state flag citing that the Confederate battle emblem it contains is a divisive symbol. Some in Tupelo had called on city leaders to also remove the flag, and those cries grew louder in the wake of the shooting death of Antwun “Ronnie” Shumpert by a Tupelo Police officer.
Five of the seven City Council members voted to keep flying the flag, although four of those said they would support a resolution calling on the state to change its flag design. Daily Journal local government reporter Caleb Bedillion (11:40) joins Derek and Brad on today’s show to provide more context on Tuesday’s debate and vote.
Also on today’s show, Daily Journal health reporter Michaela Morris (20:47) talks about the impact of Obamacare in Mississippi six years after it became law. The cost benefit analysis remains complicated. On one hand, the Affordable Care Act has expanded health care access to Mississippi residents, but it also has led to challenges in the state.
Daily Journal food editor Ginna Parsons (32:36) highlights today’s food section – lemon butter chicken, a senior project aiming to collect food for needy citizens and a Mooreville middle-schooler with mad talent for cooking.