Qualifying for municipal elections ended on Friday.
In Tupelo, five of the seven City Council races are contested, and the mayor’s race features Democratic incumbent Jason Shelton and Democratic challenger Candice Knowles. Meanwhile, two mayoral candidates and one City Council candidate have dropped out of their races this week.
On today’s episode, reporters Caleb Bedillion and William Moore (12:28) join Derek and Brad to talk about the races in Tupelo and other Northeast Mississippi municipalities. William highlights several non-Tupelo races, including police chief races in Baldwyn and Nettleton and mayoral contests in Plantersville, Saltillo and Shannon.
Also on today’s episode, Derek (3:55) talks about the Twitter account @wavecompliment2, which is designed to anonymously compliment and praise individuals at Tupelo High School.
Education reporter Emma Kent (28:05) discusses the Milam Girls Leadership Academy. The new program is focused on teaching leadership skills to a group of 32 sixth-grade girls. Last week, they took a trip to the Mississippi Capitol and Governor’s Mansion, and Emma joined them to report on it.
Business editor Dennis Seid (36:56) talks about legislation that could spur craft beer in Mississippi. The state House and Senate have passed the bill that would allow microbreweries in the state to sell beer on their premises. It now awaits Gov. Phil Bryant’s signature.