The Tupelo City Council voted on Tuesday to approve the membership of the city’s new police advisory board.
The 6-1 vote clears the way for the board to hold its first meeting next week. It comes just over a year after Antwun “Ronnie” Shumpert was fatally shot by a Tupelo police officer.
Daily Journal local government reporter Caleb Bedillion (9:51) joins Derek and Brad on today’s episode to talk about the new nine-member board. It is intended to improve the standing of the police department in Tupelo, particularly among minority communities.
Also on today’s show, Derek (18:48) talks about the end for the Tupelo BBQ Duel.
Organizers announced last week that they had decided to end the popular event, which has had a seven-year run. The fundraiser for the non-profit Link Centre did not lose money, but organizers determined its costs outweighed its benefits. They said attendance and corporate sponsorships had dropped in recent years, and they felt they could find more impactful ways to raise funds.
Also, Daily Journal health reporter Michaela Morris (26:10) talks about the effect proposed Medicaid changes could have on Mississippi.
Even though the state didn’t expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, it is in line to be among the hardest hit by proposed federal funding changes. An analysis done by the non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation lists Mississippi among the 11 states who are expected to have the most trouble adapting to changes in the Medicaid funding proposed in the American Health Care Act passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill proposes changing the way Medicaid is funded, shifting to block grants or a per capita cap.
Since Mississippi receives a large amount of funding from Medicaid, cuts to the program would leave the state with difficult decisions to make in terms of coverage.