As election day looms, the Daily Journal staff breaks down Tuesday’s races (10:05) to give voters insight and perspective before they head to the polls. Joining Derek and Brad are Bobby Harrison, William Moore and Michaela Morris to discuss an extensive list of races, including governor, attorney general, Initiative 42, Lee County coroner, Lee County supervisor, district attorney and more. As he does each Monday, Brad (34:05) also highlights last week’s crime reports. For more about this year’s elections, visit DJournal.com/2015election.
Mississippi’s fourth-grade students led the nation in gains made on the 2015 Nation’s Report Card, which was released on Wednesday. Despite those improvements, Mississippi still has a long way to go to reach the national average. Daily Journal education reporter Emma Crawford (2:59) joins Derek and guest host Chris Kieffer to discuss the latest results and what they mean. Also on today’s show, Adam Robison (11:30) talks about his photo essay on the Buffalo Park pumpkin patch, M. Scott Morris (15:03) reviews “Steve Jobs,” and Derek (24:40) tells us what is happening in town this Halloween weekend.
The Houston Solar Car high school team recently celebrated a victory at the World Solar Car Challenge in Australia. Chickasaw Journal reporter Floyd Ingram (3:04) joins Derek and Brad to talk about the team’s remarkable accomplishment. Also on today’s show, William Moore (10:01) discusses the impact of the recent rain storms, Zack Orsborn (13:52) shares news of a Lee County Library grant to spur creative programs, and Ginna Parsons (16:00) tells us about this week’s food section.
University of Mississippi officials removed the controversial state flag from the school’s campus on Monday morning. Oxford Citizen reporter Errol Castens (10:07) joins Derek and Brad to provide context on that decision. Also on today’s show, Bobby Harrison and Emma Crawford (16:07) discuss the issues surrounding Initiative 42 (which concerns school funding), Riley Manning (25:21) talks about the efforts of a Southaven church to revitalize an Assembly of God church in East Tupelo, and Brad (28:38) breaks down this week’s crime reports.
The Keep Tupelo Beautiful organization is involved with projects to restore three neighborhoods hit hard by the April 2014 tornado. Daily Journal reporter Zack Orsborn (2:10) joins Brad and guest host Lauren Wood to give more details about those efforts. Also on today’s show, William Moore (7:55) describes a cost-saving technology being tested by the city of Tupelo, M. Scott Morris (13:12) reviews “Bridge of Spies,” and the hosts discuss what’s happening this weekend (23:27).
The College Board on Monday announced the selection of University of Kansas Provost Jeffrey Vitter as the preferred candidate to become the next chancellor at the University of Mississippi. Oxford Citizen reporter Errol Castens (7:10) joins Brad and guest host Chris Kieffer to discuss Vitter and the Ole Miss chancellor search. Castens also provides more details about Tuesday night’s vote by the Ole Miss student government association calling for the university to remove the Mississippi flag from its campus. Also on today’s show, photographer Lauren Wood (14:53) shares her experience with this week’s In Focus photo essay, and Chickasaw Journal reporter Floyd Ingram (20:31) tells us about the Houston High School team competing in the World Solar Car Challenge in Australia. Chris and Brad give the highlights of Ginna’s food section (27:08). Be careful, it’s Back to the Future Day!
Before Elvis could become the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, he had to learn to play the guitar. A new Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau exhibit honors the Rev. Frank Smith, the Tupelo man who taught him how. Daily Journal business reporter Dennis Seid (4:15) joins Derek and guest host Chris Kieffer to tell more about the exhibit. Other topics include memories of the late Elaine Hancock (2:20), the 10th-anniversary of Sanctuary Hospice House (9:06), legislative elections (21:24), crime reports (28:04) and the announcement of a preferred candidate for Ole Miss chancellor – Jeffrey Vitter (16:46). Guests include Daily Journal reporters Michaela Morris, Emma Crawford and Bobby Harrison.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of North Mississippi recently received a $500,000 donation from the founder of GoDaddy.com. Daily Journal reporter William Moore (2:36) joins Derek and guest host Chris Kieffer to discuss the grant and how it will be used to make improvements on the organization’s clubhouses. Also on today’s show, Michaela Gibson Morris (8:32) discusses Bruce Ridgway’s behind-the-scenes work at North Mississippi Medical Center, M.Scott Morris (18:36) reviews “Pan,” and Derek (25:20) previews what is happening this weekend.
Three Tupelo tourism officials will travel to England next month to sell Elvis’s Birthplace to fans of The King of Rock and Roll. Daily Journal reporter William Moore (5:21) joins Brad and guest host Chris Kieffer to discuss their trip and the attempt to bring more tourists to the All-America City. Also on today’s show, Emma Crawford (9:45) details the latest Tupelo School construction project to proceed from April’s bond vote, Dennis Seid (14:55) speaks of a resurgence in the furniture industry and Ginna Parsons (23:00) highlights this week’s Food section, including Friday’s Chili Fest event.
Daily Journal lifestyles editor Leslie Criss (7:42) joins Derek and Brad to discuss a column she wrote Sunday about a recent visit to former President Jimmy Carter’s Sunday school class in Georgia. Criss also gives details about Thursday’s “Ladies Who Lunch” event (15:12) at the Link Centre. Also on today’s show, Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (17:39) tells the impact of September’s surprising drop in state tax collections, and Brad (23:35) breaks down last week’s crime reports. Hey, it’s the 90s!