The Daily Journal’s Bobby Harrison reported on Sunday that state funds going into the Medicaid program have steadily grown through the years and will top $1 billion for the first time either this year or next. However, there are signs that growth is beginning to slow. He joins Derek and Brad (7:36) to talk about Mississippi’s Medicaid program. Also on today’s show, Derek and Brad discuss a weekend of college football (1:55), Emma Crawford (12:55) talks about the expansion of a summer reading program and Brad breaks down the crime reports (17:08).
Daily Journal editorial page editor Joe Rutherford (8:05) tells Derek and Brad about the history of Tupelo’s water supply, an issue that once posed a serious threat to the city’s development. The actions of leaders during the 1980s led to today’s ample supply. Also, Derek and Brad discuss the announcement that Strange Brew Coffeehouse (1:23) is opening a location in Tupelo, M. Scott Morris (15:28) reviews the movie “Everest” and Derek (21:23) previews the weekend entertainment scene.
Dickie Scruggs, the former trial lawyer who served a prison sentence on federal bribery charges, is now championing education for the state’s half-a-million adults without a high school diploma. Daily Journal reporter Riley Manning joins hosts Brad and Derek to discuss Scruggs’ new venture aimed at helping adults complete GED programs. Also on today’s show, Emma Crawford (6:48) previews next week’s middle school career expo, Dennis Seid talks about both Oktoberfest (10:48) and new credit card chips (13:43) and Ginna Parsons (20:18) details this week’s food section. Happy National Podcasting Day!
Tupelo’s Veterans Park has a new memorial, a Vietnam-era fighter bomber that was delivered to the park on Sunday. William Moore, who wrote about the F-105 Thunderchief, and Lauren Wood, who photographed its transit from the lot where it was being restored, join Derek and Brad (12:54) to talk about the plane. Also on today’s show, Bobby Harrison (7:20) discusses next year’s state budget, Adam Robison (19:56) describes the restoration of the Lee County Courthouse clock, the hosts breakdown a weekend of college football (1:15) and Brad (27:50) details the latest crime reports.
Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton’s Outreach Task Force was recently created both to promote race relations and neighborhood pride. The group holds its first three community events this weekend, and the Daily Journal’s Zack Orsborn joins Derek and Brad to talk more about it. Also on today’s show, Emma Crawford (5:11) tells about a new Tupelo School District app that provides information on school meals, M. Scott Morris (8:23) reviews “Black Mass,” and Derek (14:25) gives an update on the weekend entertainment scene.
Pope Francis is making his first U.S. visit this week, and a group of Northeast Mississippi residents are among those traveling to see him. Daily Journal religion reporter Riley Manning joins Brad and guest host Lauren Wood to tell more about the visit. Also, Zack Orsborn discusses the rise of vinyl record stores in Northeast Mississippi (6:50), Michaela Morris (12:42) tells us about the latest report placing Mississippi as the third most obese state in the nation, and Ginna Parsons (19:19) talks about this week’s food section.
We’re talking both Ole Miss and Mississippi State football today. Daily Journal Ole Miss beat reporter Parrish Alford joins the show to discuss Saturday’s Ole Miss football win at then-No. 2 Alabama, as well as the season outlook for the Rebels, and sports editor John L. Pitts discusses MSU (11:12) and the college football picture. Meanwhile, Ginna Parsons (19:50) joins Derek and Brad to reveal the latest plans for a proposed West Jackson Street restaurant, and the hosts (23:37) break down last week’s crime reports.
Flea market owners in Tupelo and Ripley took issue with a U.S. Humane Society report that linked them to puppy mills. Daily Journal business editor Dennis Seid spoke with them and studied the report and joins hosts Derek and Brad to provide insight on the issue. Also on today’s show, Daily Journal Capitol reporter Bobby Harrison (6:52) breaks down the latest turns on the Initiative 42 school funding campaign, M. Scott Morris (13:28) reviews “The Visit,” and Derek and Brad discuss the weekend’s entertainment scene (18:35), including Saturday’s Ole Miss and Alabama football game.
Daily Journal reporter Zack Orsborn spoke Tuesday to Delta State University students and a former faculty member with Northeast Mississippi ties about Monday’s incident in which a DSU professor was shot and killed on campus. Zack joins hosts Brad and Derek to discuss what he learned. Also on today’s show, the Daily Journal’s Emma Crawford (6:10) speaks about Monday’s ceremony at Mississippi State University honoring former Congressman Alan Nunnelee, and food editor Ginna Parsons (10:35) discusses this week’s food section.
Daily Journal living section editor Leslie Criss stops by to tell Brad and Derek her memories of Will Campbell, who was recently honored by the University of Mississippi. A former UM employee, Campbell was fired in 1956 for speaking against the university’s segregationist standards at the time but had a plaza at the university named after him on Friday. Meanwhile, Daily Journal Capitol reporter Bobby Harrison (12:29) speaks about his Sunday story on the unlikeliness that Mississippi will expand Medicaid after November’s election, and Brad shares some highlights of last week’s crime reports (18:36).