The U.S. Department of Transportation ordered a temporary termination of the Essential Air Service program in 30 communities, including Tupelo. This would cut the subsidy Contour Airlines uses to fly into and out of Tupelo and would end commercial air service shortly after Contour began. The decision resulted from the poor performance of a previous carrier, and Tupelo airport officials believe they will be able to successfully appeal it. Daily Journal business editor Dennis Seid (6:09) joins Derek and Brad on today’s episode to discuss the situation and what might happen.
Also on today’s show, Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (12:26) has details from Tuesday’s State Board of Education meeting at which the board voted to follow the position of state leadership and disregard federal government guidelines that say transgender students should be allowed to use the bathrooms of the sex with which they identify.
The Boys & Girls Clubs unveiled the list of celebrity participants for this year’s Dance Like the Stars event, and Daily Journal reporter William Moore (21:07) joins the show to provide details. Also, food editor Ginna Parsons (26:54) breaks down this week’s food section, including the survival of the Cook of the Week feature.