After Mississippians traveled in droves to other states to buy tickets for the recent Powerball drawing, some lawmakers have called for Mississippi to consider adding a state lottery. Others remain strongly opposed. Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (10:08) joins Brad and guest host Emma Kent to discuss the debate and what may happen. Also on today’s show, Tupelo civil rights attorney Kenneth Mayfield (2:43) speaks of his remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., how he was inspired by the civil rights leader and how far we’ve come as a society since King’s death. Business editor Dennis Seid (20:00) has details from the announcement that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will close six Walmart Express stores in north Mississippi, and Brad (24:08) has the highlights from last week’s crime reports.
Guest Kenneth Mayfield, Tupelo attorney and chairman of the Committee for King, visits with Brad and guest host Leslie Criss to discuss events taking place this weekend to celebrate Martin Luther King Day (3:21). Meanwhile, reporter Zack Orsborn (12:12) gives insight on the impact of Elvis-related tourism on Tupelo. Also on today’s show, Emma Kent (21:35) talks about the return of Blue Bell ice cream to Tupelo stores. Food editor Ginna Parsons (25:01) highlights this week’s food section and discusses the new renovations at Kroger.