Derek is out, so Brad is flying solo on today’s episode. But he’s joined by Caleb Bedillion (1:24) to talk about a grant Tupelo was awarded to upgrade a pair of railroad crossings in the downtown area. Also, M. Scott Morris stops in (9:43) to give his review of “Now You See Me 2.” And Brad tells you what’s happening on the entertainment front this weekend (16:20).
An effort to reduce the state’s high infant mortality rate is one of the casualties of budget cuts to the Mississippi Department of Health. Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (7:13) joins Derek and Brad to discuss that program and the impact of state cuts on the departments of health and mental health.
Also on today’s show, education reporter Emma Kent (14:14) talks about a recent trip by representatives of the CREATE Foundation to learn from an education coalition in Indiana. Among their programs is an extensive initiative aimed at reducing high school dropout rates through mentoring and intervention.
M. Scott Morris (22:30) reviews “Me Before You,” and Derek (28:24) breaks down this weekend’s entertainment scene.
Both Mississippi State and Ole Miss will host college baseball regional tournaments this weekend. Daily Journal business editor Dennis Seid (7:48) joins Derek and Brad to discuss the economic impact of having large crowds in Oxford and Starkville for those games.
Also on today’s show, Bobby Harrison (13:50) puts context on a debate on the economic impact of House Bill 1523. That is the new law that allows businesses and government officials not to provide services for same-sex marriages. State Rep. Steve Holland said on Tuesday that 13 companies looking to expand were taking Mississippi off the list because of the legislation. Meanwhile, Mississippi Development Authority executive director Glenn McCullough said he knew of no such projects the state had lost because of the bill.
M. Scott Morris (23:52) reviews “X-Men: Apocalypse,” and Derek (32:41) breaks down this weekend’s entertainment scene, including Tupelo’s annual Elvis Festival.
Also, Brad delves into his love for wearing shorts. It’s going to be a long summer.
The CREATE Foundation held its annual “State of the Region” meeting on Thursday, featuring guest speaker Donald Nielsen – an author, former school board member and education reform advocate from Seattle. Nielsen (6:09) dropped by our studio to talk with Derek and Brad about the opportunity Mississippi has to lead the nation in school improvement and some of the changes he sees as necessary. Also, CREATE Foundation Senior Vice President Lewis Whitfield (37:20) talks about the highlights of this year’s “State of the Region” event.
Also on today’s show, Daily Journal reporter M. Scott Morris (50:52) talks about Oxford’s Alex Mullen, who recently became the first American to win the World Memory Championships. Scott talks about how Mullen was inspired by a book and about techniques that can help improve memorization. Scott (43:35) also gives his weekly movie review, this time on “Neighbors 2.”
Riley Manning (59:52) discusses this year’s Tupelo Reads book selection and his impending departure from Tupelo. Derek (1:11:13) breaks down this weekend’s entertainment scene.
Programing note: There is no show on Memorial Day, but we will resume with a new episode on Wednesday, June 1.
Mississippi Superintendent of Education Carey Wright said on Wednesday that the state will take no action in terms of requiring local school districts to ensure transgender students can use the bathroom of the sex of which they identify. That reversed an earlier announcement that Mississippi would adhere to new guidelines sent out by the federal government. Daily Journal Capitol Bureau chief Bobby Harrison (9:02) joins Derek and Brad to discuss the issue and the politics that surround it.
Also on today’s show, local government reporter Caleb Bedillion (19:11) talks about the city of Tupelo’s decision to purchase more than 76 acres near Bryan and Monument drives, the debate over the purchase and how the land may be used. M. Scott Morris (31:23) reviews “Money Monster,” and Derek (38:12) outlines this weekend’s entertainment scene.
Since 1978, the cost of college nationwide has increased by 1,125 percent, according to Bloomberg. That has resulted in higher and higher debt burdens for college graduates, including an average debt balance of $26,000 for Mississippi students. Daily Journal reporter Zack Orsborn (4:14) recently spoke to a handful of Mississippians about their student debt burdens and joins Derek and Brad to give more insight.
Also on today’s show, health reporter Michaela Morris (16:41) discusses the recent measles scare and what you need to know about it. M. Scott Morris (30:55) reviews “Captain America: Civil War,” and Derek (36:50) has the highlights of this weekend’s entertainment scene.
The Tupelo City Council has decided to buy five lots in Mill Village in an effort to bolster revitalization of the neighborhood. Daily Journal local government reporter Caleb Bedillion (8:29) joins Brad and Derek to discuss why the city purchased the land and how it hopes to spur new construction.
Also on today’s show, Zack Orsborn (14:22) previews this year’s lineup for Elvis Festival, which will be headlined by American Idol Trent Harmon. M. Scott Morris (24:32) reviews “Keanu,” and Derek (30:04) breaks down this weekend’s entertainment scene.
This week marked both the five year anniversary of the Smithville tornado and the two-year mark for the Tupelo tornado. Today’s show looks at both events. Daily Journal reporter M. Scott Morris (9:20) discusses his story about Lee County residents who rode out the 2014 twister in a storm shelter and about those who have since added new shelters. Meanwhile, the Monroe Journal’s Ray Van Dusen (21:25) talks about the EF-5 funnel cloud that struck Smithville and about Wednesday’s memorial service there.
Also on today’s show, Daily Journal education reporter Emma Kent (28:50) looks at the latest high school graduation and dropout data released this week by the Mississippi Department of Education. Scott (17:47) reviews “The Huntsman: Winter’s War.” Derek (37:25) highlights what is happening this weekend and previews this summer’s movie slate.
The Mississippi Legislature passed a bill to allow some cities to establish leisure and recreation districts where alcohol could be served and consumed outside. The bill originally was written for cities on the Gulf Coast, but Rep. Steve Holland amended it to include Tupelo, and other 10 other cities were later added. Daily Journal Capitol Bureau chief Bobby Harrison (7:58) joins Derek and Brad to talk about the bill and the impact it may have on Tupelo.
Also on today’s show, education reporter Emma Kent (14:48) discusses a new partnership between Tupelo High School and Delta State University that will allow THS to offer more dual enrollment classes. M. Scott Morris (24:16) reviews “Jungle Book,” and Derek (32:15) gives the details on this weekend’s entertainment scene.
BancorpSouth Arena and Conference Center executive director Todd Hunt (6:50) joins Derek and Brad to discuss the “I Love the 90s” concert that will be held at the arena on Saturday. Hunt also talks about upcoming events, including the Florida Georgia Line concert, Blue Suede Cruise and Elvis Festival. Also on today’s show, education reporter Emma Kent (20:56) has the details on the new Pontotoc Middle School student farmer’s market, and M. Scott Morris (28:46) reviews “The Boss.” Also, Derek (35:39) discusses a busy slate of weekend events, including Color Vibe, Noleput, Tupelo Film Festival and Burgers & Bluegrass.