The Mississippi House amended two bills by overwhelming vote to enact a statewide lottery. Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (7:22) joins Derek and Brad to talk about the surprise move and its chances of also getting through the Senate. Also on today’s show, Corinth Today’s Josh Mitchell (14:06) discusses the controversy over the upkeep of the Jacinto grounds in Alcorn County, and Daily Journal education reporter Emma Kent (23:27) shares details on an award-winning collision repair program at Tupelo High. Food editor Ginna Parsons (26:51) has the highlights of this week’s food section — Bankhead Bicycle Club, Chicken Lazone and coconut cake.
The Mississippi House voted on Good Friday to allow executions to be carried out by firing squad if the drugs needed for lethal injections could not be obtained. Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (8:15) joins Derek and Brad to talk about the bill, as well as about recent squabbles in the House that include the speed of a computerized reading of legislation. Also on today’s show, education reporter Emma Kent (18:05) discusses a bill headed to the governor that would make all school district superintendents appointed positions rather than elected ones. Thomas Wells (25:36) provides background on his photo essay on Saturday’s Ballard Park Easter egg hunt, and Brad (30:33) has wacky crime reports from last week — including more on the Mooreville woods.
Amory’s Trent Harmon is among the five finalists on “American Idol.” Ray Van Dusen (5:03) of the Monroe Journal joins Derek and Brad to talk about Harmon’s success and an upcoming celebration that could be held if he continues to advance on the national television hit show. Also on today’s episode, Bobby Harrison (10:08) describes a bill that would prevent state officials from using campaign funds for personal purchases, and Lauren Wood (19:24) talks about her photo essay on the Tupelo High School broadcast journalism class. Food editor Ginna Parsons (25:08) also breaks down this week’s food section — cooking with fresh vegetables and Traceway’s food bazaar.
Testing and funding pressures are carving a new role for arts education in Mississippi schools. Daily Journal education reporter Emma Kent (7:25) explored those changes in a three-day series and joins the show to share more details from her reporting. Also on today’s show, Emma talks to Bobby Harrison (16:33) about modifications the Legislature might make to the formula that funds schools, and Brad (27:06) discusses the wackiest crime reports from last week. Brad (1:45) also has the details from Saturday’s Mustache Bash, at which he won the “Creeper” award.
Tupelo Mustache Bash co-founder Jason Hayden (18:01) joins Derek and Brad to talk about the fifth and final edition of the bash, which will be held on Saturday night. Hayden previews this year’s event and explains why it is the finale. Also on today’s show, Bobby Harrison (9:57) discusses the Legislature’s debate on whether to increase the gas tax to fund repairs for roads and bridges, and Derek and Brad talk more about their upcoming play, “The Peacemakers.”
Kabir Gupta, the winner of the Daily Journal’s first “Entertain Us” filmmaker competition, joins Brad and Derek. The 9-year-old speaks (5:12) about what inspired his winning creation and his future filmmaking plans. Also on today’s show, Daily Journal capitol bureau chief Bobby Harrison (10:58) discusses the Legislature’s latest plan to cut taxes, and Brad (17:10) provides details on some of last week’s wackiest crime reports.
Ashley Prince (6:15) joins Brad and Derek to talk about the Local Mobile food truck, its behind-the-scenes operations and her efforts to promote Tupelo. Also on today’s show, Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (19:50) discusses the mixed fate of school choice legislation this year, reporter Michaela Morris (28:07) highlights positive changes to Mississippi newborn screenings that resulted from a Belden family and Brad (36:41) provides the wackiest crime reports from last week.
Today, Derek and Brad are joined by Tupelo businessman and former mayor Jack Reed Jr. Reed (6:11) talks about ongoing projects in the city, what he sees as some of its most important issues and the new Convention & Visitor’s Bureau exhibit honoring Frank Dowsing. Reed also shares stories about his dad, Jack Reed Sr., the iconic Tupelo civic leader who died in January. Also on today’s show, Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (28:25) discusses a couple of issues debated by the legislature on Tuesday — charter schools and marijuana. And food editor Ginna Parsons (38:42) has the highlights of this week’s food section: BBQ Duel, amalgamation cake, redneck crackers and garlic roasted vegetables.
The Mississippi House of Representatives ground to a halt last week after members of the Black Caucus felt slighted by a Supreme Court redistricting bill. Members of the Black Caucus had bills read in their entirety, significantly slowing the process, and House leaders passed a rule change to try to get things done more quickly. By late Friday, both sides had reached a truce. Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (11:13) joins Derek and Brad to talk more about the standoff and what happens now as the House faces a looming deadline to pass bills before they automatically die. Also on today’s show, Daily Journal reporter Caleb Bedillion (18:48) breaks down next week’s 1st Congressional District Republican Primary election between Trent Kelly and Paul Clever, and Brad (28:36) provides the wackiest crime reports of last week. We also discuss Sunday night’s Academy Awards (1:05).
Tuesday was a key deadline day for bills in the Mississippi Legislature. Among those that did not make the cut was one that would have provided state funds for students to attend private schools and another that could have changed the state flag. Daily Journal Capitol Bureau Chief Bobby Harrison (4:23) joins Brad and guest host Lauren Wood to talk more about those bills, what’s next for those issues and other news from Tuesday’s deadline. Also on today’s show, Daily Journal law enforcement reporter William Moore (12:56) discusses the start of another police academy session, and food editor Ginna Parsons (24:45) talks about this week’s food section — Key lime cake, rolls and a meatless, skillet dish.