Karen Brown is a radio host and anchor for Mississippi Public Broadcasting.
One year after the immigration raids that shook Mississippi communities, the U.S. Attorney’s Office issues indictments against processing plant management.Then, a Mississippi judge’s opinion on qualified immunity scrutinizes a practice that has shielded law enforcement officers.Plus, member institutions of the NCAA’s Division III won’t be playing sports this fall. We talk to the A.D. of one of Mississippi’s D-3 schools.Segment 1:One year ago today, agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raided seven central Mississippi chicken processing plants, detaining over 600 undocumented workers. It was the largest single-state raid in American history. Now, the U.S. Attorney's office is holding management of those plants accountable through indictments against four plant executives. MPB's Desare Frazier talks with U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst.Segment 2:"Clarence Jamison wasn't jaywalking. He wasn't outside playing with a toy gun. He didn't look like a "suspicious person". He wasn't suspected of "selling loose, untaxed cigarettes". He wasn't suspected of passing a counterfeit $20 bill." Those are the first five lines of U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves' opinion upholding a claim of qualified immunity for officer Nick McClendon. Reeves gives 19 different examples of what Jamison, a Black man, wasn't doing when he was pulled over by McClendon - each example invoking the memory of other Black men and women whose lives were ended through excessive police force. Reeves further opined the "qualified immunity" doctrine operates like absolute immunity in real life.But based on legal precedent, Reeves was compelled to uphold the doctrine. Jarvis Dortch is the Executive Director of the Mississippi Chapter of the ACLU. He shares his thoughts on Reeve's opinion with our Kobee Vance.Segment 3:College sports in the NCAA's two lower levels won't take place this fall. On Wednesday the Presidents Councils for the governing body's Divisions II and III announced they would cancel fall championships for the 2020-2021 seasons. This decision means Mississippi's member schools like Mississippi College, Delta State, and Belhaven will have to re-imagine what their sports calendars will look like as they adjust plans to potentially play fall sports in the spring. Aaron Pelch is the Athletic Director of Millsaps College, a NCAA D-3 school. He says schools are awaiting guidance from the NCAA regarding what possibilities exist for fall sports. He shares his plans and reaction to the decision with us. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Governor announces the ReSkill Mississippi campaign, and speaks out about a lawsuit from legislative leaders over his July vetoes.Then, in an excerpt from our AT ISSUE special, Dr. Thomas Dobbs gets candid about school openings in Mississippi.Plus, in our Book Club, a young teenager accidentally finds himself in the midst of the civil rights movement and takes up the cause despite arrest after arrest after arrest.Segment 1:In early July, on the heels of the historic flag bill, an outbreak occurred in the capital that resulted in at least 40 capitol personnel contracting COVID-19. Now, after a month-long hiatus, the legislature wants to return to address CARES Act needs and deal with a number of vetoes the Governor made last month. In addition, legislative leaders are planning to file suit over the vetoes including the controversial education budget bill veto - questioning their constitutionality. Reeves, in return, questions the leaders' motives.To address the economic challenges of the pandemic, Reeves is also launching a new workforce program to address skills training. Reeves says the Re-Skill Mississippi initiative will help those out of work find new avenues to financial stability. Patrick Sullivan leads the State Workforce Investment Board. He says the Re-Skill brand will be one Mississippians will quickly recognize.Segment 2:The question of when and how to return to school is a question many communities are grappling with during this unsure period of high virus transmission. Despite only issuing a limited order to delay the start of class for 7th through 12th grade students in 8 counties, Governor Reeves says, if he were leading a local school district, he would delay. In a special edition of @ISSUE, State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs talked one-on-one with our Desare Frazier about how the state is faring with coronavirus crisis and what it means for schools. Segment 3:In May, 1961, Hezekiah Watkins was thirteen years-old. He and a friend, curious about buses of freedom riders arriving in Jackson, went down to the bus station to see what it was all about. In a matter of minutes Watkins was under arrest and sent to the state penitentiary at Parchman. It was the inauspicious start to activism as we learn in Watkins' book, "Pushing Forward." See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
After a month of only targeting specific counties, the Governor issues a state wide mask mandate.Then, with more than 40 districts set to start classes this week, state officials set guidelines for schools.Plus, after a Southern Remedy Health Minute, how an all-woman research lab is helping understand COVID-19.Segment 1:Mississippi is now under a statewide mask mandate and all residents are required to wear masks when in public for the next two weeks. Governor Tate Reeves issued a statewide mask mandate yesterday following weeks of targeted county orders. Reeves says he believes that approach was effective, paving the way for the statewide order.The mandate comes as the state puts its worst month of the cornavirus pandemic in its rear view mirror. Cases of COVID-19 more than doubled in July and hospitalizations and ICU utilization rose to its highest levels. State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs says the best way to mitigate transmission of the virus is for everyone to "chill out".Segment 2:As Mississippi closes in on leading the nation in coronavirus cases per capita, the governorannounces he’s ordering schools in eight counties to delay reopening. Governor Tate Reeves issued an executive order requiring students in 7th thru 12th grade in eight counties he calls hotspots to delay opening until at least Monday, August 17. The counties are Bolivar, Coahoma, Forrest, Hinds, George, Panola, Sunflower and Washington. Reeves says a majority of school districts do not plan to begin classes until next week or later. He points to this as fact as part of his reasoning to only issue targeted delays. Segment 3:Southern Remedy Health MinuteSegment 4:Scientific research is not widely recognized as a women's game. Only 30 percent of the world’s science researchers are women, while in the U.S. the figure is only 28 percent for those in science and engineering: two of the four pieces that add up to the education curriculum known as STEM. But in a lab at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the percentage is 100: six out of six, including three women who are African American – another rarity. We speak with lab director Dr. Tanya Robinson and principal investigator Dr. Sarah Glover. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Studies in Global Health from Harvard reveal an alarming trend in Mississippi’s COVID-19 test positivity rate.Then, on the day the Governor is set to announce an executive order on schools, we talk to the superintendent of one district that has faced the challenges of school openings.Plus, mysterious packages of seeds are showing up unsolicited in mailboxes across the country. The state’s Ag Commissioner shares what residents should do if they receive any.Segment 1:Health experts say Mississippi is leading the nation in positive test rate for COVID-19, and is second in cases per capita. 22 percent of coronavirus tests in Mississippi come back positive, and the state is on track to surpass Florida in cases per capita. Dr. Ashish Jha is a Professor of Global Health at Harvard University. He says he's been tracking the coronavirus throughout the nation, and tell's our Kobee Vance, Mississippi's growing positivity rates are alarming.Segment 2:When school started in Corinth last week, much of the education community honed its sights on the northeast Mississippi city. After one week of on-campus classes, the district is reporting two incidents of positive cases involving three high school students. Dr. Lee Childress is the Superintendent of Corinth School District. He shares more about his district's approach to on-campus learning with our Michael Guidry.Segment 3:Mysterious packages containing an assortment of seeds are showing up, unsolicited, in mailboxes across the country. They are believed to be part of what's known as a "brushing scam" where people receive unsought items from a seller who then posts false customer reviews to boost sales. That scam can involve many different random products, but, as Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson tells us, foreign seeds could be an environmental threat. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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