After days of controversy, a Mississippi judge moved Wednesday to block some last-minute pardons made by outgoing Gov. Haley Barbour. Barbour had issued pardons to more than 200 felons, 14 of them convicted killers. Margaret Warner discusses the reaction to the pardons with Daniel Cherry of Mississippi Public Broadcasting. Continue reading
The Mississippi River crested at 47.8 feet at Memphis on Tuesday, just short of the 1937 record. The waters have engulfed riverbanks in Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Mississippi, and Louisiana, prompting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to open floodgates, sending millions of gallons of water into Lake Pontchartrain. Continue reading
One Mississippi community is using stimulus money to bring mass transit to rural areas around the clock. Special correspondent Miles O’Brien of has our “Blueprint America” series report. Continue reading
Poet Natasha Trethewey’s latest book, “Beyond Katrina,” is a personal account of how the people of the Gulf Coast region, including her family, have lived with the threat and consequences of natural disasters for generations.
“Destroy This Memory” is a narrative photo series by Richard Misrach comprised of 69 color prints that showcases the graffiti messages scrawled by Katrina victims and rescue workers.
As First Lady Michelle Obama implements a national plan to end the U.S.’s childhood obesity epidemic, Betty Ann Bowser looks at the battle being waged in Mississippi against the fried foods that have become traditional staples in the state. Continue reading
In other news Monday, major cleanups were underway across the South after tornadoes ripped through the region, killing 10 people. Also, the company that owns a West Virginia coal mine where 29 miners died in an explosion defended itself from accusations of safety violations. Continue reading
Amid the G-20 and U.N. summits, former President Bill Clinton’s foundation brought together big names from both the private and public sectors to tackle major issues. Continue reading
For all the historic footers already added to this first presidential debate between Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama, the debate itself almost didn’t happen following Senator McCain’s decision two days prior the event, to suspend his campaign. Continue reading