WBEZ | Mississippi http://www.wbez.org/tags/mississippi Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Illinois drinking water supplier deals with low river http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-drinking-water-supplier-deals-low-river-104134 <p><p>EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill.&nbsp; &mdash; The utility that supplies drinking water to more than 250,000 residents in southwestern Illinois is taking emergency measures due to the low level of the Mississippi River.</p><p>The Belleville News-Democrat <a href="http://bit.ly/Uw7gBt" target="_blank">reports</a> that officials with Illinois American Water say the measures are needed so that the water supply doesn&#39;t dry up for communities in Madison and St. Clair counties.</p><p>Spokeswoman Karen Cotton says Illinois American Water is investing about $400,000 at the East St. Louis water treatment plant. She says that will allow access to water at a much deeper level of the Mississippi River than the utility&#39;s usual intakes can reach.</p><p>Cotton says company officials believe the move will keep water flowing to customers even if the drought-stricken Mississippi River drops to record-setting low water levels.</p></p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 10:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-drinking-water-supplier-deals-low-river-104134 Severe weather damages blues label Malaco Records http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-25/severe-weather-damages-blues-label-malaco-records-85635 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-25/Malaco AP Vickie D. King.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>April has brought more than just showers. In fact some local spring weather has been downright violent. A string of tornadoes in Midwest and Southern states left at least 45 dead and property destroyed.<br> <br> One of the buildings that took a big hit was <a href="http://www.malaco.com/Catalog/list.php" target="_blank">Malaco Records</a>. The label is located in Jackson, Mississippi, but it has deep connections to Chicago. Many local blues artists found a home there.<br> <br> To find out more, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> heard from local record store owner <a href="http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/biography.asp?bioindex=1677&amp;category=Businessmakers&amp;occupation=Record%20Store%20Owner&amp;name=George%20Daniels" target="_blank">George Daniels</a>, who distributed some of Malaco’s titles in Chicago. Daniels told WBEZ’s Richard Steele about limited opportunities for black artists to sell their music.</p><p>Steele also talked to someone personally affected by the destruction of Malaco. Musician <a href="http://www.malaco.com/Catalog/Blues-R-B/Stan-Mosley/list.php" target="_blank">Stan Mosley</a> released several albums on the label, and he told Richard what happened to his recordings.</p></p> Mon, 25 Apr 2011 13:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-25/severe-weather-damages-blues-label-malaco-records-85635 Mississippi's Scott Sisters Released http://www.wbez.org/story/around-nation/mississippis-scott-sisters-released <p><p>The Scott sisters, whose case became a national cause for civil rights activists, were released from a Mississippi prison this morning, the Associated Press reports.</p><p>As <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2010/12/30/132477213/barbour-was-moving-on-sisters-case-before-controversial-comments" target="_blank">we said last month</a>, Jamie and Gladys Scott had been incarcerated since 1994 for their roles in an armed robbery that their supporters say netted $11. Civil rights activists took up their cause, and Republican Gov. Haley Barbour decided in December to release them. One condition: That 35-year-old Gladys follow through on her offer to donate a kidney (provided that doctors say it's safe for her to do so) to 38-year-old Jamie, who needs regular dialysis.ed on the condition that one donates a kidney to the other have been released from a Mississippi prison.</p><p>Mississippi's <em>Clarion Ledger </em>has <a href="http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011101070337" target="_blank">much more on the sisters' case</a>. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1294412535?&gn=Mississippi%27s+Scott+Sisters+Released&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Mississippi,Gov.+Haley+Barbour,Scott+sisters,National+News,The+Two-Way,Around+the+Nation,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=132733288&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110107&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Fri, 07 Jan 2011 08:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/around-nation/mississippis-scott-sisters-released