States of the Union: Mississippi

Mississippi has the second highest unemployment rate in the country and the lowest median income. We find out how the national economic downturn is affecting the Magnolia State as it continues to recover from Hurricane Katrina. Also: we look to the state’s March 11 primary, and the special election in November to fill retired Senator Trent Lott’s seat. Sid Salter is a Perspective Editor for the Jackson, MS Clarion Ledger.

States of the Union fact of the week: Mississippi was the last state to repeal prohibition in 1966, and this is the state that gave us William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams and quite a few other hard-drinking writers.