Mississippians not in Starkville Thursday will have several ways to either see or hear the debate between incumbent Gov. Haley Barbour, Republican, and challenger John Arthur Eaves, Democrat.

The debate, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., will be broadcast live on Mississippi Public Broadcasting-TV, on MPB radio and through video streaming at www.mpbonline.org.

The one-hour debate will be held at Mississippi State University’s Lee Hall auditorium and is sponsored by the student Stennis-Montgomery Association, with assistance from the university’s John C. Stennis Institute of Government, Office of the President, and Mitchell Memorial Library’s Congressional and Political Research Center.

Questioning the candidates will be Bobby Harrison, Jackson-based reporter for the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal in Tupelo, and Aundrea Self, anchor and reporter for WCBI-TV in Columbus. Senior Lori Holland of Starkville, S-MA president, will serve as moderator.

MPB also is providing all candidates for state public office a ten-minute opportunity to share their platforms with Mississippians statewide through radio and television.

The MPB three-part special, Meet the Candidates, will air at 10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, Thursday, Nov. 1 and Friday, Nov. 2. The recordings will be archived on the MPB Web site. Those interested in listening to the interviews should log on to www.mpbonline.org, click on “News” and then “Local News On Demand.”

In a press release issued Monday, MPB Executive Director Marie Antoon said: “We at Mississippi Public Broadcasting take very seriously our role in providing fair and equal coverage of political issues affecting the citizens of our state. We’re pleased to provide this opportunity for Mississippians to hear each candidate’s stance on the issues affecting each of us.”

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