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Goodbye, Gestalt Gardener? Cuts threaten more than NPR

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/2/2017 By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press
In this March 22, 2017 photograph,"Gestalt Gardener," horticulturalist Felder Rushing stands in the midst of his wildflower and herb garden at his Jackson, Miss., home. The "Gestalt Gardner" program is one of Mississippi Public President Donald Trump’s proposal to erase federal support for public broadcasting would reach far into rural America. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) © The Associated Press In this March 22, 2017 photograph,"Gestalt Gardener," horticulturalist Felder Rushing stands in the midst of his wildflower and herb garden at his Jackson, Miss., home. The "Gestalt Gardner" program is one of Mississippi Public President Donald Trump’s proposal to erase federal support for public broadcasting would reach far into rural America. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

BELZONI, Miss. (AP) — President Donald Trump's proposal to erase federal support for public broadcasting would reach far into rural America.

In this March 21, 2017 photo, Dr. Susan Buttross, a physician who does a call-in radio show on Mississippi Public Radio, responds to a listener's question from the Jackson, Miss., studios. President Trump and others have suggested that future federal budgets would eliminate support for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which helps pay for national and locally produced shows that are part of the Mississippi Public Broadcasting programing. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) © The Associated Press In this March 21, 2017 photo, Dr. Susan Buttross, a physician who does a call-in radio show on Mississippi Public Radio, responds to a listener's question from the Jackson, Miss., studios. President Trump and others have suggested that future federal budgets would eliminate support for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which helps pay for national and locally produced shows that are part of the Mississippi Public Broadcasting programing. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Some conservatives like the idea of cutting money for public radio and TV, criticizing it as a bastion of liberal politics. But cuts wouldn't be isolated to Washington or National Public Radio.

In this March 22, 2017 photo, 4- and 5-year-olds at the Agape Educational Center in Canton, Miss., learn words that start with R and concepts like opposites; over/under, tall/short, do/don't; by using "Between the Lions," a TV show that was produced at Mississippi Public Broadcasting. President Donald Trump’s proposal to erase federal support for public broadcasting would reach far into rural America. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) © The Associated Press In this March 22, 2017 photo, 4- and 5-year-olds at the Agape Educational Center in Canton, Miss., learn words that start with R and concepts like opposites; over/under, tall/short, do/don't; by using "Between the Lions," a TV show that was produced at Mississippi Public Broadcasting. President Donald Trump’s proposal to erase federal support for public broadcasting would reach far into rural America. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Congress last year put $445 million into CBP — the Corporation for Public Broadcasting — a relatively tiny slice of the $4 trillion federal budget.

In this March 22, 2017 photo, 4- and 5-year-olds at the Agape Educational Center in Canton, Miss., learn words that start with R and concepts like opposites; over/under, tall/short, do/don't; by using "Between the Lions," a TV show that was produced at Mississippi Public Broadcasting. President Donald Trump’s proposal to erase federal support for public broadcasting would reach far into rural America. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) © The Associated Press In this March 22, 2017 photo, 4- and 5-year-olds at the Agape Educational Center in Canton, Miss., learn words that start with R and concepts like opposites; over/under, tall/short, do/don't; by using "Between the Lions," a TV show that was produced at Mississippi Public Broadcasting. President Donald Trump’s proposal to erase federal support for public broadcasting would reach far into rural America. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Officials at Mississippi Public Broadcasting say they don't know what would be eliminated if federal support for CPB disappears. The statewide network produces call-in shows dealing with health, money matters, legal issues, pets and gardening. MPB has already has seen a decrease in state funding because of dwindling state tax collections.

In a Thursday, March 23, 2017 photo, Terry Waller, owner of The Lunch Basket, a Belzoni, Miss., restaurant, says that public television is important at his house, and recalls watching "Sesame Street" as he grew up. Waller's three chldren, ages 4, 5 and 8, also enjoy watching the children's programing on the Public Broadcasting Service. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) © The Associated Press In a Thursday, March 23, 2017 photo, Terry Waller, owner of The Lunch Basket, a Belzoni, Miss., restaurant, says that public television is important at his house, and recalls watching "Sesame Street" as he grew up. Waller's three chldren, ages 4, 5 and 8, also enjoy watching the children's programing on the Public Broadcasting Service. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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In a Thursday, March 23, 2017 photo, Minouche' the cat, left, looks around while his owner Gus Mohamed, a nurse from Belzoni, Miss., speaks about the 20-hours a week he commutes between his nursing jobs with only public radio as a constant companion. A Trump supporter, Mohamed is skeptical that the president's budget would eliminate support for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which helps pay for national and locally produced shows that are part of the Mississippi Public Broadcasting programing he is a fan of. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) © The Associated Press In a Thursday, March 23, 2017 photo, Minouche' the cat, left, looks around while his owner Gus Mohamed, a nurse from Belzoni, Miss., speaks about the 20-hours a week he commutes between his nursing jobs with only public radio as a constant companion. A Trump supporter, Mohamed is skeptical that the president's budget would eliminate support for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which helps pay for national and locally produced shows that are part of the Mississippi Public Broadcasting programing he is a fan of. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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In a Thursday, March 23, 2017 photo, Gus Mohamed, a nurse from Belzoni, Miss., speaks about the 20 hours a week he commutes between his nursing jobs with only public radio as a constant companion. A Trump supporter, Mohamed is skeptical that the president's budget would eliminate support for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which helps pay for national and locally produced shows that are part of the Mississippi Public Broadcasting programing he is a fan of. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

In a Thursday, March 23, 2017 photo, Gus Mohamed, a nurse from Belzoni, Miss., speaks about the 20 hours a week he commutes between his nursing jobs with only public radio as a constant companion. A Trump supporter, Mohamed is skeptical that the president's budget would eliminate support for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which helps pay for national and locally produced shows that are part of the Mississippi Public Broadcasting programing he is a fan of. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
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