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WCBI NEWS AT TEN - March 28, 2019
WCBI NEWS AT TEN - March 28, 2019
WCBI NEWS AT TEN - March 28, 2019

Thanks for staying up with us tonight..

The mississippi legislature is giving the go- ahead for a teacher pay raise.

Both the senate and house approved a 1,500 dollar raise today.

If you've been following this teacher pay bill, you know it's had a few different versions.

The senate version was 1,000 dollars over two years and the house was 4,000 over two years.

Here's how they arrived at this new amount.

The teacher pay raise amount is more than what leaders first said was feasible.

So, where'd they find more money?

"we thought just the 1,000 dollar pay raise was going to be a little over 50 million dollars.

And there was a little calculation error that there was some federally paid teachers that had been included in that.

And so they were able to pull 12-13 million out of there.

And so we more or less instantly said, well with the money we have, what kind of pay raise would that generate?"

That's what led to the 1,500 dollar amount that the senate took up first thing thursday.

Some of the debate was familiar.

"it's not funny.

Is it some legislative joke you all are pulling on the teachers?"

But the attempts to raise the amount in the senate---- "can you tell me what area we might cut?"

Fell short and they ultimately passed the bill.

In the house---the education chairman was frank on his thoughts about the raise amount.

"we came to a compromise as to what we could handle, what we could do for the teachers and the assistants.

It's not where we want to be.

It's what we can do."

The democrats' push for more was more specific in the senate.

"direct our chairman to tell the senate that the house took a firm position in favor of a real and significant teacher pay raise this year at 4,000 dollars implemented over two years.

We can do this folks."

That motion failed and the 1,500 dollar raised passed.

But education advocates--- "are angry and we are disappointed.

1500 dollars does not prove the value.

Does not get us near to that southeastern average."

Now, they're asking educators to speak up in the form of their votes in the upcoming statewide election.

Courtney ann jackson wcbi news the bill now goes to the governor ..

If it passes it takes effect july first..

Getting a raise has been a battle that teachers have been fighting for the past several years our quentin smith joins us live in the studio with reaction from an area teacher about the raise that was approved today.

Scott... one school teacher tells me they were in desperate need of a pay raise..

In fact, she says often times.... teachers have to spend their own money to buy supplies for their classrooms due to the lack of state funding..

However, with this new pay raise... although she's thankful for the extra dollars... she believes teachers still deserve more money... for autumn bankhead... teaching is in her dna... her mom taught in the okolona school district... now she's following in her footsteps... " i love the impact that we have on students, sometimes personal, but mostly academic, always looking for the end goal, when will they become in the future."

Educating her students and guiding them down the right path is what this fifth grade math teacher enjoys.... however, what she doesn't enjoy, is the lack of funding teachers in mississippi have been receiving.... "many of us teachers believe we are the lowest paid educators.

Many teachers have to work multiple jobs just to make ends meet."

State leaders are trying to change that with this recent pay raise.

Lawmakers have agreed to give teachers a $1500 pay raise.

That's roughly an extra $125 a month ... before taxes.

Bankhead says she's grateful to see the pay increase, however she would've liked to have seen that amount go higher..

" $1000, that's not enough.

$40, that's a start.

$1500, well not enough but it will help and maybe they can come back next year and try again."

Bankhead says teachers don't have enough support from state legislators..... which she believes is the main reason they're constantly fighting year after year to receive more funding.

" a lot of people who finish school here, they will go elsewhere because there is more money.

You can cross state lines and make $10,000 or more than what you would receive in mississippi, so it's hard to keep someone in mississippi knowing that the pay is so low.."

The elementary teacher admits, at times... it can be tough being a teacher in mississippi due to the lower pay and lack of support..

But, she's optimistic that this new pay raise will now spark a change.

" our students in mississippi do have a need and they have a desire to learn, and we have a passion to teach them, so for that reason it is hard but it's worth it."

The pay raises are only for this upcoming school year... the bill also allows for assistant teachers to receive a 15 hundred dollar pay raise as well.... an abortion- rights group, is asking a federal judge to block a mississippi law bans most abortions, once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

Today the center for reproductive rights, expanded a lawsuit it filed last year challenging a mississippi law that banned abortions after 15 weeks' pregnancy.

A federal judge declared that law unconstitutiona l.

Governor phil bryant, signed the heartbeat bill, march 21st.

It's set to become law july 1st.

It's one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation.

Take new at 10 stinger a memphis man will spend ten years in federal prison for firing a gun inside the lyric theater in oxford.

Desmond bowen fired the shot after a fight broke out on double decker weekend last april.

Prosecutors say the bullet hit the underside of a balcony, ricocheted and hit a person.

A shell casing was found at the scene.

There was also video showing bowen shooting a gun.

Bowen was convicted of being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition.

Three people are facing charges after they're accused of trying to sneak drugs into the lee county jail.

Samuel lee, and kimberly johnson of tupelo and randall randall payne of booneville are all d with conspiracy to furnish contraband to a prisoner.

It's not known what the substance was but it was found by a corrections officer before it could be delivered.

The charges will be presented to a lee county grand jury.

First look stinger first look thursday night: mainly clear and quite.

Not as cool with lows in the upper 40s to around 50.

Southerly winds continue between 2 and 7 mph.

Friday: variably cloudy skies are expected with highs staying well into the 70s.

Southerly winds between 5 and 15 mph remain in place.

Friday night: additional cloud cover builds in.

Lows should be in the mid to upper 50s.

Take vo in monitor working to meet the needs of lowndes county storm victims is the purpose of a new committee.

It met for the first time today.

The long term recovery group is focusing on housing.

Faith-based groups, volunteer agencies, and community members are joining forces to help.

Our jory tally has more..

Flooding and the february 23rd tornado impacted 273 homes and businesses across lowndes county.

A little over a month later, the scars of the storms are still be seen across the area.

Dozens of victims are also still trying to figure out where they will be living six months from now.

That's what the long-term recovery committee is working to help change.

"this committee is going to help guide others for resources for helping rebuild all of these kind of things, but it takes a community to do that and not just one individual and not a government agency, it takes the community."

"we are looking and recruiting for people that want to be a part of something that's going to be a long term commitment, so this is not going to be one of those groups that you're going to be able to join and finish in a month and you're done with this.

We're looking for a long-term commitment, so that we can reach every member in the community that was affected, if they need some unmet needs."

Damage on a carport, shingles blown off roofs of homes that don't have the insurance to get that completely taken care of...these are the types of unmet needs the committee wants to help meet.

"the unmet needs just kind of depends on the individual.

I have individuals that lost their nebulizer, their cpap machine, and there's no one to replace that.

Unmet needs could be a variety and that's the reason why we're going to need case managers to actually go and see how we can be effective."

Out of the nearly 300 damaged structures, 31% of them were rental properties and 36% of storm victims didn't have insurance "it's going to be those that maybe you did not have the insurance, i'm sorry, maybe it', i've heard that some insurance lapped in between and you just need the assistance and you'd just be amazed at how many people were affected that did not have the insurance, maybe they were renting."

Tommy gillon is the minister of 55 plus ministries and disaster relief and missions at fairview baptist church.

He's helped reached unmet needs for storm victims all over the country.

Now, he says it's time for him to do that same thing at home.

"working in storms in the past for several years, as far away as orange, texas, houston, texas, and just recently down in florida.

You see the needs of the people and some of them just aren't getting any help and they need help and they're willing to do their part to get help and that's what i want to do.

It's just all about the people."

Take vo in monitor the group is looking for more people to get involved.

They're encouraging anyone interested to come to their next meeting on april 10th at 10 at the lowndes county emergency management agency.

Stinger around 50.

Southerly winds continue between 2 and 7 mph.

Friday: variably cloudy skies are expected with highs staying well into the 70s.

Southerly winds between 5 and 15 mph remain in place.

Friday night: additional cloud cover builds in.

Lows should be in the mid to upper 50s.

Saturday: another day with highs in the 70s is on track under partly to mostly cloudy skies.

A cold front will move in from the northwest during the afternoon and evening and it will give rise to a band of showers and storms. while we can't rule out a few gusty storms with some hail it still doesn't look like a widespread severe weather episode by any means.

We'll keep monitoring as we always do.

Rain potential with this system looks to be in the 1/4" to 3/4" range.

Saturday night: clouds and some showers may linger.

Temperatures cool into the 40s as winds become northerly.

Sunday: unseasonably cool upper 50s settle back in to the area.

Partly cloudy conditions should develop as the day wears on.

Lows in the mid 30s sunday night may once again support some frost around the region.

Next week: a disturbance may cross the northern gulf monday evening into tuesday.

At this point we're keeping just a small chance of rain going in our neck of the woods as the track of the system is not quite yet set.

It may rain, it may not.

Data are more consistent with a return around 50.

Southerly winds continue between 2 and 7 mph.

Friday: variably cloudy skies are expected with highs staying well into the 70s.

Southerly winds between 5 and 15 mph remain in place.

Friday night: additional cloud cover builds in.

Lows should be in the mid to upper 50s.

Saturday: another day with highs in the 70s is on track under partly to mostly cloudy skies.

A cold front will move in from the northwest during the afternoon and evening and it will give rise to a band of showers and storms. while we can't rule out a few gusty storms with some hail it still doesn't look like a widespread severe weather episode by any means.

We'll keep monitoring as we always do.

Rain potential with this system looks to be in the 1/4" to 3/4" range.

Saturday night: clouds and some showers may linger.

Dozens were living their best lives tonight at the kick off party for the 79th annual spring pilgrimage.

Live music by the band "just a few cats."

Shrimp and crawfish from hucks.

What better way to kick off two weeks of fun to take place in the friendly city.

We caught with one woman who made the trip from houston, texas just to be here.

"i drove eight and a half hours to come to this pilgrimage and i said we're going, i'm not goig to miss it.

We're going to spend three days and three nights and we're going to party."

The tour of homes will pick back up tomorrow.

There's carriage rides for 5- bucks.

Also saturday morning is the 6th annual pilgrimage 5-k.

Check out our website to see list of the tours.

Stinger hail state hoops makes the cross country trek to keep their championship hopes alive..

We check in on oregon, where it's still prime time when we come back... sinuses affect a lot of us in mississippi.

Especially right now during the spring.

Tonight doctors discuss recovery after a procedure to help clear out those sinus problems, in our health talk with baptist.

No script available m doctor steven smith recovery after balloon sinuplasty you should be able to goo home the same day as the procedure it is approved for children it opens the sinus without removing bones does not limit procedures shows good results good optiostinger preparation for the sweet sixteen is under way for mississippi state... a live report from the rip city, next in sports... preparing for sweet sixteens have become the norm for hailstate hoops vic schaefer and company getting to work in the city of roses....wcbi sports' courtney robb has more from a busy day of basketball with the dawgs " courtney: " welcome into the moda center in portland, oregan.

Normally the portland trailblazers are hitting the hardwood to get some reps in but this weekend its women basketball athletes because the sweet sixteen and the elite will be here for the ncaa tournament.

Mississippi state with their fourth consecutive trip back to the sweet sixteen and there was lots of uncertainty of how this bulldog team was going to be losing four starters with two transfers coming in and then in january chloe bibby going down with that terrible injury and would be out for the remainder of the season.

Someone big whos stepped into bibby's place has been andra espinoza hunter.

Shes been huge for mississippi state from beyond the arc.

Definitely something they needed not only after losing bibby but blair schaefer as well.

" just like last year, we had blair on the wing.

I would find her in certain spots.

Andy is the same way.

She can knock it down.

When she's hot, she's hot.

Just being able to have her on the wing being able to knock down shots is good for our team, and we need that" "my teammates and coaches confidence in me helps my confidence in myself so you know when theyre telling me to shoot the ball and they feel like i'm hot that's when im going and feel good."

"she really just stepped into the role so easily and she's really been that outside threat that we've needed and i think she's continued to work on her game and she's really stepped up on defense and she's really been that player to go to hit those big shots when everyone's collapsing on teaira and anriel because they're so good and we need someone like that out there."

And espinoza hunter currently shooting about 42% from downtown.

We can expect the three point shot to be a huge factor in that game on friday against the sun devils because the sun devils will probably attack anriel howard and teaira mccowan inside the paint and head coach vic schaefer saying in each of their games that theyve had these big blowout wins hes seen some kind of run at some point in the game and i think the three point shot would be perfect for that.

Thats it for me here a at the moda center.

Courtney robb wcbi sports send it back to you in columbus."

Big time baseball in starkville...bulld ogs taking on lsu trouble for ethan small early....daniel cabrera gets a hold of a pitch up in the zone...two run homer gives lsu the lead.....small would settle in the lead.....small would settle in and strike out 10 wouldn't be long for an answer...bottom third...justin foscue stays scalding hot....crushes one towards the lofts in left....three run home run gives msu the lead msu up 4-2 in the fifth....elijah macnamee tattoos one right along the right field line......tailing.....it 's gone......homer would be reviewed, and confirmed...paul manieri not a fan wouldn't matter, very next batter.....foscue again......sends one out to the grills.....6-2 mississippi state the magic mustache in to stave off an lsu run......but its dustin skelton who calls game.....throws out a runner trying to steal second...that's ballgame bulldogs win 6- 5......take game one of the series fans in fulton would see an incredible softball matchup between hometown itawamba ahs and visiting rival pontotoc..

The lady warriors were up 2-0 in the top of the 3rd when sky vaughn skied one over the centerfield fence for a hr 3- nothing pontotoc... itawamba ahs taking the lead in the bottom of the 4th as kaylee owens rips one to left field...three runs score and she winds up at second with a double and the lady indians led 4-3....they added another run to make it 5-3 after four... in the 5th they padded their lead as maggie collum hits a two run homer to left and they led 7-3... the lady warriors wouldn't quit....in the 6th abigail anderson with the solo shot to cut it to 7-4.... top 7th....pontotoc scored two to make it a 7-6 itawamba lead and two out....gabby golden lofts one into short right field but thursday night softball in houston as the hilltoppers take on nettleton bottom of the 2nd, 0 outs, runners at 2nd n 3rd.

Anna claire hams pitching, and pj cooper at bat knocks this one by 2nd base.

That's gonna bring in 2 more runs for houston.

Cooper has a single.

They go up 3-0.

Same inning, megan baldwin at bat hits one to left field.

That'll be a single but the tigers would get out

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