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WCBI News at Ten - October 23, 2019

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WCBI News at Ten - October 23, 2019
WCBI News at Ten - October 23, 2019
WCBI News at Ten - October 23, 2019

Thanks for joining us tonight // dozens of people, city leaders, and first responders join together to remember kamille cupcake mckinney.

The three year old's remains were found yesterday inside a dumpster near the center point condo-miniums. that's also where suspects patrick stallworth and derick brown were arrested just days after the little girls disappearance// brown and stallworth now face kidnapping and capital murder charges// birmingham mayor randall woodfin asked every resident in birmingham to stand in solidarity for mckinney's family// "i know there is an overwhelming amount of sadness.

An overwhelming amount of pain, hurt, anger, real raw emotion that not only the people out here are facing but our entire community.

But most importantly, kamille affectionately known as cupcake's family is facing right now.

Assured that our hearts are very heavy today.

And today we stand here in hearts are very heavy today.

And today we stand here in here at home, a clay county woman is charged with child abuse and after the death of a six month- old child.

28-year-old courtney fitzgerald is in the clay county jail.

Her bond was set at one hundred thousand dollars.

Sheriff eddie scott says the death investigation revealed meth in the infant's system.

Other charges and arrests are expected.

More details about the case are expected to be released at a later time.

Sheriff eddie scott says that arrest is just the beginning of a growing problem... involving alleged drug use around children... which can have deadly side effects.... our rylie livingston went to clay county to find out more.

Clay county sheriff eddie scott says children being exposed to drugs.... sometimes even before they are born...is a growing problem.

"we are getting more proactive in going after these mothers.

Illegal grownups know we shouldn't be using drugs but when you intentionally endanger your unborn child, you know there's some statute law that protects that child, and it's our job to go out here and protect these children."

Scott says sometimes infants first come in contact with drugs in tb or from breast milk.

However, that's not the only exposure can happen.

"one of the main things that we've seen in the many cases we've work is actually exposure to the smoke.

Where they are smoking methamphetamine we've actually worked cases where small children had breathed this, and actually went into seizures and had to be airlifted."

When handling potential drug exposure cases, deputies can't do it alone.

"we work really close with the department of human services because a lot of times they are the first ones to get the call about some type of drug abuse.

So at that point, time is just coordination working with these individuals working with the doctors working with a district attorney's office working with a crime lab so you know it's not nothing that can be investigated and done overnight.

It takes a while to do this stuff."

But even with that team effort... they still face some challenges.

"a lot of times you know when you're dealing with children, especially in a home where that is drug use, it's hard sheriff scott says his department is working on several of these cases and expects more arrests in the future.

First look stinger first look summary: great fall weather will continue thursday.

This is good news for all of the high school football games that have been moved to thursday.

Heavy rain is possible friday into saturday with 2-4?

Or more possible.

There is also a small chance for a few strong to severe storms friday night into saturday depending how things develop.

Gfs model rain projections wednesday night: clear and cool.

Lows in the lower 40s with some upper 30s possible.

Thursday: mostly sunny to partly cloudy.

Highs in the low 70s with se winds 5-10 mph.

Plan on 50s for high school anchor mic hot the sister of a columbus councilman that passed away, officially takes his place.

Ethel taylor stewart was sworn-in as the new ward 1 councilwoman, this evening.

Her brother, long-time councilman gene taylor, passed away earlier this year.

She will now represent the same ward.

Taylor-stewart won a runoff between her and liz terry.

Getting that first job right out of college can be tough.

Employers often are looking for workers with experience, and that can be a challenge for college students or recent graduates.

Wcbi's allie martin shows us how a local community college is trying to help match students with possible future employers.

Like his fellow classmates , caleb melton would like to find a part time job that relates to his field of study at northeast mississippi community college.

"drafting, drafting major."

Melton, and other students, were able to talk with representatives from several local companies under one roof at 'interview day" for nemcc's tiger apprenticeship program.

"get in there, get your foot in the door, hand them a resume, look them in the eye, be able to talk with them, hopefully land a job."

"it would be great on my resume, i can tell you that, it could be great for future employers to know that i'm trustworthy in a job even in a school where there's going to be a lot of hectic scheduling, i can still get things done and have that work ethic while i'm busy."

The program also allows companies like new albany based vip seating to focus on future workforce needs.

"we're trying to design new product for vip, get new ideas for engineering and cad design, looking to expand our product overseas and domestically, trying to see if we have anyone at northeast who might be interested in our program and we feel like if we do it would be a win win for the college and our company."

Standup bridge companies hiring students through the tiger apprenticeship program will get reimbursed for up to half of the student's salary, as much as six thousand dollars each year.

"we also think it's a win for northeast because our instructors in various programs get to meet with these industry partners and they get to help us tailor our curriculum to make sure we're teaching students what they need to know."

After the interview sessions, some students were offered spots with companies in the apprenticeship program.

In booneville, allie martin, wcbi news.

A "signing day" will be held in the middle of november for those students who accept jobs through the tiger apprenticeship program.

Take vo off top a new mentoring program in the columbus city schools aims to put young men on the right path to a more successful future..

City and county officials joined columbus municipal school district superintendent dr. cherie labat at columbus middle school today to launch the program..

Lowndes county supervisor leroy brooks says focus areas will include building leadership, taking on responsibility and becoming positive models in society.

" i think is the beginning of a major mentoring effort to support dr. labat in a public school and to have his caliber of men in one room with children is historic."

" we want to show them the model ship how you can go on just to be successful, there's an alternative to crime."

Brooks says over the next couple of weeks, his board mentors will visit schools in the area.

Stinger end of the week now that the cold front has pushed through the area.

Rain chances slowly increase through the weekend and into early next week as our next cold front approaches.

Monday will be our best chance for showers and storms. wednesday night: cooler air will continue to move in overnight tonight with lows in the low to mid 40s.

Winds will be out of the north at 5-10 mph.

Thursday-friday: we'll see plenty of sun for the end of the week with highs in the upper 60s to low 70s.

A nice breeze out of the north will help to keep us comfortable through the day.

Morning lows will be in the 40s, so you may have to add an extra layer as you head out the door.

Saturday-sunday: temperatures will return to the mid to upper 70s for the weekend as a few showers slowly creep back into the area.

We'll keep rain chances lower for saturday, but there could be a few more showers on sunday as a cold front approaches.

Either way, the weekend overall will be pretty nice as many of us won't see rainfall and will see plenty of sunshine.

Monday: showers and storms will develop through the day and will likely last into the evening.

Some storms could produce heavy rain and gusty winds.

Temperatures will top out in the mid 70s by the afternoon hours.

Tuesday- wednesday: once the cold front passes, rain will exit and stinger we take a look behind some of the numbers in recent cases of vaping-related lung illnesses in mississippi when we we talk about it often....blood donation.

Every three seconds somewhere, someone is in need of blood.

We learn more in our health talk with baptist.

Hi, i'm sandy kilburn, medical technologist and blood bank supervisor at baptist memorial hospital golden triangle.

I want to talk to you some more about blood donation.

Here at baptist golden triangle, we transfuse an average of 215 units of red blood cells every month to an average of 92 patients.

Recipients include cancer patients, sickle cell anemia patients, patients with other types of anemia, surgery and trauma patients and premature or sick newborns.

As you can see, the need is great and a reduction in donor turnout can put the blood supply of our nation, our state and our hospital at a critically low level.

Donating blood is a safe process.

A sterile needle is used only once and then discarded.

Blood donation is a simple four-step process: registration, medical history/mini physical, donation and refreshments.

Every donor is given a mini physical checking the donor's temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin to ensure it is safe for the donor to give blood.

The actual blood donation typically takes less than ten to twelve minutes.

The average adult has about ten pints of blood in his body.

Roughly one pint of blood is given during the donation.

A healthy donor may donate red blood cells every didty-six days or double red cells every one hundred twelve days.

All donated blood is tested for hiv, hepatitis b and c, syphilis and other infectious diseases before it can be released to hospitals.

Join us next time for health talk with baptist, where we'll talk more about donating blood.

Mail your topic suggestions to health talk at wcbi dot com.

Health talk has been brought to you by baptist memorial hospital golden triangle.

Happening this friday vitalant is hosting a blood drive at the baptist outpatient pavilion conference center.

It'll be from 11-30 to 5-30.

All donors will get a free halloween t- shirt.

The mississippi state department of health releases numbers about vaping - related lung illness.

But you, our viewers, wanted more information.

Today, we got some answers.

State health official dr. paul byers tells us four of the seven people with vaping- related lung illness report using products containing t-h-c or c-b-d// those substances were either used exclusively or with nicotine products.

In the other three cases, patients reported using ?only?

Nicotine products.

The fda is doing more testing.

Byers says no link between the cases is identified, other than a reported history of e- cigarette or vaping usage.

Wipe to gfx an issue with a water well leads to a boil water notice for siloam water association customers.

The alert is for customers in the una community and those along highway 47 in clay county.

Customers are asked to boil their water for one minute until thursday evening.

Stinger the tip off to a new season of bulldogs basketball is right around the corner... more from mississippi state, next in sports..

Spx open men's basketball will be back inside the hump sunday for an exhibtion....as tipoff to the regular season is two weeks away mississippi state preparing to build off it's ncaa tournament appearance from a year ago the bulldogs will be lead by preseason first team all-sec forward reggie perry...coming off a summer where he won olympic gold with team usa ben howland says perry will be option one in the offense, and the bulldogs plan to use one of reggie's underrated skills to pour in points "we're definitely running more offense this year through reggie and i think i mentioned in the past is one of his best skills is his ability to pass ad create for others.

He does that quite well so it's something we want to continue to try to work on and get better at because it's a real strength for us."

"the frontline we just want to set the tempo of the game.

Every game.

I have a lot of faith in dj and iverson and i feel they're ready to play."

"we lost a lot of key players key guys so it's just time to step up and take those roles and places of the guys that left."

Nick weatherspoon will sit out the south alabama exhibition game after suffering a concussion.

Weatherspoon will miss the first 10 games of the regular season as continuation of his suspension rain is wreaking havoc once again on high school football...but the show must go on more than 25 games set to play tomorrow....but only one can be the game of the week that's right...a special edition thursday night game of the week...as voted on by you at home the winner is none other than the huge region 4-3a showdown between choctaw county and the noxubee county tigers two undefeated teams left in the division....this one could decide the champion there may not be a team hotter than choctaw county...winners of 5 straight, including a 38-0 blank of ripley....the chargers will rely on a fierce defense and devastating run game to take down noxubee county....the tigers defense one of the best in all of 3a....since 2008...the tigers have lost 2...count em 2....division games.....no one comes ready to play for the big lights like the tigers we'll be live from ackerman thursday as part of our endzone appetizer for week 10 the results....more than 1300 votes across twitter and facebook choctaw county- noxubee and east webster- eupora tied on twitter...facebo ok wins it for our game of the week big thanks to everyone who voted....we'll have highlights from all of these matchups coming up tomorrow our player of the week for week 10 has been making plays on the endzone for quite some time he took over our game of the week last friday....and showed out in possibly the game of the year starkville wide receiver rufus harvey brings home the honor after his a-1 performance friday night versus madison central.

Harvey had 2 thirds of altmyer's passing yards reeling in 8 catches for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns!!!

This is the 1st time this season mad central has given up a 100 yard receiver.

Harvey says he and the squad came into the matchup locked in looking for a dub.

"monday throughout all the week we had a good week of practice.

We knew we were going to come into the game facing the #1 team.

We had to go out and accomplish the goal we had.

It was a great matchup all across the board.

We had big plays that were needed to be made and we stepped up and made those plays.

My favorite play will be the deep ball.

I was glad when i caught it there."

Harvey says he models his game after none other than alabama receiver jerry jeudy.

Over in fulton, playoff soccer as the indians host mississippi gulf coast in the quarterfinals!

In the 14th minute, scoreless match, halle moore with the free kick and she drops it in right over the goalie's head to put the indians up 1-0.

Then in the 2nd half, bulldogs on the attack, gulf coast with the cross and the header but anna wesley driskell easily gets the save.

And the indians take care of business.

They get their 15th straight win by a final of 4-0 and move on to play at hinds in the conference semis saturday.

Still to come..

Chief meteorologist keith gibson returns with tonights last look.

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