WCBI News at Ten - Thursday, December 19th, 2019
WCBI NEWS AT TEN - DECEMBER 6, 2019
Thanks for joining us tonight the fbi has taken the lead role in the investigation of a shooting at naval air station pensacola.
Front and center for investigators-- was this an act of terrorism?
Cbs's jeff pegues has more.
Tonight - fbi agents are scouring the shooting scene - collecting evidence and digging into the background of the alleged shooter.... saudi pilot- mohammed saeed ashamrani...one of several hundred foreign pilots training at pensacola.
He was in the aviation pipeline.
We'll just say he was training in aviation.
Investigators are trying to determine how a foreign national obtained a hand gun, which is prohibited by law, and carried it onto the base.
According to the middle east media research institute, someone matching the shooter's identity had an extensive online footprint.
In a twitter post, the writer says : "o american people - i hate you because every day you supporting funding and committing crimes not only against muslims but against humanity."
I think there's obviously going to be a lot of questions about this individual being a foreign national, being a member of the saudi air force.
And then to be here training on our soil and then to do this.
Investigators are looking for any hint of radicalization tracing back to his upbringing in saudi arabia.
King salman of saudi arabia called president trump after the shooting.
The king said that the saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter, and that this person in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the saudi people who love the american people.
In 2009 u.s. army major nidal hasan turned on his fellow soldiers at fort hood -- killing 13 people.
He had been inspired by radical u.s. born muslim cleric anwar al-awlaki.
Tag: the department of defense tells us that the u.s. embassy in saudi arabia vetted him to see if there were any ties to terrorist organizations.
And so now, investigators will be looking back at that process to see if they missed anything.
And by the way, there are about 5,000 foreign national in similar department of defense programs right now, and about 900 of those are from saudi arabia.
Jeff pegues, cbs news, washington.
Take new at 10 stinger a tupelo doctor is the latest to be accused of improperly billing medicaid for a joint pain relief drug he never gave patients.
According to court records, doctor george hammitt the third and his practice - pain management clinic,received over 150 thousand dollars for supposedly using the drug áhi - al - gin to treat pain in his patients between 2008 and 20-17.
U.s, attorneys say hamitt was actually using a compounded drug being marketed as hi- al-gin and he never told his patients they were not receiving the actual brand name.
He is accused of fraud he turned in claims for payment saying he had used the name brand.
Wipe to vo 16 mississippi counties, including 6 in north mississippi, will be eligible for federal money to help clean up after storms in october.
President donald trump has approved a disaster declaration for areas hit by severe storms, straight line winds, and flooding on october 26th.
Counties in our area include: alcorn, itawamba, lee, pontotoc, prentiss, and tippah.
This disaster declaration covers public assistance only, and will provide reimbursement to state and local governments, and some non- profit organizations for costs associated with storm clean-up.
This declaration does not provide for personal assistance to individuals and home owners affected by the storms. it's been almost 2 weeks since scratch-off lottery tickets hit the counters at stores across mississippi.
Sales were reported to be 2.5 million on the first day alone, and reached over 8 point 9 million in week one..
Our stephanie poole has more on what's looking like a successful launch..
These 4 tickets have been winners.
In just 12 days, they've brought in millions of dollars ... to the state of mississippi.
Store owner yasser jabar says the lines of jackpot seekers have been stretching out the doors.
" first week and a half it was extremely busy now it kind of slowed down everything became normal but sales are still good a-lot of people still buying and hoping they get the big jackpot."
Jabar says the extra business is like hitting the jackpot himself.
" sales have been going real good.
I mean a-lot of different people have been coming in especially from alabama.
90- percent of our customers that play the lottery comes from alabama like from vernon or that side of town."
State leaders are taking notice of the numbers too.
Even though mississippi governor phil bryant supported the lottery, he has been surprised by the fast start.
" it passed all expectations, the sales have been remarkable about 7 million dollars in sales."
Bryant says money from the lottery will help fund infrastructure around the state.
" we'll have 2.2 million dollars for our roads and bridges in the state of mississippi.
This s out pacing ,so i hear ,all of our competitors and we're just now getting to the point where we'll grow into the powerball which will be a whole new level."
In the meantime jabar hopes more customers will come to his store testing their chances to win.
" we have a-lot of winners, you know, in the 5-6 hundreds.
Think we had a couple 2- thousand dollar winners."
Four more scratch-off games will be available to play on december 10th.
More job are coming to north mississippi.
Ashley furniture is expanding their distribution center in ecru.
The 25 million dollar investment will add over 400 thousand square feet and about 100 new jobs to the existing facility..
The current truck shop will be moved to a new location.
Ashley founder and chairman ron wanek says he is pleased with the direction the company is going.
" for 50 years we've growing ashley and we're very proud of it.
Very proud of the design and quality,price, and the products that we supply to the u.s consumers and worldwide consumers.
For the last 25 years there's been a lot of change on this site but it's growing and it's great."
Wanek says the expansion will be completed in 2020.
First look stinger first look clouds will linger through the weekend with the chance of some patchy drizzle.
Better chances for rain will return to the forecast for monday and tuesday before another shot of cold air rushes in.
Friday night: temperatures fall into the mid to upper 40s some patchy fog or drizzle.
Skies will remain mostly cloudy with winds out of the north.
Saturday-sunday: skies will remain mostly cloudy through the weekend with highs in the upper 50s to near 60.
An isolated sprinkle is possible, but most of us will remain dry.
Monday: there is still some uncertainty with the forecast for early next week, but it looks like showers and a a week ago today kicked off the official start of the holiday shopping season.
The hustle and bustle is sure to bring a lot more foot traffic to area shopping centers.
With more shoppers will come increased patrols from the columbus police department.
Police chief fred shelton says they also plan to set up the department's mobile command center at some of the high traffic retail areas.
Centred up you're never too old to be active.
The columbus recreation department is giving seniors an opportunity to live their lives to the fullest.
Rylie livingston takes a look at how these programs keep them moving.
For anne balthazar it's a typical friday morning... getting up early and meeting up with her friends for exercise class.
"it's a good way to start my day."
But it's not your typical class... this one is targeted toward seniors.
It's a chance for them to get up - get out - and be active.
"it works... it helps me with my blood pressure, and it makes it possible for me to deal with my grandchildren keeps me physically fit."
"a body in motion stays in motion.
So i encourage people to come out and get off those sofas and enjoy yourself exercising."
But that's just one of the activities the columbus recreation department offers to seniors.
"they've are going to do anything from crocheting to actually quilting making pillows, making flowers i mean whatever craft, they can come up with.
That's what they'll do and some of the seniors.
They just want to come and watch the young and the restless but that's, that's part of the program we provide them with a tv and they come and sit down and do their thing."
Many start with the exercise classes then spread out into other interest groups.
"we have our bible study on tuesdays and thursdays, that spiritual best to take care of the spiritual part because i need that too."
But the organized activities are only part of the appeal.
For many it's the interaction between and after the classes that keeps them coming.
"we do our fellowship, which we everybody brings a dish and we sit down and we fellowship, that's also good.
You know, because you get to find out about other people things that they're going to sometimes you don't realize, people may be going through the same thing you're going through" " sometimes we talk our problems out, and we help one another, you know, deal with different situations.
And it's just good for me, you know, to let things out" all the senior programs are free and happen at the east columbus gym, sandfield community center, townsend center, and sim scott park once it is repaired.
Stinger wx open sunny, drier, and cooler weather will continue for the 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 stinger a north mississippi girl is helping make christmas better áone step at a timeá..
We meet her when we come back..
A tupelo seventh grader is helping collect boots and winter shoes for children of deployed service members.
Hannah donnelson has partnered with the family resource center and shoe carnival for a fundraiser called "boots on the ground.'
Customers at shoe carnival can purchase a pair of boots, and get a second pair for sixty percent off, gifting the second pair to kids with deployed service members.
Donnelson says she came up with the idea because of a family member who is serving the country.
"i thought about my family member and their son and he is deployed now in iraq and he never gets to see his father for christmas, i thought , i should do boots for him and i decided to do for all the kids."
Donnelson will give the boots to the children saturday at shoe carnival.
She has a non profit called "child on a mission."
Wipe to vo santa is getting a little help in lamar county.
Community members were invited in to the lamar county department of human resources to see just how generous friends of the santa claus project have been this year.
These toys allow community members to share the holiday spirit with families who may need a little extra help.
Director randy shelton says that adds up to more than 70 families, 145 children and 760 gifts.
"the community is extremely positive we have good people here in lamar county who are aware that others need help and the community is extremely supportive of our efforts and we are fortunate here.
" if you need help, you can apply through the 23rd of december.
The santa claus project is financed by lamar aid to people and put together by the lamar county department of human resources staff and volunteers.
Wipe to vo downtown columbus was packed tonight for the annual wassail fest// from five to eight this evening hundreds of people hit local shops for deals and drinks// it's been a packed christmas fun filled week with the parade kicking things off monday.
The tree lighting last night then of course tonights wassail fest.
We don't know which businesses won just yet.
Also, if you participated, your name could be drawn for some fun door prizes.
Stinger state championship action going on down in hattiesburg...we find out who keeps and who is newly crowned state title winners when we come back spx the final weekend of the high school football season... one more chance for team's to bring home a gold ball... the 1a state title...nanih waiya vs lumberton...with the chance for the warriors to go back to back first play from scrimmage....mr football robert henry.....shows off the jets....60 yard touchdown....lum berton up 6-0 in a blink, misses the extra point nanih waiya answers....4th down.....q-b donovan turner looking, heaves a jump ball....wr tylan glass with an insane grab....grown man touchdown, warriors lead 7-6 4th down try for the panthers....henry tries to go outside, but he's stuffed by the warriors defense... nanih waiya makes lumberton pay......rb shia moore bulldozes his way into the endzone.....14-6 nanih waiya leads heading into half 2nd half.
Warriors ball in the redzone.
Turner hands it off to rb austin sanders who follows his block into the endzone!!
Warriors take a 21-6 lead.
Henry drops back, scrambles and throws but is picked off by moore with the diving grab!!!
Making plays on both sides of the ball.
The next possession.
Moore takes the handoff and cruises into the endzone for another td!!
Warriors go up 28-6.
Nanih waiya goes onto win another state title!!
Back to back championships for the folks in nanih waiya as they get the of our kids.
It's about the kid.
It's all because of them."
Donovan turner: "the work we put in during the summer and everything got us to this point and we came out with the win."
Moore: "everybody doubted us.
We just work hard every year and every day we got better."
Devean turner: "being able to prove everybody wrong that said we weren't going to be able to do it.
We just stuck together the whole season look at us now."
Tylan glass: "i told you at the beginning you know, we're the kings and people try to knock us off of our throne.
Look, we're back and we've done it again.:" the night cap, oxford taking on oak grove for the 6a state championship... trouble for oak grove early....qb damon stewart on the keeper, linebacker tristan shorter on the hit, fumble, hot potato, eventually the chargers fall on it in good position the chargers come out swinging....qb john meagher quick pass touchdown to tight end clay cromwell but wait......called back for illegal shift, chargers have to settle for 3 it'd be a backbreaker for oxford oak grove answers right away, stewart to wr tavion smith 25 yards for the touchdown....wa rriors take a 7-3 lead warriors start to pour it on....rb nick milsap escapes, breaks free.....54 yard gain.
Warriors in business.... rb eugene newell punches it in for the touchdown....14-3 oak grove leads right before halftime....oak grove pull the philly special on oxford on 4th down, safety quintin sterling to stewart for the touchdown.....21-3 heading into halftime oxford ball to start the 2nd half.
Mar drops back and finds a wide open j.j.
Mar drops back and finds a wide open j.j.
Pegues streaking down the middle of the field.
He breaks a tackle and runs it into the endzone!!
They trail 21-10 next charger possession.
Mar fakes one way and cuts back left, makes a man miss and scores a td making it a 21-16 game.
Oxford defeats oak grove 31-21... for the first time in school history...the oxford chargers are state champions cutcliffe: "ill be honest it wasn't anything out of the ordinary we just said this is what we do we don't back down when were faced with adversity we keep going and that's what we do."
Meagher: "ever since the 7th grade this incredible group of seniors, our one goal has been to bring home a state championship.
Man it took all of us and we did it."
Pegues: "we've been counted out all year.
They've said were too little, too short, too small and not fast enough but we showed them tonight."
Still to come..
Chief meteorologist keith gibson returns with tonights last