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WCBI New at Ten - March 11, 2020
WCBI New at Ten - March 11, 2020
WCBI New at Ten - March 11, 2020

The coronavirus has officially come to mississippi.

Thank you for joining us tonight..

Tonight, the mississippi state department of health is reporting the state's first positive case of coronavirus or covid 19.

The health department does not report names, but does say that the patient is a man from forrest county, who recently travelled to florida.

He has voluntarily isolate himself at home to prevent further spread of the virus.

Final verification will have to come from the centers for disease control.

Dr. thomas dobbs, the state's health officer, is expected to announce updated guidelines and further information thursday morning.

President trump called for unity while addressing the nation from the oval office on his administration's new steps to control coronavirus outbreak in the u.s. the death toll in the u.s. climbed to at least 38 people, with over 1- thousand cases spread across about 40 states and the district of columbia.

Debra alfarone is at the white house with more.

President donald trump announced a 30-day suspension of travel from europe... to begin friday at midnight -- with an exception for the united kingdom.

"in taking early intense action, we have seen dramatically fewer of virus in the united states than are now present in europe."

The president also asked congress for an additional 50-billion-dollars in funding for small business loans....and says he will call on the irs to delay the april 15th tax deadline for certain businesses and individuals "i will alway put the well-being of america first."

Stocks plummeted ...after the world health organization changed its assessment of the outbreak.

"covid-19 can be characterized as a pandemic."

At a hearing on capitol hill, the nation's top expert on infectious diseases issued a dire warning to lawmakers.

"we will see more cases and things will get worse than they are right now."

"treasury secretary steven mnuchin and house speaker nancy pelosi have been meeting in person and over the phone to discuss common ground on a coronavirus stimulus package."

House democrats say they have legislation that will call for free testing, paid sick leave, expanded unemployment insurance, and snap increases.

They plan to bring it to a vote thursday.

Masschussetts "this is fundamentally what the american people need, and fundamentally what the american economy needs."

The capitol is expected to cancel public tours as entities around the u-s take steps to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.

Late wednesday, the n-c-a-a announced that only essential staff and limited family members will be allowed to attend march madness tournament games... debra alfarone, cbs news, the white house.

During that speech, president trump also addressed how the coronavirus pandemic will be handled from a treatment standpoint.

Earlier this week i met with the leaders of the insurance industry who have agreed to waive all copayments for coronavirus treatments, extend insurance coverage to these treatments and to prevent surprise medical billing.

We are cutting massive amounts of red tape to make anti viral therapies available in record time.

These treatments will significantly reduce the impact and reach of the virus.

Take new at 10 stinger mississippi currently does not have any policies related to transgender student-athletes.

But some lawmakers are trying to change that.

Courtney ann jackson explains no boys allowed.

One state lawmaker is taking a controversial take on the phrase.

"we want to make sure that we don't for political correctness allow biological males who have a distinct advantage to come in and take scholarships and medals from females in female- only sports."

Sen.

Angela hill is referring to transgender females.

Other states have faced the question of whether it's fair to allow transgender female athletes to compete alongside biological females.

"there's litigation going on in connecticut right now.

There's a couple of high school girls that are track stars who have had a biological male come in and just start cleaning up.

And they have a lawsuit in federal court right now.

And we want a policy in place in mississippi before this happens.

It's not a matter of if, it's when."

Hill says the goal is to maintain a level playing field.

Her amendment says no school district could be a part of the state activities association if they allow "biological males to compete against biological females in sports".

But the human rights campaign says--- "it's a solution looking for a problem."

It also comes as the group advocates for protecting the very people this bill targets.

"we're trying to pass some legislation that says that everybody should be treated the same and that nobody should be targeted because of who they are, whether it be their disability or because they're a member of the lgbtq community."

Both bills have a thursday deadline to be passed by the full senate.

Courtney ann jackson wcbi news centred up a winston county native will now lead east central community college in decatur.

Dr. brent gregory was recently selected by the ec board of trustees.

He is a native of nanih waiya and graduated from the community college in 1996.

Gregory is currently the vice president for student affairs at southwest mississippi community college.

He will begin his new role on july first after the retirement of dr. billy stewart.

First look stinger first look summary: daily chances of showers and storms continue for at least the next week.

A few more strong to severe storms may occur thursday evening/night.

Above average temperatures look to continue for the most part through next week.

Wednesday night: partly to mostly cloudy with lingering showers and storms possible.

Lows near 60.

Thursday: a few early day showers may occur with clearing skies during the afternoon.

Look for highs well into the 70s and some spots could get into the low 80s.

Winds sw 10-15 mph.

Thursday night: mostly cloudy.

Areas of showers and storms are likely.

Some strong to severe storms are possible.

Wind and hail would be the primary threats once again if storms manage to stay strong as the enter north ms. lows near 60.

Take developing story stinger take vo in monitor in 2006, felix wynn was sentenced to 120 years in prison for selling cocaine.

After serving nearly 14 years wynn caught a glimmer of hope.

The state supreme court heard his appeal - ruled in his favor and sent his case back to circuit court for resentencing.

Last week judge lee howard sentenced wynn again - this time to "time served", making felix wynn a free man once again..

Bobby martinez caught up with wynn today to find out what is next for him.

"i'm just glad i'm here now."

After spending close to 14 years in prison.

Felix wynn is happy to be free again.

In 2006, he was sent to prison for selling drugs.

He was sentenced as a repeat offender and got 120 years..

His reaction after receiving the sentence?

"i smiled at them.

I just don't know.

It just didn't seem real.

What you doing this to me for?"

Wynn says the transition to his new life in prison didn't feel real either..

During his time away, he lost many people who were dear to his heart.

"it was tough because i lost my momma, my sister, aunt another first cousin.

But my fianc?

Was right there with me.

And some more of my family.

They didn't throw me away.

My family was right there with me."

Wynn says he made to sure to always keep busy while in prison.

"i participated in everything.

I went to a bunch of classes bible study vo-tech you know culinary art.

I went to everything drug and alcohol computer i had about nine certificates.

Then i worked maintenance, electrician."

Wynn says about 6 months ago he found out there was a chance he could soon be free.

After filing for an appeal numerous times, he was given a court date.

A chance at resentencing - a chance to go áhomeá..

Looking back at the whole experience, wynn says.

"it's hard to explain.

It's over with.

It's hard to explain.

Time went so fast.

You know what i'm saying.

I did what i was going to do.

I tried to stay busy."

Now, wynn is set on making the most of his second chance.

And he's focused on his áfutureá.

"i just got to go on with my life, i'm not even going to think about that.

I'm going look forward i'm going look forward and ain't even looking back i'm looking forward."

Butt these sots together "i got to catch up around here because this is where i make my little money.

I want to turn it into a convenience store but it's going take a little take vo in monitor wynn says he also plans on spending his free time talking to the youth on the importance of making the right decisions.

Summary: daily chances of showers and storms continue for at least the next week.

A few more strong to severe storms may occur thursday evening/night.

Above average temperatures look to continue for the most part through next week.

Wednesday night: partly to mostly cloudy with lingering showers and storms possible.

Lows near 60.

Thursday: a few early day showers may occur with clearing skies during the afternoon.

Look for highs well into the 70s and some spots could get into the low 80s.

Winds sw 10-15 mph.

Thursday night: mostly cloudy.

Areas of showers and storms are likely.

Some strong to severe storms are possible.

Wind and hail would be the primary threats once again if storms manage to stay strong as the enter north ms. lows near 60.

Friday: mostly cloudy with areas of rain or showers.

Highs in the mid 60s.

Saturday: variably cloudy with a chance of a few storms. highs in the mid 70s.

Sunday: mostly cloudy with rain and showers likely.

Highs in the low 70s.

Next week: daily opportunities for rain and storms. highs in the mid to upper 70s.

Lows around 60.

Weather wrap summary: daily chances of showers and storms continue for at least the next week.

A few more strong to severe storms may occur thursday evening/night.

Above average temperatures look to continue for the most part through next week.

Wednesday night: partly to mostly cloudy with lingering showers and storms possible.

Lows weather wrap stinger fans get what ma what may be one last chance to watch live basketball this season..

We have the latest from the s-e-c tourney later in sports..

Do you want more control over your healthcare... well, there's an app for that..

We find out more in tonight's health talk with baptist.

And there are great for you here on her other leg by their is an when you make the person typing you should no script available stinger one of the final s- e-c games with a live viewing audience..ole miss and georgia in the sec tournament...more on all of that when we come back spx open the s-e-c tournament for ole miss men's basketball, is the rebels postseason after finishing the season 15-16, the rebels with an opportunity to survive to see another day facing one of six s-e-c teams the rebs had beat this season, georgia you know what they say -- it's hard to beat the same team twice...the rebels and georgia squaring off in the first round early 1st -- forward toumani camara in the paint with the sick reverse lay- up....georgia commanding 12-4 next possesion ole miss -- guard breein tyree, drives the lane, gets it to go, grabs the foul...rebels cut it to 12-6 midway through 1st half -- guard devontae shuler driving right to the cup...pops for the drop...rebels back in it..georgia up 14- 10 7 and a half to go -- nothing going inside for the bulldogs....kick out to guard jordan harris...bottoms...d awgs up 23-10 5 and a half remaining -- shuler, again, right to the rim....rebels trailing 25-14 under 5 remaining....tyree from downtown...splash ... just couldn't hit enough of them to bring the rebels back...ole miss falls to georgia in the first round of the s-e-c tournament, 81-63... wcbi sports' tom eble joins us live with more "the critical time 2 "the critical time was when we got it to nine.

We got a stop, and all we talked about was driving the ball, driving the ball.

Breein pulled up and shot one from about 28, and next trip down, blake shot one.

We could've cut it to five and really would've made it a game.

From there, they kind of took it out and it was thirteen, fourteen again."

"you know, it's sad it kinda ended this way.

But i met a lot of great people at the university.

I learned a lot about myself, grew as a man and as a student athlete.

I'm thankful for the opportunity that i've gotten there.

Sad that my career is over man, kinda feels weird.

But, you know, i feel like i did leave a mark on the university."

Following the ncaa announcing a ban on fan attendance at events including the ncaa tournament, the southeastern conference following suit the sec releasing a statement saying starting march 12th - march 30th no fans will be authorized at any athletic events the attendance ban will be re- evaluated at the end of the month anyone that purchased tickets will be refunded..for more information you can visit our website at wcbi.com mississippi state closing out a midweeker down in biloxi against texas tech the bulldogs getting the 2 game sweep over ranked red raiders with the game two final, 3-2 and ole miss finishing it's and ole miss finishing it's midweek match up with a 18-7 win over ulm both return home for sec opening weekend against lsu and arkansas still to come..

Still to come..

Chief meteorologist keith gibson returns with tonights last look.

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