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WCBI NEWS at 10 - 09/17/2020

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WCBI NEWS at 10 - 09/17/2020
WCBI NEWS at 10 - 09/17/2020
WCBI NEWS at 10 - 09/17/2020

Open breaking news stinger goes here breaking news tonight... two people are dead after a shooting in verona it happened at a trailer park on young drive.

Police say one person was shot and another was struck by a car driven by the suspect as he fled the scene police are on the lookout for a red impala no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to call crimestoppers or 9 1 1 .

More than 10- thousand domestic violence calls went out to mississippi law enforcement last year.

And the problem has only worsened as people isolated during covid-19.

But there are new resources on the way to help the state's effort to combat the issue.

Courtney ann jackson explains.

Pheonecia ratliff's mother says her daughter was initially scared to seek help about her abusive relationship.

Suzanne ratliff: "he threatened her so much to where she was just afraid.

He would always tell her things like that he was the law, he was the judge, he was the prosecutor, he was all of that.

And if she went to law enforcement, they would find her body in ditch and all this and that.

He was always threatening her."

In may, her ex- boyfriend kidnapped and eventually killed her.

Mike hurst: "just a week earlier, pheonecia filed domestic and stalking charges against black, including a temporary restraining order."

Now, her story is being used as an example of why more community partnerships and a new approach are needed to domestic violence.

U.s. attorney mike hurst announced "operation pheonecia" thursday.

"we're going to re- prioritize the issue of domestic violence...putting those who illegally possess firearms while they have a restraining order or even misdemeanor conviction for domestic violence at the top of our list for prosecuting in federal court."

Hurst says the initiative will also involve will involve a campaign to put domestic abusers on notice that they can't have a gun.

Meanwhile, it's the non-profits that find themselves on the front lines of helping victims. and six million dollars in department of justice grants will help fill in some of the resource gaps.

"how many more pheonicias are there?"

And for the ratliff's it's more than stats or the upcoming domestic violence awareness month.

It's a message they hope others will hear loud and clear.

"at the age of 23 at the hands of her ex-boyfriend, he took my daughter away from me.

So, leave...before it's too late."

U.s. attorney hurst says the non-profits' role is particularly important since they are often times the first line of helping victims. still, in most cases where law enforcement gets a domestic violence call---those victims have not yet connected with victim services in their community.

First look stinger first look thursday night: scattered high clouds and cooler.

Lows in the middle 60s.

Northerly winds 4- 10 mph.

Friday: a mix of high clouds and sunshine.

Highs ranging from the upper 70s to lower 80s.

Breezy northerly winds at 10-15 mph.

Temperatures start out in the low 70s for high school football with 60s developing during the games.

President trump campaigns in president trump campaigns in wisconsin tonight -- a state that was crucial to his 2016 victory.

He's also reacting to a scathing new political ad featuring a former administration staffer.

Meanwhile, democratic presidential candidate joe biden and his running mate kamala harris are hitting the swing state of pennsylvania.

Natalie brand is at the white house with more.

The president railed against what he called the radical left, during a white house history conference.

"the left wing rioting and mayhem are the direct result of decades of left wing indoctrination in our schools."

Later the president heads to central wisconsin -- a áregioná that helped him narrowly áwiná the ástateá in 2016.

The latest cbs news battleground tracker poll shows democratic nominee joe biden slightly ahead there.

"the president's rally comes as he continues to face backlash over the lack of masks and social distancing at his campaign events& áandá after he publicly contradicted his own c-d-c director."

Doctor robert redfield told a senate panel wednesday he believes the use of face masks is as important as a vaccine and he predicted a covid vaccine would not be áwidelyá available to the public until the middle of next year.

"i think he made a mistake when he said that.

It's just incorrect information."

"when we were in a task force meeting, the president said "maybe this covid thing is a good thing.// i don't have to shake hands with these disgusting people."

In a new political ad... a former staffer to vice president mike pence -- who attended coronavirus task force meetings -- said the president was more concerned with winning reelection than covid-19.

"she was terminated.

They didn't want her.

She was terminated.

She has nothing to do with me.

I don't know her."

The administration's handling of the pandemic and its conflicting messages remain a key focus of the biden campaign... 2020 vice presidential candidate "he said to the american people it's a hoax."

Democratic vice presidential candidate kamala harris is spending the day in philadelphia former vice president joe biden will also be in the key battleground state of pennsylvania later for a townhall in his birthplace of scranton... friday, both president trump and democratic candidate joe biden will campaign in minnesota -- the same day early in- person voting begins in that key swing state.

Help is on the way.

Crews from four county electric power association left this morning.

These guys are headed to florida to the escambia river cooperative in florida.

That is due north of pensacola and pensacola beach.

This 4 county team includes 13 men, three bucket trucks, two digger derrick trucks and two crew trucks.

Four county is part of an agreement to provide help to sister cooperatives in times of crisis.

Crew leader tommy reed says they are following the path of hurricane sally and stand ready to help.

We expect to see a lot of downed trees, most likely a lot of flooding in low lying areas.

And lots of power lines down.

Probably a lot of people's service disrupted to their house.

You know, probably a lot of house damage and road damage.

At least 80 percent of the escambia service area is without power.

That adds up to more than 11,000 cooperative members four county will be on site to help.

The recycling program in starkville is bagged by the board of alderman.

The cost to recycle has gone up.

So the aldermen voted to suspend the program.

The board has been evaluating the program ever since the value of recycled materials dropped.

The city collected material for recycling, but they had to pay another company to take it to the next step.

And it turns out, it cost more to send the materials off than they are actually worth.

Mayor lynn spruill says the decision is a practical one.

The company that was picking them up, raised the fees on for this coming fiscal year.

And so we decided that it was not cost effective and there are better options out there for us.

If we were not actually getting things recycled, it doesn't make sense to spend the money.

The city may consider a partnership with msu to bring the campus recycling program to the starkville eventually.

Monitor intro roll vo in monitor today marks one month since classes at mississippi state got underway for the fall semester.

Wcbi news reporter stephen pimpo was there today and spoke with school officials about their progress in preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

Take a look "we're very happy with the trend that the numbers are showing.

Both the folks going in quarantine as well as just our positive cases."

This was the scene thursday afternoon as cars lined up for free covid-19 testing offered to mississippi state staff and students.

"this seemed very well organized and very well put together.

It took less time than i expected it to."

Su: students and staff check in here to receive their pre-made test kit...then go to the next station where the test is administered.

They should expect results within 24 hours.

It's just the latest example of the many steps msu is taking to keep their campus safe as this pandemic drags on.

"if you're symptomatic you would go to the health center, if you've been exposed to somebody, you'd go to the health center.

But this is for anyone who's just curious."

Student affairs assistant.

Vp jeremy baham, outlining just a few points of the school's detailed health and safety return plan, says that after a spike in cases early in the semester, msu has seen a significant decrease in positive coronavirus case and the number of people needing to quarantine.

He says much of the credit goes to how well students and employees have stuck to the new guidelines.

"we have seen across the country just some students who have disregarded what the universities are telling them and we haven't seen that.

Most of our students, they want to be here.

They want to learn."

Msu grad student ryan king says that matches what he has seen from his fellow students.

"at least within buildings, i don't think i've seen anyone not wearing a mask that needed to be."

While baham is pleased with their early success...he says covid-19 isn't going anywhere soon.

And that progress won't matter unless they can keep this trend going.

"you know what to do, we know what works.

Wear your masks, stay socially distant from each other.

So follow the protocols and we're all going to get through this together."

With the bulldogs set to kick-off the 2020 football season against the lsu tigers next saturday, we asked baham if he is concerned about a jump in large gatherings to watch games.

He said he wants the students to enjoy football...but also stay safe.

Stinger wx open summary: high pressure will keep cooler and less humid air flowing into our area through the weekend and into early next week.

Comfortable highs each day will range from the upper 70s to lower 80s while overnight lows fall into the 50s.

Tropics: tropical depression #22 has formed in the southwestern gulf of mexico.

The system is likely to meander around the western gulf through the weekend but it's still not out of the question that it could move towards the northern gulf by the middle of next week.

Stay tuned for updates.

Thursday night: scattered high clouds and cooler.

Lows in the middle 60s.

Northerly winds 4- 10 mph.

Friday: a mix of high clouds and sunshine.

Highs ranging from the upper 70s to lower 80s.

Breezy northerly winds at 10-15 mph.

Temperatures start out in the low 70s for high school football with 60s developing during the games.

Friday night: variably cloudy.

Lows in the upper 50s.

Saturday: clouds & sunshine.

Refreshing highs mainly in the upper 70s.

Saturday night: a few clouds and quiet.

Lows in the 50s.

Sunday-tuesday: mostly sunny to partly cloudy.

Highs from the upper 70s to lower 80s.

Lows in the 50s.

Follow @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, summary: high pressure will keep cooler and less humid air flowing into our area through the weekend and into early next week.

Comfortable highs each day will range from the upper 70s to lower facebook, twitter, instagram, and the wcbi news app stinger tonight we wrap up our three part conversation on suicide prevention and awareness.

Health talk with baptist is next.

Don't go anywhere.

Cash 3 lottery gfx goes here tonight, we begin part three of our conversation on suicide prevention and awareness.

Here's tonight's health talk with baptist.

Take a look.

In our final episode of awareness seeking help is a sign of strength preventing suicide involves everyone in the community feeling emotional and nervous or having trouble sleeping and eating can all be normal reaction in order to prevent suicide here are healthy ways to take care of yourself eat healthy well-balanced meals exercise on a regular basis so your problems and feelings within friends, avoid drugs and alcohol in the long run they create additional problems and increase the stress you already feel take a break if news events are causing you stress take a break from listening beware the holiday blues or anniversaries of the desk if you if you or someone you know has been showing signs of depression or suicidal thoughts please can contact the suicide prevention there we had that this are committed partners with our community to recognize and take steps to prevent suicide join us next time no script billboard attached no script billboard attached a massive and majestic annual migratory event ... was almost a no go for spectators because of covid.


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Just as soon as baldwyn began football season, the bearcats already have to put competing on pause the bearcats are forced to cancel friday night's contest against belmont due to three players and a coach testing positive for covid- 19 because the team will undergo a mandatory quarantine, baldwyn will also have to miss the dicision opener against thrasher that is scheduled for september 25th baldwyn is expected to resume play against coldwater on the road on october 2nd a few more teams have been forced to adjust following covid-19 cancelations caledonia will now host holly springs this upcoming friday after nettleton has put friday after nettleton has put atheltics on pause due to covid-19 this week and tupelo wants to play the golden wave were forced to reschedule the team's september 18th match-up tupelo will host west lauderdale this friday of course, you can find all the highlights and scores friday night on wcbi find all the highlights and lauderdale this friday of course, you can find all the highlights and scores friday night on wcbi endzone... friday is already week three of a full slate of high school football games this week's game of the week, is probably one few will be able to pass up you might have already guessed it...noxubee county at west point will be headlining week three of wcbi endzone as our game of the week the tigers have had a solid start to the season heading to west point with a 2-0 record, while west point just picked up the greenies first win of the season against tupelo i have a feeling west point is hungry for another w noxubee county has not beaten out west point since college basketball is officially on the calendar the n-c-a-a announcing on wednesday, that the season can officially begin on november 25th with practices starting october 14th no exhibition games or closed scrimmages will be allowed before the start date men's basketball will be allowed 24- 25 regular season games dependent on if a team opts to participate in a winter tournament while, women 23-25 regular season games also dependent on winter tournament play in terms of preseason, teams will have 42 days to conduct 30 practices, with a limited 20 hours per week and four hours per day with one scheduled day off ole miss head coach kermit davis calling the new schedule a marathon "we're going to have more than enough time.

I think what we all have to be is very smart with our time.

That's why i think we're going to give our team off next week just to do the academic things.

They can be here voluntarily in our facilites and then even with the 12 hour rule not taking advantage of the eight hours on the court early.

I think we're going to have more than enough time starting on that 14th to get ready for the 25th."

As kick-off to the s-e-c season grows closer, mississippi state and ole miss both seeing three players each tabbed preseason all-sec by league coaches for mississippi state: -- running back kylin hill earning first team preseason all-sec honors -- linebacker erroll thompson named second team on defense -- and defensive end kobe jones landed on the third team as for ole miss: -- wide receiver elijah moore landed on the third team -- punter mac brown also on the third team preseason all-sec -- meanwhile, jerrion ealy was named second team on special teams as the return specialist, and third team as a running back and all-purpose you can see the rebels and the bulldogs in action starting september

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