We have two U.S. Senate seats, which is very unique, Congressional seats, Judges and other local races on the ballot next Tuesday. Unlike the chances of winning the lottery, the odds are very good that you’ll be affected by the decisions of the people elected to represent us.
People in Mississippi were not killed nor injured by Michael. But in Florida it is a different story. People have lost their family. Many people are hurt. Their homes damaged or flooded. Lots of property has been lost.
WLBT, in partnership with the Clarion Ledger, offered Senate candidates Cindy Hyde-Smith, Mike Espy and Chris McDaniel the opportunity to participate in a debate to discuss the issues that are important to Mississippians.
The halftime performance of the Forest Hill band in Brookhaven was not only inconsiderate and insensitive, it is one of the most out-of-touch moments I can recall. Not only was it inappropriate for the Brookhaven game, it is inappropriate at any time.
With any group – doctors, teachers, politicians, professional athletes, pastors and priests, the media or any other job category you want to name – there are people who make poor decisions and bring negative attention to their profession.
WLBT has partnered with the American Red Cross to provide information on how options to help people dealing with the effects of the storm. You can go to wlbt.com to learn more or you can simply text the word Florence to 90999 and $10 will be donated specifically to Florence relief efforts.
Some people may not have much sympathy or concern about the circumstances that led to their deaths since they were convicted of crimes, but as Governor Bryant said, they are just as important as anyone else in the state of Mississippi whose lives have been lost.
This week the state legislature worked together to provide necessary funding to fix our roads and bridges and other crumbling infrastructure. The two chambers have been at odds on how to address this, so it was good to see the house and senate come to an agreement so quickly on the funding sources.
There have been 59 homicides so far in Jackson and the murder rate is on track to set a new record. This week interim Police Chief James Davis said he can't keep officers because of low pay. The department is budgeted for 418 employees, but right now has nearly 100 job openings.
If you've had to visit a driver's license facility you know it is an inefficient operation and a great example of government dysfunction. Instead of reducing the number of offices, the Department of Public Safety needs to open more locations, especially in the more populated areas like Metro Jackson. ?
We keep waiting to hear when Governor Bryant will call a special legislative session to address funding for roads, bridges and other infrastructure. Word is, leaders in the Senate and House can't agree on what they will consider as options for those funding sources.
The situation at the Jackson Zoo has gone from bad to worse to the point of no return. The small glimmer of hope that the zoo could survive with a possible move to another location in Jackson is no longer an option
Next week people who live in Jackson will decide if they want to invest in their public schools. There is a referendum that, if approved, would generate $65 million for building improvements, renovations and other construction projects.
July and August are the hottest months in Mississippi, and this weekend the heat will be intense. In fact, the weather will be so hot we are bringing extra attention to the conditions implementing Weather Alert Days for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
We have shared many times that things are improving in Jackson. The new administration has been in office for more than a year and the leadership team is having a positive impact on infrastructure and other areas that have been neglected.
The US Supreme Court ruled last month that states can require those who sell goods with no physical presence in our state to remit sales tax. That puts our local business owners on a level playing field with internet sales.
New laws went into effect this week and one deals with people who like to camp in the left lane when driving. The new guidelines apply to any road with at least four lanes stating a vehicle should not impede traffic in the left lane.
Earlier this year the city revealed there was more than $20 million in missing revenue after discovering a third of the city's residents do not get water bills. For a city struggling for revenue, recovering that money is critical.
The people elected to represent us cast votes that impact how much we pay in taxes, the funding Mississippi receives for road and bridge improvements, health benefits, and many of our very important rights we have as Americans.