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WLBT’s things to know 10/20/21: Mississippi vaccine mandates, Parkland massacre, and White House plans to vaccinate 28 million children

Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz sits at the defense table with defense attorney David...
Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz sits at the defense table with defense attorney David Wheeler before pleading guilty, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on all four criminal counts stemming from his attack on a Broward County jail guard in November 2018, Cruz's lawyers said Friday that he plans to plead guilty to the 2018 massacre at a Parkland high school. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel via AP, Pool)(Amy Beth Bennett | AP)
Published: Oct. 20, 2021 at 7:34 AM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - If you missed a few of the most important headlines and need to play catch up, no worries. WLBT has gathered some of the top stories from our website to get you up to speed.

1. Mississippi vaccine mandates

As debates heat up over COVID-19 vaccine mandates, we’re checking in on the status of those requirements at various places in Mississippi. With two weeks to go until their deadline, 88% percent of Mississippi Baptist Medical Center employees in Jackson are vaccinated. 85% are vaccinated system-wide. But with the legislature not in session, Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner Andy Gipson signed an order this week saying no mandates will apply to his employees, contracted workers, or visitors to their properties. In September, Attorney General Lynn Fitch and 23 State Attorneys General sent a letter to President Biden to say they are opposed to his announced plans to institute vaccine mandates.

2. Parkland massacre

In this Dec. 10, 2019, file photo, Parkland school shooting defendant Nikolas Cruz appears at a...
In this Dec. 10, 2019, file photo, Parkland school shooting defendant Nikolas Cruz appears at a hearing in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. A court hearing is set Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 in Florida for Nikolas Cruz, the man police said has confessed to the 2018 massacre of 17 people at a high school. The hearing in Broward County Circuit Court was scheduled abruptly Thursday and does not describe the purpose.(Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel via AP, Pool, File)

Nikolas Cruz is scheduled to plead guilty to 17 counts of first-degree murder Wednesday for the 2018 shooting massacre at a Florida high school, as his attorneys turn their focus to saving him from a death sentence. Cruz, 23, will appear before Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer, who will ask him a lengthy list of questions to gauge his mental competency. Scherer will then ask him one by one how he pleads to each killing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and to the 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder for those who were wounded.

3. White House plans to vaccinate 28 million children

Five things parents should know as the FDA process to approve a COVID-19 vaccine for kids 5 to...
Five things parents should know as the FDA process to approve a COVID-19 vaccine for kids 5 to 11 moves forward.

Children age 5 to 11 will soon be able to get a COVID-19 shot at their pediatrician’s office, local pharmacy and potentially even their school, the White House said Wednesday as it detailed plans for the expected authorization of the Pfizer shot for younger children in a matter of weeks. Federal regulators will meet over the next two weeks to weigh the benefits of giving shots to kids, after lengthy studies meant to ensure the safety of the vaccines.

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