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WCBI News at Ten - Wednesday, September 25th, 2019
WCBI News at Ten - Wednesday, September 25th, 2019
WCBI News at Ten - Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

An alleged threat was made towards a local school district earlier today.... now deputies are investigating.... thanks for joining us tonight..

The alleged threat was made towards all schools in the lee county school district.... superintendent jimmy weeks says he received an email saying the threat would be carried out tomorrow.... weeks handed the email over to the lee county sheriff's department who's now trying to find the person behind the threat... there will be extra officers on all campuses tomorrow.... and all schools will be on a soft lockdown.

Weeks says all parents have been notified... the investigation into the threat is on-going.... lawmakers have read what's in a whistleblower's complaint that includes a call between president trump and ukraine's leader.

Nikole killion has more on the call that spurred a house impeachment inquiry into the president// members of the house and senate intelligence committees reviewed the whistleblower complaint that includes a phone call between president trump and ukraine's leader.

That call is central to the house impeachment inquiry.

''i found the allegations deeply disturbing, i also found them very credible.'' earlier wednesday, the white house released a summary of the july 25 conversation between president trump and president volodymyr zelensky.

It suggests the president repeatedly prodded zelensky to work with attorney general william barr and the president's personal lawyer, rudy giuliani, to investigate joe biden and his son.

Hunter biden was on the board of a ukrainian oil company.

''no push, no pressure, no nothing, it's all a hoax folks, it's all a big hoax.'' president trump and zelensky met face-to-face for the first time wednesday at the united nations..

Zelensky: ''it's better to be on tv than by phone: trump: yeah.

....they spoke about the call.

"i think you read everything.

I dont want to be involved in democratic elex of usa// nobody pushed me."

Trump: in other words no pressure.'' days before days before their conversation, the president ordered aides to freeze about 400 million dollars in aid to ukraine -- - a topic that wasn't raised according to the call summary.

Democrats argue it was a bargaining chip ''this is about an abuse of power by an over- reaching executive."

Some republicans say it won't hurt the president.

''he did nothing wrong under the law or otherwise."

Lawmakers are set to grill the acting director of national intelligence - joseph maguire - about the whistleblower's complaint when he testifies before the house intelligence committee on thursday.

Nikole killion, cbs news, the white house.

Former vice president joe biden said the summary was "revealing," and later tweeted that congress must hold president trump accountable// mississippi's leaders are joining in on providing reaction to the impeachment inquiry.

Courtney ann jackson tells us where some of them stand.

Mississippi's republican congressional leaders are calling the impeachment proceedings a political game.

"with the speaker getting involved, it actually scares me that the democrats are putting politics over the american people.

It started with conspiracy and collusion, the mueller investigation and it's proven to be a waste of time, a waste of taxpayer dollars and this impeachment inquiry is going to be the same thing."

Congressman michael guest saying attention should instead be on finding solution to infrastructure, immigration reform and the opioid crisis impacting folks at home.

"i urge speaker pelosi to abandon this reckless attack on our president and our democracy and to join us in getting back to work on the issues that the american people elected us to solve."

Siding with several other democrats in the call to impeach the president is congressman bennie thompson.

Saying in part---"the president has abused his power, obstructed justice, and violated his oath of office."

We also reached out to the gubernatorial candidates for reaction to the inquiry.

"it's a political game to them.

They want to attack the president because they don't like his policies.

They don't le conservatives.

It's sad.

It's shameful what nancy pelosi is doing."

Jim hood provided a statement---saying in part--- "all of the craziness and gridlock in washington has created a positive response here in mississippi where moderates in both parties are coming together to move our state forward.", courtney ann jackson wcbi news first look stinger first look stinger first look summary: a few showers and t- showers are possible on thursday and there may be a stray shower on friday.

Most spots will remain high and dry going forward as a big fall heat wave gets underway.

Wednesday night: isolated early evening showers across the northern part of the area will fade away.

Plan on a quiet night with lows in the upper 60s to around 70.

Winds remain light.

Thursday: we're keeping a 20% chance of a few showers and storms going.

Consider yourself lucky if you get rain.

Highs should be back into the low to mid 90s with westerly winds 5-10.

A man is in jail charged in a the death of a woman whose body was found in oktibbeha county this past weekend.

24-year-old joseph gibson is charged with manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident.

He was arrested tuesday and remains in the oktibbeha county jail.

40-year-old kimberly belk was found early sunday morning on townsend road.

Coroner michael hunt says a preliminary autopsy result ruled her manner of death a homicide.

A person walking on the road found her and called 9-1-1.

A number of questions have emerged in the case.

One of those: why belk might have been walking down that road early sunday morning when she didn't live near-by.

"we don't know.

And we haven't had anybody, you know, tell us so you know, like i said, this s this is only day three, i guess.

You know, we mostly are receiving information and going through and gathering information so i'm not."

Gladney says gibson should make his first court appearance tomorrow.

If you have any information that could help investigators contact the golden triangle crime stoppers.

Several law enforcement agencies in our area have been dealing with deaths on the force..

Fellow officers are left to cope with the loss while also trying to do a stressful job.

Our quentin smith speaks with columbus police chief fred shelton about boosting the department's morale whenever these tragedies occur.... so quentin, chief shelton recently received training on how to help officers handle grief?

That's rightscott... earlier this year the chief attended a police chaplaincy training on coping with loss of an officer..

He's already put what he learned to use when captain stacy deans passed away in august... law enforcement officers form a close bond amongst each other... and whenever one passes away..

Shelton says it's like losing a family member.... earlier this year tragedy struck the columbus police department.

Nat captain stacey deans passed away after a long battle with spinal problems. " i had to talk to the staff here.

Everybody was sugar.

Everybody was tore up.

I had to come and i had to use some of my intervention skills to help everybody get focused."

Then, nearly a month later, it struck the lowndes county sheriff's department when lt.

Tammy prescott passed away.

Nat when a department loses an officer, a sense of sadness quickly spreads throughout the office.

" it's a loss and what we have to do is learn to replace their loss with something positive."

The loss of an officer is something columbus police chief fred shelton unfortunately knows all too well.

"i can recall about three here at the police department.

We've have couple officers die due to cancer."

Shelton says it never gets easier.

But as the chief, it's his job o keep morale up even in times of grief..

His department is prepared, and will even bring in counselors to help officers during these hard times.

" we have police chaplaincy training that helps us to deal with officers during their grief.

We have critical incident stress debriefing, and we have use that in the past.

It helps s to manage our grief through a process of talking about it, getting it out, letting go of the pressure and the pain."

Just this march, shelton received further training on helping his officers handle grief.

He says each officer grieves differently.

Some may need to take some days off, others will workout or do things to stay busy.

"find something that makes you happy.

Find a positive place, a happy place that you can go to when you're in the middle of dealing with stress and if it gets too much, at least talk to someone.

Find someone to talk to, confide in them, tell them what's going on, and find help.

Columbus police department, we provide training for our officers.

If they need help, we're going to get them help."

Within the past two months, three officers in our viewing area have passed away while serving and protecting their communities... reporting live in columbus... quentin smith..

Wcbi news.... stinger wx open summary: a few showers and t- showers are possible on thursday and there may be a stray shower on friday.

Most spots will remain high and dry going forward as a big fall heat wave gets underway.

Wednesday night: isolated early evening showers across the northern part of the area will fade away.

Plan on a quiet night with lows in the upper 60s to around 70.

Winds remain light.

Thursday: we're keeping a 20% chance of a few showers and storms going.

Consider yourself lucky if you get rain.

Highs should be back into the low to mid 90s with westerly winds 5-10.

Thursday night: partly cloudy and mild.

Lows in the upper 60s to around 70.

Friday: partly cloudy and warm.

Highs in the low to mid 90s.

There could be a stray shower but odds are very slim.

Conditions should be good for high school football once the sun sets.

Saturday-wednesday: a big ridge of high pressure is going to keep most of the deep south hot and dry.

Highs each day should be in the mid to upper 90s which will likely lead to more record highs.

Overnight lows are going to be around 70.

Suffice to say this will be some 10-15 degrees above normal for this time of year.

Stay connected with stray shower on friday.

Most spots will remain high and dry going forward as a big fall heat wave gets underway.

Wednesday night: isolated early evening showers across the northern part of the area will fade away.

Plan on a quiet night with lows in the upper 60s to around 70.

Winds remain light.

Thursday: we're keeping a 20% chance of a few showers and storms going.

Consider yourself lucky if you get rain.

Highs should be back into the low to mid 90s with westerly winds 5-10.

Thursday night: partly cloudy and mild.

Lows in the upper 60s to around 70.

Friday: partly cloudy and warm.

Highs in the low to mid 90s.

There could be a stray shower but odds are very slim.

Conditions should be good for high school football once the sun sets.

Saturday-wednesday: a big ridge of high pressure is going to keep most of the deep south hot and dry.

Highs each day should be in the mid to upper 90s which will likely lead to more record highs.

Overnight lows are going to be around 70.

Suffice to say this will be some 10-15 degrees above normal for this time of year.

Stay connected with @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, and instagram wipe to vo a lesson on pronouns quickly turns into a surprise for an unsuspecting acher at aberdeen elementary..

First grade teacher, letha jones, was caught off guard, when we popped in to tell her she's our educator of the week!

Jones makes learning parts of speech fun, by letting her students use hand gestures to act out sentences.

Her class is unique because ,she gives her kids book smarts, and social skills.

"i want them to excel at the end of the school year and be the best person they can be...we also work on character in the classroom and we work on skills...so i work on the whole child...not just part of it.

Butted sot they touch my heart...i feel like they are my children to and when i come to school i come because i love making a difference in their lives" to nominate your favorite teacher...visit wcbi dot com.

Take educator of the week billboard every parent's excited when they're little bundle of joy comes into the world// tonight in our health talk with baptist, we learn why newborns are screened to make sure they're in tip top shape before coming home// hello.

I'm dr. pam sykes.

I'm pt of the pediatric team at baptist memorial hospital - golden triangle.

Tonight we are going to discuss why all newborns need to be screened.

Most infants with a condition found by newborn screening show no signs of the condition right after birth.

Screening can usually identify a problem before the baby becomes sick, and in time to provide for any special medical care.

Some genetic disorders are serious; even life-threatening.

Others slow physical development or cause mental retardation.

The good news is that proper screening at birth can discover these problems early.

And with early diagnosis and treatment, many genetic or metabolic disorders can often be managed effectively.

We screen all newborns in mississippi for 56 different disorders, such as sickle cell disease, hypothyroidism and cystic fibrosis.

The screening specimen is usually collected between 24 and 48 hours of age.

The specimen is collected by pricking the baby's heel and dropping blood onto a special newborn screening card that is shipped to the screening laboratory.

Join us next time for healthtalk with baptist to learn how the test results are used.

Stinger ole miss continues preparations for alabama...an update on starting quarterback matt corral's status when we come back spx open only a few days remain until ole miss heads to alabama for the rebels first s-e-c road test still no word on who will start at q-b on saturday...starti ng quarterback matt corral going through a light practice wednesday afternoon meanwhile, freshman quarterback john ryhs plumlee on the practice field for the rebels getting reps corral still day- to-day...ole miss head coach matt luke hoping the rebels will have corral ready for gametime in tuscaloosa luke: "he's getting better day to day.

Still, obviously in a lt of pain or he would've been practicing.

I think he is gettig better day-to-day and the plan is to have him ready for gametime.

It's been good.

I thik he's been watching a little bit of extra tape you know coming in.

I think he's embraced the challenge.

He looks like hes out there having fun.

I think he's done a really good job.

He and grant both."

Starting quarterback tommy stevens' status remains unclear for the bulldogs matchup with auburn...but freshman garrett shrader stepped up in a big way in his absence head coach joe moorhead has said when stevens is healthy, he will start...but shrader's performance in his past two outings has earned the trust of the team and coaching staff shrader says his confidence continues to grow week to week "i mean the biggest thing is just having confidence in yourself.

I mean, everyone else will buy into you if you just make plays.

If you know what you're doing, it's easier from there."

"the stage is never too big for garrett.

I think that's a very good tool for him to have, especially playing quarterback.

It's kind of just an unphased attitude, i guess you could say.

Nothing is really going to rattle him.

As long i've known garrett, i've never really seen him rattled.

It's a great tool for him to have, and he's only going to continue to grow."

Our game of the week for week six is for winners only.....both teams featured this week are two of the only undefeated teams remaining in the wcbi viewing area....a 3a vs 4a powerhouse matchup we'll be live from fulton for our game of the week friday...the undefeated houston hilltoppers...taki ng on the undefeated itawamba ahs indians... the two teams have played each other in back to back seasons....houst on winning both of the matchups... this will be the first time the two teams will meet as undefeateds.....a nd only one will remain that way through friday night we'll kick off week six of the endzone from indian stadium at 5 and 6 big time players step up to the occasion and exceed expectations.

For this week's athlete of the week....one east webster wolverine put the team on his back in a big win as part of our game of the week trio, junior quarterback steven betts put on a show at east union he had 273 rushing yards and four touchdowns, to go along with another 2 passing touchdowns...in the wolverines 62-38 win betts knew entering the matchup that he needed to be at his best to help secure a victory.

"well it was big.

I knew it was going to be a big game considering that it was game of the week.

We just prepared all week for it.

We just came out and executed for it early and finished off with a big w.

T just kind of worked out like that.

Everytime the coach called me i made big plays out of it.

Everybody just looking on me and i just made everybody happy."

East webster will look to stay undefeated as they host union friday night.

Calhoun city- native and icc linebacker keshun parker named njcaa defensive player of the week parker racked up 14 tackles in the indians' win over coahoma, four of those for a loss, along with three sacks parker and icc will look to get a win streak going, playing at northeast thursday the national honors piling in for icc....tupelo- native anna wesleigh driskell named the njcaa keeper of the week it's the freshman's second time earning juco's top keeper this season...aftering picking up two shutouts wins this past week driskell and the lady indians will take its seven game win streak to motlow state on saturday ... here is our warm forecast slight chance of ours average a we should be in the lower 80 have a problem thank you all for joining us tonight and we hope to see you

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