WCBI NEWS AT SIX - OCTOBER 31, 2019
WCBI News at Ten - Wednesday, October 30th, 2019
Breaking news in aberdeen// the city mayor finds himself in hot water after the state auditors office confirms he was arrested today// our quentin smith joins us live from outside the monroe county jail.
Quentin, do we know what charge loom over the mayor maurice howard?
Scott, the state auditors office is staying tight lipped, but mayor howard says he's being charged with four counts of embezzlement.
The charges stem from alleged incidents that happened back in 2016 and 2017.
The mayor is being accused of lying about taking trips, pocketing the money that was supposed to be used for the trips.
The amount of money howard is accused of embezzling ranges from 400 dollars ton12 hundred dollars.
Wcbi spoke with mayor howard, he says the allegations are false.
He said he took every trip for businesses purposes and didn't steal any money.
He says members on the board of alderman are trying to slander his name by accusing him of what he calls, false accusations.
"whoever set this up, which i have a great idea who it is, should be ashamed of them selves to go as far as trying to slander my name with false charges because all of these charges have been approved by the board of alderman, therefore there is no embezzlement.
The mayor has no access to funds.
There is no access to phones from the mayor.
The mayor can't touch one penny unless the board approves it.
Once the board approves it from the table, they didn't tell me a check,.
Our use that money to travel with, our use that money for gas, our use the money for mileage on my vehicle the wear and tear and also you the money.
For my perdiem which i have done all of those things."
Howard was arrested around 6 o'clock this evening, and was released on a $10,000 bond// he says he has hired an attorney and his court appearance is set for december.
The state auditors office says they will not release any further information on this arrest until tomorrow morning.
We are going to continue to follow this developing story and bring you the latest details as they become available first look stinger first look summary: a strong cold front will cross the region tonight.
A slight chance for an isolated severe storm or two with gusty winds will remain in place until 1 or 2 a.m.
Rain showers will gradually end from west to east thursday morning as drier air blasts in from the northwest.
A widespread frost and/or freeze is likely friday morning.
Wednesday night: an isolated severe storm with strong wind is possible through 1 or 2 a.m.
Rain will be possible throughout the night.
Election day is less than a week away, and before you head to the polls there are few things you need to know..
Courtney ann jackson has those tips.
Christina louie is casting her ballot.
"i wasn't going to be able to get to the polls the day of election due to my job.
So, i came on in to vote absentee."
She grew up with her family members working the polls.
So she's always known the importance of voter education.
And it's issue like infrastructure where she understands the consequences of this election.
"bad roads...i mean, i need to know where my money's going to be going to.
I need to know how it's going to be going.
I need to know who's going to be in charge of distributing that money."
If you're not going to be able to go to the polls tuesday- you have till saturday at noon to go to your circuit clerk's office to vote absentee.
But if you plan to turn out next tuesday-make sure you're ready.
You can go to yallvote.sos.ms.gov.
There you'll find information to prepare you.
Under voter information is the polling place locator.
Type in your address and it will show you where to go vote and will show you a sample ballot.
Hinds county circuit clerk zach wallace says that voter education is an important piece.
"we get a lot of questions sometimes.
Who is this person here.
I need some assistance.
What's this person running for?
I've never heard of this person before."
Wallace says doing your homework is beneficial whether you're voting absentee or next tuesday.
"that saves them a lot of trouble looking at the ballot.like i said, it's a doube sided ballot."
No matter the day you vote, you'll need an id.
And like christina louie says--- "voting absentee is better than not voting at all."
Courtney ann jackson, wcbi news final preparations are underway for president donald trump's visit friday to tupelo// the city of tupelo has been working for weeks with the secret service, the white house and president trump's re election campaign, in advance of his visit friday .
The president will speak at a rally friday evening for tate reeves at the bancorpsouth arena.
Tupelo officials say a lot of planning has gone into the event and all departments are available as support for the president's visit.
"lot of that information can't be disclosed to the public, but know our police department, fire department, even public works department is working hand in hand with presidential security team to make sure president's safety is protected here in the city of tupelo."
There will be street closures around the arena, and the airport will be closed to regular traffic while air force one is in the air space and on the tarmac.
Stinger wx open sunny, drier, and cooler weather will continue for the end of the week now that the cold front has pushed through the area.
Rain chances slowly increase through the weekend and into early next week as our next cold front approaches.
Monday will be our best chance for showers and storms. wednesday night: cooler air will continue to move in overnight tonight with lows in the low to mid 40s.
Winds will be out of the north at 5-10 mph.
Thursday-friday: we'll see plenty of sun for the end of the week with highs in the upper 60s to low 70s.
A nice breeze out of the north will help to keep us comfortable through the day.
Morning lows will be in the 40s, so you may have to add an extra layer as you head out the door.
Saturday-sunday: temperatures will return to the mid to upper 70s for the weekend as a few showers slowly creep back into the area.
We'll keep rain chances lower for saturday, but there could be a few more showers on sunday as a cold front approaches.
Either way, the weekend overall will be pretty nice as many of us won't see rainfall and will see plenty of sunshine.
Monday: showers and storms will develop through the day and will likely last into the evening.
Some storms could produce heavy rain and gusty winds.
Temperatures stinger you know what actually had to switch my air on because it was so humid in my apartment ...it may also be a surprise who's stepping up to the plate to help... we find out more when deer season is in full swing and if you're sitting in a tree stand, you want to make sure you safely climb up and down it// here's more deer hunting safety tips in our health talk with baptist// no script as far as the harvest will transfer the transfer will work on spending time at the office for the project expiration: lecture, trickster, six to into a state of what is suspended and to attempt to fall asleep should ensure that all trickster state will use as the bods habits is so cold and so is a visual to talk toover a hundred and sixty thousands kids in mississippi deal with food insecurity and hunger according to feeding america.
And while some may have food the quality may be lacking.
Our rylie livingston takes a look at what option kids and parents have.
1 in 4 kids in mississippi is struggling with hunger according to feeding america.
In choctaw county many students qualify for feeding programs. "we are probably at free and reduced our percentage is probably around 70%."
And they're not alone.
In winston county, feeding america reports over a thousand kids experienced food insecurity in 2017.
For some of those kids school is the main source for ?healthy?
"it means a lot to them because we have some kids that this is the only meal they get and it's a hot meal.
And they have choices for breakfast, and for lunch.
And also we have this thing where we share a table what that is like, if a child, don't want breakfast they set it down and then the next child is able to get it."
Schools are recognizing that there is need, and they are stepping up to the plate.
"we've recently added community eligibility program at weir, that means every child at that school gets to eat for free, regardless of income or anything they get to eat for free."
Some schools do summer feeding programs while others have year - round options.
"we have backpacks for kids, and what it is, it provides the kids food to take home over the weekend which they have to bring the back packs monday back that monday so they could be filled again so that no child goes hungry."
Quality is also important.
Black says they look at nutrition and give students options.
"we don't know what a child goes home to, you know, we, we don't know if their parents are home with a healthy meal, they might be going home to a bag of chips, you know you don't know what a child's getting at home."
The national scientific council on the developing child says inadequate nutrition can impact healthy brain development.
Take vo off top getting a group of 1st graders to sit still during class?
Not a whole lot of ?wiggle room?
There .... but our educator of the week does it with a combination of footwork and bookwork!
Leigh anne martin teaches first grade at vernon elementary school!
She includes movement in her lessons to help the kids stay focused.
She says they are at that age where... the more they move the more they learn.
"we have wiggles in first grade....so it helps get their wiggles out and it helps them focus in on something and they just like that movement....they same to remember better when they put it together with movement"butted sot "they are hilarious...they still have that loving...i want to love you i want to love on you i want to please you...but they are a little bit more independent...they can write their name..they come in reading...so that age is fun" to see your favorite teacher on t-v...visit wcbi dot com stinger mississippi state begins the season back in the top 10...continuing its impressive streak... see the full poll, next in sports..
Bb eow billboard the ap top 25 for women's hoops has officially been released, and for the 59th straight week, mississippi state finds themselves inside the top 10 for the first time ever, oregon opens the season as the number one team in the nation, defending champs baylor number two uconn in the top five for 239 consecutive weeks...or since january 2007 mississippi state coming in at number 10....it's also the bulldogs' 95 consecutive week ranked inside the top 25....vic schaefer's group in the top ten since september 2018 five sec teams in the top 25, with msu includes texas a?m, south carolina, kentucky, and arkansas mississippi state's 2019 season begins next satuday, taking on southern miss inside the hump rivalry football is the best football.....it's one of the top criteria for our game of the week... it's even more rare to find a rivalry game with two teams that are poised for deep playoff runs....that's why our game of the week for week 11 returns to west alabama the 8-1 south lamar taking on the 8-1 sulligent blue devils.....a rivalry showdown between two of the top in their class the stallions fresh off a 68-18 dismantling of brilliant, sulligent shutting down cold springs 36-7 the blue devils will be out for revenge after a 60-0 loss to the stallions a year ago...and the rivalry has been in a dead heat....south lamar leading the series 18-17 we'll be ring in week 11 of the high school football season from kennedy coming up on friday the phrase, "do- it-all", can be thrown around lightly on the football field.
For this week's athlete of the week, this player truly did it all on the football field this past friday baldwyn's jacolby williams had a game for the ages in the win over byers williams scored 5 total touchdowns and scored them in every shape, form and fashion you can get them.
3 td receptions, 2 interceptions...o ne of which he returned for a pick 6 and the cherry on top....a kickoff return td the senior wide reciever and defenisve back says if it helps the team win, consider him in "it feels good.
You don't try to really have breakout games like that but if you do you can so.
It's unexpected so i'll take it."
"i tried to be more of a dog on defense.
Since it's my last year, i got to go big or go home so if i don't do it big noi won't get anymore chances after this."
Williams also leads the state in interceptions with 10.
Baldwyn will host faulkner this friday in a division matchup.
Muw men's and women's soccer are heading to the national tournament the women's squad will enter the uscaa tourney as a three seed, and will face university of maine-fort kent in pool play the men's squad just get in, punching their ticket as a 6- seed, and will go through maine- fort kent and florida national in pool play local players representing muw look forward to their shot to play on the national stage "from last season, to not having a winning record, to not really winnning at all, to this season, having those wins, getting the third seed, we're really excited.
We're making a statement and we're excited for virginia beach."
"we just need to attack as a team.
We struggled with that before, but we need to get a lot of people on the attack, just put some goals in the net."
"i was like, man, that's cool, e actually made it this time.
Last year we kind of missed it, just by a little bit though.
It's ben a really cool experience, the way they set it up like a whole interview thing, i thought it was really cool."
"now it's time to turn it up a notch.
Nationals, we've been working for it.
No pressure, we're ready."
As morgan said, both teams will be heading to virginia beach to compete in the national tournament november 7th through the 11th so as well for you in need of the supper table in virginia beachstill to come..
Chief meteorologist keith gibson had a better game than this player of the week and nobody beats a cannon deal.
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