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WCBI NEWS at 10 - 10/07/20

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WCBI NEWS at 10 - 10/07/20
WCBI NEWS at 10 - 10/07/20
WCBI NEWS at 10 - 10/07/20

The president's position on the next round of stimulus relief funding has gained a lot of attention in the last 24 hours.

He first tweeted negotiations should be halted but later said he was ready to sign a stimulus bill.

Courtney ann jackson caught up with the state's u-s senate candidates to see what they want to see prioritized.

Some mississippians are confused about the politics at play surrounding the next round of stimulus funding.

Sam hawkins: "i need to go ahead and happen you know.

I hate when they keep pushing it off people are out here still struggling every day and there's a lots of jobs still closed."

Mike espy says he was first disappointed then angry to see the president's back and forth on the issue.

Espy: "i'm worried about the common folks.

The least of these.

They're suffering.

They need the assurance of knowing our federal government will bring relief again until we can finally get this pandemic under control.

We need money for rule hospitals.

We need money for the unemployed and we need a holistic approach.

We do not need an incremental approach."

Cindy hyde-smith agrees they shouldn't wait till after the election but puts the blame on the democrats.

Cindy hyde-smith: "the republicans passed a bill while we were there and we had to have 60 votes and we didn't get the 60 votes and so it died.

And that bill really needs to be passed.

We need to put politics to the side.

We need to get the stimulus package passed because we need these unemployment benefits.

We need these paycheck protection plans that we had.

We need those things out to people in mississippi and that didn't happen."

But what about the other element of the president's comments tuesday?

The idea of shifting focus to confirming amy coney barrett to the supreme court.

The candidates have a clear split on this issue.

Hyde-smith: "we are very excited about confirming supreme court judge amy coney barrett and that is important and it does take precedent.

Let's focus on what we can get done."

Espy: "we're rushing and rushing to put judge barrett on the supreme court.

It's just too fast."

Courtney ann jackson, wcbi news.

First look stinger first look hurricane delta: this strong storm is expected to make landfall in louisiana late friday and then move into north mississippi late friday night and into saturday.

Our area is still in line for isolated tornadoes, gusty winds, and heavy rainfall.

Wednesday night: mostly clear to partly cloudy and quiet.

Lows in the 50s with calm wind.

New at 9 stinger goes here commissioner brandon presley says the mississippi public service commission charged five companies with 78 alleged violations of the mississippi no-call law.

Investigators believe these companies made dozens of illegal l calls to mississippians.

The companies on your screen face up to a combined five hundred ten thousand dollars in fines, if found guilty.

Presley encourages folks to download the psc's smartphone app to immediately report calls to the psc.

We have more information on our website... wcbi dot com schools have been moving plans and people around all year long... the quick adjustments have changed the way students learn and where.

Wcbi's bobby martinez talks to two administrators about the decisions they've had to make for students.

The good ole saying - take it day by day.

Has been the motto for both oktibbeha/starkvil le district and winston academy because of covid19.

As both schools districts have been placed in uncharted territory this school year in particular.

But being able to adjust any challenge presented has been key to keeping the school year up and running.

---- this school year summarized in just a few words.

"continuous change."

"it's been very interesting" but through it all the focus has been safety for both students and teachers.

So detailed planning during these unfamiliar times is crucial.

Sot - paul hayles - winston academy - headmaster "we've been blessed we have not had a major quarantine of any sort."

The plan for winston academy heading into the school year was the traditional way of learning.

With the option of virtual or hybrid.

But... headmaster paul hayles says plans changed.

"we've been able to stay with our traditional.

We had one family choose at the start of the year to do virtual, distance-learning if you will.

We did that for a little while but with the success of no issues they chose to come back and we've had 100% attendance since then as far as the choice of doing traditional."

With the traditional way of learning.

Comes the high risk of spreading the virus as students are coming from different parts of the county.

Then to school.

"we've have had a couple times, kids come in and say mr. hayles my throat hurts today.

And we have to honor it it's one of the things on the questionnaire so therefore that child goes home.

And once that child is picked up or the child is released to go home we go in and disinfect and clean everything."

As for the oktibbeha/starkvil le school district.

Students were given three options of learning.

Traditional, virtual and hyrbid.

But the hybrid model has now been left off the menu.

Superintendent eddie peasant says several students have now leaned towards the traditional way.

"each day our families are finding what works and what doesn't work.

And because, you know when they found what's not working or is not working for some of them, many of them have decided that the traditional setting might be a better option for them."

Peasant says teamwork between faculty and students is making this transition a bit easier.

"it takes all of us to make this work.

One of the things that we try to do, is schedule some of our schools they have brought in groups of students from virtual to traditional weekly on a monday and so having the transition happened a specified time has been better for teachers."

Bobby martinez wcbi news wounds of days have brought in groups of students from virtual to traditional weekly elmo monday and so have the transition have about the battlesboth administrators say they're continously working on ways to improve this transition as safely as possible.

Stinger-stinger wcbi continueing coverage stinger goes here more people are in mississippi hospitals with covid-19 symptoms. the state department of health is reporting 588 new cases today, along with 24 deaths.

588 people are hospitalized with confirmed or suspected coronavirus.

125 of those patients are in i.c.u.

And 58 are on a ventilator.

The 25 - 39-year-old age group continues to have the most cases.

Right now, only 12 point three percent of cases require hospitalization.

Intro record numbers are expected as more than 60 thousand absentee ballots have been sent out across the state... all in anticipation of the november third presidential election.

Locally several circuit clerks say they've been very busy.

Wcbi's stephen pimpo gets a feel local absentee requests and joins us with more on the story.

The high demand for absentee ballots has just begun in lowndes county.

"been very heavy.

We started absentee voting last week and we're already up to around 1600 right now."

Lowdnes county circuit clerk teresa barksdale says her staff is processing nearly 75 absentee ballot requests and mailouts each day.

"had to hire some extra help in the office because the traffic flow has increased already within the first week."

Barksdale says the reasons for the spike in absentee voting is two-fold.

First, the high- profile presidential election at the top of the ballot.

"i think it's just because of the candidates.

I think a lot of people are advertising and just the two candidates we have running, it's created a lot of interest on both sides."

But with that interest likely creating long lines at the polls amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the mail- in option is the safer choice for some voters.

"i have existing conditions that would probably hinder me from being in a large crowd."

That's why columbus voter addie walker cast her first ever absentee ballot.

"it was, different.

But not a bad experience.

And i'm just glad i had the opportunity to vote absentee."

But that's not the case everywhere.

Noxubee county circuit clerk freda phillips says her office processed around 500 absentee ballot requests, which is down, due to the lack of local issues.

"and right now, the most absentees that we do have are from district 3 and that's only because of that local race that we have for supervisor."

But that doesn't stop the staff from doing their best to get those ballots out.

"we get them in the morning, we try to have them out before 4:15 in the afternoon so the voters can get them in a properly timed manner."

Barksdale hopes more voters can stay invested past the november election.

"we see a natural increase in the presidential elections so we need this interest to continue in our local races when we have county- wide elections coming up in a few years."

The deadline for absentee voting in mississippi is october 31st.

Polling places like lowndes county courthouse will be open on the final two saturdays before election day on november 3rd.

You can find more information on absentee voting on wcbi.com stinger wx open hurricane delta: this strong storm is expected to make landfall in louisiana late friday and then move into north mississippi late friday night and into saturday.

Our area is still in line for isolated tornadoes, gusty winds, and heavy rainfall.

Wednesday night: mostly clear to partly cloudy and quiet.

Lows in the 50s with calm wind.

Thursday: a mix of clouds and sunshine.

Warm highs in the 80s.

Light ene winds 2-6 mph.

Thursday night: clouds thicken with areas of rain possible.

Lows in the mid 60s.

Friday: mostly cloudy with areas of rain or showers.

The chance of rain is 50%.

Highs in the upper 70s.

Winds ne 5-15 mph.

Friday night & saturday: the remnants of hurricane delta will swirl through the region.

Impacts include isolated tornadoes, wind gusts 30-40 mph , and 1-4" of rain .

The heaviest rain now looks to be along and northwest of the natchez trace.

Humid highs the 70s are favored with the storm bringing in tropical air from the gulf of mexico.

Sunday: some rain and clouds could linger but it depends on how soon the remnants of delta exit the region.

Highs in the upper 70s to around 80 are possible.

Follow @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, instagram, and the wcbi news app stinger hurricane delta: this strong storm is expected to make landfall in louisiana late friday and then move into north mississippi late friday night and into saturday.

Our area is still in line for isolated tornadoes, gusty winds, and heavy rainfall.

Wednesday night: mostly clear to partly cloudy and quiet.

Lows in the 50s with calm wind.

Thursday: a mix of clouds and sunshine.

Warm highs in the 80s.

Light ene winds 2-6 mph.

Thursday night: clouds thicken with areas of rain possible.

Lows in the mid 60s.

Friday: mostly cloudy with areas of rain or showers.

The chance of rain is 50%.

Highs in the upper 70s.

Winds ne 5-15 mph.

Friday night & saturday: the remnants of hurricane delta will swirl through the region.

Impacts include isolated stinger after the break..

We're talking about something that affects 12 percent of u.s. women every year.

That story, coming up.

Stay with us.

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This year, almost 300 thousand women are expected to be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.

Today on health talk with baptist, we sit down with dr. karissa boyd for part 2 of our conversation on breast cancer awareness.

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