WCBI News at Ten - Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

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WCBI News at Ten - Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

WCBI News at Ten - Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

Thanks for joing us tonight// we're in the middle of a long election season in mississippi// last week's party primaries were only the first step for candidates seeking office// some are facing run-offs in 2 weeks// one of the most highly anticipated races is the governor's race// in that race even the general election may not be the deciding vote// quentin smith joins us live in the studio// quentin.... a candidate needs more than just the popular vote to win that seat?

That's right scott... mississippi has its own version of the electoral college.... if a candidate wins the popular vote... but doesn't win a majority of the house district vote..

The state house itself chooses a governor.

The rule has been in effect since 1890... now a lawsuit has been filed challenging this rule to keep the state from using it during this year's gubernatorial election... this rule came into play back in 1999..

Democratic this rule came into play back in 1999..

Democratic candidate ronnie musgrove received 49 percent of the popular vote... republican candidate michael parker received 48 percent of the vote... both evenly split the house districts... as a result, the legislators gave are vying for..

But to win that seat..

The magnolia state has it's own set of guidelines... " to win the governors race i mississippi according to the 1890 constitution, you have to get the majority of the popular vote as well as the majority of the electoral districts which correspond to the house of representatives seats in the state."

These are guidelines the state has been operating under for more than 100 years.

" the 1890 constitution di solidify jim crow traditions and other statutes and made them permanently part of the mississippi constitution."

History instructor chuck yarborough says the constitution was put in place due to the racial makeup of the state.

"during that time.

There were lot of constitutional provisions in the 1890 constitution which were clearly intended to limit african american voter participation.

Prior to the 1890 constitution about 80% of eligible african-american voters in mississippi were registered to vote.

After the 1890 constitutions restrictions, that percentage dropped below 10%."

Yarborough says the constitution would only play a big role if the governor's race is close.

However, he does admit, the constitution leaves a lot of power in the hands of legislators.

"it's a little bit unusual that i doesn't correspond to the popular vote solely.

In the case there was a tie in the electoral districts it goes to the legislature to determine the winner.

Theoretically the legislature could tip the scale to whomever they chose at that point."

This rule came into play back in 1999..

Democratic candidate ronnie musgrove received 49 percent of the popular vote... republican candidate michael parker received 48 percent of the vote... both evenly split the house districts... as a result, the legislators gave the nod to musgrove since he had more statewide votes than his opponent..

A republican candidate for governor says he believes he's the only candidate who can defeat democrat jim hood in november.

One day after being endorsed by robert foster, his former primary opponent, bill waller makes his case to voters in tupelo..

The former state supreme court chief justice shared his views on issues such as healthcare, infrastructure , and education..

"my goal when i qualified wa to make the runoff, becuase i thought my best chance would be to win in a runoff, i felt there was a majority of people of mississippi who wanted a change, over fifty percent of people in mississippi are interested in healthcare, roads and bridges and we will carry that through august 27th" waller and lieutenant governor tate reeves will face off in a debate one week from tonight..

Runoffs are august 27th.

A new policy from the public service commission is changing to the way utility representatives travel// the commission recently voted unanimously to no longer allow utility companies to charge customers for expenses related to travel in private, corporate jets// northern district public service commissioner brandon presley said such expenses should not be passed on to customers// now, utility company executives will only be reimbursed for business related travel in coach.// "if they're going to b reimbursed for business related trips, it ought to be in the same manner mississippians travel and their average customer, i don't know if any of their customers have their own corporate jet, customers shouldn't be paying for that and that is a sickening form of corporate greed we're working to eliminate, the airplane incident is emblematic of the kinds of things we're trying to carve out of customers paying."

Presley made the proposal last year after mississippi power made the request to pass on its corporate jet expenses to customers.

Rst look stinger first look wednesday night: partly cloudy and quiet.

Lows near 70.

Light northerly winds between 2-4 mph.

Thursday-saturday: mostly sunny skies are expected along with lower humidity values.

Highs will range from the low to mid 90s with overnight lows in the upper 60s to lower 70s.

Northerly winds between 5-10 mph continue.

Mississippi high school students could soon have one less testing requirement// a task force is recommending the currently mandatory u.s. history test be scrapped// it's the only state test required by mississippi but not the federal government// courtney ann jackson explains what this could mean for schools statewide// a survey of the state's high school teachers came back with overwhelming results that they think it's time to end the u-s history end-of-course exam.

And recent graduate jake kienle agrees.

"i think i missed out because o the test because my teacher couldn't go into much detail about certain things because he had to cover x,y and z for the test."

The state's testing task force recommendation now has to be considered by one commission and ultimately by the state board of education.

But to be clear---even if they decide to end exam requirement---u-s history will still be a required course statewide.

Madison central high school principal sean brewer--- "it's foundational to ou curriculum and our coursework and students are going to have to master that curriculum in order to graduate in the future as they currently do now."

Brewer says there could be some benefits to a change.

"it actually frees teachers u to continue to teach the curriculum, to plan when they're going to give their assessments as it flows in the classroom and instruction goes."

For those like rep.

Tom miles who've been pushing for a change at the legislative level for the last two years---they see the recommendation as a positive first step.

"i'm glad to hear tha mississippi department of education has realized and has admitted to with their press release yesterday that houston we have a problem with state testing in mississippi and we need to do something about it."

Courtney ann jackson, wcbi news work is getting underway for the 20-20 version of tales from the crypt..

The project combines research with dramatic performance.

Students from the mississippi school for math and science will spend the next semester researching the life of someone buried at columbus' friendship cemetery.

Today they toured the columbus library's local history and genealogy indexes.

It's where they will gather their research they need to create their monologues.

Tales from the crypt has won numerous awards and has been featured in publications all over the country.

When school starts back it doesn't take long before the first case of illness is called in.

And when a kid gets sick at school that's when the school nurse steps in.

Our rylie livingston takes a look at how these health care providers help students.

From scraped knees and bruises, to fever and upset stomachs, school nurses see it all.

They know education is important, so they do what they can to get students back to learning.

"it's very important to happe because most teachers focus primarily on education so they have someone to monitor illness of the kid that will have a teacher that will help the teacher to stay in the classroom education part of it."

For some students a trip to the nurse's office is a regular part of their school day..

"they administer medication t students that have been diagnosed through a private doctor as far as having adhd, add, asthmatic students, students that have diabetes.

Those are the main issues that we have here" but sometimes kids aren't well enough to go back to class and that's when nurses have to make the call.

"if a student comes into th office they make that medical decision anything medical related we automatically go to our school nurse first because she is the expert on the best practices and what needs need to be met and so she makes that decision on this child is really sick we need to call mom or dad or this is a child back and stay at school because they are not contagious or they are able to be here."

And as flu season draws closer their job gets even busier.

"they provide us wit information from the cdc as far as best practices that are up-to-date the district also provides hand sanitizer and clorox wipes to all the teachers to make sure that we are keeping a clean and safe environment for students."

Of course, it's not just the kids who can go see the nurse when they're sick, kristen fondren says they are there for the teachers too..

Stinger summary: less humid air is on track for the rest of the work week and the start of the weekend.

Temperatures will remain quite hot but at least it won't feel as oppressive.

Wednesday night: partly cloudy and quiet.

Lows near 70.

Light northerly winds between 2-4 mph.

Thursday-saturday: mostly sunny skies are expected along with lower humidity values.

Highs will range from the low to mid 90s with overnight lows in the upper 60s to lower 70s.

Northerly winds between 5-10 mph continue.

Sunday-wednesday: scattered showers and storms return to the region as moisture surges back in.

As is typical for this time of year most of the activity that develops will do so during the heating of the day.

Seasonably warm highs is the upper 80s to lower 90s are likely.

Lows should be in the low 70s.

Follow @wcbiweather on the weekend.

Temperatures will remain quite hot but at least it won't feel as oppressive.

Wednesday night: partly cloudy and quiet.

Lows near 70.

Light northerly winds between 2-4 mph.

Thursday-saturday: mostly sunny skies are expected along with lower humidity values.

Highs will range from the low to mid 90s with overnight lows in the upper 60s to lower 70s.

Northerly winds between 5-10 mph continue.

Sunday-wednesday: scattered showers and storms return to the region as moisture surges back in.

As is typical for this time of year most of the activity that develops will do so during the heating of the day.

Seasonably warm highs is the upper 80s to lower 90s are likely.

Lows should be the weekend.

Temperatures will remain quite hot but at least it won't feel as oppressive.

Wednesday night: partly cloudy and quiet.

Lows near 70.

Light northerly winds between 2-4 mph.

Thursday-saturday: mostly sunny skies are expected along with lower humidity values.

Highs will range from the low to mid 90s with overnight lows in the upper 60s to lower 70s.

Northerly winds between 5-10 mph continue.

Sunday-wednesday: scattered showers and storms return to the region as moisture surges back in.

As is typical for this time of year most of the activity that develops will do so during the heating of the day.

Seasonably warm highs is the upper 80s to lower 90s are likely.

Lows should be in the low 70s.

Follow @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, and instagram stinger the m-l-b is adding some mississippi flavor... courtney takes a look at how some familiar faces are doing in the pros... later in sports... with football season pretty much here, you might be planning to tailgate.

We learn how to handle food the right way on the road, in our health talk with baptist.

Hi.

I'm libby walker, the morrison director of food and nutrition services at baptist memorial hospital golden triangle.

Tonight i want to talk to you about how to handle food safely while on the road.

Whether it's a quick trip to the park for a family picnic, tailgating at your favorite game or taking a favorite recipe to a family reunion, the 'road' to food safety can either be bumpy or smooth - depending on what precautions we take in handling meals as we travel.

There are some simple, common sense food safety rules that can save a special occasion from a disaster.

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Plan ahead - if you are traveling with perishable food, place it in a cooler with ice or freezer packs.

Place drinks in a separate cooler so the food cooler is not opened frequently.

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Pack safely - pack perishable foods directly from the refrigerator or freezer into the cooler.

Meat and poultry may be packed while still frozen so it stays colder longer.

Be sure to keep raw meat and poultry wrapped separately from cooked foods or foods meant to be eaten raw such as fruits.

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When camping, keep the cooler in a shady spot and covered with a light colored blanket or tarp to reflect heat.

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Keep drinks in a separate cooler from foods.

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Hot take-out foods should be consumed within two hours of purchase.

Join us next time for health talk with baptist when we will discuss tips for packing safe school lunches and snacks.

Alternate ending 1: join us next time for health talk with baptist when we will discuss tips for keeping your food safe during the holidays.

Alternate ending 2: join us next time for health talk with baptist when we will when it is safe to re-freeze partially frozen foods.

Alternate ending 3: join us next time for health talk with baptist when we will discuss food safety tips for cold weather stinger just nine stops remaing on our 60 schools in 60 days..catch stop #52 with new albany coming up next in sports spx open the new albany bulldogs are stop number 52 on the high school football tour..

The bulldogs snapped its streak of losing seasons in 2018...and an experienced group looks to snap some more streaks this upcoming season... áábillboardáááá fresh off its first winning season in six years, the new albany bulldogs plan on picking up where they left off.

Cody stubblefield's team returns close to 17 starters from 2018...but will have to replace football's most important position...quarterback.

All-state qb and four-year starter loden bolen is off to college ball, and senior charlie lott steps in to lead one of 4a best passing attacks "the good thing about charlie coming back is he sat behind loden, and we had the same offense, we're going to continue that this year.

We don't feel like he's going to have to miss anything, or skip anything.

We feel like he can pick it up where loden left it off."

"him having a lot o experience, he started four years.

He taught me a lot just backing him up.

He had a really good season, it was a good learning experience playing behind him."

"charlie's arm strength is like exceptional.

I like the way he can fit balls in tight windows.

Seven-on-seven he showed me a lot of good stuff, and i have full belief in him to take us where we need to go this season."

Winning is contagious, and with the experience back in new albany, the players are setting the goals high for the upcoming season.

"we're shooting for a stat championship this year.

I feel like with the guys we have, and the coaching staff that we have, i reall think we could do it this year."

"it was our first winnin season in a long time, and we've just stepped it up more.

Coach stubblefield always talking about be better.

The best is the standard."

New albany will have to get over the first round hump.

Three straight playoff appearances have ended in game one....but the bulldogs are eager to put an end to another streak "we're tired of having tha first round exit in the playoffs.

We're trying to put new albany back on the map.

We try to go deep into the playoffs, so we can get mentioned around the whole state of mississippi."

"the key is just stayin healthy.

Everybody being bought in, and on board, and i really think we have a team this year that can do that."

"i think the emphasis this yea is to take it game in and game out.

But we definitely want to make a bigger impact when the playoffs get here.

We want to see if we can play well at that point, and see how far we can go."

The bulldogs begin 2019 on the road against east union with new albany on the high school football tour, tom eble, wcbi sports.

The countdown for remaing stops on the high school football tour has officially begun we're in single digits...only 9 stops left to go louisville is stop #53 on thursday...follo wed by #54 with lafayette friday stop #55 features the oxford chargers on saturday and the weekend closes out for stop #56 with saltillo on sunday make sure you prepare for the high school football season by checking out any stops you may have missed on our website at wcbi.com it's a new season and a ávery newá ole miss team after losing guys like jordan ta'amu, d-k metcalf and a-j brown...the rebels will look much younger this year and new offensive coordinator rich rodriguez's main goal as opening kick-off grows closer...limiting errors and getting his guys up and running at full speed rod saying after practice that it's important to make sure a fast- pace isn't putting any strain on practicing the fundamentals "so sometimes when fatigu sets in, both mentall and physically, some of that will slip.

We have to do a good job as coaches and players to make sure the fundamental part doesn't slip in sacrificing tempo.

We're going to keep going hard and go fast and our guys have done a pretty good job of it but we still have a ways to go.

#statetothe show has been in full swing this week in the m-l-b last night especially... former bulldog mitch moreland coming in clutch for the boston red sox tuesday evening 2 outs in the 5th...with runners on the corners when moreland knocks a single into right...boston got the dub 7-6 also, hunter renfroe putting in work for the padres..renfroe is walked in the first...and just a few plays later comes home to score 'dres unfortunately fell to tampa bbay 7-5 last last look stinger last look

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