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WCBI News at Six - December 18, 2018

Good evening everyone.

Thanks for joining us.

As christmas draws closer many stores are seeing an increase in last minute holiday shoppers.

But as store owners draw in extra money they have to be on the look out for people trying to pass off funny money.

Our rylie livingston joins us in the studio with more.

It's something law enforcement is always on the look out for... counterfeit money.

But with the holiday season in full swing police say the amount of fake money circulating is on the rise.

With the hustle and bustle of christmas shopping, local law enforcement is going on high alert.

"this time of year people are passing more and more counterfeit money as you can see over there on that table we've got a lot that's been going through our county which i think is going through about every county in north mississippi."

This weekend alone, monroe county sheriff cecil cantrell says deputies seized 2-grand in fake bills from one person.

"this is a very serious situation."

Some of the money making the rounds appears to have been purchased from china.

Cantrell says people are using white out to covering up the chinese symbols, then they pass it off as real money.

"you can tell by feeling about money and also holding it up to the light and you can see the presidents picture on the right-hand corner you can't see that the income that money just doesn't feel right at all so you're gonna have to slow down and take a little time especially on your hundred dollar bills."

If someone accepts the counterfeit money their real money goes down the drain.

"you've lost it just like you got $100 if your hundred dollars because it's counterfeit just turning into your place department but really it's lost money."

"in the long run it would affect not only us but money flows you know through the city so it affects business is not just one lowball it affects everybody in the community."

Sheriff cantrell says it's hard to see people being taken advantage of, especially this time of year.

"business people they work really hard.

Th're are out there trying to make a living and they're trying to do the right thing and doing the right thing sometimes you run across these criminals that are working in the opposite direction.

They're just trying to steal and deceive people out of their goods and their merchandise.

And when the holidays are over it is still important to stay on the lookout.

"make sure you got that your antennas up make sure you're being very vigilant of what's going on because these people are out there to rip you off."

It's not just business that can be affected by counterfeit money.

As a consumer you should check the money given back to you after a purchase just to make sure it's the real thing.

West point police have arrested two people in connection with monday night shooting that left one person injured.

Clay county sheriff eddie scott confirms that 22-year-old lacequiu d.

Starks, turned himself in late last night.

40-year-old jason dean was arrested this afternoon.

Both men are charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault.

Bond for both is set at 2 million dollars.

The incident happened, just before six last night, at marshall park, off of college street.

A witness at the scene, says a truck rammed a gold colored car, then someone inside the truck, fired shots into that vehicle.

Two people were in that car, at the time of the shooting.

The condition of the victim, is unknown.

Developing stinger the two percent restaurant tax is back on the agenda for city leaders in columbus to discuss once again... the columbus convention and visitors bureau.... and lowndes county supervisors have already approved a resolution giving four events held in the city limits a lump sum of money... now, the columbus city council is expected to pass its vote on the matter during tonights meeting.... our quen-tin smith is at that meeting... he joins us live with more.... aundrea, the meeting is getting underway right now as we speak... as you mentioned, the cvb and lowndes county supervisors have already agreed upon a resolution..... now they're waiting for council members in columbus to vote on the issue... the cvb and county leaders approved a resolution giving four events held in the city limits 15 thousand dollars a piece.

The county would receive 30 thousand for festivals or events that supervisors vote to fund... those events would be held in the county... now i do want to point out.... this is all contingent on state lawmakers passing a 2% restaurant tax... i caught up with an organizer of one of the festivals included in the resolution about what this would mean... here's what they had to say... "the way it's set up now, if we can get the basic $15,000 annually for the festivals, that means we steal half to go out and raise another eight to $10,000, because with the juneteenth festival and other festivals, the main thing is good entertainment.

You get good entertainment you get people that want to buy vendor space, you get people coming out, and it's kind of a mainstay in the community.

We are hoping that everything goes well so we can get this juneteenth festival and other festivals back on track."

The columbus city council is set to vote on the matter in just a few minutes.

We'll have more on which action the board chooses to take coming up on wcbi news at ten.

But for now... reporting live in columbus.... quentin smith..

Wcbi news... first look stinger first look tuesday night: scattered high clouds but dry.

Overnight lows primarily in the mid to upper 30s with light wind.

Wednesday: the first 1/2 of the day is looking dry with showers becoming more likely from mid afternoon onward.

The chance of rain is 50%.

Look for highs in the upper 50s to around 60.

Wednesday night: areas of rain will continue.

Milder lows in the upper 40s can be expected for a change.

Thursday: we're going to keep a 70% chance of rain going as showers are possible at just about any time during the day.

Highs should remain in the 50s.

Breezes will pick up during the afternoon hours.

Roll vo in monitor healthcare heartache.

As open enrollment has ended this year, people in our area who depend on the affordable care act or a-c-a to stay alive are afraid they could lose insurance coverage.

This after a judge ruled the a-c-a is unconstitutiona l.

Wcbi's jason hibbs joins us now to explain what this means for families.

Jason?

We're talking about a lot of families..

An estimated 17 million americans.

And remember the act also prevented companies from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions and allows kids less than 26-years- old to stay on their parent's insurance policy.

A local a-c-a agent says she's been working the phones, calling her clients, and spreading a very important message for everyone who signed up for coverage next year.

"where would you be without it?

Probably dead."

Grandmother dorothy williams says she works part- time.

Her employer hasn't offered her any health insurance, and she can't pay for anything else, so the affordable care act, or "obamacare," is all she's got.

"i thank god for the obamacare, because it has really helped me, i might not even be here."

"because i truly would not go to the doctor, they not going to see you no way."

But she'd suffer, instead.

"about ten or eleven, one is for high blood pressure.

High choleterol."

"this one is to keep the rhythm, uh, beating" with a heart condition and diabetes, among other issues, williams knows all about suffering and depending on the a-c-a.

And so does her aca broker, annie buckhalter.

"i was one of those people."

Once depending on it herself to survive, buckhalter now helps others sign-up for what she considers life-saving insurance.

That's why she was upset by the judge's ruling.

"signing people up for insurance on friday, and had the tv on, and they said that the judge in texas had just ruled afforable health care unconstitutional.

I'm like, what?"

But moments later she said she got an email from her employer, ambetter, with a much welcomed message.

"continue to enroll folks, this don't have any effect on enrollment.

Continue to enroll."

She says for all of 2019, the a- c-a is intact.

That's good news for williams, who says she's thankful, but admits she's already worried about 2020.

"each year, i'm thinking, 'is ts going to be it?'" open enrollment in alabama and mississippi ended this weekend.

Buckhalter says people with pre- existing conditions and those less than 26 also don't need to worry about next year.

Of course, beyond that, the future is uncertian.

The judge's decision came after 20 states, including mississippi and alabama, sued over the constitutionalit y of the law.

The lawsuit came after congress removed the part of the a-c-a that obligated people to have health insurance or pay a fine.

Stinger it is pick-up day for the salvation army's angel tree program we'll tell you about the army of volunteers it takes to make everything happen.

That's coming up on wcbi news roll hundreds of kids in the tupelo are will have a brighter christmas thanks to the people who picked up an angel.

The salvation army's "angel tree" program continues to bring smiles and serve those that need a helping hand.

Wcbi's allie martin has more.

Nats thank you ladies without the salvation army's angel tree program, kent rye's niece may not have christmas presents for her kids.

"this time of year, it's hard to come up with funds to, when you have multiple children and this is just a god send."

Nearly 300 families, that includes more than 15 hundred children , signed up for tupelo salvation army's angel tree program this year.

Standup bridge each bag represents a child, or an "angel."

Volunteers from toyota, the salvation army women's auxiliary and others in the community have spent weeks making sure every angel has every toy on his or her wish list.

"sometimes there are children who don't get picked in a family, you may have two or three kids and one or two get taken, angels get filled and others aren't taken so we have to fill those ourselves."

It also takes an army of volunteers on pickup day to help everything run like clockwork.

Nats checking list among the volunteers, 34 students from milam elementary's junior beta club.

They are handing out gifts and learning about serving others.

"i'm hoping they get the foundation of service, and helping those and serving our community."

"i've liked to be able to see te gifts people get and be able to send them home to be able to give their kids a nice christmas."

"merry christmas tupelo" allie martin, wcbi news centered up the red kettle campaign helps provide toys for the angel tree program.

It also helps the salvation army provide assistance to those in need throughout the year.

Stinger weather open tuesday night: scattered high clouds but dry.

Overnight lows primarily in the mid to upper 30s with light wind.

Wednesday: the first 1/2 of the day is looking dry with showers becoming more likely from mid afternoon onward.

The chance of rain is 50%.

Look for highs in the upper 50s to around 60.

Wednesday night: areas of rain will continue.

Milder lows in the upper 40s can be expected for a change.

Thursday: we're going to keep a 70% chance of rain going as showers are possible at just about any time during the day.

Highs should remain in the 50s.

Breezes will pick up during the afternoon hours.

Thursday night: breezy/windy conditions develop as showers continue rotating through the region.

Some gusts may be over 25 mph.

There is a small chance that a few wet snow flakes may mix in late in the night but no impacts are expected as temperatures will stay well above freezing.

Lows will be in the upper 30s to around 40.

Friday: showers should wrap up during the morning but it may take a little bit longer to scour out the clouds.

Highs stay in the 40s.

Gusty nw winds will remain in place during the day and they will make it feel even colder.

Weekend: saturday is looking great with seasonable temperatures and plenty of sunshine.

A few showers are possible sunday with highs in the upper 50s.

Christmas eve - christmas day: no major surprises are in store this year for christmas.

A few showers are possible but there won't be any winter weather or severe weather headaches to worry about.

Highs in the 50s are likely both upper 30s with light wind.

Wednesday: the first 1/2 of the day is looking dry with showers becoming more likely from mid afternoon onward.

The chance of rain is 50%.

Look for highs in the upper 50s to around 60.

Wednesday night: areas of rain will continue.

Milder lows in the upper 40s can be expected for a change.

Thursday: we're going to keep a 70% chance of rain going as showers are possible at just about any time during the day.

Highs should remain in the 50s.

Breezes will pick up during the afternoon hours.

Thursday night: breezy/windy conditions develop as showers continue rotating through the region.

Some gusts may be over 25 mph.

There is a small chance that a few wet snow flakes may mix in late in the night but no prepare for fireworks tonight between the dawgs and the ducks we preview the top ten matchup from oregon...next in sports... spx the biggest game in women's college basketball tonight features hail state hoops it'll be dawgs vs the ducks on the west coast....still a ways away from tipoff... to get you ready, wcbi sports's blair schaefer is with the bulldogs in oregon and has more from tonight's game.... "....let's see how oregon decides how to defend it, because it's a big decision.

Alright, well, the game tip off at nine, but for now reporting from eugene, oregon, blair schaefer, wcbi sports...."

Collegiate baseball unveiling its preseason polls for the 2019 college baseball season...... the newspaper named its preseason all- americans...namin g one bulldogs and two rebels lsu coming in at number one in the preseason poll...followed directly behind by vanderbilt florida at number 6....the rebels picked eleventh in the preseason poll georgia at 13, auburn at 23, arkansas at 25 mississippi state picked 27th by collegiate baseball newspaper....luc kily all the polls will matter until the season opens on february 15th the njcaa naming its 2018 football all- americans.....and a bit of history for our local juco football teams named best of the best northeast defensive lineman and ole miss commit sam williams named first team all american....makin g him the first defensive first teamer in northeast history.....william s is also the third all- american in program history last look stinger last look




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