It's day 2 of mississippi's legislative session, and democratic leaders are laying out their party's priorities for 20-19..
Courtney ann jackson explains how they're seeking common ground with the other side.
Party politics usually play out with polar opposite agendas for republicans and democrats each session.
But democrats say they're seeing new traction from the gop on issues they've championed.
"whatever it is, i'll accept its long as they're willing to work together on issues that will improve mississippians lives then they're going to find a willing partner in me and legislative democrats."
They will have six priorities this year: public education, health care, infrastructure, economic justice, criminal justice reforms and election reforms. in the way of health care---they'll again file bills related to medicaid expansion.
"for some reason in 2019, we hear the governor's considering expanding medicaid or some proposal that would include expanding medicaid.
Legislative democrats have fought for that since 2011 and we will continue to fight for that."
Governor bryant's office has not yet responded to our requests for comment about his position on medicaid expansion.
You saw lawmakers boost infrastructure funding in the special session and some leaders have said they don't expect more this session.
"that's unfortunate because what we did was simply a bandaid on a wound that needs surgical intervention.
We know that it costs over 400 million a year just to maintain the roads and bridges that we currently have and the revenue that we think we've rasied through the special session is about 200 million a year and that's insufficient on its face."
While there are early bi- partisan issues, the caucus says much will depend on the details.
For example, they don't just want a teacher pay raise but want the salary raised to the southeastern average.
Courtney ann jackson, wcbi news mississippi's secretary of state is looking for a new job... delbert hosemann was in columbus this morning to announce his plans to run for lieutenant governor..
Hosemann says mississippi's future and his grandchildren helped him to decide to run.
His platform includes refocusing on small businesses and helping them thrive.
He also want to prioritize education, healthcare and infrastructure..
The most important person 8 hours a day that we turn over our kids to is a teacher and they are under compensated and i anticipate the legislature will begin to rectify that issue this year and hopefully through the next year and every year that i'm in the lieutenant governor's spot we're going to raise teachers pay we can't stop building roads here i mean you heard one of the people here today talk about that and that infrastructure is critical.
Hosemann is in his 3rd term as secretary of state..
There was a major shake-up today in the lowndes county sheriff's race..
Major greg wright put his name on the ballot to be the county's next top cop.
Currently, he leads the investigations division at the department.
He has previously served as chief deputy.
Archie williams and ryan rickert both dropped out of the race.
Now, wright and former jail administrator rick jones are the only names on the ballot.
Sheriff mike arledge has announced that he won't be running for reelection..
The deadline to qualify is march 1st.
First look stinger first look tonight: a mostly clear sky will help temperatures to fall into the mid to upper 20s.
Look for northerly winds 5-10 mph.
Thursday: still expecting plenty rainy weather over the last few weeks has taken a toll on area rooftops.
Local contractors are being flooded with calls from customers with leaky roofs.
Wcbi's rylie livingston is up on the roof as one company works to get repairs done.
"the pressure is on."
After a few wet weeks the recent sunshine is bringing some much-needed relief.
And for local roofing businesses it means they can get back to work.
"i probably have 30 or 40 people waiting on me to show up for the first time.
To look at their roof and our job list is in several weeks out.
So things of been backing up on us pretty good.
We are thankful for every dry day that we can get things done."
With the added rain some homeowners have noticed a few leaks appearing in their roof.
But fixing these leaks has been a challenge.
"the pitch of the roof if it's a steeper pitch and then it makes it slicker of course on the roof that makes it a danger hazard and then we do have to wait for to dry up if the pitch of the roof isn't at steep and then the challenges aren't us."
"it's not conducive to our materials adhering the way they're supposed to properly."
But the rain isn't all bad.
It sometimes can assist roofers in their repair efforts.
"sometimes it makes it easier to find a leak that they have when the rain is actually coming down because we can go inside the house in the attic and find where the water is actually coming in it kinda makes it easier sometimes if it's not raining too bad."
Now that the sun is shining it's time to catch up on all the jobs that have built up.
"we're very thankful for the good weather i had to spend sunday and monday with the crew to get caught up on some jobs and since then they are in a position where they can now handle things without me and i've been running trying to get caught up on service.
I've got over three pages of stuff to do so it's been accumulating big-time" reporting in the golden triangle, rylie livingston, wcbi news.
Jack redwood tells us his company received 15 repair calls within 48 hours last week and he is thankful his customers are patient and understanding.
Take new at 10 stinger generic monitor fill it's the start of the new year and that also means it's the start of a new semester for students at mississippi state.
But after a long break, how will it be for students trying to get back into the swing of things?
Our quentin smith headed back to campus to find out.
So quentin, is this going to be an adjustment for students?
Scott is most definitely is.
Students i spoke with say they were enjoying being back at home with family and friends over these last few weeks.
It was a relaxing time for them.
But now that break is over... and some students find themselves having to get back into their old routine as school starts back... however, finding that routine, isn't always easy.
Nat school is back in session at mississippi state.
Its something that some students were eager for... " honestly i was kind of ready to come back because after being on break for so long i was getting kind of bored."
However, some students feel the complete opposite.
Trying to get back into the swing of things is presenting a few challenges for some students on campus " when i come back it's just lie your brain is moving at 100% again, it's hard adjusting to the change of pace."
" it's kind of tough you know.
I got all 8 am this semester so just waking up after spending three weeks staying in bed until 12, waking up at 6 o'clock again to get to class, it's a little difficult but i'm adjusting as the weeks pass on."
But as the weeks pass on and the school year progresses, students will be forced to develop a routine to help them knock off the holiday rust.
" it hasn't been super hard to get back into getting up and going to class, but it definitely is hard to get back into studying instead of doing what you want in your free time."
For some students, their routine will cause them to take a break from the screens and start hitting the books... " instead of watching netflix or something before i go to bed, just turn off the tv and set aside some time specifically for studying."
" going to bed early for sure, and then just planning my day and making sure that i am keeping a planner, going to class, and just eating healthy so i can get to bed on time."
" honestly just focusing on one thing at a time.
I have nota planner, but like an app, a to do list app, and i just focus on one thing, getting that done, then i will focus on more harder test after that then i'll get back into the swing of things generic monitor fill research shows that having a set bed-time and sticking to it... and having an organized planner of all these things you need to do.... are two critical components for helping students get back in the swing of things as the new semester begins... a teacher at west lowndes elementary is using her classroom to áshapeá the future... tammara buchanan teaches 5th grade..
Right now she's teaching them geometry ..
And in buchanan's class--no chalk board is needed..
Students walk around and identify the different shapes and their properties.
Our educator of the week says that's one way she get's her lessons to stick.
The other way involves showing them love.
"if you care and they know that you love them...they will learn...bottom line...and i love them and they know that it's genuine....and it is...even though some times i have to bite them...they know that i bite them out of love and they'll come right back to me and say "i'm sorry mrs. buchanan"" to nominate a teacher, visit wcbi dot com.
Stinger take educator of the week billboard open tonight: a mostly clear sky will help temperatures to fall into the mid to upper 20s.
Look for northerly winds 5-10 mph.
Thursday: still expecting plenty of sunshine, but clouds pick up a little bit into thursday night.
Highs during the day are in the upper 40s with a few of us in the lower 50s.
Look for lows thursday night to fall into the mid to upper 20s with a few of us staying in the low 30s.
Friday: we'll start the day with more sun than not, but by friday night, a mostly cloudy will occur with a few isolated showers moving in during the afternoon and evening hours.
Odds look to favor more widespread showers to hold off until after sunset.
Highs only in the upper 40s and low 50s with lows friday night in the upper 30s and low 40s.
Saturday: looks like another it's the college equivalent of free agency..
2 s-e-c standouts are looking for new homes... tom has details a little later in sports.... some folks are still on the hunt for that big trophy and some people are hunting from tree stands.
If you're going to be up high, you want to make sure you're secured.
We learn more in our health talk with baptist.
No closed captioning available tonight i went to talk to you more detail about safety height from the tree your full body harness should be attached to a tree that body level and should be attached stinger oxford is upset city in america!
The rebels pick up a big time win at home....all the highlights and recap next in sports... open the ole miss rebels were picked to finish dead last in the sec in men's hoops... new head coach for a team that struggled a year ago...had all the ingredients to make that possible.... those who chose the rebels at the bottom may be wanting a redo on that ballet after tonight ole miss and #11 auburn...the rebels first ranked battle of the season..looking for an upset and their second s-e- c win right out of the gate for the rebs...blake hinson with the three...rebs lead early 3-0 the tigers quick to answer...bryce brown from behind the arc..gets it to go makes bring it within 2 devonte shuler tries to get the shot up...can't...but gets his own rebound and the putback...rebels leading 9-3 auburn out in transition...jare d harper slings the ball to brown..and the man from downtown ties the game up at 9 auburn looking to score...denied by bruce stevens!!!
Terrence davis races down court and wham bam thank you ma'am check out that dunk!!!
23- 14...the rebels on a 10-0 run... and don't mess with the big man inside...dominik olejniczak slings one into the basket to extend the lead 30-22 the rebels would be dominating the ranked tigers at halftime 42-29 and they'd continue to ball in the second half kj buffen driving inside....rejected but they'd give them the two for goaltending...re bs lead 48-41 t-d off the fast break and then the one handed slam!
Davis with a game high 27 points on 9-15 shooting... breein tyree flexin on 'em...feeds it out to shuler...for threeeeeee rebs leading 61- 54 olejniczak gets the ball to davis...the man does the rest...hangs-ten on the rim...63-57 and that'd be the end of it...the rebels dominate #11 auburn for an incredible upset.82-67..the first win against a ranked opponent for the rebels since 2015...improve the win streak to nine "we executed late.
You know, we did some offensive things, we really did.
I thought that was a key to it.
We're a good free throw shooting team, we usually close games out like that.
But really it was defending.
We held auburn to 32 percent in the second half and that was really the key to the game."
"we just get better by the week.
Practice, practice is our game.
We practice hard.
We practice two hours, two and a half.
We treat it like the game.
Once we get to the game, it's natural."
Next up for the rebels....mississip pi state the bulldogs will look to fix what went wrong in columbia... in the thirteen game before south carolina...the bulldogs shot 76-percent as a team from the free throw stripe....in the loss to the gamecocks?
56 percent msu also outrebounded opponents by a margin on 6.7 boards.....in the loss, carolina won the advantage by 10 while the loss hurts the bulldogs tournament resume, ben howland says this is the time of year where teams find out who they really are "you know, it?s a whole new season starting sec play.
That's how they approached it obviously, they looked really really good tonight.
They had a good crowd behind them.
Bottom line, we need to show up better.
We need to do a better job rebounding the basketball, we have to shoot foul shots better, and we have to take better care of teh basketball."
Ole miss football presenting it's future wednesday matt luke will be flanked by two former pac-12 coaches of the year...with rich rodriguez leading the offense, and mike macintrye tasked with rebuilding the defense... both coaches believe their experience can add to a changing rebels staff "...so much of your own free time, getting to know not only what you're doing but what other people are doing against you."
Senior quarterback jalen hurts' name stinger last look tonight: a mostly clear sky will help temperatures to fall into the mid to