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WCBI NEWS AT TEN - January 16, 2019

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With the 20-19 legislative session in full swing some mississippi democrats are hopeful about the chance for bi-partisan support on some key issues.

Today---the democratic caucus is focusing on its healthcare agenda.

As courtney ann jackson explains -- medicaid expansion is at the top of that list.

The democratic caucus says they have company in the push for medicaid expansion.

"we see the ice breaking so to speak."

They say more republicans seem open to the idea.

But here's what governor bryant told us last week.

"not at all.

No i think if you see, in fact yesterday i looked at a poll that said the majority of americans believe that the..our federal judge in texas ruled correctly, and we believe that obamacare is unconstitutional."

Democrats say the buck shouldn't stop there.

"he can say anything he wants to say but we have a caudry of people who are running for higher office in this state and those are the people, not the governor, people running for governor, lt.

Governor, attorney general, each one of them, a legislature, all of a sudden in an election year all of them are for medicaid expansion in an election year.

Nobody's going to say no.

So, it's incumbent upon us to press that button."

2019 gubernatorial candidate robert foster is among the republicans who are saying they're open to a different form of expansion.

"a serious look at waivers and a potential way for us to allow people that can afford pay into that to help pay for the state's match.

If there's a way for us to do that financially, we ought to look into it because we're turning away a tremendous amount of federal money every year."

So, who would expansion help?

Dems say it would help working mississippians and the state's small and rural hospitals that have been taking the full burden of uninsured patients.

"these are the 300-thousand mississippians who make too much to be included right now in the existing medicaid a bill that allows electric co-ops to provide broadband services in mississippi moves forward.

Today, speaker of the house phillip gunn and ms house of representative members passed the mississippi broadband enabling act 115 to 3.

Gunn says he is proud of the house for stepping up to find a solution for constituents who want access to broadband because lack of access is a serious issue for the state.

He goes on to say the bill is designed to protect the rate payer and provide transparency.

Take new at 10 stinger a starkville home is seriously damaged.... now fire investigators are working to figure out what caused the blaze.... it was just after four o'clock today when fire broke out at a home on old west point road.

Starkville fire chief charles yarbrough says the home received major smoke and fire damage... yarbrough says no injuries were reported... the cause of the fire still remains under investigation..

Across town an old classic goes up in flames today..

The driver of this ford pickup noticed smoke coming from under the hood, while driving down spring street this afternoon.

He pulled over at a gas station before the flames started billowing out from the engine.

Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire.

No one was injured.

And fire claims a century old home turned dog grooming business in saltillo.

Around 11 this morning saltillo firefighters responded to "doggie do's" on mobile street.

A man who was renting a portion of the building says he was asleep when he noticed flames behind a bookshelf and called 9 1 1.

It took more than two hours to put the fire out.

The building was destroyed, but there were no injuries and no pets were in the business.

Take vo in monitor the names of the three victims in yesterday's shooting in artesia are released today..

Lowndes county coroner greg merchant identifies the victims as demario snell, mauricio nance, and tyshun bernard fields all from lowndes county.

People who live in artesia are still shaken tonight.

One of the victims lived there.

The other two were from other lowndes county towns.

Jory tally spoke with neighbors and family about what they describe as a nightmare..

"three people were murdered!

It seems unreal it seems like a dream or something, that you're just going to wake up from."

"i thought i was dreaming i thought a tragedy like this would never happen in artesia because we're so close to gather as friends and family" lowndes county investigators say two victims were found inside this home.

A third victim was in the backyard.

"these were some good guys.

I never knew either one of these guys to be any kind of trouble, so they were some wonderful fellas.

They were raised by good people, so these were good guys, and we just don't understand why would this?

How could this happen?"

When danielle price heard police heading to the scene she followed them.

She says that's when she and her mother saw her cousin, 22- year old cousin mauricio nance, laying on the ground face down.

"she said every time she closes her eyes, she sees him laying there and she's just crying and crying and crying and so i'm praying to god that she will soon get over this, you know, because we never had this happen in artesia."

Price says she and cousin had just talked saturday night, but hadn't seen him in so long, until tuesday..

At the crime scene.

"he was only here for like 45 minutes, 45 minutes.

My cousin said he saw him walking down here.

He was sitting on the porch and he just jumped up and said he was going to get a cigarette and next thing you know he was gone."

Sonja price is also cousins with nance.

She said he was more like a son to her.

"why did he have to do this these three young men?

You took their life.

You hurt a lot of people.

A lot of people are hurting from this, including his family, because they didn't have any idea that he would do anything like this."

Deputies have a person of interest in custody.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call the lowndes county sheriff's office or golden triangle crime stoppers..

First look stinger first look wednesday night: clouds will spread from west to east across the area during the evening and overnight hours.

Showers are possible late.

Lows will range from the upper 30s near the alabama border to the mid 40s along the i-55 corridor.

Thursday: a mostly cloudy day is expected and there is a 50% chance of passing showers.

Rainfall amounts in the 0.10?

To 0.25?

May be just about it.

Highs stay in the 50s.

Look for southerly breezes between 5 and 15 mph.

He's a man who has lived his life flying the skies.

And over 5 decades ago he flew the first t- 38 to the columbus air force base..

Today, at 85, he got to sit back in the pilot seat, so to speak.

Nats flying is a passion for retired lt.


James l.


"somebody now says you want to go fly an airplane i say what kind."

He's a little pickier these days when it comes to going up in the air.

Or what he's going up in.

"if it's a tail dragger, i'd lie that."

Tail dragger, or drag tail?

"my wife of all people calls it a drag tail.

She says, 'are you going to go fly a drag tail?

I said it's not a drag tail it's l dragger.'

So that's how it is.

I love it."

The retired pilot spent the afternoon in a t38 simulator at the columbus air force base.

Reliving a dream that was a huge part of career.

"so much water has passed under the bridge with so many other airplanes, i was amazed i could remember final approach speed, some of the acro speeds, other than that there's not a lot of difference.

But the landing seemed to go okay."

54 years ago, lt.


Cole brought columbus's first ever t38 from vance air force base in enid, oklahoma for an upcoming air show.

"they said we need somebody to fly a t38 to a little air bae in mississippi.

I said what's te air base, they said columbus.

I said, i'm your guy."

That's not the only first for this veteran pilot.

Years ago, when simulators were being invented, cole helped design simulators being made in tulsa, oklahoma.

"i simply went over there and told them what i thought needed to be changed, what didn't need to be changed.

If it flew like i thought it should, you know,to help them out, they weren't pilots."



Cole retired from the military after 23 years of service.

He also soared the skies as an american airlines pilot, doing just what he says he was born to do.


"it's just like putting on a sik glove, i thought, i can do this and i do it well.

And sure enough, it just came to me very easy.

It was never a challenge."

Cole also spent time working for the faa.

He lives with his wife in montgomery, texas.

One teacher's passion for history lands her in the spotlight!

Annette glover is the wcbi educator of the week.

She teaches history at golden triangle early college high school.

Glover doesn't consider her kids "students" but rather "independent thinkers."

She says its her job to show these young adults how history can repeat itself, and inspire them to make a change for the future.

" i believe they're our future..they are our future voters, they are our future citizens that are going to make changes, and i want them to see that the passion they have inside can be put to use" to nominate your favorite teacher, visit wcbi dot com stinger take educator o' the week billboard" spread from west to east across the area during the evening and overnight hours.

Showers are possible late.

Lows will range from the upper 30s near the alabama border to the mid 40s along the i-55 corridor.

Thursday: a mostly cloudy day is expected and there is a 50% chance of passing showers.

Rainfall amounts in the 0.10?

To 0.25?

May be just about it.

Highs stay in the 50s.

Look for southerly breezes between 5 and 15 mph.

Thursday night: variably cloudy conditions return with overnight lows in the mid to low 40s.

Friday: more clouds than sun are expected.

A few showers can't be ruled out during the 2nd half of the day but rain chances should remain relatively low.

Highs in the upper 50s to around 60 still appear possible.

Saturday: there is a 100% chance of rain and even a few storms. rainfall potential in the 1?

To 2?

Range does exist so it'll end up being a wetter system than the one thursday.

Temperatures are expected to peak somewhere near the mid 60s but a significant cool down is going to occur by the evening hours.

Saturday night: blustery and cold conditions take over as strong nw winds return.

Some lingering rain and snow showers are possible across the region but we still don't anticipate any impacts at this time.

Temperatures will be down to around freezing or slightly below by sunrise sunday.

Sunday: it'll be blustery and cold all day long.

Daytime highs are expected to be in the mid to upper 30s.

Wind chills will be colder than that so be advised.

Skies should eventually become mostly clear and that will setup good viewing for the total lunar eclipse sunday evening.

Follow @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, and instagram across the area during the evening and overnight hours.

Showers are possible late.

Lows will range from the upper 30s near the alabama border to the mid 40s along the i-55 corridor.

Thursday: a mostly cloudy day is expected and there is a 50% chance of passing showers.

Rainfall amounts in the 0.10?

To 0.25?

May be just about it.

Highs stay in the 50s.

Look for southerly breezes between 5 and 15 mph.

Thursday night: variably cloudy conditions return with overnight lows in the mid to low 40s.

Friday: more clouds than sun are expected.

A few showers stinger coming up a little later in sports we take a look at one of the more unique mascots in s-e-c football..

Hypothermia occurs when your body loses more heat than it can produce.

Some people are more at risk than others.

We find out more in tonight's health talk.


What are some of the risks, signs and symptoms of hypothermia?

People who may have a higher risk of hypothermia include: elderly people, especially those who may not have enough heat, food or clothing.

Adults under the influence of alcohol or drugs people who are mentally ill people who spend long periods of time outdoors babies and young children risk may also be increased by certain medicines and conditions that make it harder for your body to stay warm.

The signs and symptoms of hypothermia depend on the body temperature.

The major initial sign for an adult is a decrease in mental function that leads to impaired ability to make decisions.

Other signs include: tiredness or lethargy changes in speech disorientation, for example, the person will act as if they are 'drunk' the body gradually loses protective reflexes such as shivering, which is an important heat-generating defense.

In fact, shivering may stop as hypothermia progresses.

Other symptoms include slow, shallow breathing, drowsiness or exhaustion, loss of coordination, fumbling hands, stumbling steps, and a slow, weak pulse.

In severe hypothermia, a person may be unconscious without signs of breathing or a pulse.

Hypothermia symptoms for infants include: cold-to-touch, bright red skin unusually low energy join us next time for health talk with baptist when we will discuss how we treat hypothermia and how you can prevent being a victim.

Stinger tony the landshark is unlike most mascots......and his story separates him from the rest more from oxford next in sports... spx open for many, mascots are the staple of school spirit.

There's the familiar one's like the tigers, the wildcats, the bulldogs... but what about the unfamiliar ones?

Ole miss is one school with a fresh new face...wcbi sport's courtney robb reports from oxford with more..

Visit any sporting event at the university of mississippi and you find the usual.

Some wild fans, energetic cheerleaders ááácheeringááá and of course a rich history.

Ole miss does have one thing unlike any of the aforementioned and his name is tony.

Ryan o'connor: no one else has a landshark, uhm, he's unique to ole miss.

Developed by the student body the unorthodox mascot was modeled after the memory and mentality of former ole miss linebacker tony fein: the first person in history to ever throw the infamous fins up.

áááannouncer voiceááá micah ginn: "it really came about from the embracing of, a sort of a swagger type way of going about things.

A mark of confidence, a mark of accomplishment, even a mark of hello.

You know a greeting.

It can be used in many ways."

But there is no 'one' tony.

But rather it's a team of six foot individuals playing the landshark character.

O'connor: everybody that does fit that build you come to try-outs and you get to try on the suit.

We give you some band music and say the bands playing the fight song how're you going to react?

We practice not talking in the suit.

We practice all having the same walk.

We'd hate to have one tony skips, one tony's very slow.

We want to have him be just one character.

Courtney: i wanted to learn myself of what it took to be tony and i figured what better way to learn than from the master himself.

ááácourtney interviewing tony the landsharkááá ginn: "i tell people all the tie you're not going to find a more poignant or meaningful mascot story in all of college athletics.

So how important is it to remember tony fein through the landshark?

It can't be stated how important it is.

It's awesome to see."

O'connor: "i think people really love him because he is unique and he does have a great story and you know he's named after somebody who was really important to our university and i think knowing all that and knowing his history just makes people love him even more."

Anyone that is interested in becoming a 'tony' should look for information come february.

Reporting in oxford, courtney robb wcbi sports.

The stage is set for one of the best rivalry's in women's college basketball....#7 hail state hoops preparing to face #15 south carolina in starkville thursday two completely different teams this time around.....the bulldogs missing the fab four seniors....a'ja wilson no longer there to terrorize msu in the interior head coach vic schaefer says don't let the record fool you when it comes to the gamecocks "they've, you know, they played a lot of really good teams early, and the thing that impresses me the most is they've gotten so much better.

And that's what you do.

When you coach kids, coach teams, and each team is different, and we're finding out what life's like without those four seniors a year ago, and they've been able to really, i think, find out who they are, and boy they're really good."

Msu and south carolina tip off at 6 pm inside the hump, the game will be broadcasted on espn hertiage academy senior lex rogers signs to continue his soccer career at belhaven university the all-district athlete has been a team captain since the ninth grade, and also participated in the olympic development program while representing alabama....roger s also starred on the gridiron for heritage academy last

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