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WCBI News at Ten - Thursday, May 23, 2019

The death of three teens over the last year by gun violence has members of the louisville community searching for answers.

Thanks for joining us tonight..

In the last year a 16-year old, an 18-year old, and a 19-year old have been shot in killed.

Tonight several area pastors called a special meeting to address what the believe is a growing problem in the area.

Local pastor anthony mcintosh moderated tonight's gun violence forum.

Mcintosh called on members of the community to offer realistic solutions for teens to keep them out of trouble.

Pastor macintosh says getting involved is personal to him.

I was a young man who go into trouble went to prison did some stuff myself so i don't want that to happen to young people i was also involved in drugs whatever has happened in the cases of these young men who have gotten killled here recently we want to try to deter that and thats why it means so much to me i want to reach out to the community to help as many people as i possibly can to stay away from that type of lifestyle mcintosh hopes to implement any ideas gathered tonight over the summer break.

A candidate for office in starkville believes his current work experience and past political experience make him the best choice.

Hamp beatty is running in the may-30th special election for ward five alderman.

This evening beatty held a "meet the candidate" ice cream social at moncreif park.

Beatty served 2 terms as mayor of newton..

He moved to starkville 14- years ago.

And currently works for the mississippi state university's extension center as an economic development and small business specialist.

Candidates vying for office in lowndes county were all in one spot today meeting with their constituents.

The libertarian party of lowndes county hosted a forum at the hyatt place hotel in columbus, so people could get to know those who are running for office.

Candidates for sheriff, constable, and other local races were all on hand to introduce themselves and answer any questions.

College women from around the state are learning how to get involved in the world of politics.

The mississippi n.e.w.

Leadership program is a partnership between the mississippi university for women and the stennis center.

Courtney ann jackson has a peek into their day at the state capitol.

These young women could be part of mississippi's future leadership.

And as it stands---women are in the minority when it comes to representation at the state capitol.

Although numbers could change after the upcoming election---there are currently---15 state house members and 9 senators serving in the mississippi legislature.

That amounts to less than 14 percent of the full legislature.

"it scares me and it startles me because this is an important issue because if a generation doesn't step up and take control of the narrative, we're going to see that number continue to decrease."

The new leadership allows the young women to network, learn and be empowered to seek a career in the political arena.

"what you can see is something you can do.

So, if you see a woman who's in that office you think...oh, i can do that."

The only woman currently holding a statewide elected position---treasurer lynn fitch spoke with the group thursday.

"we talk about all these positions that have been filled but we need to elaborate more so on those that have yet to be filled.

We're just scratching the surface right now."

But they're hoping to see those numbers boosted and most say that's why they wanted to be part of the program.

"i saw a need for women to rise up in mississippi and not only n mississippi but in the united states of america."

"when i looked into my community, i didn't see anybody like me.

So, i said i should become that leader so that i can become that example for the young ladies behind me."

Courtney ann jackson, wcbi news first look stinger first look thursday night: mainly clear, calm, and quiet.

Mild lows in the upper 60s to around 70?.

Friday-tuesday: a big ridge of high pressure at the surface and aloft means more sun and heat for us.

Highs each day should range from the low to mid 90s with higher heat indices during peak heating.

Overnight lows will be around 70.

The louisville- winston airport receives a four point two million dollar grant to revamp its runway.

150 feet of runway will be added to the facility.

Other improvements include resurfacing the entire runway and adding l-e-d lights.

One of the main concerns is the runway is crowned, meaning the line of sight along the runway is obscured.

Local governments will not have to match any money for the u.s. department of transportation grant..

The j-l king center in starkville could soon be forced to close doors due to a lack of funding.

The center has been funded by the emerson family center programs. but because of the loss of a federal grant, the program can no longer support the j-l king.

The education center has been providing services in the community for more than 20 years.

It offers adult education courses as well as after school programs for the youth... j-l king will have to come up with 35 thousand dollars by july to keep the doors open..

The area's only homeless shelter will soon have a leadership change.

The current leaders at tupelo's salvation army are retiring.

Our allie martin has more.

Major jeff daniel remembers the day in april 2014, he found out he and his wife linda would be transferring from a salvation army in oklahoma, to the all america city.

"my reaction was, tupelo mississippi, what in the world.

And that afternoon, watched on the weather channel as the tornado came through."

Majors jeff and linda daniel have worked tirelessly during those five years, helping meet the needs of the homeless, hungry and hurting throughout northeast mississippi.

But a long running battle with cancer has made it tough for linda to perform the demanding work, so the daniels are taking early retirement.

Both jeff and linda say they have been blessed to oversee the tupelo salvation army and its daily operations.

One of the biggest accomplishments during the past five years, is the completion of a much needed and long overdue homeless shelter.

It will house more people and even has family units.

"with the help of community leaders, determined that what we're seeing coming into completion now is going to enable the salvation army to serve the needs of the community for the future."

Standup bridge although the new shelter is almost complete, and renovations to the chapel and community center are underway, majors jeff and linda daniel don't want people to forget about the day to day operating costs of running the ministry.

But they also have hope and faith in something called the tupelo spirit.

"in all the places we've served, this is most unique experience, where this is the most community support overall and have groups working together in a common effort to make tupelo a great place."

"thanks for all the support, we have thoroughly enjoyed it and we love tupelo and will miss everyone here."

The daniels will move to oklahoma to be closer to their grandkids.

Allie martin, wcbi news majors ray and whitney morton will be taking over in tupelo.

The mortons have been serving in shreveport, louisiana.

Stinger wx open summary: unseasonably warm and humid air will continue through the long holiday weekend.

While a stray shower can't be ruled out somewhere in the area we are going to keep the forecast dry through at least tuesday of next week.

Thursday night: mainly clear, calm, and quiet.

Mild lows in the upper 60s to around 70?.

Friday-tuesday: a big ridge of high pressure at the surface and aloft means more sun and heat for us.

Highs each day should range from the low to mid 90s with higher heat indices during peak heating.

Overnight lows will be around 70.

Wednesday-thursday: highs may only be in the low 90s with a small 20% chance of a shower or storm each day.

Heat safety: drink plenty of water, use sunscreen, wear hats and light weight/light colored clothing, stay in air conditioning, check on the elderly, bring pets indoors, check your car for children and pets.

Follow @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, and instagram weekend.

While a stray shower can't be ruled out somewhere in the area we are going to keep the forecast dry through at least tuesday of next week.

Thursday night: mainly clear, calm, and quiet.

Mild lows in the upper 60s to around 70?.

Friday-tuesday: a big ridge of high pressure at the surface and aloft means more sun and heat for us.

Highs each day should range from the low to mid 90s with higher heat indices during peak heating.

Overnight lows will be around 70.

Wednesday-thursday: highs may only be in the low 90s with a small 20% chance of a shower or storm each day.

Heat safety: drink plenty of water, use sunscreen, wear hats and light weight/light colored clothing, stay in air conditioning, check on the elderly, bring pets indoors, check your car for children and pets.

Follow @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, and instagram weekend.

While a stray shower can't be ruled out somewhere in the area we are going to keep the forecast dry through at least tuesday of next week.

Thursday night: mainly clear, calm, and quiet.

Mild lows in the upper 60s to around 70?.

Friday-tuesday: a big ridge of high pressure at the surface and aloft means more sun and heat for us.

Highs each day some noxubee county residents are going to have to go a little farther for their postal needs.

The shuqualak post office is closed temporarily.

A fire at a nearby business caused heavy smoke damage, causing the office to close until clean-up is complete.

All regular services - delivery operations, stamps and other retail business, shipments, and p.o.

Box services will be handled at the macon post office on jefferson street.

Stinger coming up a little later in sports, courtney takes a look back at one school's championship season on the diamond... every three seconds, someone is in need of blood.

Here's more on the importance of blood donation in our health talk with baptist.

Hi, i'm sandy kilburn, medical technologist and blood bank supervisor at baptist memorial hospital golden triangle.

I want to talk to you some more about blood donation.

Here at baptist golden triangle, we transfuse an average of 215 units of red blood cells every month to an average of 92 patients.

Recipients include cancer patients, sickle cell anemia patients, patients with other types of anemia, surgery and trauma patients and premature or sick newborns.

As you can see, the need is great and a reduction in donor turnout can put the blood supply of our nation, our state and our hospital at a critically low level.

Donating blood is a safe process.

A sterile needle is used only once and then discarded.

Blood donation is a simple four-step process: registration, medical history/mini physical, donation and refreshments.

Every donor is given a mini physical checking the donor's temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin to ensure it is safe for the donor to give blood.

The actual blood donation typically takes less than ten to twelve minutes.

The average adult has about ten pints of blood in his body.

Roughly one pint of blood is given during the donation.

A healthy donor may donate red blood cells every didty-six days or double red cells every one hundred twelve days.

All donated blood is tested for hiv, hepatitis b and c, syphilis and other infectious diseases before it can be released to hospitals.

Join us next time for health talk with baptist, where we'll talk more about donating blood.

Mail your topic suggestions to health talk at wcbi dot com.

Health talk has been brought to you by baptist memorial hospital golden triangle if you'd like to donate here's your chance.

A blood drive is happening this friday at the outpatient pavilion conference center at baptist golden triangle.

It'll be from 11 a- m to five friday evening.

If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment to donate call 877- 258-4825.

Stinger the rebels would need its final three outs to survive and advance... the highlights from hoover next in sports... thanks for joining us.

I'm chris bolton.

Ole miss won the battle on the baseball field but the aggies may have won the war as the rebs athletic director ross bjork is expected to be announced as the new a-d for texas a&amp;m on friday.

First reported by ben baby of the dallas morning news, bjork will takeover the same role scott woodard had for 3 years before he left college station to go to fellow s-e-c west foe.....l-s-u.

Bjork has been with the rebels since 2012 leading the athletic department through turbulent years, such as hugh freeze's departure and the ncaa sanctions the bulldogs able to at least catch some z's after its' nearly 7 hour marathon with lsu wednesday night... msu trying to advance to the saturday winner's bracket....taking on the top seed vanderbilt ole miss facing elimination.....the rebels in the exact same spot they were in a year ago....win or go home the morning first pitch...ole miss taking on texas a&amp;m the very definition of a pitcher's duel.....texas a&amp;m ace john doxakis sensational for the aggies....he'd carry a no hitter through 8 innings going mano y mano with doug nikhazy....sensati onal day for the freshman....nikha zy going 8 scoreless innings... 0-0 to the ninth....rebels finally get a hit, doxakis in the dugout, thomas dillard gets on for a single.... ole miss takes advantage....cole zabowski rips one to right field...dillard scores....ole miss with the game's first run in the last inning.....the only two hits on the day for ole miss and in to close...parker caracci...much needed confidence boost for caracci, getting the strikeout to end it rebels survive and advance, defeating a&amp;m 1-0 head coach mike bianco says nikhazy saved their sec tournament run but caracci is the key "i don't believe we can win in the postseason without parker caracci.

I dont believe we can do that.

I think most people, most people on our team, believe that.

He's won so many big games, he's been in that moment, than most kids in this conference."

" i think it was a vibe like wee going to get this done.

You know, we're all fighting every at bat.

Of course we want to score five, score ten off these guys, but the most we can do is fight, put runners on, and try to make something happen."

The heritage academy patriots entered the 2019 season missing one very important accomplishment..

..a baseball state championship.... after 25 years of waiting for another chance....the pats made sure to leave this time with the gold wcbi sport's courtney robb has the story "over two decades of waiting would end with just one sigh of relief.

Justin flake: "it was a really big exhale.

We did it, we got there, we reached our goal."

After twenty-five years since competing in a championship series, the heritage academy patriots are now able to call themselves state title winners.the road to get to the final was no cake walk.

Beginning with the team that eliminated them a season ago followed by a battle against rival starkville academy.

Parker ray: "heard a lot of noise for the past year and we just weren't going to let them beat us."

Flake: "it was six hours of baseball.

To beat them was special but the main things was we reached our goal and we're on the cusp of bringing home the title."

In game one, the patriots would cruise over wayne academy, 6-1 courtesy of msu commit blayze berry's 2-run homer and skills on the mound.

Jr lott: "when he hit that home run it just sealed the deal in game one."

Courtney robb: "it was on the mound that cole ketchum threw the final out of the inning that got heritage academy its first ever state title."

Flake: "we weren't surprised.

I knew and i told the coaches and kids after game one cole's going to show up, perform and give us a chance and he really did that."

Banks hyde: "there's no better feeling especially when it's your first one and you hoist it up and especially now when you get to see the rings and all."

The expectations have risen for the patriots but for now heritage will sit and marinate in the win lott: "right when he threw that last pitch i just kind of sat there for a second and was like holy cow, we just won it for the first time.

I watched everyone dogpile and i was the last one to hit and jump on everyone.

Probably one of the best feelings i've ever had."

Reporting in columbus, courtney robb wcbi sports."

Last midmorning.

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