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WCBI NEWS AT SIX - AUGUST 27, 2019

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WCBI NEWS AT SIX - AUGUST 27, 2019

Good night.

Thanks for joing us..

It is primary run- off day across mississippi, but in some areas things haven't been going too smoothly..

Some calhoun county voters faced problems when trying to cast their ballot in the governor's race..

Circuit clerk carlton baker says he was first made aware of the problem this morning.

He says a voter called his office to let him know about a machine that was changing her vote.

A few hours later a poll worker at a precinct in vardaman was called to assist a voter experiencing the same problem.

Baker says his team immediately got to work.

"i sent the tech that assiste me with elections and everything from the county and everything she went to the precinct from earlier this morning and couldn't find any issues with that machine.

She tested it, checked it out, everything.

We couldn't find any issues but we ended up taking the precinct, the machine at the precinct around lunch time at the vardaman precinct out of service, because we still have plenty of machines available."

Baker says after a few tries both voters were able to cast their ballots for their chosen candidates.

Wipe to vo the voting issues started early today.

A malfunctioning voting machine in lafayette county went viral on social media this morning.

In the video, you see a person select bill waller jr. on their ballot for governor in the republican runoff but the machine moves the vote to the box for tate reeves name.

A spokesperson for the secretary of state's office says there was only one malfunctioning machine at the burgess precinct.

The county was contacted and sent a technician to replace the tablet.

19 votes were cast before the error was found.

The secretary of state's office does not run party primaries.

Counties own the machines, which are tested by local elected officials.

Today's voting will determine which candidates will secure spots on the november general election ballot.

Our quentin smith is checking in on the activity in oktibbeha county... so quentin, how has the turnout been so far?

Joey .... poll workers inside to tell me it's been a really low turnout here at this precinct all throughout the day.... a large part of that is believed to because of the fact there aren't any local races to vote for, strictly statewide races..

However, in other parts of our viewing area, voter turnout has been steady... mississippi university for women political science professor doctor brian anderson says it's actually common for voter turnout to be low during a runoff election... the secretary of state's office says roughly 25 thousand absentee ballots have been returned for today's runoffs... anderson says that's a good sign because it shows people are interested in making their vote count during this election..

"we're setting up fo interesting races for november 5th.

The republican nominee for governor and attorney general will be set.

They will face off against democrats who in someways have a head start in name recognition and kind of a clear message.

They don't have to contest a message with a person from their same party up until now.

Jim hood might have a head start, but i think whoever wins the republican gubernatorial nomination will come out ready to fight."

If you still haven't had time to get out a vote yet..

You still have a little bit of time left to do so... polls will remain open until 7 o'clock tonight... we're going to be following these races closely all throughout the night... so be sure to tune in with us for the latest results both on air and online at wcbi dot com... but for now... reporting live in oktibbeha county... quentin smith... wcbi news... take vo off top mississippi house speaker phillip gunn briefed columbus business and community leaders on plans for the next legislative session... gunn touched on a few hot topics including education and roads and bridges.

But with the primary run-off today and candidates starting to focus on november he also spoke about a new chapter.

He says he knows everyone vying for the seat of governor and lt.

Governor and wishes them the best of luck.

Well it is always a learning curve.

I know all the people running on both sides and i think i have a good relationship with all of them we will see who prevails and we will look forward to working with whoever is the one that holds those offices both the lt.

Governor and governor seats will be decided in the november 5th election.

First look stinger first look summary: a cold front is moving through the region and it will usher in brighter skies and lower humidity for the end of the work week and the start of the labor day weekend.

Tuesday night: variably cloudy with a few lingering showers possible.

The chance of rain is 10-20% or less.

Lows around 70 with nw winds 2-5 mph.

Wednesday: becoming mostly sunny.

Northerly winds between 5-15 mph will allow less humid air to filter in during the day.

Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s.

A rienzi man faces charges after police say he fired shots at home.

Taylor rocker is charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling.

Booneville police chief michael ramey says the drive by happened on english avenue just before seven this morning.

The chief says three people were inside when shots rang out.

At this time investigators believe the shooting was sparked by a dispute over money.

Rocker's bond is set at 25- thousand dollars.

Take developing story stinger centred up we have new video of a crash that ended a police pursuit in columbus yesterday..

A wcbi viewer sent us this video of lushaudra barry's car going through the mi toro parking lot on highway 45.

You then see a deputy's suv and the car collide.

The 31-year-old suspect is charged with felony fleeing and drug charges.

Captain archie williams says the drug charges will be enhanced because a gun was found in barry's dodge charger.

She was not injured.

The deputy suffered minor injuries.

He was treated and released at baptist golden triangle..

Take vo in monitor law enforcement don't take pursuits lightly..

Even under the best of circumstances they're dangerous.

Our stephanie poole speaks with the professionals about what they do to stay safe... even the best make that call..

While each department has different practices and policies to follow,mississippi highway patrol sergeant derrick beckom says one rule remains consistent...handle it safely.

" it's in our training to try an make that stop as safely as we can, see why this person may be fleeing.

You never know what they may have just been involved in and so it's just very important to us to make sure we make that stop but in a safe way."

According to beckom, most car chases begin after a driver refuses to pull over..

Beckom says whether if it's due to drugs, crime, or even a suspended license, officers must analyze the setting and the possible route of the chase.

"we have to be aware of timin and possible traffic if it's heavy.

We have to take those things into consideration and be responsible, and make sure we don't hurt anyone as far as innocent bystanders."

Winston county sheriff jason pugh says he's been in his fair share of pursuits over the years.

He agrees, being involved in a car chase isn't only dangerous for officers, it's a safety hazard for the community.

" we've seen them blo through school zones before in years past.

That's why we don't pursue them if they're doing stuff like that cause nothing is worth the life of a child or an innocent person.

And that's the biggest thing is to weight the benefits against the problems."

Both pugh and beckom have one piece of advice.

Comply with law enforcement.

The end result will be better than if you decide to run.

" don't panic, let the office do his job.

Take your ticket and move on with life before you end up in jail for a long long time."

Centred up both add that even though columbus law enforcement and residents are mourning the passing of captain stacey deans.

Deans led the criminal investigations division at the columbus police department since june 2018.

His death comes after lengthy battle with spinal problems. our cash matlock joins us live from cpd with more on how the community is reacting to the news.

Just this past saturday, deans attended a fundraiser in columbus in his honor.

Members of the columbus community benefit committee who put on the event say they were shocked and deeply saddened by the news officer deans passing.

Disbelief... that's how julie parker, a member of the columbus community benefit committee, describes her reaction when she heard of captain stacey deans passing.

"we were just shocked an saddened by the news of captain deans death this morning.

It's not anything that we anticipating, especially coming off of the benefit on saturday."

Those who spent time with officer deans at the saturday event said he was in good spirits.

"i think saturday was just testament to who he is as an individual, his character, his dedication to the community, his spirit of law enforcement was really very apparent on saturday."

Those who knew officer deans say the community has suffered a great loss.

"it was just like i lost a famil member.i lost a friend and a brother as well as an important part of the police community."

"the city of columbus as wel as the columbus police department lost a hero... lost someone who had been dedicated to not only our community but to law enforcement for so many years.

So, we definitely lost a hero and someone always looked out for his community and the residents of columbus."

Friends and colleagues say captain deans' memory and influence will live on.

"he was a good person.

He wa a christian man.

He always had a smile.

He never met a stranger."

"our hearts and our prayer go out to his family members.

We mourn with you, and we will be praying for you though this time, and we want you to know that the city of columbus loves each and every one of you."

Centred up officer deans passed away at a medical facility in baldwyn this morning.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.

Stinger residents in itawamba county will soon have a better connection with the world..

We take a look at who's making it possible when we come back..

Take election billboard up an area telephone company is helping bridge the ádigital divideá senator roger wicker and fcc chairman ajit pai were in fulton to announce high speed internet service through the fulton telephone company.

The ftc has been laying the high speed lines as part "fiber t the home" the program's goal is to bring high speed internet to rural areas across the country.

"this is all about education job creation, living life better and making a better future for people and families, better healthcare, precision agriculture."

"as chairman of the senat commerce committee, senator wicker has been a champion of making sure every american, every mississippian gets an opportunity to succeed, in 21st century, increasingly that means access to digital technologies, taking our cue from senator wicker we've made closing that digital divide our top priority."

High speed , or broadband service will soon be available to all 35 hundred customers of the fulton telephone company.

Stinger weather open summary: a cold front is moving through the region and it will usher in brighter skies and lower humidity for the end of the work week and the start of the labor day weekend.

Tuesday night: variably cloudy with a few lingering showers possible.

The chance of rain is 10-20% or less.

Lows around 70 with nw winds 2-5 mph.

Wednesday: becoming mostly sunny.

Northerly winds between 5-15 mph will allow less humid air to filter in during the day.

Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s.

Wednesday night: mainly clear and quiet.

Much cooler lows in the low 60s return.

Thursday: warm, sunny, and less humid.

Highs in the mid to upper 80s.

Thursday night: clear and cool.

Lows in the low 60s with some upper 50s certainly possible.

Friday-saturday: mostly sunny and warm.

This bodes well for high school football games friday night and for the college football games on saturday.

The ole miss/memphis game up in memphis should have beautiful weather.

Highs will be in the upper 80s to lower 90s with lows in the 60s.

Don't forget to wear your sunscreen and sunglasses!

Sunday-tuesday: we're going to keep a 20-30% chance of pe of pop- up showers and storms going.

It's not looking like a washout by any means but there could be some rain around.

Highs will remain in the upper 80s to lower 90s.

The wildcard will be the remnants of dorian that could affect part of the southeast, especially parts of florida and georgia.

It's something we'll be monitoring during the course of the next few days.

Stay connected with @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, and instagram stinger skies and lower humidity for the end of the work week and the start of the labor day weekend.

Tuesday night: variably cloudy with a few lingering showers possible.

The chance of rain is 10-20% or less.

Lows around 70 with nw winds 2-5 mph.

Wednesday: becoming mostly sunny.

Northerly winds between 5-15 mph will allow less humid air to filter in during the day.

Highs will be in the mid to upper 80s.

Wednesday night: mainly clear and quiet.

Much cooler lows in the low 60s return.

Thursday: warm, sunny, and less humid.

Highs in the mid to upper 80s.

Thursday night: clear and cool.

Lows in the low 60s with some upper 50s certainly possible.

Friday-saturday: mostly sunny and warm.

This bodes well for the bulldogs took care of business against the ragin cajuns last year...will it be a repeat performance in the bayou?

For the second straight year, mississippi state will meet louisiana on the football field... the bulldogs and rajun cajuns are similar in some ways..

Both head coaches entering their second year with their school after reaching a bowl in year one the ragin cajuns are fresh off a division title, and head coach joe moorhead says they're looking to make the year two leap, just like the bulldogs "i think having been at a "gro of five place" or and fc school that had the ability to jump up and play some division 1a schools at fordham.

We were fortunate enough to win two of our four games.

This is a game where the kids get fired and excited about playing an sec west team.

We are expecting to see their best and like anything from year one to year two is when you see - whether it is a freshman becoming a sophomore or an entire program - you see the most improvement in a program in that year one to year two jump, so i am expecting to see the same from them."

Memphis prepares for the ole miss rebels...the rivalry pitting two schools 80 miles apart for the tigers..it's about making a statement early, head coach mike norvell saying his team is looking forward to facing an sec program "this is a game where we hav to go out there and prove ourselves.

I don't care what anyone says on the outside, this is, this is going to be a challenge.

This is going to be a great challenge and opportunity for our program.

I'm excited about it, but our guys are going to have to go out there and play at a high level."

"i mean, if you're from memphis you're either an ole miss fan or a memphis fan growing up.

I've always been a memphis fan, so it makes it that much sweeter to actually be in the rivalry game."

"both teams are going to b pumped up and fired up.

Man, it's college football.

It's the greatest sport.

It's so much fun to be a part of.

I know both teams are going to be prepare.

It's week one, so everyone will have their stuff in."

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