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Open scott at chat set bobby live in monitor roll vo in monitor roughly a hundred people calling for the resignation of harry sanders this morning at the lowndes county courthouse// thanks for joining us at five.

This is look at the crowd this morning.

The lowndes county naacp hosted a gathering after the president of the board of supervisors in lowndes county is quoted saying remarks some say diminishes our black community// wcbi's bobby martinez joins us live outside the courthouse, bobby what are people saying today?

Scott, those who showed up today are hurt and say they're not going to stand for hate// speaking to lowndes county naacp president lavonne harris..

She says sanders comments were not only hurtful.

Also brought back dark memories of slavery... and says she is going to do all she can to push for sanders resignation.

"we done been down that history.

You don't know where slavery is about.

You have never been whooped, beaten had to get up been raped you know, beat, go to bed hungry he's not used to that.

And harry is living a good life but he don't understand he's living a good life off of slaves."

Harris also says sanders comments has put a hurt on reputation of columbus.... but this gathering also brought a mixture of races together this morning.

As chants of "harry sanders must go" echoed throughout the street.

And people i spoke to today of both white and black race are furious over sanders comments... "i just think it is important that as a white person i show that harry sanders does not speak for all of us.

We need to show support for black and brown people in our city and our country and tell them that they are not alone in this fight."

"they are very hurtful not only to the black community but the community as a whole.

I think it set us back into old ways of thinking that we need to get past not as a black community not as a white community but as a community whole."

And of course..

As soon as more details become available... we will make sure to pass that along to you..

For now, reporting in columbus, w-c-b-i news community members are concerned about the potential fallout from sanders' comments.

Earlier today, district 2 supervisor trip hairston called for harry sanders to step down as president of the board.

Hairston says the county cannot reach their goals while being lead by a president making those types of "reprehensive" comments.

He says he also fears for the economic impact those statements will have.

"the comments were uncalled for, inappropriate, and reprehensive.

We can and must do better.

I live here with my family by choice and plan to continue my efforts and continue to contribute to the well being of all citizens here in lowndes county."

"with corporations looking to relocate here or even locate here with various businesses, those type comments matter, and people take those to heart.

I am concerned about the economic impact of those statements."

Hairston voted "no" when the proposition of moving the confederate monument outside the lowndes county courthouse came before the board of supervisors on monday.

He says he's ready to reconsider that decision.

He also says he's in support of changing the state flag.

Negative views of mississippi are challenging for people who work to bring companies and jobs to the area.

In a statement today, joe max higgins, the ceo of the golden triangle development link says they are saddened and disappointed by sander's comments, which "cast a disturbing and negative shadow on our community."

The statement refers to sanders as a quote "partner who has contributed to the growth of our region."

End quote the letter from the link goes on to say that "economic development is about creating opportunity, and to us, that means opportunity for everyone.

" higgins writes, it is the job of the link to move mississippi forward, a direction that quote "leaves no room for such antiquated and abhorrent beliefs as those expressed by supervisor sanders.

End quote the entire link statement is available on our website at wcbi.com off top area economic development leaders say now is the time to change the state flag and they want the legislature and governor to take action.

The golden triangle development link executive committee issued a resolution to lawmakers yesterday.

In part, it says "our state flag does not assist our organization and our communities to attract and grow business and industry."

The resolution also says "the confederate battle emblem on our state flag serves as a visual representation of our state's divisive history."

To read the full resolution, go to our website... wcbi dot com.

The chance for a bill to come out of the state senate for changing the flag appears unlikely// mississippi today is reporting that lt.

Governor delbert hosemann assigned the resolution to suspend the rules for lawmakers to consider changing the state flag to the senate constitution committee// the online publication says the chairman of the committee, republican chris johnson of hattiesburg, does not plan to call up the resolution for consideration.

This would effectively kill the legislation// he favors voters deciding on whether to change the flag// there has been no update on the progress of a similar resolution in the state house of representatives// first look stinger first look summary: our weather is going to be pretty quiet through sunday.

Better chances of scattered showers and storms will return next monday & tuesday.

Wednesday night: mostly clear and quiet.

Lows in the low to mid 60s.

Calm wind.

Thursday: partly cloudy and warm.

Highs in the mid to upper 80s.

Just a slight chance of a stray shower.

Winds nw 5-10 mph.

Centered a memorial is planned later this week for a shannon high school student who collapsed and died during football practice// 16- year-old ja- kobe cooper died tuesday after he collapsed at shannon high school// counselors were at the school throughout the day, to talk with any students.

The school will have a candelight vigil and balloon release at 7 thirty thursday evening at the high school// cooper's body was sent to the state crime lab in pearl for an autopsy to determine the cause of death// governor tate reeves reminds mississippians to continue to be on guard after 489 new covid-19 cases are reported today// those new cases bring the state's total to 20- thousand 600// 23 deaths are being reported as well// 16 of the deaths are from death certificate investigations// two of those investigation deaths are in lee county.

While one death was also reported in lowndes, monroe, oktibbeha, and tishomingo counties each.

Statewide, there have 938 been deaths// the health department estimates over 15- thousand people in the state have recovered from the virus// intro there are more than 2 million cases of covid-19 in the united states and more than 117- thousand deaths// at least 19 states have seen new cases go up in the last two weeks// in tulsa, oklahoma, city officials are getting ready to host president trump's indoor campaign rally this weekend, even as it deals with a record number of coronavirus cases// tom hanson reports from new york// pkg as the crowd of trump supporters grows outside the tulsa arena where president trump will hold a rally this weekend& local officials are urging caution as the city deals with a record increase in new coronavirus cases.

If you don't feel well stay home.

The "b-o-k" center will be giving out masks and hand sanitizer and checking temperatures before people go inside but masks won't be mandatory and social distancing is unnlikely.

If you attend wear a cloth face mask correctly.

At least 19 states have seen new cases go up in the last two weeks and ásixá states reported record increases tuesday.

That includes nearly 24 hundred new cases in arizona& more than 26 hundred in texas& and nearly 28 hundred in florida.

It is not just elderly people.

Roy medina shut down his two bars in san antonio, texas after he, his wife, two employees and at least ten customers tested positive.

"i never once saw someone walk into either one of my bars, coughing, sneezing looking sick.

In montgomery, alabama where hospitalizations are rising sharply& the city council rejected a mask ordinance despite testimony from health care officials.

Until you actually mandate because people don't believe the hype, we won't be able to stop it.

Here in new york, which had been the epicenter of the pandemic for months, the state reported its lowest daily death toll since the crisis began.

And the infection rate is now lower than one percent.

We have gone from the worst infection rate in the country to the best infection rate in the country.

And in denver, police are going door to door& food, sanitizer, stuff like that ok?

&handing out supplies to struggling families.

Tom hanson, cbs news, new york.

Wcbi update centered some of aberdeen's elected leaders will stay the same after last night's runoff// incumbent police chief henry randle defeated tony tillman by more than two hundred votes.

Randle has been chief for more than ten years.

Aberdeen is one of the few city's in the state to elect its police chief.

In the ward 1 runoff, nicholas holliday defeated robert devaull by 37 votes.

Randle and holliday do not have an opponent in the general election, which will be held july 7th.

A monroe county city is looking to restore the glory of a hotel and also help attract more commercial and residential development in the process.

Aberdeen main street has purchased the tombigbee inn, which was built in the 1920s as the "parkway hotel"// in recent years, the property has fallen apart but with the help of developers and investors, plans call for the hotel to be renovated// there will be apartments, hotel rooms, a restaurant and coffee shop.

Aberdeen main street director ann tackett led an effort to get contributions from the public to purchase the historic property.

"i have people, former residents of aberdeen, that have not lived here in thirty years, they send contributions, they say this is my town and we want to see this happen, we want to see this historic hotel restored."

Columbus developer chris chain is working with aberdeen main street to develop renovation plans for the project// an l shaped addition built in the 1950s will be demolished to make room for parking, and possibly a swimming pool// stinger a fishing rodeo for kids and some other very important people// we talk with the founder of the event and what it means, next// fire re-entry animation vo intro roll vo in monitor going fishing for a cause.

That's the goal of forever outdoors.

The organization takes kids, veterans, organ donors and recipents out for some fun in the sun all while learning about what it means to be an organ donor.

Our savannah gaido grabbed her fishing pole today..she's back in studio to tell us more about the organizatoin.

Savannah,... forever outdoors is giving people the opportunity to fish and boat while advocating how you can save someone's life through organ donation.

And since everyone has been stuck inside, it was so nice to enjoy the weather while also supporting a great cause pkg "oh its just a good time, getting out and getting with everybody."

Finis "getting out and enjoying.

With everything going on its just good to be outside and be with everybody."

Carol carol wright and her husband finis are taking advantage of the sunshine and fishing on a lake in oktibbeha county.

But this isn't just your ordinary fishing trip.

It's a trip that helps raise awareness on a big catch.

Rob robinson is the founder of forever outdoors..a nonprofit that raises awareness on the imporantance of organ donation.

"several years ago i donated a kidney to a farmer out in kansas all because i took up turkey hunting and i came up with the idea of promoting organ donations along with outdoor adventures for special people and veterans and kids and organ donors and recipients and just get them outdoors and doing different kinds of adventures they might not experience otherwise."

Finis may have lost his sight, but that's not stopping him from fishing he didn't just catch a few fish -- "oh i don't know, 7 or 8 maybe."

Finis "probably more than that, he's caught several out in the boat and 3 out in the shore."

Carol "yeah, maybe 10 or 12."

Finis robinson says that through the help of social networks they have signed up over 15 thousand people to be organ donors through forever outdoors.

"we've got over 91,000 people on our facebook page and we encourage people to go like our page and invite all your facebook friends, we can make this no ball."

"just signing people up to be organ donors and making these events happen like today is just a blessing, you know.

You just never know how its going to impact these persons lives" roll vo in monitor for more information on how you can help, we will have a link to their facebook page on our website at wcbi.com stinger 2-shot summary: our weather is going to be pretty quiet through sunday.

Better chances of scattered showers and storms will return next monday & tuesday.

Wednesday night: mostly clear and quiet.

Lows in the low to mid 60s.

Calm wind.

Thursday: partly cloudy and warm.

Highs in the mid to upper 80s.

Just a slight chance of a stray shower.

Winds nw 5-10 mph.

Thursday night: mostly clear.

Lows in the mid 60s.

Friday: mostly sunny and warmer.

Highs in the lower 90s.

Friday night: clear and mild.

Lows in the upper 60s.

Saturday: mostly sunny and warm.

Highs in the low to mid 90s.

Summer officially begins at 4:44 p.m.

Cdt.

Saturday night: mostly clear.

Lows around 70.

Sunday: partly cloudy, warm, and more humid.

Highs in the low to mid 90s.

A 20% chance of a few storms during the heating of the day.

Early next week: scattered summer storms are more likely monday & tuesday with the chance of rain 40- 60%.

Highs will range from the upper 80s to lower 90s with muggy lows in the low 70s.

Follow @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, instagram, and the wcbi news app summary: our weather is going to be pretty quiet through sunday.

Better chances of scattered showers and storms will return next monday & tuesday.

Wednesday night: mostly clear and quiet.

Lows in the low to mid 60s.

Calm wind.

Thursday: partly cloudy and warm.

Highs in the mid to upper 80s.

Just a slight chance of a stray shower.

Winds nw 5-10 mph.

Thursday night: mostly clear.

Lows in the mid 60s.

Friday: mostly sunny and warmer.

Highs in the lower 90s.

Friday night: clear and mild.

Lows in the upper 60s.

Saturday: mostly sunny and warm.

Highs in the low to mid 90s.

Summer officially begins at 4:44 p.m.

Cdt.

Saturday night: mostly clear.

Lows around 70.

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