It's all fun and games, until the 'axe-ident'.

A few of our top news stories from this April 9 edition of "Gulf Coast Mornings with Kelly Bennett and Uncle Henry":

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An Uber driver that was assaulted by a passenger she picked up from a bar in Ocean Springs over the weekend is promising she won’t let it affect her outlook on life, or her job. Ruth Kimbro told WLOX William Jerde was having problems with his seatbelt, so she tried to help him, but he grabbed her.Even though she told him to back off, he grabbed her from behind…had her in a chokehold…so she grabbed her mace and sprayed it over his head to get him to let go.But he grabbed her again, put his hand over her face and eyes…she clawed at him to get them off and sprayed him again until he let her go.This time, she got out of the car and called police. Jerde is charged with public intoxication and simple assault.

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Police in Mississippi's capital city are working to track down the people responsible for literally stealing the wheels off three Jackson police cars. The incident was discovered Saturday behind the police museum where the vehicles had been parked. It's not clear when the wheels were removed, but each of them was placed on a flatbed tow truck for further investigation and repair. It was late last month that a patrol car was left on blocks after the tires and rims were stolen outside the department's west side training academy

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With Mississippi's legislative session over, Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves is moving full-steam ahead with his campaign for governor. His kickoff was held yesterday at his family's business in Pearl. He chose not to go after his Republican opponents, but to focus on his top Democratic rival, Attorney General Jim Hood. He repeatedly said "Jim Hood won't, but I will," referring to stepped up border security, support of the Castle Doctrine and saying no to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Reeves will face off against Bill Waller Jr. and Robert Foster in the August 9th GOP primary. 

Jackson police are investigating the burglary of a vehicle belonging to a GOP candidate for governor of Mississippi. The break-in occurred after Republican State Representative Robert Foster parked his pickup truck outside the party's downtown headquarters. The thief or thieves pried open the passenger side door and took off with items that included a laptop and jump drives containing campaign files. No confirmation on whether the break-in was politically motivated.

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Louisiana may follow in the footsteps of states like MS, by signing controversial legislation banning abortions once a heartbeat is detected. The bill is sponsored by Senator John Milkovich of Shreveport and considered to be among the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the country. Exceptions can be made in cases where the mother's life is put at risk if the pregnancy isn't terminated or if the fetus has died while in utero. Physicians would need to provide statements describing what medical condition is causing the need for an abortion. 

MS Gov Phil Bryant signed it into law, but it’s already facing challenges in court.

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It's been a while since so few boats have been harbored along the Gulf Coast. An example of this follows the destruction of Gulfport Small Craft Harbor by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Even though a new and improved Municipal Marina replaced it with a 20-million-dollar price tag, only 42-percent of the 319 slips are occupied, far fewer than anticipated after the 2011 opening. Statewide, the Coast Guard say boat registrations in the state are down just over a third compared to 15 years ago.

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New Orleans Jazz Fest organizers are left to scramble again after Fleetwood Mac notified them Monday that they too would be a no-show on May 2nd. The band had been tapped to replace the Rolling Stones because front man Mick Jagger needed and underwent successful heart valve replacement surgery. This time, it's Mac's front lady Stevie Nicks who is ill. Widespread Panic has been added to the May 2nd list of performers that already included Tom Jones, Ziggy Marley and others.

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Are the days of going to an office over? According to a new survey, flexible work – being able to manage your own hours and choose where you work from – is becoming the “new normal.” The Global Workspace Survey found that 52% of respondents worldwide said they work outside their company’s main office at least half the work week or more. 71% said having a flexible work schedule and environment is a big factor when considering new career opportunities. 74% of respondents thought a flexible work situation was becoming the new norm.

More findings:

  1. 80% of American workers would turn down a job that didn’t offer flexible work.
  2. 53% of U.S. workers said that being able to choose where they work is more important than working for a prestigious company.
  3. 30% of respondents said flexible work was more valuable to them than more vacation time.
  4. 78% of businesses worldwide believe that offering flexible work situations helps them attract top tier talent.
  5. 81% of businesses worldwide are introducing flexible work in order to retain employees.
  6. In the last 10 years, 83% of U.S. businesses have introduced a flexible work policy, or are planning to implement one. (The Ladders)

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Actress Felicity Huffman is one of more than a dozen who are agreeing to plead guilty in the college admissions fraud scandal case. Huffman, 12 other parents and a former college coach all will be pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Huffman is facing charges after allegedly paying 15-thousand-dollars to participate in a college entrance exam cheating scheme for her oldest daughter. 

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Honda is recalling more than 320-thousand Acura SUVs because water can get into the tail lights and short them out. Most of the affected SUVs were sold in North America. The recall covers the luxury Acura MDX for the 2014 through 2019 model years.

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AMERICA WANTS TO DRINK BEER WITH BETTY WHITE

According to a new survey, the celebrity most Americans would like to drink beer with is Betty White.

Other celebrities ranking high on the list include:

  • Bill Gates
  • Denzel Washington
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Lady Gaga (VinePair)

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A woman dodges an axe to the face... after a throw that went gone south. Video of the "axe-ident" is going viral. As you can see in the following video, the axe-throwing trend is creating a lot of...well...you choose the word that fits this best:

 
 

I guess she should be thankful for quick reflexes: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/axethrowing/?hl=en

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