Some of the top stories we discussed on this June 14 edition of "Gulf Coast Mornings with Kelly Bennett and Uncle Henry":
Governor Phil Bryant is praising reality star Kim Kardashian for her efforts in reforming the criminal justice system. In a Twitter posting yesterday, Bryant thanked Kardashian for being a champion for criminal justice reform, saying it wouldn't have happened without her. The post was accompanied by a picture of the two shaking hands. The governor and Kardashian were at the White House yesterday to mark the unveiling of a new Trump administration policy to help former inmates transition back into society. Over the past three months, Kardashian and her legal team have helped get 17 inmates out of prison, many of them serving life sentences for low-level drug crimes.
The ongoing flooding in the south Delta is having an adverse effect on alligators. State wildlife officials tell the Clarion Ledger the animals usually lay their eggs within 20-feet of water. But this year's hatchlings could find themselves far from any water when levels go back to normal later this summer, meaning many of them might not survive. Experts say hatchlings could also face increased threats from raccoons, which are being pushed onto the same dry land where alligators will lay their eggs. Despite the less-than-ideal conditions, wildlife officials say this year's nest failures shouldn't be as bad as years when hurricanes battered the coast. Failure rates during those years approached 100-percent for miles inland.
President Trump is laying the blame squarely on Iran following yesterday's attack on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman. In an interview this morning on Fox News, he said video evidence clearly shows Iran's role in the incident. The video he's referring to was released by the U.S. military. It appears to show an Iranian navy boat removing an unexploded mine from a Japanese-owned tanker. The video was shot by the USS Bainbridge, dispatched to the area after the attack.
Mississippi State and Vanderbilt are in Omaha for the College World Series, which gets going tomorrow. The Bulldogs face Auburn on Sunday, while Vandy clashes with Louisville. The winner of the double-elimination bracket will advance to the Championship Series.
Let’s hear it for dads! According to the National Retail Federation, people are spending more money on Father’s Day this year than ever before. Total spending for the holiday is estimated to reach a record $16 billion, up from last year’s $15.3 billion. 76% of people plan to celebrate with dear ol’ dad on Sunday, and we’re expected to spend, on average, $138.97 -- up from $132.82 last year and way up from $91 in 2009. So what are we getting for dad? Tickets for concerts and sporting events and other special outings, clothes, books, electronics, tools and sporting goods were all top gift choices.
Don’t know what to get dad for Father’s Day? How about some plastic surgery? Yep, according to a new survey, cosmetic procedures are becoming so popular with middle-aged men that many are requesting procedures for Father’s Day. Research by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons found that lots of dads are turning to what’s being dubbed the “Daddy-Do-Over” to improve their looks and confidence. It’s the male version of the “Mommy Makeover.”
MORE THAN HALF OF FATHERS GET CRITICIZED FOR THEIR PARENTING STYLE
According to a new study from the University of Michigan, more than half of fathers get criticized for their parenting style.The survey found that 67% of those receiving criticism are hearing negative feedback about discipline, 43% about diet and nutrition, 32% about paying too little attention to their children and 32% for being too rough.40% of the criticism fathers receive is from their co-parent -- and 25% comes from a grandparent.Despite all this criticism, 90% of dads feel like they’re actually doing a good job with the kids. (KTRK-TV)
DAD BODS ARE SEXY
A new study found that 62 percent of women think it’s sexy for a man to have a “dad bod.” This is up a full 10 percent from last year.It seems that having a dad bod -- and not worrying about it -- is a sign of confidence, which makes it attractive. (The Ladders)