Are those new meatless burgers really good for you?

Food seems to come up a lot on "Gulf Coast Mornings with Kelly Bennett and Uncle Henry":

MEATLESS BURGERS AREN’T ALL THAT GOOD FOR YOU

There’s been a big push for many years to get us to stop eating meat. Companies have been developing meatless burgers -- and restaurants have been offering those burgers on their menus. Everyone is assuming that meatless burgers are healthier for you than actual meat. But is this true? Some researchers now say that meatless burgers are just as bad. They point out that these fake burgers are highly processed. They come from a factory instead of a farm, so a bunch of important nutrients are lost along the way. They’re also loaded with fats that aren’t good for you, have just as many calories as the real stuff and contain a bunch of sodium. (MarketWatch)

BREWERY TURNING BREAKFAST CEREALS INTO BEER

A couple of breweries in England have figured out how to make beer out of breakfast cereal. The brewers at Seven Brothers got together with the brewers at BrewDog to create beer made out of cereals from Kellogg’s like Corn Flakes, Frosted Flakes and Coco Krispies. The brewers learned that big food producers like Kellogg’s let a lot of food go to waste. For example, some flakes are too big. Others are overcooked. And still others have colors that don’t match. So, an arrangement was made with Kellogg’s to take that leftover cereal and turn it into beer. So now, there are beers like Throw Away IPA, made from rejected corn flakes; Cast Off Pale Ale, made from recycled Rice Krispies; and Sling It Out Stout, made from surplus Coco Krispies. (Popular Mechanics)

Dream job alert … Hotels.com is hiring a “Poolhop.” This lucky individual will get to travel all across the country, researching the most epic hotel pools. Here's how the company describes the job: “The job is simple: travel to six incredible hotel properties, sip on fruity drinks, snap some photos, report back to reward-loving Hotels.com fans. In case we weren't clear enough: Lounge by the pool. Document the experience. Get paid.” Yes, get paid. The company is paying 10 grand for this summer dream job that will take you from Hawaii to New York. You must be 21 or older and be able to jet around the country for two weeks in August. You have till June 25th to apply. (Travel & Leisure)

The case against a man accused of fatally shooting a Biloxi police officer is heading for a grand jury. Yesterday a Harrison County judge said there is probable cause against 19-year-old Darian Atkinson in last month's shooting death of Robert McKeithen. The jury will decide whether formal charges are brought. Investigators say the man walked eight miles to the Biloxi police station, determined to kill a police officer. He allegedly ambushed McKeithen from behind, shooting him a total of nine times. If convicted, Atkinson could face the death penalty. 

The city of Hattiesburg is relaxing the penalties for some marijuana crimes. Yesterday, the city council unanimously approved an ordinance removing jail time as a punishment for first-time offenders caught with small amounts of pot. Offenders with 30-grams or less of the drug will now face a court appearance and a maximum fine of 100-dollars. Council members also passed an ordinance banning the sale of drug paraphernalia within 750-feet of churches and schools, or to anyone under 18. Both laws take effect in 30 days. 

The Mississippi Supreme Court is hearing arguments this week over whether tax dollars should go to charter schools. The case was brought by a group of Jackson parents with students enrolled in public schools. They argue that giving charter schools property tax money is depriving traditional school districts of funding. They're asking the court to declare the law unconstitutional. But, lawyers for the state argue that students attending charter schools also live in those same districts, and benefit from the taxes as well. According to the Clarion Ledger, last year three charter schools reported that local taxes made up more than a third of their revenue. 

We’re familiar with it on our coast, and now researchers are warning that flesh-eating bacteria could be spreading along coastlines in the Northeast. Doctors at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey are warning swimmers and fishermen in the Northeast about a rise in cases of the bacteria that rapidly kills skin and muscle tissue. It enters the bloodstream either when infected water enters a wound or from eating contaminated seafood. 

House lawmakers are rejecting the Pentagon's new policy on transgender troops. The Democrat-controlled body voted 243-183 Tuesday to block funding to enact the policy, which critics argue is discriminatory. President Trump says banning transgender troops will improve military readiness and unit cohesion, but as Maryland Democrat Anthony Brown noted, those were the same arguments used to keep the military racially segregated. The policy requires soldiers with gender dysphoria to serve as their biological sex and bans people with a history of dysphoria from joining unless they have been stable in their gender for 36 months.

 

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