Relief from the rain, Long Beach annexation plans, and more.

Some of the top stories we discussed on this mornings show:

Mississippi will begin drying out today from the flooding rains that inundated parts of the state yesterday. The system that brought the wet weather moved east overnight but led to another round of flooding Thursday for residents in a number of locations, including along the Pascagoula River in Jackson County. It was Wednesday evening when MEMA raised its emergency level to 3 because of flooding rains that left behind five million dollars in damage to mostly the southeastern part of the state.

More and more people across Mississippi are coming down with the flu. That word came yesterday from State Health Officer, Dr. Thomas Dobbs. He noted there have been outbreaks of influenza at nursing homes. Dobbs says it's not too late to get a flu shot, warning the peak of flu season usually begins this month and lasts through March.

City leaders in Long Beach are moving forward with a study on what kind of financial impact annexation would bring.  Results of that study should be presented to the Board of Alderman in March.  

Qualifying for the state and local 2019 elections is now into its third day in Mississippi. Among the growing list of candidates is Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves. The Republican filed paperwork yesterday in his bid to become the state's next governor and continue his goal of implementing a strong conservative policy. Meantime, Petal Mayor Hal Marx announced yesterday he's decided not to run for governor, citing his wife's recent cancer diagnosis.

 
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