State election officials say this is the final week for voters in Mississippi to cast absentee ballots for Tuesday’s primaries. The deadline for mail-in ballots to be received is August 5th. Circuit clerk offices in every county will be open from 8 a-m to 5 p-m today. They will also be open from 8 a-m till noon tomorrow. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said that as of Thursday, more than 27-thousand absentee ballots had already been received.
The Neshoba County Fair is drawing to a close after some fiery political speeches from the candidates running for governor. Tate Reeves repeated his campaign theme claiming he's the "only conservative" in the governor's race. And Reeves says he doesn't think a Democrat like Jim Hood would have much success working with a Republican legislature. But Hood says he can do it and says people appreciate his bipartisan approach. But before Reeves can focus on Hood, he has to win the Republican nomination. And Bill Waller Junior stands in the way. Waller used his Neshoba County Fair speech to unveil a plan to build new highways and improve the ones we have, funded by an increase in the gasoline tax offset by a cut in the personal income tax. Reeves opposes a gas tax increase.
A new report out finds people in Mississippi spend an inordinate amount of time on social media. In fact, it says Mississippi ranks third in the nation when it comes to using social media, browsing the web and downloading files. Verisonspecials.com says Mississippians spend an average of two hours-seven minutes a day on line. Only people in Alaska and Arkansas spend more time addicted to their screens. Delaware came in last place.
A day at the park ended in tragedy in Gulfport. A boy was swimming in the Biloxi River yesterday when he began struggling. Another boy jumped in to help him and when he had trouble, a third boy tried to save the other two, but all three drowned. They were 14 years old - Travis Roberson, Javonte Johnson and Eric Smith Junior. It took about two hours to recover the bodies.
County health departments across the state of Mississippi are holding student immunization walk- in clinics over the next few days. Adolescents ages 10 to 17 are eligible, and no appointments will be necessary. Under state law, parents must provide schools with a Certificate of Immunization Compliance before their child can register for the new school year. Hours of operation will be from 8:30 a-m to 4:00 p-m Monday through Friday. For more information, check with the county health department location nearest you.
The Air Force is taking an extraordinary step to deal with an epidemic of suicide. For the first time ever, all units will take a day off from training. The units will choose a day from now to September 15th to take a "tactical pause." The Air Force says its "about giving our airmen time back to connect and break down barriers to getting help." Chief of Staff General David Goldfein posted a video message today saying the service loses "more airmen to suicide than any other single enemy, even more than combat." So far this year, the Air Force reports 78 suicides, 28 more than this time last year.
A Gulfport man could get up to 20 years in prison after admitting he had dozens of sexually explicit videos of minors on his cellphone. Jesse Nichols will be sentenced in November. Last year, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children told investigators about 56 child porn videos that had been stored in an online account which Nichols later admitted was his. The case was prosecuted as part of a nationwide initiative called Project Safe Childhood which is aimed at the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.
Mississippi's agriculture commissioner is giving away a gun to the person who kills the most wild hogs. Andy Gipson says the animals cause 60-million dollars in property damage across the state each year. And he's launched an initiative called The Commissioner's Wild Hog Challenge urging Mississippians to upload photos of the hogs they kill or trap over the next two months. The winner gets the gun and everyone participating in the challenge is eligible for a wild hog trapping system that's also being given away.
It looks like Equifax might not be able to send everyone a settlement check. The Federal Trade Commission is warning that the money may run out. The payment option of 125-dollars is capped at 31-million dollars from the 2017 cybersecurity breach. Consumers who haven't submitted a claim are now being urged to consider free credit monitoring instead. That option is worth hundreds of dollars and comes with identity theft insurance and restoration services. For those who've already chosen the cash option, emails will be sent out to either submit more information or switch to free credit monitoring.
Single and no kids = happiness … for women. According to happiness expert Paul Dolan, a professor of behavioral science at the London School of Economics and author of the book Happily Ever After, for men, marriage makes them happier. He says that men benefit from marriage because they “calm down, take less risks, earn more money at work, and live a little longer.” Not so much for women. Dolan found that unmarried women are the happiest subgroup, and are more likely to live longer than their married-with-kids peers. (The Guardian, Pure Wow)
Need proof? A woman from New York City turned 107 years old on Wednesday. At a party in her honor, Louise Signore was asked about the secret to her longevity. Her answer? “I never got married. I think that’s the secret. My sister says, ‘I wish I never got married,’” Louise said. (CBS-NY)
GUYS ARE OWNING CATS TO TAKE THE PRESSURE OF BEING SINGLE
More and more single guys are handling the pressure of being single by owning cats.A new survey found that one-in-four cat-owning single men say that their cat is great company and helps with loneliness.And, of course, there's a fancy name for these guys … "cat-chelors." (WCNC-TV)
It was only a matter of time until someone created a hot dog ice cream. Leave it to Oscar Mayer. They're releasing an 'Ice Dog Sandwich.' Half of it has actual candied hot dog bits in a hot dog sweet cream while the other half is a spicy mustard flavored gelato all sitting between cookie buns. Thursday's announcement coincides with National Ice Cream Sandwich Day on Friday. No word if the new creation will ever hit the freezer aisle but a special Weinermobile will hand out samples in New York in two weeks.
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