A tragedy involving a MS mother who left her kids in the car.

A recall is out for thousands of packages of Pillsbury flour. The recall notice went out Monday for Pillsbury Unbleached All Purpose Flour products that might be contaminated with salmonella. The affected products were sold at Publix and Winn-Dixie supermarkets. A recall notice on Winn-Dixie's website says there haven't been any reports of illnesses. Publix is advising people who bought the recalled flour to throw it out or return it to the store for a refund.

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The following story as we initially reported it: The 25-year-old mom who left her three children behind in a locked car as she shopped in a Leland convenience store over the weekend is now facing criminal charges. Police on Monday arrested Jenea Payne for negligent manslaughter after her two sons, ages four and one, drowned in Deer Creek when the SUV was cranked by the older boy and rolled away from the store. Emergency workers and bystanders were able to save the woman's two-year-old daughter before it drifted further down the waterway and sunk. Charges filed against Payne will now be reviewed by the district attorney. 

The Clarion-Ledger report said it had been raining hard in the area, and that the vehicle slid into the creek from where it was parked because the ground was so saturated.

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There's now an app that Mississippi students can make use of if they're dealing with such issues as bullying, depression and drug use. Attorney General Jim Hood on Monday unveiled the 'Students Against Violence' app. It's loaded with the contact information of local and national resources should a student be struggling with thoughts of suicide or in a home where domestic violence is occurring.  He says the app may head off the possibility of troubled teens causing harm to themselves or others. 

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There was no winner in Saturday's Powerball drawing, pushing the jackpot up to 448 million dollars. The drawing for that takes place on Wednesday with the cash option at nearly 272 million bucks. The odds of walking away with all that cash are roughly one in 292-million.

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There are fewer layoffs at the Nissan plant in Canton than the company first said in January would happen this month due to market demand for the vehicles. The facility's manager of corporate communications, Lloryn Love-Carter, confirms that fewer than 400 contract employees were laid off last Friday, though they'll be paid through March 18th. Plant officials said in January that up to 700 workers would be pink-slipped this month. According to the company, the long-term outlook for the Canton plant remains strong.

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U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s FY2020 budget request:

“The release of the President’s budget will allow congressional appropriators to begin work on bills for next year. I hope we’ll make good progress, but understand this process could be difficult with a divided Congress. I will review the details of the President’s budget plan to determine how it could affect Mississippi, and work with my colleagues to do what’s best for my state and the nation.”

Hyde-Smith serves on the appropriations subcommittees on: Agriculture; Energy and Water Development; Homeland Security; Interior and Environment; Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education; and the Legislative Branch.

As the chairman of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee, Hyde-Smith will lead development of a Senate bill that funds the U.S. Capitol Police, the Library of Congress, and other agencies that support the Congress, and the day-to-day operations across the U.S. Capitol Complex.

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The daughters of a Michigan couple married for 56 years say their parents couldn't stand to be apart in life or death. The health of both Will and Judy Webb started failing a few months ago when she had complications from what their daughters say was a routine surgery, and while hospitalized in different locations, they came down with the same issues. The women say their parents were reunited in hospice care earlier this month, and died just hours apart while holding hands.

 

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