Moss Point lawsuit withdrawn, upcoming debate, and more...

The attorney who had been representing the family of a man shot and killed by a Moss Point police officer last week says he's dropping plans to file a lawsuit against the city. He says he's not being allowed to see video from the officer's body camera. And without that evidence, Carlos Moore--who is related to the victims mother- says he can't do his job - so he's withdrawing from the case. A grand jury will decide if the shooting was justified.

 

There will be a debate between the Republican gubernatorial candidates Wednesday, Aug 21:

 

The 30 minute debate will get underway at 7pm.

The U.S. Small Businesses Administration has announced that Mississippi businesses who have suffered losses due to recent water advisories, could be eligible for government loan assistance. A spokesperson for the SBA says Governor Phil Bryant could issue an Economic Injury Declaration due to the "Algal Blooms" if at least five businesses from each of the affected South Mississippi counties show that they lost money because of the water closures. The harmful Algal Bloom has plagued the Mississippi Gulf Coast since June.

The Mississippi Lottery Corporation held a meeting Tuesday to get an update on its plans to launch by December 1st. It was revealed that, so far, the state has received application commitments from at least 386 stores that are planning to sell lottery tickets. The group's vice chairman, Gerald Gilbert, said the target is to have at least 500 businesses ready to go by start date. The lottery is predicted to generate about 125-million dollars for the state during its first year.

It might be one for the record books. The entire state of Mississippi yesterday spent about ten hours under an excessive heat warning. It's the highest level alert that's issued for hot weather and in those rare instances where it's used, it usually applies only to a portion of the state. But, the statewide warning was certainly warranted as the heat index climbed as high as 124 in Clarksdale, 118 in Columbus and 116 in Vicksburg. Even on the coast, it felt like 111. Today, it'll still be hot, especially south of I-20 where a heat advisory will be in effect for most of the counties. But, a weak cold front is helping to touch off some rain this morning and the front will help to lower the humidity beginning tomorrow.

The Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was in Mississippi Tuesday for a meeting to discuss the safety of Faith Based Communities. The event was hosted by Mississippi Congressman Bennie Thompson in Jackson. Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan expressed concerns over recent attacks by white supremacists against houses of worship. McAleenan cited recent church fires in Louisiana and a fatal shooting at a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburg as examples. Of the attack in El Paso, McAleenan said such violent acts of terrorism must be resisted by Americans of all races, ethnicities and faiths.

An Oxford teenager has been found safe after being reported missing a day before the third anniversary of her parents' deaths in a plane crash. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation had issued an Endangered/Missing Child Alert for 16-year-old Sarah Perry after she was dropped off at school, then disappeared. Her parents and two other couples were killed in a plane crash in Alabama on August 14th, 2016. Last month, attorneys for the Perry estate filed a 24-million dollar lawsuit claiming that the crash might have been avoided if air traffic controllers had given the pilot correct information about the nearest airport. Federal investigators blamed the accident on pilot error.

An Olive Branch woman is in a Memphis burn center after police say her boyfriend set her on fire yesterday. She's listed in critical condition. Jeremy Manning was arrested after he kidnapped the woman's three-year-old niece and drove to Memphis where he pulled up to a police officer and threatened to harm the girl if he wasn't allowed to make a phone call. Police say Manning released the girl in Memphis then drove back to Olive Branch with officers in pursuit, crashed into a couple of Memphis police cars slightly injuring those officers, and put up a fight before finally being arrested.

A Mississippi woman has filed a lawsuit against the state challenging a requirement that says people who run eyebrow threading businesses must obtain a license.

The suit, filed by Dipa Bhattarai, cites a Texas Supreme Court ruling that struck down a similar law in 2015. It argues that the Mississippi requirement, that allowed the Board of Cosmetology to shut her down, violates due process and equal protection rights of unlicensed eyebrow threaders. The Mississippi law requires a person to complete 600 hours of instruction over a minimum of 15 weeks and pass two exams.

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