Another hot car death in Mississippi.

Nearly three dozen kids have died this year as the result of being left in hot cars. That's according to the organization KidsAndCars.org, which says the total increased to 35 after two hot car deaths on Friday in New Jersey and Mississippi. The organization says the average number of child vehicular heatstroke deaths per year is 38. Tips to avoid this type of tragedy include never leaving a child alone in or around cars for any period of time. You can also leave an item in the backseat that you need for the day, like a phone, employee badge or handbag.

Booneville police have confirmed that an infant found dead in a hot car in front of a day care center on Friday, had been left there for several hours. Authorities have not released the identity of the child, only that it was a 21-month-old boy. Police Chief Michael Ramey says the child was discovered inside the vehicle on North Second Street around 5 p.m. The body of the child was sent to the state medical examiner's office. No charges have been filed.

A bond hearing is set for this Thursday in Lafayette County for the man charged in the death of Ole Miss student Ally Kostial. Attorneys for Brandon Theesfeld say they will request that bond be set at a reasonable amount. They say they expect the court to examine the defendants financial means as well as the seriousness of the offense. Kostial's body was found last month in the Harmontown Community of Lafayette County. She had been shot several times.

The Commission of School Accreditation has voted to accept the recommendation of a state task force and do away with Mississippi's U.S. History end-of-course exam. The history test is presently a requirement for high school graduation. The recommendation will presented to the Mississippi State Board of Education at its regular meeting in September. If the recommendation is approved by the SBE, it would not become effective until the 2020-2021 school year.

Another case of the West Nile Virus has been reported in Mississippi. The Mississippi State Department of Health said Monday that one new human case of the virus was discovered in Leake County. That brings the state total for 2019 to six. The Department continues to urge people to take precautions to avoid mosquito borne illnesses. They recommend using a repellent containing DEET, remove all sources of standing water around your home, wear loose light colored clothing and avoid areas where mosquitoes are prevalent.

A new report ranks Mississippi as the most Fortnite obsessed state in the nation. Fortnite is the most popular video game in the country, with over 250-million registered accounts. Reviews.org says Mississippi beat out New Jersey, Illinois, Alabama and Georgia to earn the prestigious ranking. Alaska ranked the least Fortnite obsessed state. Last year, Fortnite raked in three-billion dollars in profits.

One of the great achievements in public health is under fire after a new study found it may be affecting children's intelligence. The fluoridation of water, which reduced cavities as well as socioeconomic disparities in dental disease, might be linked to lower IQs in children. The study found fluoride exposure during pregnancy was associated with lower scores in children ages three to four.  

Six isn’t enough … We all know that not getting enough sleep is bad for our health, but according to a new study, getting six hours a sleep a night is as bad as not sleeping at all. For the study, subjects were only allowed to get six hours of sleep a night for two weeks straight. Researchers found that those who got six hours of sleep functioned as poorly as those who were forced to stay awake for two days straight. (Fast Company)

According to a new survey, 59 percent of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.Not surprisingly, credit card debt is a big part of the problem as nearly half of those who responded to the survey said they are struggling to keep up with the payments -- and only 38 percent have an emergency fund. (KTNV-TV)

A new study finds that anger is actually more effective during halftime speeches than inspiration. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley analyzed hundreds of halftime speeches and final scores from high school and college basketball games, and found that players seem to perform better after a harsh, more negative halftime speech from their coach. They even discovered that the more negativity a coach includes during a halftime speech, the more the team typically outscored their opponents in the second half. UC Berkley professor emeritus Barry Staw, however, cautions against acting negatively all the time towards someone you may be trying to motivate.

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