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WCBI News at Ten - Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

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WCBI News at Ten - Tuesday, October 8th, 2019
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WCBI News at Ten - Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

Wide shot some mississippi lawmakers are trying to get a head-start on the legislative session.

And their focus is on medicaid expansion.

Courtney ann jackson has the latest developments.

"part of the reason that we're here today is because there's an election next month and the issue of medicaid expansion is going to be on the ballot."

This is the first of two medicaid expansion hearings being hosted by legislative democrats.

"it's been six years since medicaid expansion's been an option.

State's that have expanded medicaid have seen dramatic improvements in healthcare outcomes...whether it's maternal care, better obesity rates, diabetes rates, a whole host of things."

But they're asking that the politics be removed from the decision making moving forward.

"this shouldn't be about a political football.

This should really be about improving quality of life for citizens.

And so when you look at the conversations that are taking place.

People have wanted to support this all along but they were afraid they were going to be ostracized."

One way they're working to humanize the issue is by talking about direct impacts such as maternal health.

"there are so many women in this state who don't have cess.

Who don't have advocates.

Who this..medicaid expansion could truly impact.

Women are human.

People are human.

And we're not a political issue."

It can't be ignored that the issue is front and center in the gubernatorial race.

Democrat jim hood has expressed support of expanding medicaid.

Republican tate reeves is strongly opposed to any form of expansion or reform.

And has instead proposed a plan that includes more doctors, rural physician scholarships, telemedicine and tax credits for businesses investing in local hospitals.

Courtney ann jackson wcbi news healthcare was one of the many topics on the menu at a luncheon meeting today in columbus// delbert hosemann was the guest speaker for the lowndes county republican women and the columbus rotary club// hosemann is running for lieutenant governor and says affordable healthcare is something he'll advocate for// "we don't need a single payer system.

I believe that people who are covered need to be working, in the community somewhere or in a job program somewhere.

I don't want any additional costs for mississippians.

I think that's very important that we have a zero dollar additional cost of any extra coverage."

Hosemann also talked about the need to improve mississippi roads and has a plan ready for lawmakers.

Some of those same topics are also playing into the governor's race this year, and you'll hear where the candidates stand right here on wcbi..

Wcbi will host north mississippi's only live gubernatorial debate// attorney general jim hood and lt.

Governor tate reeves will be here in our studios for a round table discussion hosted by aundrea self.

We're talking about the issues facing your family... we'll also be taking some of your issue based questions on social media.

That debate is next monday beginning at 7 p- m// yesterday was the first monday in october, and that marks the beginning of a new term of the supreme court.

Justices are expected to take on a number of far reaching, controversial cases this term.

Arguments in one of those started this morning.

The high court is taking up the issue of whether federal civil rights law should apply to the l-g-b-t-q community.

Cbs's jan crawford has more from washington..

Sot bostock 133026 i was fired for being gay gerald bostock says he lost his job in georgia after joining a gay recreatonal softball league it's a must bigger issue than just me.

And transgender woman aimee stephens says she was fired from a michigan funeral home after she revealed she was transitioning from a man sot stephens 17;20;46;07 we all deserve the same rights today, they asked the court to rule that the 1964 federal civil rights act-- which prohibits discrimination based on an "individual's race, color, religion, sex or national origin" also protects employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

But conservative justices suggested those arguments should be directed instead at congress... justice alito: the point is that discrimination on the basis of sex in the sense that congress understood it in 1964 is a different concept from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

The justices noted far reaching implications... same sex bathrooms, dress codes and transgender women playing on womens sports teams. congress repeatedly has refused to change the 1964 law to specifically prohibit employment discrmination based on sexual orientation....and until last year federal courts have uniformly said it wasn't covered..leading 22 states and the district of columbia to pass their own laws outlawing it.

But liberal justices were sympathetic-- saying the civil rights law was aimed at combatting discrimination--e ven if not seen as a problem at the time.

Ruth bader ginsburg: title vii was meant to strike out the entire spectrum of sex stereotyping, tag: the court's two new justices are impossible to predict.

Justice neil gorsuch seemed somewhat open to arguments that the words of the law covered this kind of discrimination...b ut he was concerned about courts stepping in and causing what he said was "massive social upheaval" that kind of ruling might cause.

Jc, cbs news, the supreme court.

First look stinger first look summary: quiet weather will hold for the middle of the week before the next fall cold front arrives.

Rain and storms are likely again friday before we turn cooler for the saturday and sunday.

The first overnight 40s of the season are slated to return this weekend.

Tuesday night: mainly clear and quiet.

Lows in the 50s with light wind.

Some patchy fog is possible again.

Wednesday: turning partly cloudy.

Temperatures are expected to warm back up into the 80s as light southeasterly flow returns.

Wednesday night: partly cloudy.

Lows in the low 60s.

Horse back riding - for many it's a relaxing hobby, but for some area children it offers a chance to grow - physically and emotionally..

Quentin smith found out this activity is also good medicine.

He joins us live in the studio with more..

That's right scott, i caught up with 9 year old nora molina.

She's been riding the horses for five years now and she loves it.

In fact, it's the highlight of her day.

The therapeutic horse riding is helping the second grader develop her self confidence one strut at a time... this is the normal monday routine for 9 year old nora molina.

She comes to the horse track in west point, straps on her helmet, and saddles up to begin riding her horse... " my wife and i we just kind of look at each other in amazement as she's going around each time.

She will be waving at us or coming over to the side of the arena wanting us to pet horse and talk to him and stuff."

To the naked eye, it looks like nora is simply enjoying the ride..

But this is more than just fun.

It's also therapy..

" horses are just very naturally innately healing animals.

We can take a kid that's extremely anxious and nervous, put them on a horse and they're a totally different person."

Nora's father, matt molina, says her muscle tone is developing slower than most kids.

And while she hasn't received a definite diagnosis, the horse back riding is helping to develop and strengthen her tone... .

" they have different types of agility programs to do around there.

They will reach towards the side or towards the middle and it helps them build their core which helps them stand up taller."

Matt says he wants her to gain self-confidence and independence through the therapeutic riding.

" this has been kind of an extension for her to build more confidence and to be more of a team player and kind of build teamwork with other kids.

It just really helps them become just a better person overall because they are with these large animals and it makes them calm."

As each session comes and goes... both her parents and trainers say they're seeing progress in how nora is growing... both as a rider, but even more, as a fun and adventurous 9 year old.

" so fortunate and so blessed to have this job and get to witness every day the healing that these horses can do, not just from a physical standpoint but from a self confidence standpoint and teamwork standpoint."

The msu extension equine assisted therapy program will hold a fundraising event this weekend... it's called hope rides here.

The fundraiser will take place at the mill conference center in starkville beginning at 6:30.

For more information about this event and the program just head on over to our website our website at wcbi dot com.... stinger weather open summary: quiet weather will hold for the middle of the week before the next fall cold front arrives.

Rain and storms are likely again friday before we turn cooler for the saturday and sunday.

The first overnight 40s of the season are slated to return this weekend.

Tuesday night: mainly clear and quiet.

Lows in the 50s with light wind.

Some patchy fog is possible again.

Wednesday: turning partly cloudy.

Temperatures are expected to warm back up into the 80s as light southeasterly flow returns.

Wednesday night: partly cloudy.

Lows in the low 60s.

Thursday: a mix of sun and clouds with just a slight chance for a spotty shower or storm during the day.

The chance of rain is just 10-20%.

Above normal highs in the mid to upper 80s can be expected.

Friday: a powerful fall front is going to push across the region and the speed at which it moves will determine how warm we get.

We're going to forecast highs in the mid to upper 80s for now and see how it goes.

There is the potential for some strong to possibly severe storms with gusty winds as the front passes so it will be something to watch.

It's too early to tell if high school football will be affected but it is possible.

Saturday: much cooler 60s may be the best we can do in the wake of the cold front.

Some lingering shows may exist during the morning hours.

There will definitely be a fall chill in the air for a change.

Lows saturday night may drop to around 40 and that means some of those cooler spots may dip into the upper 30s.

Sunday-tuesday: recent model data suggest that more in the way of unsettled weather may be on the way in the form of rain and scattered storms. we certainly need the rain so anything is welcome.

Highs cold front arrives.

Rain and storms are likely again friday before we turn cooler for the saturday and sunday.

The first overnight 40s of the season are slated to return this weekend.

Tuesday night: mainly clear and quiet.

Lows in the 50s with light wind.

Some patchy fog is possible again.

Wednesday: turning partly cloudy.

Temperatures are expected to warm back up into the 80s as light southeasterly flow returns.

Wednesday night: partly cloudy.

Lows in the low 60s.

Thursday: a mix of sun and clouds with just a slight chance for a spotty shower or storm during the day.

The chance of rain is just 10-20%.

Above normal highs in the mid to upper 80s can be expected.

Friday: a powerful fall front stinger chickasaw county's ema director helps columbus city the tornado that struck columbus earlier this year has prompted city leaders to move quickly to get storm shelters built// currently, the city has no storm shelters.

Now that leaders have the go ahead for fema approved shelters they're planning on changing that// this morning, a team from the friendly city visited chickasaw county to walk through the shelters and the process for getting them// allie martin joined them and has more// as chickasaw county's ema director, linda griffin knows what it takes to get fema approved storm shelters in the area.

Nats griffin is helping columbus city leaders navigate the paperwork and process to get their own fema approved shelters.

"we have 33 locations, fire departments, governmental buildings, voting precincts, we have these set up."

Griffin took the columbus team on a tour of two chickasaw county storm shelters.

Since 2003, griffin has applied for the storm shelters.

Fema picks up seventy five percent of the cost.

The 6 foot by 12 foot shelters feature six inch thick concrete walls, they are brought to a site, strapped into the ground and are ready to use.

Griffin is giving columbus leaders many helpful insights.

"you have to take into consideration, parking available, make sure you have enough parking for everybody who is going to utilize this building, no major highways , they have to cross to get to it, or railroad service, has to be easy access for the community as well as for those stationed at the departments."

Standup bridge columbus leaders are adopting a similar strategy.

They want to place these storm shelters at fire stations across the city, to keep first responders and the public safe.

And also to help emergency personnel be ready to respond as quickly as possible, after a weather event.

"for years we have looked at the approach of one facility, questioned where to put it, we then heard this approach chickasaw county has, and thought it was an interesting take, spread them throughout the city, that way more people can get to them, secondly, those people who protect us, first responders, need to be protected as well, if they can't get out in the field how can they do their job."

Columbus has five fire stations in the city.

Each fire station will get two shelters, and one station will get three.

Paperwork could be submitted in a couple of weeks and the shelters could be in place next year.

Allie martin, wcbi news stinger a postseason softball thriller between columbus and tupelo...it'd take all three games to decide the series highlights next in sports... spx open the softball season is rapidly coming to a close, just 3 more series victories from competing for a state championship.... ten teams from our area remain in the postseason...sta rting with class two the tupelo lady wave winning game one of its second round series with columbus 12-3.

On to game two....columbus playing loose....tupelo with a win advances... lady falcons up 6-3....clutch defense holding that lead....tupelo threatening...fan tastic grab from aniya saddler to end the inning... columbus up 8-3 in the sixth...here comes a tupelo rally....bags juiced for sadie morris...stays inside the yard, but off the fence, everyone coming home...bases clearing triple for morris makes it 8-7 but the lady falcons respond, after a leadoff home run from c'asia grayer...mkya smith bloops one to shallow left....tupelo errors bring everyone home...three more runs for columbus...lady falcons three outs away from tying it up...leading 15-7 but tupelo doesn't go away....kristen kidd rips one up the middle, 2 rbi double.....tupelo makes it 15-12... but the final out comes for columbus...lady falcons force a game three with the 15-12 win game 2 to 12 to gain on the fifth have to come back in this game as well john michael is by intentionally walking her and carson almost all day long to valley and becomes 2115 the advanced to round three look at some more slippage scores around the area after dominique humphreys county 27 dominique humphreys county 20 751 2027 five 125 to a recent department 13 311 sweeps nettleton 19 nothing three little mix of class i and 240 houston was about 10 minutes ago when willard regains to run it working 312 to 10 talk to central sweep, talk to three to 313 211footbala game that is won up front.....the battle in the trenches can make or break a friday night....that's why we give it up for the big fellas that make their teams tick time for our lineman of the week for week 8 "tonight's lineman of the week is brought to you by the city of okolona's electric department."

Tonight's lineman of the week is james miller.

James has 12 years of service with the okolona electric department wcbi's lineman of the week out of okolona is kaaria hykes...offensive and defensive lineman for the okolona chieftains... hykes contributing in a big way to both units....contribut ing 9 tackles and one sack of a 4- sack shutout performance from the defense, and helping to pave the way for 259 rushing yards in the win against hamilton the cheiftains are back home in week 8..taking on division foe vardaman start number three s.

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The top five houston to avery to weigh a tie for first philadelphia to one s.

L to webster tied five, seducing six start and one in a while back to number one in 18 not peter switching lumberton for simmons five was lounges will economy continues to drain at the top of the highest game of the lotta people shone out to our twitter and theover to our facebook and twitter accounts at wcbi endzone to let your voice be heard the choices....moorev ille at caledonia, north pontotoc at new albany, choctaw county at houston, and smithville at west lowndes 3 of the four choices are sites we've yet to be live for on friday night!

The polls end at 4 pm tomorrow.....find out the winner in our 6 oclock show wednesday still to come..

Chief meteorologist keith gibson returns with tonights last look.

You are days next front coming sometime friday timing still if he honestly could be early could be late for the lesser of the book is behind much we know times are here like he

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