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WCBI News at Ten
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WCBI News at Ten

Thanks for staying up with us tonight..

New policies for the police department and the state flag--those were the topics of dicussion at tonights city council meeting// in a 5 -1 vote the columbus city councilmen approved a resolution to ask legislators to replace the current state flag// councilmen say the flag has a darkened past// in an unanimous vote, city leaders approve the "use of force" policy// this was brought up last week in a virtual town hall// columbus police chief fred shelton presented rules and his standard operating procedure officers must follow while on duty// chokeholds, making implicit bias, and having a knee on someone's neck will not be allowed// columbus pd says following recent protests, it's vital officers and the people can trust each other.

" if you are with another officer and you see that the officer is doing wrong then it's a violation.

And then you can be charged with the officer also if you're not asking an officer not to continue doing what is wrong.

" columbus pd will follow the new procedures effective immediately.éé lowndes county district attorney scott colom has made good on his promise to release all available evidence in the case of a white officer who fatally shot a black man during a 2015 traffic stop.

One piece of that evidence obtained by the associated press is bodycam footage of a chase between canyon boykin and ricky ball on august 26th 20-15, almost two months prior to the fatal shooting.

The video reportedly shows boykin and officer max branch in the police car chasing ball and a female passenger.

In another incident, boykin and branch, along with officer yolanda young, would stop a car in which ricky ball was a passenger for a missing tag light october 16th 20-15.

In that stop boykin said ball ran - the officer said he fired his weapon while chasing ball because ball appeared to point a gun at him.

A handgun was found near ball's body.

Boykin was fired from cpd after the shooting// colom transferred the case to then attorney general jim hood's office in 2016.

A grand jury indicted boykin on manslaughter charges// on may 28th attorney general lynn fitch dropped the case with prejudice meaning it cannot be revived.

People are calling for the president of the lowndes county board of supervisors, harry sanders to resign after his comments on slavery and racial issues// a quote from today's commercial dispatch by harry sanders reads in part..."whoever owned them, took care of them, fed them and closed them."

It also stated, "slaves didn't have to do anything."

The comments come a day after the board of supervisors voted against a motion to move a confederate statue to friendship cemetery where many confederate soldiers are buried.

The lowndes county naacp is asking for sanders to step down from his position.

At tonight's columbus city council meeting mayor smith and a councilman say sanders' comments cut deep..

" that's a slap in the face for every black citizen in the city of columbus and lowndes county for an elected official to make racist statements like that.

It's time out for it.

I hope the citizens within the city of columbus both black and white stuff up to the plate and say enough is enough.

We're tired of this nonsense, this foolishness to make this racist comments.

" " it shows the divisiveness and as a black citizen as christian and every white american that is a christian should be condemning what he said.

" i spoke with harry sanders today on the phone and he told me he had no comment on what he told the commercial dispatch.

I also spoke with supervisor trip hars-ton who says he doesn't agree with what sanders said.

Hars-ton, holliman and sanders were the three supervisors who voted against moving the confederate monument.

Another high profile symbol is getting a lot of attention these days.

A new poll shows just how divided mississippians are over the state flag.

The governor and other leaders have said the people should vote any changes-- courtney ann jackson breaks down the poll and changing opinions.

Let's look at the shifts.

The 2001- ballot referendum vote...favored keeping the flag 2- 1 with more than 64 percent rejecting the idea of a new flag.

A 2017 chism strategy poll indicated a 49 would keep it.

41 replace it.

And this month- 46-45.

"there's always a margin of error with these polls.

Basically, it's a coin toss right now.

If i don't have them tomorrow, no one knows which way it would go."

But there are some clear splits-among age, race and political party lines.

" older voters preferring to keep the flag by over to one margin.

Where is younger voters, 52% want to change it."

The latest poll also shows a majority or african americans wanting to replace the flag and strong republican support for keeping it.

Millsaps department of government and politics chair dr. nathan shrader points out... "a poll is a snapshot in time, right?

The value of this is to be able to do what does paul's doing& tracking change over time.

And that in and of itself is valuable."

Jackson state political science professor d'andra orey notes that the timing of the poll should also be considered when thinking about what this may mean.

"one question is, is this based on the current climate?

Are they responding to being more sympathetic to african-americans knowing that african-americans do not support the flag?

Or our attitudes changing to where people really want to see the flag come down?"

Caj wcbi news take developing story stinger the ballots are still being counted in aberdeen for in the city's runoff// one of the races we're watching is the police chief's race// incumbent henry randle has 693 votes so far.

Tony tillman coming in with 637// right now the votes from three wards have been counted// we're still waiting for one more ward and will update you on air and online at wcbi dot com// first look stinger first look summary: while a slow moving area of low pressure swirls in the carolinas, our region continues to be on the drier side of the system.

Look for mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies to continue through the end of the work week.

Humidity levels will come up by the weekend and that will give rise to storm chances by sunday and early next week.

Tuesday night: mainly clear and quiet.

Lows around 60 with light wind.

Wednesday: mostly sunny to partly cloudy.

Highs in the mid 80s.

Winds ne 5-10 mph.

Across the country some states are seeing rebounds in covid- 19 cases even as they try to reopen their economies..

But there could be some good news on the horizon - a medical study is hinting at a drug that could show promise as a treatment.

Cbs's manuel boroquez has the latest.

Nats/uk trial it's being called a medical breakthrough in the fight against the coronavirus.

The world's largest trial of existing treatments found a cheap, decades old anti- inflamatory steroid called dexamethasone reduced deaths by twenty percent in covid-19 patients on oxygen.

Oxford scientists say they found even more success with the sickest patients on ventilators.

"what we saw was remarkable.

In ventilated patients with covid, 10 days of treatment with dx, tablet or injection, reduces risk of death by about 35%."

Doctor scott krakower was not part of the trial, but received dexamethasone in april, when he battled the virus himself in new york city.

Mb: so is this a game changer?

Sk: i think i think it is a game changer" // "it was the first time in, like, almost i felt like almost a month.

I was i said, stop coughing for.

Couple an hour // and then it is like such a i don't know for me.

A mind blowing moment."

Cbs news chief medical correspondent doctor jon lapook: "here is that there was a relatively large number of patients studied for several months.

And so the fact that they're saying there was a statistically significant decrease in mortality with dexamethasone is very encouraging.?"

News about the treatment comes as the prediction model used by the white house now projects two hundred thousand covid-related deaths in the u-s by october.

19 states are reporting increases in average daily new cases compared to two weeks ago.

Today, texas saw a record jump of more than 26- hundred.

Florida has reported nearly 15 thousand new cases over the last ten days ... but today, in a wall street journal op- ed, vice president mike pence called reports of a possible second wave "overblown."

Despite record new cases, florida governor ron desantis says he will not close the state.

"to suppress a lot of working-age people at this point i don't think would likely be very effective."?

Still, miami's mayor put the next phase of reopening on hold due to recent spikes ... austin's mayor extended a stay at home order ... and nevada's governor said the state was not ready to enter phase three.

Tag: there was encouraging news on the economy today.

Retails sales jumped nearly 18 percent last month, a record, as more businesses and restaurants reopened -- the question is whether those numbers come at the expense of social distancing.

Mb cbs miami covid 19 related shutdowns impacted not only businesses and schools, but it also affected recruiting efforts with the u s army.

Allie martin checks in at a local recruiting station to see how the new normal looks for recruiters and applicants.

The tupelo army recruiting station shut down in march and reopened in may with a lot of new rules.

There's hand sanitizer, masks and gloves and also widespread use of new technology.

"we're not trying to cut quality, but what we've done is move to more of a virtual environment."

Captain joshua mcfarland oversees the us army's tupelo recruiting station.

Recruiting efforts didn't stop during the covid 19 shutdowns but the army adapted.

Temporary holds were put on sending new recruits to basic training, pre- screening was done over the phone and applicant processing went virtual for a time.

Recruiters continue to use technology,y such as zoom and team meeting.

"the recruiter is developing a relationship with those applicants, they are interested to know what is in the background of these applicants, why are they looking at the army, and the joy of social media and virtual side is you can do it from three hours away."

Sergeant first class evangeline chisholm says covid 19 has changed the way recruiting is handled, but she looks forward to telling applicants how the army impacted her life.

"all the benefits you're able to get, i'm raising a family on my own without a hardship, i'm very thankful, you buy your own home, i'm on number two, i'm really proud of being in the military.

" she is excited to be part of the first army national hiring days.

"from june 30th to two july, we will be looking for people qualified to join the military, join the army and get out of your community, you even have a chance to get a bigger bonus than you might get."

Recruiters say technology is changing how they recruit but not the time tested skills, discipline and values taught by the army.

In tupelo, allie martin, wcbi news stinger wx open summary: unsettled weather will remain in place through tuesday night with scattered rain and storm chances.

A cold front will sweep out the rain and humidity by mid morning wednesday leaving us with sunny and warm weather for the rest of the week and upcoming weekend.

Monday night: areas of showers will continue but gradually diminish in size and scope.

The threat of an isolated tornado should gradually end during the evening hours but we'll just have to monitor radar trends.

Look for a mild night with lows in the mid 70s.

Breezy se winds between 10 and 25 mph.

Tuesday: mostly cloudy with showers lingering first thing in the day.

A mix of sun and clouds is expected to develop as time goes on but that could lead to a few more showers or storms. highs are going to push 90?

With higher heat indices at times.

Winds ssw 10-20 mph.

Tuesday night: a cold front may spark a line of showers and storms after midnight.

While we can't rule out a few isolated strong storms most spots will not experience anything too rough.

Lows will be in the low to mid 70s.

Wednesday: any rain chance should move east by mid morning allowing sunnier and less humid conditions to build in on the heels of westerly winds.

Highs top out in the mid 80s.

Wednesday night: clear and refreshing.

Lows in the low 60s.

Thursday-monday: mostly sunny to partly cloudy, warm, and dry.

Highs in the upper 80s to around 90 with overnight lows mainly in the low to mid 60s.

Follow @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, instagram, and the wcbi news app stinger churches that have been empty since march are now filling up again..

We take a look at the revival of sunday services when we come churches in mississippi are starting to meet face to face again..

But under strict health guidelines.

Bobby martinez talks to two pastors about the revival of in- person services after months of empty sanctuaries- uncharted territory... "the transition has been challenging."

But with a plan in place.... "it was more about lets get together and lets just figure this out together."

Churches in mississippi are reopening in the wake of covid-19... and there is a mixture of excitement and ácautioná "we still have a number of people in our churches who are concerned about coming back.

Who are concerned about the safety of coming back not only our senior adults and many of them who have health issues but parents with small children as well."

Calvary baptist church reopened for the first time in months last week... and the church's pastor - dr. joe wiggins..

Tells us the early numbers were low..

Sot - dr. joe wiggins - calvary baptist church - west point..

"we had about 1/4 of our congregation that came back for our in person service.

But i anticipate that we are going to see that slowly increase other churches who have already already ahead of us have already seen their attendance kind of creep up a little bit."

At first christian church... pastor eric ross says covid-19 has not only had an effect on services in the sanctuary, but also áserviceá outside of the walls..

Sot - eric ross - pastor - first christian church "when will we have our ministries that we have going into the community?

Because right now we normally feed the elderly twice a month and we are not able to do that you know.

And we have a ministry where we go to the nursing home and it's a gentleman that does that every sunday and leads songs and has a lesson and he's not able to do that."

But as the writer of ecclesiastes said - to everything there is a season..

"if you are on edge stay home.

But if you are ready to go out and start to interact with places and do things then you're ready to come to church.

We need to meet together the church needs each other as the body of believers and so if you're ready to come come and we are ready for you."

Most churches have been doing their best to keep members informed, but if you have any questions or concerns about your home church - call them up..

Stinger a bulldog basketball standout is taking his talents on a european tour..

Tom explains when we come back... spx open take the longest tenured head coach in sec baseball will continue to add to his resume....ole miss locking up mike bianco for the forseeable future athletic director keith carter announcing ole miss and bianco have agreed to a 4- year extension....the maximum that's allowed for the state of mississippi bianco has become the program's all- time leader in wins in 20 seasons with ole miss bianco led the rebels to a 16-1 start in 2020 before the season was cut short, and was named the national coach of the year by collegiate baseball starkville-native tyson carter's time at mississippi state came to an abrupt hault after senior night....but the bulldog guard's basketball career isn't coming to an end there... carter signing a professional contract to join the lavrio aegean cargo basketball club located in laurium greece carter enjoyed a career year in his senior season at mississippi state, setting career highs in minutes per game, points per game, and assists per game last

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