Archives for June 2012

Heat advisory

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for an area including Grenada, Leflore, Carroll, Montgomery, Sunflower and Webster counties. It’s in effect from 10 AM to 10 PM today. Temperatures are expected to range from 98 to 102 degrees with the heat index hitting from 104 to 107.

Health care reaction

Reaction in Mississippi to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld President Obama’s health care overhaul included Republican Senator Thad Cochran, who said “We should respect the fact that most Americans don’t want it.” Democratic Congressman Bennie Thompson said the ruling “guarantees that our neediest and most vulnerable citizens will have improved health care coverage.”

Grenada-Alaska connection

A former Grenada man has been convicted in Anchorage, Alaska, of conspiring to distribute crack cocaine and sentenced to 12 years and six months in prison. 32-year-old Dolphus Tarvares Griffin was one of five people originally from Grenada who were prosecuted for drug trafficking in Anchorage.

A hot day ahead

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather look for an area of Mississippi including Grenada, Leflore, Carroll and Montgomery counties. Increasing heat will be evident today with highs across the region ranging from 98 to 101 degrees and heat indexes from 100 to 104. Anyone planning outdoor activities should take plentyy of breaks and drink plenty of fluids.

Abortion clinic files suit

Mississippi’s only abortion clinic claims that the sole purpose of a new state law that goes into effect Sunday is to put it out of business. Jackson Women’s Health Organization filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday charging that the law imposes “medically unjustified requirements” on its physicians who perform abortions.

Mississippi personal income down

On the whole, Mississippians are making less money. According to federal figures released Wednesday, personal income fell by point-zero-three percent in the first three months of 2012. Mississippi’s performance was the worst in the country and it was one of only two states in the country that saw personal income go down.

Miss Mississippi Pageant

The 55th Miss Mississippi Pageant begins tonight with the first of three nights of preliminary rounds at the Vicksburg Convention Center. The new Miss Mississippi will be crowned Saturday night by last year’s winner, Mary Margaret Roark.

Court ruling impacts Mississippi

In a ruling that could affect a number of cases in Mississippi, the U.S. Supreme Court this week threw out mandatory sentences of life in prison without parole for juveniles. The Mississippi Department of Corrections says state prisons have 56 inmates serving capital murder sentences without parole who were sentenced when they were 18 or younger.

Whipping coach hired

The boys’ basketball coach who resigned from Jackson Public Schools in May after admitting that he whipped players with a 10-pound weight belt has been hired by South Panola Schools. Superintendent Keith Shaffer tells the Clarion-Ledger that Marlon Dorsey will teach and coach but will not be a head coach.

Panola practice

Motorists on Highway 51 in Panola County might see a lot of police and paramedics in action sometime this week, but chances are it’s practice. It’s a training exercise called “Active Shooter,” in which various agencies will respond to a report of a man shooting a gun at South Panola Junior High School.