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Barbour lists problems with healthcare reform

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JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour and 19 other Republican governors have submitted a list of potential healthcare law improvements for the administration to consider, if the law passed last year by the Democratic Congress isn’t repealed or struck down by the courts. “In addition to its constitutional infringements, we believe the system proposed by the (administration) is seriously flawed, favors dependency over personal responsibility and will ultimately destroy the private insurance market,” the letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reads. “Because of this, we do not wish to be the federal government’s agents in this policy in its present form. “We wish states had been given more opportunity to provide input when the (law) was being drafted. We believe in its current form the law will force our health care system down a path sure to lead to higher costs and the disruption or discontinuation of millions of Americans’ insurance plans.” The President’s healthcare law “in its current form threatens to destroy our budgets and perpetuate and magnify the most costly aspects of our health care system,” the letter states. .]]]]> ]]>

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Absentee ballots in Mississippi up by more than 60% over 2016

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Absentee ballot voting in Mississippi for the upcoming election continues to outpace the last presidential election. Requests are up by more than 60% over those received for the 2016 election.

As of Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, the Statewide Election Management System reported that Mississippians had requested 169,087 absentee ballots, and county clerks had sent 165,846 ballots in response. So far, clerks have received 142,591 absentee ballots for the 2020 General Election.

In the last presidential election, Mississippians requested 110,812 ballots. Circuit clerks sent out 110,810 ballots and received 102,915. Of those, 101,339 were accepted.

In Warren County, voters have requested 2,825 absentee ballots of which 2,794 had been sent. The county clerk has received 2,524 ballots.

Dates to remember:

  • The deadline for in person absentee voting is this Saturday, Oct. 31, at 5 p.m.
  • All mail-in absentee ballots must be postmarked by Election Day (Nov. 3) and received within five business days of Election Day to count.

For additional voter information, visit the Y’all Vote website.

 

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Father arrested for taking newborn from hospital

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Travis Hargrove (photo courtesy LSP)

Police have arrested the father of the newborn taken from a Monroe, Louisiana, hospital last week.

Travis Hargrove, 35, has been charged with cruelty to a juvenile for taking his newborn son, Travis Hargrove Jr., from the St. Francis Medical Center just after 11:20 p.m. Oct. 22, the night of the baby’s birth. Police say the father hid the infant in a backpack, but the baby’s security bracelet alerted the hospital to his leaving the premises.

Court records reveal that the mother, who has not been named, tested positive for THC and amphetamines at the time of the infant’s birth, which could result in the child being taken from the parents by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, KNOE reports.

The infant, who was found safe just a few hours after his father took him, needed to be monitored for possible withdrawal symptoms, according to hospital staff.

 

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Mass shooting in Greenwood leaves two dead among the 10 shot

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A mass shooting in Greenwood, Mississippi, Saturday claimed the life of two people among the 10 who were shot.

Siblings from Chicago died Saturday night as a result of being shot at a gathering after their grandmother’s funeral. They have been identified as Jonathan Pitts, 42, and his sister Katrina Pitts, 41, according to the Greenwood Commonwealth.

The shooter had fled the scene by the time police arrived, Greenwood Police Deputy Chief Marvin Hammond said.

The Vicksburg Daily News will provide additional information as we know it.

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