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Cochran reintroduces park expansion bill

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by Wally Northway CLAIBORNE COUNTY and HINDS COUNTY — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has reintroduced his legislation to authorize the expansion of the Vicksburg National Military Park in Claiborne and Hinds counties. Cochran and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), the measure’s primary cosponsor, indicated their intent to push for Senate consideration of the Champion Hill, Port Gibson and Raymond Battlefield Addition Act. First introduced in November, the legislation was referred to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The Cochran-Wicker bill would authorize the National Park Service (NPS) to acquire, through voluntary sale, donation or exchange, approximately 10,000 acres of property determined to be significant to the preservation of historic battlefield sites. The measure addresses three separate parcels: the Port Gibson Unit in Claiborne County; and, the Raymond Unit and Champion Hill Unit, both in Hinds County.  Designated “modified core battlefield” sites by the NPS, these properties also encompass several historic homes, such as the Shaifer House at Port Gibson and the Coker House at Champion Hill. The NPS would assume maintenance and security responsibilities for these structures once they are included in the Military Park. The legislation was developed with input from the NPS, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, the Civil War Preservation Trust and local officials. While few so-called lands bills were enacted in the 111th Congress, both Cochran and Wicker believe the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War might help propel their legislation in the new 112th Congress. Article Courtesy:MsBusiness.com-Mississippi Business Journal]]]]> ]]>

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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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