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Mississippi to receive $5.68 million to purchase new buses

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced Monday, Nov. 25 that the Federal Transit Administration will award $5.68 million to the Mississippi Department of Transportation to purchase new buses. This project will support service expansion throughout the state and help meet the needs of Mississippi residents who rely on transportation services to get to employment opportunities and health care destinations.

The award is part of $423 million in nationwide transit infrastructure grants to improve the safety and reliability of America’s bus systems and enhance mobility for transit riders. A total of 94 projects in 42 states and the District of Columbia will receive funding from FTA’s Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program. A list of the selected projects is available online.

“Public bus systems throughout the country provide millions of Americans access to jobs, healthcare, grocery stores, and other vital services,” Chao said in a statement.

The funding supports projects to replace, rehabilitate, and purchase buses and related equipment, as well as projects to purchase, rehabilitate and construct bus-related facilities.

“More people travel by bus than any other form of public transportation,” said FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams. “This Administration is committed to rebuilding our nation’s transportation infrastructure and helping to improve bus service nationwide.”

Demand for FTA’s Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program far exceeded available funds. The FTA received applications for 318 eligible projects totaling approximately $1.9 billion in funding requests, from a total of 270 applicants in 43 states and territories.

In Fiscal Year 2019, FTA has made available more than $12 billion in funding through both formula and competitive grant programs to support public transportation.

 

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Search for two young men on the Mississippi to resume Sunday morning

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(photo by Thomas Parker)

The search for the two missing young men on the Mississippi River near the LeTourneau Landing has been called off for the night and will resume at 7:30 a.m. Sunday according to Warren County Fire Coordinator Jerry Briggs.

Anyone participating in the search is asked to coordinate their efforts through the incident command which is set up south of LeTourneau Road.

Multiple agencies are assisting in the efforts to locate the missing men. Numerous items that were in the boat and the boat itself have been recovered.

The young men, Gunner Palmer, 16, from Copiah County, and Zeb Hughes, 21, of Wesson, Mississippi, went out on a boat Thursday with their dog to find a good spot for duck hunting near Davis Island. They have not been heard from since Thursday afternoon.

Sunday will mark the fourth day of search and recovery efforts.

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Silver Alert issued for Holmes County man

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The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has issued a Silver Alert for Charlie H. Haynes Jr., 61, of Durant, Mississippi, in Holmes County.

Haynes is a black male, 6 feet tall, weighing 260 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen Thursday, Dec. 3, at about 8:30 a.m. in the vicinity of Park Street in Holmes County. He was wearing a blue shirt and gray pants.

Haynes is believed to be in a 2020 beige ES350 Lexus bearing Mississippi license plate HNT1037 and traveling in an unknown direction.

Family members say Haynes suffers from a medical condition that may impair his judgement. If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of Charlie H. Haynes Jr., call the Holmes County Sheriff’s Department at 662-834-1511.

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U.S. House passes historic bill to legalize marijuana

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East side of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. (photo by Martin Falbisoner own-work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link)

Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed what is being hailed as an historic bill to legalize the use of marijuana in the country.

The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act proposes to remove marijuana from the list in the Controlled Substances Act of 1971, which first equated pot with drugs such as heroin and LSD. It also proposes to expunge certain low-level criminal offenses, sets up a 5% sales tax on sales to reinvest in communities disproportionately affected by drug enforcement, provide for more research and other measures.

The MORE act was passed out of the House Judiciary Committee a year ago and is the first of its kind to make it to a vote on the House floor. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), was passed Friday by a vote of 228-164 along mostly party lines: 222 Democrats, five Republicans and Rep. Justin Amash, a libertarian, voted in support of the bill, while 158 Republicans and six Democrats voted against it.

“Millions of Americans’ lives have been upended as a result of convictions for possessing small amounts of marijuana, and the racial disparities in conviction rates for those offenses are as shocking as they are unjust,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), said in a statement after the vote. “That’s why we passed the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act today.”

A 2020 analysis by the American Civil Liberties Union concluded that “Black people are 3.64 times more likely than white people to be arrested for marijuana possession, notwithstanding comparable usage rates.”

“In every single state, Black people were more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession, and in some states, Black people were up to six, eight, or almost 10 times more likely to be arrested,” the analysis continued. “In 31 states, racial disparities were actually larger in 2018 than they were in 2010.”

Democrats in support of the law also cited the growing numbers of states legalizing both medical and recreational uses of marijuana. To date, 34 states have legalized medical marijuana, including Mississippi last month, and 11 have approved it for recreational use.

In response, critics of the bill attacked Democrats for bring the bill up during the COVID-19 pandemic and cited law-and-order arguments.

“Marijuana is one of the most abused substances on this planet,” said Rep. Greg Murphy (R-N.C.). “Yes, legalizing weed would create revenue from taxes, but at what cost? Do we then start legalizing cocaine? Marijuana is a gateway drug, make no mistake about that. It undoubtedly leads to further and much more dangerous drug use.”

It is unlikely the bill will be brought to a vote in the U.S. Senate.

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