It's WLOX News Director Brad Kessie. The pictures we saw from Hancock County this morning were devastating. Two families on their way to vacation on the shores of the Gulf Coast had that trip cut short by a horrible accident. A 10-year-old died. And a 19-year-old is in serious condition. Troopers tell us neither one of them had seatbelts on, because they were apparently sitting in a seat that didn't belong in the car.
Both Al Showers and Michelle Lady are following this story. Look for their updates on TV and on WLOX.com.
Jackson County supervisors met behind closed doors today and discussed how to pay for a new jail without raising taxes. Afterward, we learned Board President John McKay wants a bond attorney and the county comptroller to come up with a maximum amount of money the county can borrow. McKay's recommendation is to have the county build a new jail around that amount, and not touch taxes.
Patrice Clark has the latest on this seemingly never-ending discussion on WLOX News at 6:00.
A forum about the affordable care act sparked a rather heated debate today in Jackson. The combatants were Mississippi's Insurance Commissioner and the director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute. What did they say? You'll hear the debate on CBS channel when you tune into WLOX News at 6:30.
It was packing day at the Mississippi National Guard Armory in Picayune. About 150 soldiers from the 857th are about to deploy to Afghanistan for a year. They are young and old, male and female. They're anxious, excited and nervous. Most all say the separation from their family will be the most difficult aspect of the upcoming deployment.
Steve Phillips visited with the soldiers and will share their stories on WLOX News at 10:00.
If you'd like to help send off the troops, be at Blaylock Park in Wiggins Friday night at 6:00. There's a departure ceremony and public send off planned for the National Guard unit.