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WJTV – Espy prefers Biden over Sanders

YP – Bernie bails on Mississippi visit

MS Senate Democrats back Biden

YP – Congressman Thompson endorses Biden

WTOK – Rep. Michael Guest (R-MS) discusses looming Mississippi primary

WTOK – Race preview: Mississippi’s 3rd Congressional District

YP – MS Senate passes increase for law enforcement, firefighters death benefits

NEWSMS – Mississippi Senate passes teacher licensure bill

Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann announced that Senate Bill 2511 would allow college students to enter a School of Education if they have achieved a 21 ACT score, OR a 3.0 grade point average on pre-major coursework, OR a passing score on the Praxis Core, the test traditionally used in teacher certification programs.

The law currently requires a 21 ACT score AND a 2.75 grade point average in content coursework.

“More than 50 of our school districts are facing a critical shortage in teachers this year. Many of our other districts face shortages in specific subject areas like special education and math,” Hosemann said. “This bill will open up the pipeline of teachers flowing through our universities and colleges to help address this dire situation. I am grateful for Senate Education Chairman Dennis DeBar’s commitment to this issue.”

WTVA – Bill aims to help make roads safer for people with disabilities

The proposal called for drivers to apply to have a sticker placed on their license plate.

A physician or psychologist would have to certify that a person in the vehicle has a health condition or disability that prevents them from communicating with law enforcement.

The impairment would have to last at least five years.

So, during a traffic stop, law enforcement would know that someone in the vehicle could have an impairment before walking up to the car.

YP – Legislature addressing transgender athletes in schools

WLBT – Mayors meet with members of Congress to discuss flooding along the Mississippi River

The cost of the 2019 floods was 6.2 billion dollars in 11 states.

Twenty mayors from cities along the Mississippi River are in Washington this week to discuss the costs of flooding with federal policymakers and push for solutions.

Mayors from Vicksburg, Natchez and Greenville have been in meetings Wednesday and Thursday with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers. They are hoping for critical congressional support and investment to protect communities against increasing flooding risk.

WJTV – Former Lawrence County conservation district clerk arrested for embezzlement

State Auditor Shad White said special agents from his office arrested former Lawrence County Soil and Water Conservation District clerk Brandy Russell. She was indicted for embezzlement by a grand jury.

Russell is accused of using conservation district accounts to pay herself for bogus travel reimbursement requests, purchase her own groceries, and write checks directly to herself for cash.