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Thanks for joining us tonight... two separate crashes on highway 45 south leave two people hospitalized.

The jaws of life were used to rescue the driver of this black car.

The crash happened after this crash, that happened earlier when a toyota camry heading south ran off the road into the northbound lanes and into some trees.

The passenger of that car, 52- year-old brenda roby was flown to a tupelo hospital with serious injuries.

The second crash, those on scene say the black car rear ended an suv.

The driver of the car was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

The mississippi highway patrol is investigating the crash.

Money problems continue to be an issue surrounding columbus... however, tonight city leaders approved a savings plan presented by the mayor..

Our quentin smith was at the city council meeting.

He joins us live with more on this plan... scott, right now the city is estimated to have a deficit of roughly 300 thousand dollars by time the new fiscal year rolls around on october first... however, with this seven step plan now set to be implemented... mayor robert smith says it could help the city save a total of roughly one million dollars....'

Nat it's a plan that passed with a unanimous vote.... columbus mayor robert smith drew up a cost savings plan to help the city stay afloat financially.... step one of the plan states the the city will put an immediate hiring freeze on all open positions with the exception of a chief financial officer... the mayor says this move alone is expected to save one million dollars... "the budget was approved for the police department of 70 officers.

Right now we are at 64.

They are six officers there will not be placed there, so with the six officers not replaced that will save the city with salary, plus benefits, about $298,000 from the police department.

The fire department budget for 79 farming, so we are at 70, we are going to remain at the 70, so by not replacing the nine firemen that will save the city $441,000."

Overtime will be cut for fire, police, and public works departments.... city employees would also see a change in health insurance... a 100 dollar deductible will now jump up to 500 dollars annually... instead of being prescribed name brand drugs... employees will now be prescribed generic drugs.

This all goes with a reduction on dis-cre-tionary spending..... and the court division being open five days a week... instead of four.

Lastly, j5 management project will not to charge the city for the remainder of the year... with the exception of special projects... "the key to it is that we have to make sure that it's mandatory that we follow the plan, and do not make any exceptions to the plan."

During the meeting city leaders said they're confident the plan will work... however, others in attendance expressed concerns with some of the jobs not being filled ... "" i think it's a step in the r direction.

It's a start.

We will see how it goes, if it's not going the way we needed to go then we will look at doing something different."

" the budget plan to begin with, i thought it was kind of ram rotted through there because it looks like to me that the safety of the people in the city of columbus was chopped off a little bit through the lack of budget for the farming, for the lack of budget for the policeman, and i just ask myself the question, are the criminals going to cut their budget to and quit doing so much in columbus.

Are we going to be able to handle what's going on right now."

Mayor smith says despite the hiring freeze, police, fire, and public works department will still provide adequate services throughout the city.

The plan also states the city will bring in an outside accounting firm to help the city monitor its finances.

The savings plan will take affect immediately... reporting live in columbus..

Quentin smith..

Wcbi news..

The tupelo fire department officially launches its new ladder truck..

The old "truck one" was officially replaced by the new, state of the art, "truck one" at tupelo city hall.

Firefighters climbed ladders from both trucks, passing a us flag from one truck to the other one.

The flag was later presented to mayor jason shelton.

The new truck has a platfoa platform at the end of the 100 foot ladder, making it safer for firefighters.

And has more safety features than the old truck.

"back in 1998 when old truck one was purchased it was a state of the art truck, it has a 15 hundred gallon a minute pump, the new truck has a 2 thousand gallon a minute pump, pump 500 more gallons a minute, carries 470 gallons of water and 30 gallons of foam for a total of 500 gallons, comfortably seats six firefighters and has latest state of the art equipment on it."

The new truck should have a lifespan of twenty years.

First look stinger first look tuesday night: clear, quiet, and chilly.

Another night with lows in the upper 30s to around 40 is on track.

Wednesday: look for lots of morning sun followed by increasing high cloudiness during the afternoon.

Temperatures should warm back up into the lower 70s.

Southeasterly winds develop between 5 and 15 mph.

Wednesday night: clouds increase.

Lows bottom out in the upper 40s to around 50.

Thursday: mostly cloudy with the college republicans at mississippi state university hosted the first republican gubernatorial debate tonight a the bettersworth auditorium.

It may have been a full house, but it wasn't a full stage.

Our cash matlock was there he joins us live in the studio with more..

Scott, only 2 of the 3 republican candidates for governor made the trip... robert foster and former supreme court chief justice bill waller jr. discussed topics like economic development, education, and infrastructure.

Robert foster and bill waller jr. had their first debate tonight at mississippi state university.

Perceived front runner lt.

Gov.

Tate reeves, however, declined his invitation to the debate.

"i think it should be concerning to the people of mississippi that someone who has been in government for as long as he has and has been running the state in the lt.

Governor's office for 8 years is not willing to come before the people and answer the tough questions."

"if he doesn't want to appear that's his loss because we had a great crowd and a great opportunity to expand on the issues."

Over the course of the debate, the candidates covered various hot topics including the recent teacher pay raise.

Both had similar stances on the issue.

"i'm committed to do whatever we can do to raise the average teacher pay every year until we reach the southeastern average as quickly as we can."

"i would make a long term plan in my budget going forward to get them up to the southeastern average.

The one thing we have to look at, everybody gets hung up on what they're getting paid compared to the average mississippian.

We have to look at what the states at our borders, alabama, tennessee, and louisiana are paying our teachers because this is an issue of supply and demand."

Foster went on to say that the state needs to focus more on workforce training instead the traditional 4 year college.

"it will absolutley change people's lives if we provide them with an opportunity to learn a skilled trade where they can go out and earn a living, rather than be dependant on government for the rest of their lives."

Another topic addressed at the debate was mississippi's current issue with infrastructure.

Both candidates say the magnolia state needs to adjust its tax structure for both residents and visitors.

"we need a big bold program.

The people need something to be excited about.

Our last major highway program was 1987, that was 32 years ago.

Our gas tax user fee is the lowest in the southeast, one of the lowest in the nation, and we need a bold aggressive plan that the people can be proud of."

"we have got to get away from the personal income tax.

It's the only that we can recruit higher paying industry in our state.

As part of that equation, i would put the sales tax and gas tax on the table as part of the negotiation of moving away from the personal income tax, and that will allow us to have flat tax system that better allows us to fund infrastructure and education and everything that we always are short on."

The 2019 mississippi primaries are august 6th.

The general election is november 5th.

Today is equal pay day.

It marks how far into the year women must work just to earn what men earned in the previous year.

Courtney ann jackson explains how mississippians are pushing for more changes to the wage laws.

"it's not a myth, it's math."

Mississippi women are paid, on average, 75 percent of what men make.

Amanda mcmillian was fed up with being paid less than her male co-workers who were doing the same work.

"when i asked if i may be paid the same as the men that work in the office with me, the response i got was they need to be paid more.

They have families to take care of.

And i immediately chuckled and said, what do you call the little people i have at home.

I call them my family and i am in charge of taking care of them.

And i want to be paid the same."

Forrest city grocery company had also told denied her requests to fill out applications for promotions---saying it wasn't a woman's job.

"i knew that what they were doing to me was wrong and illegal.

I got to the point that it was harder for me to do nothing than it was to do something."

Mcmillan filed an eeoc complaint in 2007 and that later turned into lawsuit against her employer.

They eventually reached a settlement four years later.

"i did not want this to continue to happen to other women."

She was invited to the white house for the state of the union address and several other times to share her story during obama's administration.

But her case isn't isolated.

"mississippi has the highest wage gap in the country."

That's according to data from the national women's law center.

Mississippi is also one of only two states without equal pay laws on the books.

"our wages are not controversial.

What's controversial is that we're not getting paid what we're worth."

There's a push to require equal pay for comparable jobs, do away with the salary history question on job applications and set up guidelines for equal pay claims. courtney ann jackson, wcbi news.

Stinger wx open tuesday night: clear, quiet, and chilly.

Another night with lows in the upper 30s to around 40 is on track.

Wednesday: look for lots of morning sun followed by increasing high cloudiness during the around 40 is on track.

Wednesday: look for lots of morning sun followed by increasing high cloudiness during the afternoon.

Temperatures should warm back up into the lower 70s.

Southeasterly winds develop between 5 and 15 mph.

Wednesday night: clouds increase.

Lows bottom out in the upper 40s to around 50.

Thursday: mostly cloudy with a 70% chance of showers and storms. some storms may be severe with large hail being the primary threat; however, the majority of storms will probably stay below severe limits.

Highs top out in the 60s to around 70.

Friday-saturday: while a few showers and storms are possible the overall coverage should be on the low end of the spectrum.

We're keeping a 30% chance of rain going both days.

Mild 70s are likely friday with highs around 80 saturday.

Sunday: additional clusters of showers and storms are likely.

Once again some could be strong to severe so we'll have to keep on watching how things develop.

Mild highs around 80 are likely.

Follow @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, and around 40 is on track.

Wednesday: look for lots of morning sun followed by increasing high cloudiness during the afternoon.

Temperatures should warm back up into the lower 70s.

Southeasterly winds develop between 5 and 15 mph.

Wednesday night: clouds increase.

Lows bottom out in the upper 40s to around 50.

Thursday: mostly cloudy with a 70% chance of showers and storms. some storms may be severe with large hail being the primary threat; however, the majority of storms will probably stay below severe limits.

Highs top out in the 60s to around 70.

Friday-saturday: while a few showers and storms are possible the overall coverage should be on the low end of the spectrum.

We're keeping a 30% chance of rain going both days.

Mild 70s are likely friday with highs around 80 saturday.

Sunday: additional clusters of showers and storms are likely.

Once again some could be strong to severe so we'll have to keep on watching how things develop.

Mild highs around 80 are likely.

Follow @wcbiweather on facebook, twitter, and instagram april is national donate life month..

Most people think of becoming an organ donor as something that happens when they die, but there is another option..

Becoming a living donor..

You can donate a whole kidney even parts of your liver.

That's exactly what margaret rollins, did for her now two year old daughter.

When her daughter was just six weeks old, she was diagnosed with a rare liver disease.

The infant underwent her 1st surgery at six weeks old and it failed.

When rollins daughter turned one, she was listed for a living donor..

There was a shortage of organs at that time so they decided to put me forward as a living donor candidate and we went through the testing and the process and a little over three weeks after starting the testing i found out that i was a perfect match for my daughter and within a few weeks we were in surgery and i was giving her a piece of my liver and she's doing fabulous now..

You can find more information at registerme.org.

Stinger division play ramping up in high school baseball highlights and scores from around the area....next in sports... spx the beauty of sports is that they bring people together......com plete strangers, friends, and even family..... ole miss baseball bringing families closer together...litera lly...was a prioirity in case you needed a smile today....sargeant .

Anna seale surprises her daughter, addison before the rebels first pitch against north alabama.... sargeant seale spending the past nine months in kuwait leave it to baseball to create a forever moment for the family ááááno cg for addison, too quick a byteááááá "when i saw mommy, i ran to her."

"i haven't seen her in 9 months.

The wait backstage i was very anxious and her teacher said it's up for us so i walked out and felt flooded with emotions and cried and she was so shocked she couldn't even talk.

I had been waiting on that moment for 9 months.

It was just the best feeling in the world.

It was like my heart was whole again."

Time for some baseball...the north alabama lions traveling to swayze field to take on the ole miss rebels.

Top 2nd, peyton sockwell smacks a max cioffi pitch to center for a single.

Later in the inning, 2 outs, bases loaded.

Harris kain knocks one to left field for a single.

That's gonna score 2 lions and north alabama takes an early 2-0 lead.

Bottom of the 3rd....thomas dillard hits a single to left center scoring grae kessinger.

Rebs trail 2-1.

Later in the inning, cole zabowski hits this one down the right field line for a double.

That's gonna bring dillard home tying the game at 2-2.

Top of the 4th, 2 outs, harris kain hits this one to left field.

Tim elko goes for the diving catch but can't reel it in.

Double for kain scores 2 more lions.

They go up 4-2.

North alabama goes on to complete a major upset of ole miss.....10-6 the final score.....lions picking up its second win ever against the rebels.... more from head coach mike bianco coming up at six "pitching obviously, we just talked about but i think offensively we had opportunities early and didn't push runs across.

I think sometimes you can get the momentum in your dugout if you do one or the other.

When you don't do either, that's tough, and we let them hang around long enough to where at the end they just got some hits and beat us."

Brutal loss for ole miss with #21 florida coming to town this weekend a look at north alabama...prior to today......in its first season with a full division one schedule out of the asun conference... rpi of 285th in the country.... but shoutout to some local guys on the lions starkville high grad colt chrestman going 1 for 4 against chrestman going 1 for 4 against the rebels today pontotoc native kaleb barnes going 2/3 inning of work, no runs, no hits also new hope grad josh stillman a member of the lions north alabama now 2-8 all time against the rebels more baseball in oxford today as the chargers take on tupelo top of the 1st, 2 outs, peyton puckett lines hays roth's pitch to deep center field for a stand up double but he would be left stranded.

Bottpm 1st, puckett on the mound, sam bianco gets this ball pass the 2nd baseman for a single.

Chargers would go onto to take a 1-0 lead.

Top of the 2nd, 2 outs with a runner at 3rd, bryant morgan chops one in the infield and beats the throw.

He's safe.

That scores hunter elliot and the golden wave ties things up 1-1.

Bottom 2nd, runner at first, hays roth fights this one down the left field line and it's fair!!

Roth would get a double.

Chargers go on to take a 2-1 lead in the 2nd.

Now bottom of the 3rd, tied ball game.

Runner on first.

Lock elliot takes this one to the left field wall.

That's gonna score eli wicker and the chargers go on to take a 3-2 lead.

Oxford gets the divisional win.....6- 3 great night for high school baseball as smithville hosted tupelo christian prep in a region 1-4 game... the home team took the lead in the bottom of the 1st as the seminoles brayden morris doubles into the left-center gap to drive in tucker hood 1- nothing smithville... same inning dyllan moffett hits an old fashioned texas leaguer into short right center scoring morris 2- nothing... bottom 3rd todd cowley hits a hard grounder...it's a force-out but mitch finn scores and it's 3- nothing... bottom of the 4th...the seminoles pitcher jared johnson hits a tough grounder to short..he's retired but hood scores run number 4.

4- nothing....they added one more and shutout the eagles 5- nothing.... last




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