Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.More >>
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The Mississippi Highway Patrol has issued an Amber Alert for 17-year-old Katelyn Beard. She was abducted Saturday morning from between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. from 4244 Lynda Street in Jackson. BeardMore >>
Dewayne Thompson, wanted in the wounding and kidnapping of 17-year-old Katelyn Beard, has been captured by Jackson Police. He was taken into custody around 5:45 in west Jackson near where Beard's vehicle was found earlier today.
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:53 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:53:02 GMT
A cross was burned in the yard of a Smith County man after what his family is referring to as a vicious hate crime occurred. Family members say that Craig Wilson was beaten with brass knuckles and shotMore >>
A burning cross, a Smith county man beaten and shot by a family member, and in critical condition. We are told this is much more than a family feud, and outraged family members are calling it a "hate crime."
So how long could the government shutdown potentially last, and how does it affect the average citizen?
Dr. Nicole Kalaf-Hughes, a political science professor at Bowling Green State University, says it won't have an immediate effect on most people, unless it drags on.
"The big problem is on the grand scale when people aren't getting paid," Dr. Kalaf-Hughes said. "Federal employees aren't getting paid, the economy is losing money. So you're not seeing the revenue we typically have in our economy, and that's where, down the line, the average person could start to feel the effects of this."
In the mid ‘90s, the government shut down for 21 days, the longest the government has ever been shut down. Professor Kalaf-Hughes says there's reason to believe the current situation could be resolved quickly, but there's also the potential for it to drag on.
"They estimate Oct. 17 [is when] we hit our, essentially, the debt ceiling, and that's when we need to revise that in some way to continue spending," she said. "If we don't revise it by then, we're going to run into more problems."
So what if Congress doesn't reach an agreement by Oct. 17?
"We could potentially see a drop in our credit rating," Kalaf-Hughes said. "At that point, we go into default, and that's something that's never happened before, so that would be an incredibly big deal."
But Professor Kalaf-Hughes also says we're in a different political climate now than in the 1990s.
"You have people who are very far apart ideologically now, and you have less of a sense of compromise now, at least in my opinion," she said. "So it almost feels like the potential for [the shutdown] to drag on longer is there."