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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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."
Lucas County Treasurer Wade Kapszukiewicz has released his first ever "Wade Wire" report. He and his staff have compiled a list of local economic indicators, which he plans to release on a quarterly basis.
Kapszukiewicz's report aims to answer three basic questions:
-Are people working?
-Are people spending?
-Are people building?
The report suggests the local economy is better off today compared to a year ago. It points to unemployment in Lucas County dropping from 8.6 to 8.1 percent between June and August. There has also been a 50 percent increase in new home construction permits and a 3 percent rise in sales taxes collected by Lucas County. Plus, new car sales countywide have jumped up nearly 10 percent.
"The rebound of the auto industry locally has been pretty significant, and what we're seeing is a continuation of a five-year trend, where auto sales have rebounded, and that's probably the most robust number we have going in our factor, in terms of arguing the economy is moving in the right direction," explained Kapszukiewicz.
However, there are some trouble areas in that report, showing a decline in residential home improvements and unemployment being higher today compared to the same time last year.