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 >>
Her Nissan Altima was discovered behind a vacant building. We are told that officers are searching the area now.
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."
Lucas County has 3,200 employees, with more than 8,000
people enrolled in its health care plan. Commissioners have approved a plan to
drop primary coverage to spouses of county workers.
That will force them to either get insurance through
their job or through the national exchange. There are currently 680 county
workers that have spouses enrolled.
The move, which goes into effect on March 1, is expected
to save the county at least $2 million per year.
"However, they will still have Lucas County as a
secondary plan, which means it'll be no reduction in health care that's
provided," said Commissioner Tina Skeldon-Wozniak, who added that the move is
an example of management and labor coming together to take on serious issues.
"This was an option that was put on the table by the
workforce," she said. "We embraced that change. We think in the long run we now
have a sustainable health care plan."
Regional AFSCME Director Steve Kowalik serves on the
county's health care cost containment board, and says it's a cost-driven
measure aimed at keeping the county's health care plan financially stable.
"To meet our bills this year, we're going to borrow $1
million from our dental reserve fund and $1 million from our prescription
reserve fund to get us through 2013," he said.
county employees will not be affected.