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WLBT's General Manager will share his views on a specific topic that impacts our community during weekly Consider This segments.

We also want your feedback. If you have something you want to share, or you want to provide us with a differing opinion from this viewpoint, you can e-mail us at considerthis@wlbt.com.

The goal of this segment is to create healthy, respectful, and constructive debate about topics that you are talking about in our community.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Campaign Finance Reform

    CONSIDER THIS: Campaign Finance Reform

    Thursday, March 23 2017 4:34 PM EDT2017-03-23 20:34:04 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    If you contribute to a political campaign you probably expect that money to be used to help elect that person to office. However, in Mississippi, politicians could use the money for non-campaign purposes such as a mortgage payment, funerals, clothing, automobiles, tuition or undocumented loans.

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    If you contribute to a political campaign you probably expect that money to be used to help elect that person to office. However, in Mississippi, politicians could use the money for non-campaign purposes such as a mortgage payment, funerals, clothing, automobiles, tuition or undocumented loans.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: One Lake

    CONSIDER THIS: One Lake

    Thursday, March 16 2017 8:12 PM EDT2017-03-17 00:12:35 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Another important step in the One Lake development project along the Pearl River near Downtown Jackson is coming together.

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    Another important step in the One Lake development project along the Pearl River near Downtown Jackson is coming together.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Neglected infrastructure

    CONSIDER THIS: Neglected infrastructure

    Tuesday, March 14 2017 6:18 PM EDT2017-03-14 22:18:44 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Have you ever missed a week or two mowing your yard? It sure is a lot harder to cut the grass in that situation than it is to cut it every week. That also applies to other maintenance projects.

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    Have you ever missed a week or two mowing your yard? It sure is a lot harder to cut the grass in that situation than it is to cut it every week. That also applies to other maintenance projects.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Jackson’s Water Crisis

    CONSIDER THIS: Jackson’s Water Crisis

    Tuesday, March 7 2017 4:26 PM EST2017-03-07 21:26:17 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    The city of Jackson is in a water crisis and this weekend will be a water emergency. It is projected 40,000 people will be without water for an estimated three days. It could affect more people and last longer. 

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    The city of Jackson is in a water crisis and this weekend will be a water emergency. It is projected 40,000 people will be without water for an estimated three days. It could affect more people and last longer. 

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  • CONSIDER THIS: 3 On The Road

    CONSIDER THIS: 3 On The Road

    Thursday, February 23 2017 1:51 PM EST2017-02-23 18:51:40 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    This week we spent several days reporting from Simpson County as part of our new initiative, 3 On The Road.There are many days when it can seem like bad news is the only news. We know that’s not true, but the difficult stories can overpower the good stuff.

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    This week we spent several days reporting from Simpson County as part of our new initiative, 3 On The Road.There are many days when it can seem like bad news is the only news. We know that’s not true, but the difficult stories can overpower the good stuff.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Getting Repeat Offenders Off the Street

    CONSIDER THIS: Getting Repeat Offenders Off the Street

    Thursday, February 16 2017 11:57 PM EST2017-02-17 04:57:51 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    We’re glad to see the city of Jackson taking a proactive approach to curb the violence in our community. Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance with U-S Attorney Greg Davis announced a plan to arrest repeat violent offenders on federal charges.

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    We’re glad to see the city of Jackson taking a proactive approach to curb the violence in our community. Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance with U-S Attorney Greg Davis announced a plan to arrest repeat violent offenders on federal charges.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Cleaning Up near JSU

    CONSIDER THIS: Cleaning Up near JSU

    Tuesday, February 14 2017 4:32 PM EST2017-02-14 21:32:21 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Jackson State University has a significant impact on the metro area, especially Jackson, but the school is facing several challenges including financial issues and searching for a new president to lead the school. 

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    Jackson State University has a significant impact on the metro area, especially Jackson, but the school is facing several challenges including financial issues and searching for a new president to lead the school. 

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Beer and Wine Sales Need Changes

    CONSIDER THIS: Beer and Wine Sales Need Changes

    Tuesday, February 7 2017 11:16 PM EST2017-02-08 04:16:47 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Two bills affecting the sale of alcohol in Mississippi are under consideration. One bill ends the prohibition restricting Mississippi’s microbreweries from selling their products on site, which means craft beer fans could tour a Mississippi brewery and buy their favorite flavor before they leave. 

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    Two bills affecting the sale of alcohol in Mississippi are under consideration. One bill ends the prohibition restricting Mississippi’s microbreweries from selling their products on site, which means craft beer fans could tour a Mississippi brewery and buy their favorite flavor before they leave. 

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Get Heart Healthy

    CONSIDER THIS: Get Heart Healthy

    Thursday, February 2 2017 5:09 PM EST2017-02-02 22:09:33 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    February is Heart Health Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women.  High blood pressure is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke.

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    February is Heart Health Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women.  High blood pressure is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Shop Local

    CONSIDER THIS: Shop Local

    Thursday, January 26 2017 6:25 PM EST2017-01-26 23:25:32 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Local businesses are vital to local communities. They pay local taxes, hire local people, support local events, groups, churches, and schools.

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    Local businesses are vital to local communities. They pay local taxes, hire local people, support local events, groups, churches, and schools.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: St. Jude Dream Home

    CONSIDER THIS: St. Jude Dream Home

    Tuesday, January 24 2017 6:13 PM EST2017-01-24 23:13:10 GMT

    Wouldn't it be great if there was a place dedicated to curing sick children for free because the money came from people like you? Well, that place is real. It is St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. At St. Jude, medical bills are always paid, but this does not happen easily. 

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    Wouldn't it be great if there was a place dedicated to curing sick children for free because the money came from people like you? Well, that place is real. It is St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. At St. Jude, medical bills are always paid, but this does not happen easily. 

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Jackson’s Future

    CONSIDER THIS: Jackson’s Future

    Thursday, January 19 2017 4:10 PM EST2017-01-19 21:10:37 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    This week the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership held its annual meeting. The featured speaker was Hatton Smith, a business leader in Birmingham, Alabama. Smith has taken an active role in revitalizing downtown Birmingham. It is an impressive story and something that we could replicate in downtown Jackson.

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    This week the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership held its annual meeting. The featured speaker was Hatton Smith, a business leader in Birmingham, Alabama. Smith has taken an active role in revitalizing downtown Birmingham. It is an impressive story and something that we could replicate in downtown Jackson.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: The United States of America

    CONSIDER THIS: The United States of America

    Tuesday, January 17 2017 11:42 PM EST2017-01-18 04:42:11 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    We have elections so people can choose who represents them in office. When there is more than one candidate, someone will win and someone will lose. That’s the way it works. 

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    We have elections so people can choose who represents them in office. When there is more than one candidate, someone will win and someone will lose. That’s the way it works. 

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Automobile Insurance

    CONSIDER THIS: Automobile Insurance

    Friday, January 13 2017 1:11 AM EST2017-01-13 06:11:20 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Automobile insurance rates increase based on the number of uninsured motorists on the roads. It’s unfair for people who follow the rules and pay more for insurance because someone else doesn’t. 

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    Automobile insurance rates increase based on the number of uninsured motorists on the roads. It’s unfair for people who follow the rules and pay more for insurance because someone else doesn’t. 

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Mississippi and Jackson Working Together

    CONSIDER THIS: Mississippi and Jackson Working Together

    Thursday, January 5 2017 5:03 PM EST2017-01-05 22:03:57 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    The state legislature is now in session and many bills have already been filed. One proposal from last year that fell apart at the last minute focused on Mississippi providing more resources to Jackson to help offset expenses the city incurs as the capital of the state.

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    The state legislature is now in session and many bills have already been filed. One proposal from last year that fell apart at the last minute focused on Mississippi providing more resources to Jackson to help offset expenses the city incurs as the capital of the state.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: A Better 2017

    CONSIDER THIS: A Better 2017

    Friday, December 23 2016 1:55 AM EST2016-12-23 06:55:18 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Christmas is almost here and we will soon turn our attention to New Year's resolutions. Maybe 2017 will be the year, we go beyond the goal of losing 10 pounds. Nothing wrong with that, but recent circumstances in our country suggest we need to redirect some of our focus toward more relationship-centered goals.  

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    Christmas is almost here and we will soon turn our attention to New Year's resolutions. Maybe 2017 will be the year, we go beyond the goal of losing 10 pounds. Nothing wrong with that, but recent circumstances in our country suggest we need to redirect some of our focus toward more relationship-centered goals.  

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Consider This Opportunity

    CONSIDER THIS: Consider This Opportunity

    Tuesday, December 20 2016 6:17 PM EST2016-12-20 23:17:04 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Each week we air commentaries on topics impacting our state or region. As part of our commitment to be engaged with the communities we serve, we offer this platform for you to share your rebuttal or perspective through guest editorials.

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    Each week we air commentaries on topics impacting our state or region. As part of our commitment to be engaged with the communities we serve, we offer this platform for you to share your rebuttal or perspective through guest editorials.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: First Alert Weather Action Days

    CONSIDER THIS: First Alert Weather Action Days

    Thursday, December 15 2016 5:09 PM EST2016-12-15 22:09:37 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    We recently experienced severe weather that caused damage across the region. Last week we had extreme cold. To make you aware and help you prepare for these conditions, the First Alert Weather Team warned you with a First Alert Weather Action Day notice. 

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    We recently experienced severe weather that caused damage across the region. Last week we had extreme cold. To make you aware and help you prepare for these conditions, the First Alert Weather Team warned you with a First Alert Weather Action Day notice. 

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Gun Violence

    CONSIDER THIS: Gun Violence

    Thursday, December 8 2016 6:37 PM EST2016-12-08 23:37:18 GMT

    Jackson is once again dealing with gun violence and once again Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance gets straight to the point.

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    Jackson is once again dealing with gun violence and once again Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance gets straight to the point.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Fake News

    CONSIDER THIS: Fake News

    Tuesday, December 6 2016 4:52 PM EST2016-12-06 21:52:47 GMT

    There is a lot of discussion taking place about fake news. In today’s world, information can be distributed across the internet and through social media where many readers assume it is real.

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    There is a lot of discussion taking place about fake news. In today’s world, information can be distributed across the internet and through social media where many readers assume it is real.

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  • Consider This: Council-Manager Government

    Consider This: Council-Manager Government

    Friday, December 2 2016 8:47 AM EST2016-12-02 13:47:34 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    There is a movement underway in Jackson to gather support for a new structure in city leadership. Currently, the city is set up with a strong mayor, weak council model. 

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    There is a movement underway in Jackson to gather support for a new structure in city leadership. Currently, the city is set up with a strong mayor, weak council model. 

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  • CONSIDER THIS: More Transparency

    CONSIDER THIS: More Transparency

    Tuesday, November 29 2016 4:22 PM EST2016-11-29 21:22:05 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    You pay taxes and then elected officials and organizations decide how to spend that money. You work hard to earn that money and fund the services that government provides, so you, as the bank for the government, deserve to make sure your representatives are spending that money appropriately. 

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    You pay taxes and then elected officials and organizations decide how to spend that money. You work hard to earn that money and fund the services that government provides, so you, as the bank for the government, deserve to make sure your representatives are spending that money appropriately. 

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Privatize parking meters

    CONSIDER THIS: Privatize parking meters

    Friday, November 18 2016 9:52 AM EST2016-11-18 14:52:34 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    The city of Jackson is considering moving its parking meter service to a private company. As WLBT reported in a special investigation, many parking spaces in Jackson do not have meters and many of the meters that are in place don’t work.

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    The city of Jackson is considering moving its parking meter service to a private company. As WLBT reported in a special investigation, many parking spaces in Jackson do not have meters and many of the meters that are in place don’t work.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Be safe in cold weather

    CONSIDER THIS: Be safe in cold weather

    Tuesday, November 15 2016 4:35 PM EST2016-11-15 21:35:08 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    The weather is beginning to cool down and the chance of house fires is increasing. As the temperatures drop further many people will pull out space heaters and other heating appliances to keep the house warm.

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    The weather is beginning to cool down and the chance of house fires is increasing. As the temperatures drop further many people will pull out space heaters and other heating appliances to keep the house warm.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: A Mississippi Banner

    CONSIDER THIS: A Mississippi Banner

    Thursday, November 3 2016 5:06 PM EDT2016-11-03 21:06:35 GMT
    Source: msmec.comSource: msmec.com

    Mississippi was the 20th state to join the Union in 1817. Next year, 2017, the state celebrates its 200th anniversary. 

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    Mississippi was the 20th state to join the Union in 1817. Next year, 2017, the state celebrates its 200th anniversary. 

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Heroin Epidemic

    CONSIDER THIS: Heroin Epidemic

    Thursday, October 27 2016 4:47 PM EDT2016-10-27 20:47:30 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Raycom Media, WLBT’s corporate parent, owns or provides services for 62 television stations. Most of our stations are based in the southeast and we deal with similar challenges in the communities we serve.

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    Raycom Media, WLBT’s corporate parent, owns or provides services for 62 television stations. Most of our stations are based in the southeast and we deal with similar challenges in the communities we serve.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Sanderson Farms Championship

    CONSIDER THIS: Sanderson Farms Championship

    Tuesday, October 25 2016 4:28 PM EDT2016-10-25 20:28:57 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    This week is shaping up nicely with fantastic weather for the annual PGA tournament. When the event was moved from July to October, these conditions were what organizers had in mind. And, not only is the weather cooperating, this year’s field of professional golfers is arguably one of the best in the history of the event.

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    This week is shaping up nicely with fantastic weather for the annual PGA tournament. When the event was moved from July to October, these conditions were what organizers had in mind. And, not only is the weather cooperating, this year’s field of professional golfers is arguably one of the best in the history of the event.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Pothole problems continue

    CONSIDER THIS: Pothole problems continue

    Wednesday, October 19 2016 9:41 AM EDT2016-10-19 13:41:07 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    If you’ve driven around Jackson you’ve experienced the pothole epidemic. There are streets around the city that should be closed to traffic because of their condition.

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    If you’ve driven around Jackson you’ve experienced the pothole epidemic. There are streets around the city that should be closed to traffic because of their condition.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Should we vote?

    CONSIDER THIS: Should we vote?

    Friday, October 14 2016 8:29 AM EDT2016-10-14 12:29:03 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    I have always been one of the people who says you can’t complain about someone who is elected if you didn’t vote. However, I am now struggling with that philosophy since I have no confidence in either Presidential candidate and don’t want to cast a ballot for Trump or Clinton.

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    I have always been one of the people who says you can’t complain about someone who is elected if you didn’t vote. However, I am now struggling with that philosophy since I have no confidence in either Presidential candidate and don’t want to cast a ballot for Trump or Clinton.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Mississippi Lottery – Your feedback

    CONSIDER THIS: Mississippi Lottery – Your feedback

    Friday, October 7 2016 10:11 AM EDT2016-10-07 14:11:44 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    The editorial from earlier this week about a possible Mississippi Lottery, more so the educational funding aspect of that commentary, prompted a lot of feedback. 

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    The editorial from earlier this week about a possible Mississippi Lottery, more so the educational funding aspect of that commentary, prompted a lot of feedback. 

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Mississippi Lottery

    CONSIDER THIS: Mississippi Lottery

    Tuesday, October 4 2016 5:29 PM EDT2016-10-04 21:29:46 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Governor Bryant gave lottery supporters a glimmer of hope this week when he said he is willing to discuss creating a lottery for Mississippi. However, don’t hold your breath that you’ll be able to buy a Powerball ticket at your local convenience anytime soon. 

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    Governor Bryant gave lottery supporters a glimmer of hope this week when he said he is willing to discuss creating a lottery for Mississippi. However, don’t hold your breath that you’ll be able to buy a Powerball ticket at your local convenience anytime soon. 

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  • CONSIDER THIS: The Power of Pink

    CONSIDER THIS: The Power of Pink

    Friday, September 30 2016 3:56 PM EDT2016-09-30 19:56:23 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    WLBT is kicking off The Power of Pink as we head into October. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women. This campaign is meant to educate and inform.

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    WLBT is kicking off The Power of Pink as we head into October. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women. This campaign is meant to educate and inform.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Mississippi Historic Tax Credits

    CONSIDER THIS: Mississippi Historic Tax Credits

    Tuesday, September 27 2016 6:21 PM EDT2016-09-27 22:21:37 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    As we mentioned last week, the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office is launching a new bike patrol in the downtown Jackson near the King Edward Hotel. And that area will not only be safer, it is going to see more economic development now that developers have finalized financing to renovate seven historical buildings into Capital Art Lofts, affordable residences and businesses for artists.

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    As we mentioned last week, the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office is launching a new bike patrol in the downtown Jackson near the King Edward Hotel. And that area will not only be safer, it is going to see more economic development now that developers have finalized financing to renovate seven historical buildings into Capital Art Lofts, affordable residences and businesses for artists.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Downtown Jackson Safety

    CONSIDER THIS: Downtown Jackson Safety

    Thursday, September 22 2016 4:21 PM EDT2016-09-22 20:21:43 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Downtown Jackson was once a bustling area. There is still quite a bit of activity during the day, but in the evening there are some areas where streets and sidewalks could be shut down and no one would notice.

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    Downtown Jackson was once a bustling area. There is still quite a bit of activity during the day, but in the evening there are some areas where streets and sidewalks could be shut down and no one would notice.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Heroin abuse

    CONSIDER THIS: Heroin abuse

    Wednesday, September 21 2016 9:01 AM EDT2016-09-21 13:01:39 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Heroin overdose deaths are skyrocketing across the country and across Mississippi. You’ve probably seen the very disturbing photos of a 4-year old Ohio boy with his grandmother and her friend passed out in an SUV from an apparent heroin overdose. 

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    Heroin overdose deaths are skyrocketing across the country and across Mississippi. You’ve probably seen the very disturbing photos of a 4-year old Ohio boy with his grandmother and her friend passed out in an SUV from an apparent heroin overdose. 

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Y’all Vote

    CONSIDER THIS: Y’all Vote

    Friday, September 16 2016 10:11 AM EDT2016-09-16 14:11:48 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    It’s less than 60 days until the general election and if you’re not excited about the upcoming presidential race, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, voter apathy is at an all-time high and the current political drama doesn’t help.

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    It’s less than 60 days until the general election and if you’re not excited about the upcoming presidential race, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, voter apathy is at an all-time high and the current political drama doesn’t help.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Dr. Ollye Shirley

    CONSIDER THIS: Dr. Ollye Shirley

    Tuesday, September 13 2016 4:21 PM EDT2016-09-13 20:21:03 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Mississippi lost another icon this week with the passing of Dr. Ollye Shirley. Dr. Shirley was very involved in the civil rights movement and championed that push for change and improved educational opportunities for her entire life.

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    Mississippi lost another icon this week with the passing of Dr. Ollye Shirley. Dr. Shirley was very involved in the civil rights movement and championed that push for change and improved educational opportunities for her entire life.

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  • Consider This: Louisiana Rising Benefit. Thanks.

    Consider This: Louisiana Rising Benefit. Thanks.

    Friday, September 9 2016 10:11 AM EDT2016-09-09 14:11:04 GMT
    Source: Raycom MediaSource: Raycom Media

    Monday night we aired a special benefit concert, Louisiana Rising. 

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    Monday night we aired a special benefit concert, Louisiana Rising. 

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Louisiana Rising Benefit

    CONSIDER THIS: Louisiana Rising Benefit

    Thursday, September 1 2016 10:55 PM EDT2016-09-02 02:55:13 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Monday night from 7 until 9, WLBT will air a special program, Louisiana Rising. Raycom Media, our parent company, will present the Labor Day concert from 7-9 p.m.  Randy Jackson and Harry Connick Jr will co-host the show that will benefit victims of recent South Louisiana floods. 

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    Monday night from 7 until 9, WLBT will air a special program, Louisiana Rising. Raycom Media, our parent company, will present the Labor Day concert from 7-9 p.m.  Randy Jackson and Harry Connick Jr will co-host the show that will benefit victims of recent South Louisiana floods. 

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Senseless Killings Continue

    CONSIDER THIS: Senseless Killings Continue

    Wednesday, August 31 2016 6:33 AM EDT2016-08-31 10:33:54 GMT
    Source: WLBT archivesSource: WLBT archives

    The senseless killings continue. This past week two nuns were murdered in Holmes County. Every murder is a tragedy, but when the victims are children, or in this case, nuns who were selflessly serving one of the most oppressed areas of the country, it is more shocking.

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    The senseless killings continue. This past week two nuns were murdered in Holmes County. Every murder is a tragedy, but when the victims are children, or in this case, nuns who were selflessly serving one of the most oppressed areas of the country, it is more shocking.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: #MississippiStrong

    CONSIDER THIS: #MississippiStrong

    Friday, August 26 2016 12:11 PM EDT2016-08-26 16:11:38 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Hopefully you have noticed the promotional announcements we have been airing the past week or so featuring the slogan Mississippi Strong. WLBT signed on in 1953, more than 60 years ago, and we are proud to be a part of the communities that make up Central and Southwest Mississippi and the entire state. 

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    Hopefully you have noticed the promotional announcements we have been airing the past week or so featuring the slogan Mississippi Strong. WLBT signed on in 1953, more than 60 years ago, and we are proud to be a part of the communities that make up Central and Southwest Mississippi and the entire state. 

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  • CONSIDER THIS: South Louisiana Flood Relief

    CONSIDER THIS: South Louisiana Flood Relief

    Tuesday, August 16 2016 4:25 PM EDT2016-08-16 20:25:05 GMT

    It’s been less than a week since the rains began to fall in south Louisiana. Thousands and thousands of people have been rescued from the flood waters. 

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    It’s been less than a week since the rains began to fall in south Louisiana. Thousands and thousands of people have been rescued from the flood waters. 

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  • Guest Commentary: Airport Takeover

    Guest Commentary: Airport Takeover

  • Editorial: DISH TV

    Editorial: DISH TV

    Thursday, August 4 2016 10:23 AM EDT2016-08-04 14:23:20 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    If you are a subscriber of Dish you are at risk of losing WLBT on the Dish system. This unfortunate situation is the result of Dish’s refusal to reach a fair agreement with us. 

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    If you are a subscriber of Dish you are at risk of losing WLBT on the Dish system. This unfortunate situation is the result of Dish’s refusal to reach a fair agreement with us. 

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  • Dish Editorial

    Dish Editorial

    Thursday, July 28 2016 6:22 PM EDT2016-07-28 22:22:54 GMT

    If you are a subscriber of Dish you may be at risk of losing WLBT. As you may know, our station has to reach agreements with the cable and satellite companies that bring our signal to your home. 

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    If you are a subscriber of Dish you may be at risk of losing WLBT. As you may know, our station has to reach agreements with the cable and satellite companies that bring our signal to your home. 

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  • CONSIDER THIS: The Heat is Dangerous

    CONSIDER THIS: The Heat is Dangerous

    Tuesday, July 26 2016 7:13 PM EDT2016-07-26 23:13:11 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    It’s July and in Mississippi and other areas across the country that means extreme heat. There have been several tragedies where children were left in vehicles.

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    It’s July and in Mississippi and other areas across the country that means extreme heat. There have been several tragedies where children were left in vehicles.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Pokemon Go - Be Smart

    CONSIDER THIS: Pokemon Go - Be Smart

    Thursday, July 21 2016 6:34 PM EDT2016-07-21 22:34:50 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    For so many, video gaming has replaced outdoor recreation. Now, a new twist in gaming has taken the nation by storm and sent people outside. 

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    For so many, video gaming has replaced outdoor recreation. Now, a new twist in gaming has taken the nation by storm and sent people outside. 

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  • CONSIDER THIS: We're not that far apart

    CONSIDER THIS: We're not that far apart

    Tuesday, July 19 2016 5:08 PM EDT2016-07-19 21:08:27 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Right now our country is dealing with a lot of anxiety, fear, uncertainty, anger and sadness. Our neighbors in Baton Rouge are hurting. In an interview on WAFB, our Raycom Media sister station, former Baton Rouge Police Chief Jeff LeDuff offered this challenge.  

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    Right now our country is dealing with a lot of anxiety, fear, uncertainty, anger and sadness. Our neighbors in Baton Rouge are hurting. In an interview on WAFB, our Raycom Media sister station, former Baton Rouge Police Chief Jeff LeDuff offered this challenge.  

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Time to Fix the River

    CONSIDER THIS: Time to Fix the River

    Monday, July 18 2016 6:41 PM EDT2016-07-18 22:41:52 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Last week Wilson Stribling presented a special investigative report on the Pearl River that runs through downtown Jackson. The Easter flood of 1979 caused half-a-billion dollars in damage, and yet since that time there has been little to prevent a similar disaster.

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    Last week Wilson Stribling presented a special investigative report on the Pearl River that runs through downtown Jackson. The Easter flood of 1979 caused half-a-billion dollars in damage, and yet since that time there has been little to prevent a similar disaster.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: A Massacre Every Year in Jackson

    CONSIDER THIS: A Massacre Every Year in Jackson

    Friday, July 8 2016 12:01 AM EDT2016-07-08 04:01:29 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    It’s almost been a month since the deadliest mass shooting in the United States; 49 people killed in the Orlando massacre. An unbelievable tragedy.

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    It’s almost been a month since the deadliest mass shooting in the United States; 49 people killed in the Orlando massacre. An unbelievable tragedy.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Guest Editorials - Your Perspective

    CONSIDER THIS: Guest Editorials - Your Perspective

    Tuesday, July 5 2016 4:27 PM EDT2016-07-05 20:27:05 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Each week we air two commentaries on topics that are currently impacting our state or region. As part of our commitment to be engaged in the communities that make up our viewing area we offer this platform for you to share your rebuttal or perspective through our guest editorial process.

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    Each week we air two commentaries on topics that are currently impacting our state or region. As part of our commitment to be engaged in the communities that make up our viewing area we offer this platform for you to share your rebuttal or perspective through our guest editorial process.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Internet Safe Zones

    CONSIDER THIS: Internet Safe Zones

    Tuesday, June 28 2016 4:51 PM EDT2016-06-28 20:51:39 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Many people buy and sell items online. Usually that means having someone come to your home or meeting them in a parking lot to complete the deal or a buyer can be the target of a bogus deal. That can be very dangerous.

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    Many people buy and sell items online. Usually that means having someone come to your home or meeting them in a parking lot to complete the deal or a buyer can be the target of a bogus deal. That can be very dangerous.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Southern Baptist Convention Shows Grace

    CONSIDER THIS: Southern Baptist Convention Shows Grace

    Friday, June 24 2016 9:30 AM EDT2016-06-24 13:30:06 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    It’s amazing how people can dig in their heels to defend a symbol that has come to represent hate and bigotry. It is reminiscent of a time when people defended slavery.

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    It’s amazing how people can dig in their heels to defend a symbol that has come to represent hate and bigotry. It is reminiscent of a time when people defended slavery.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Too quick to convict

    CONSIDER THIS: Too quick to convict

    Wednesday, June 22 2016 10:09 AM EDT2016-06-22 14:09:56 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Over the past few weeks there have been several tragedies and scary situations involving children. Without knowing all of the circumstances and many times relying on hearsay, gossip and unreliable sources, people quickly criticize the parents, businesses, officials and whoever else they think is at fault.

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    Over the past few weeks there have been several tragedies and scary situations involving children. Without knowing all of the circumstances and many times relying on hearsay, gossip and unreliable sources, people quickly criticize the parents, businesses, officials and whoever else they think is at fault.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Outsource parking meter management

    CONSIDER THIS: Outsource parking meter management

    Friday, June 17 2016 7:16 AM EDT2016-06-17 11:16:51 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    n our special report WLBT analyzed the parking meter situation in downtown Jackson. It isn’t good. Many meters are broken or missing and the city is losing out on much needed revenue.

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    n our special report WLBT analyzed the parking meter situation in downtown Jackson. It isn’t good. Many meters are broken or missing and the city is losing out on much needed revenue.

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  • Consider This: Respect Cyclists

    Consider This: Respect Cyclists

    Thursday, June 9 2016 10:15 PM EDT2016-06-10 02:15:39 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    A terrible tragedy happened in Michigan when 5 bicyclists were killed after a truck plowed through a group of riders. We have a lot of bicyclists in our area. 

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    A terrible tragedy happened in Michigan when 5 bicyclists were killed after a truck plowed through a group of riders. We have a lot of bicyclists in our area. 

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  • CONSIDER THIS: More Investigative Reports

    CONSIDER THIS: More Investigative Reports

    Tuesday, June 7 2016 6:49 PM EDT2016-06-07 22:49:42 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    At WLBT, we investigate stories every day. Some of those stories require more work, more time, more discovery and more research.

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    At WLBT, we investigate stories every day. Some of those stories require more work, more time, more discovery and more research.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Hurricane Season is Here

    CONSIDER THIS: Hurricane Season is Here

    Tuesday, May 31 2016 3:10 PM EDT2016-05-31 19:10:58 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Hurricane season arrives this week and even though our coverage area does not include the Gulf Coast, we know from experience that hurricanes can impact our entire state. 

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    Hurricane season arrives this week and even though our coverage area does not include the Gulf Coast, we know from experience that hurricanes can impact our entire state. 

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  • CONSIDER THIS: One Nation

    CONSIDER THIS: One Nation

    Friday, May 27 2016 3:36 PM EDT2016-05-27 19:36:23 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    There’s a lot of anger and divisiveness right now in our state and nation. A lot of “us versus them” mentality. We see it in politics, in debates about police chases, and in the heated discussions about recent legislation.  

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    There’s a lot of anger and divisiveness right now in our state and nation. A lot of “us versus them” mentality. We see it in politics, in debates about police chases, and in the heated discussions about recent legislation.  

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Budget cuts affect everyone

    CONSIDER THIS: Budget cuts affect everyone

    Wednesday, May 25 2016 1:11 AM EDT2016-05-25 05:11:54 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Recent budget cuts to the Mississippi Department of Mental Health are hurting people who most need help; help that they cannot provide for themselves.  

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    Recent budget cuts to the Mississippi Department of Mental Health are hurting people who most need help; help that they cannot provide for themselves.  

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  • CONSIDER THIS: The Future

    CONSIDER THIS: The Future

    Friday, May 13 2016 3:07 AM EDT2016-05-13 07:07:02 GMT
    Friday, May 13 2016 3:07 AM EDT2016-05-13 07:07:02 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    This week I had the privilege of giving the commencement address to the graduating class at Southwest Mississippi Community College. I shared with the group that they are the future. They are going to impact whether Mississippi stays mired at the bottom or our state becomes an example of doing things right.

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    This week I had the privilege of giving the commencement address to the graduating class at Southwest Mississippi Community College. I shared with the group that they are the future. They are going to impact whether Mississippi stays mired at the bottom or our state becomes an example of doing things right.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Regional Airport Authority Opportunity

    CONSIDER THIS: Regional Airport Authority Opportunity

    Tuesday, May 10 2016 5:13 PM EDT2016-05-10 21:13:24 GMT
    Wednesday, May 11 2016 2:48 AM EDT2016-05-11 06:48:47 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    The governor has added his signature to the legislation that will create a regional airport commission for the Jackson airport and as expected lawsuits have been filed to block that plan.

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    The governor has added his signature to the legislation that will create a regional airport commission for the Jackson airport and as expected lawsuits have been filed to block that plan.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Fix the potholes

    CONSIDER THIS: Fix the potholes

    Thursday, May 5 2016 4:14 PM EDT2016-05-05 20:14:48 GMT
    Thursday, May 5 2016 6:45 PM EDT2016-05-05 22:45:08 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    If you want an example of why people are so frustrated with government gridlock you don’t have to look far. Two years ago Jackson voters overwhelmingly approved a tax to tackle the decades of neglect to the city’s infrastructure and water system.

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    If you want an example of why people are so frustrated with government gridlock you don’t have to look far. Two years ago Jackson voters overwhelmingly approved a tax to tackle the decades of neglect to the city’s infrastructure and water system.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Be Safe in Severe Weather

    CONSIDER THIS: Be Safe in Severe Weather

    Tuesday, May 3 2016 6:23 PM EDT2016-05-03 22:23:56 GMT
    Tuesday, May 3 2016 6:46 PM EDT2016-05-03 22:46:03 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    In our special report First Alert Chief Meteorologist Dave Roberts talked about the importance of finding a safe location in your home if severe weather threatens. Tornadoes can strike with little warning, which means wherever you are, you need to have a plan and one that you can act on quickly.

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    In our special report First Alert Chief Meteorologist Dave Roberts talked about the importance of finding a safe location in your home if severe weather threatens. Tornadoes can strike with little warning, which means wherever you are, you need to have a plan and one that you can act on quickly.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: We need three parties

    CONSIDER THIS: We need three parties

    Thursday, April 28 2016 3:51 PM EDT2016-04-28 19:51:08 GMT
    Thursday, April 28 2016 6:46 PM EDT2016-04-28 22:46:03 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    If the current political process has accomplished anything, it’s that we need to move from two parties to a three party system. With only two parties, Democrat and Republican, it is difficult to work together with such opposing views.

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    If the current political process has accomplished anything, it’s that we need to move from two parties to a three party system. With only two parties, Democrat and Republican, it is difficult to work together with such opposing views.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Crime Prevention Task Force

    CONSIDER THIS: Crime Prevention Task Force

    Wednesday, April 27 2016 12:26 AM EDT2016-04-27 04:26:49 GMT
    Wednesday, April 27 2016 12:42 AM EDT2016-04-27 04:42:51 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Hinds County has seen its unfair share of crime and the tragedy that follows it. To help fight that battle Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason announced the formation of a Hinds County Sheriff's Office Street Crimes Unit.

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    Hinds County has seen its unfair share of crime and the tragedy that follows it. To help fight that battle Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason announced the formation of a Hinds County Sheriff's Office Street Crimes Unit.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Session is over. What a waste.

    CONSIDER THIS: Session is over. What a waste.

    Thursday, April 21 2016 11:52 PM EDT2016-04-22 03:52:23 GMT
    Thursday, April 21 2016 11:52 PM EDT2016-04-22 03:52:23 GMT

    The state legislative session is over and although there was lots of activity, unfortunately, a lot of it was controversial. We successfully sent a message that it’s okay to discriminate by passing a law that was completely unnecessary since religious freedom is already protected.

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    The state legislative session is over and although there was lots of activity, unfortunately, a lot of it was controversial. We successfully sent a message that it’s okay to discriminate by passing a law that was completely unnecessary since religious freedom is already protected.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Thank You

    CONSIDER THIS: Thank You

    Tuesday, April 19 2016 3:21 PM EDT2016-04-19 19:21:44 GMT
    Tuesday, April 19 2016 6:45 PM EDT2016-04-19 22:45:01 GMT

    You once again opened your hearts and showed your generosity for St. Jude Children's Hospital by purchasing a chance to win the St. Jude Dream Home.

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    You once again opened your hearts and showed your generosity for St. Jude Children's Hospital by purchasing a chance to win the St. Jude Dream Home.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Public Health Laboratory

    CONSIDER THIS: Public Health Laboratory

    Thursday, April 14 2016 6:37 PM EDT2016-04-14 22:37:48 GMT
    Thursday, April 14 2016 8:28 PM EDT2016-04-15 00:28:39 GMT

    Construction started in 2010 and it’s finally complete and Mississippi now has a state of the art public health laboratory. It is a significant advancement for healthcare and research. In fact, doctors can test for highly infectious diseases like Ebola or address public health threats like Zika.

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    Construction started in 2010 and it’s finally complete and Mississippi now has a state of the art public health laboratory. It is a significant advancement for healthcare and research. In fact, doctors can test for highly infectious diseases like Ebola or address public health threats like Zika.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: St. Jude Dream Home

    CONSIDER THIS: St. Jude Dream Home

    Wednesday, April 13 2016 1:37 AM EDT2016-04-13 05:37:31 GMT
    Wednesday, April 13 2016 1:49 AM EDT2016-04-13 05:49:36 GMT

    By now, you have heard us talk quite a bit about the St. Jude Dream Home that will be given away this Sunday afternoon. WLBT partnered with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for this project because of the work it does for kids.  

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    By now, you have heard us talk quite a bit about the St. Jude Dream Home that will be given away this Sunday afternoon. WLBT partnered with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for this project because of the work it does for kids.  

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Making things worse

    CONSIDER THIS: Making things worse

    Monday, April 11 2016 4:16 PM EDT2016-04-11 20:16:34 GMT
    Thursday, April 14 2016 2:44 AM EDT2016-04-14 06:44:07 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Mississippi is in the spotlight this week with the two American Idol finalists hailing from the Hospitality State. Many Mississippians have had much success in the world of music and LaPorsha and Trent are destined to join that group.

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    Mississippi is in the spotlight this week with the two American Idol finalists hailing from the Hospitality State. Many Mississippians have had much success in the world of music and LaPorsha and Trent are destined to join that group.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Election Reform

    CONSIDER THIS: Election Reform

    Tuesday, April 5 2016 3:27 PM EDT2016-04-05 19:27:30 GMT
    Tuesday, April 5 2016 6:45 PM EDT2016-04-05 22:45:08 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Mississippi still has the opportunity to improve our election process if the state legislature passes new guidelines. As we see with many new ideas, the final version of the legislation has been stripped of some of the original proposed improvements, but the potential changes that are still alive are a step in the right direction. 

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    Mississippi still has the opportunity to improve our election process if the state legislature passes new guidelines. As we see with many new ideas, the final version of the legislation has been stripped of some of the original proposed improvements, but the potential changes that are still alive are a step in the right direction. 

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  • Consider This: Police chases. A complicated situation.

    Consider This: Police chases. A complicated situation.

    Thursday, March 24 2016 10:02 PM EDT2016-03-25 02:02:09 GMT
    Thursday, April 14 2016 2:45 AM EDT2016-04-14 06:45:26 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Another car chase, another tragic death. Police departments pointing the finger at each other.

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    Another car chase, another tragic death. Police departments pointing the finger at each other.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Capitol Complex Improvement District

    CONSIDER THIS: Capitol Complex Improvement District

    Tuesday, March 22 2016 7:54 PM EDT2016-03-22 23:54:19 GMT
    Tuesday, March 22 2016 7:54 PM EDT2016-03-22 23:54:19 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT
    There are dozens of state owned properties in Jackson but the city receives very little support to provide services to those facilities because state properties are tax exempt. Although there are no plans to change the tax exempt status, members of the House and Senate are considering legislation to create a new Capitol Complex Improvement District and shift some sales tax revenue from that zone into the city. Estimates suggest the tax would generate more than 20 million dollars that ...More >>
    There are dozens of state owned properties in Jackson but the city receives very little support to provide services to those facilities because state properties are tax exempt. Although there are no plans to change the tax exempt status, members of the House and Senate are considering legislation to create a new Capitol Complex Improvement District and shift some sales tax revenue from that zone into the city. Estimates suggest the tax would generate more than 20 million dollars that ...More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: Changing a culture

    CONSIDER THIS: Changing a culture

    Thursday, March 10 2016 6:42 PM EST2016-03-10 23:42:13 GMT
    Thursday, April 14 2016 2:46 AM EDT2016-04-14 06:46:52 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Jackson has had a wave of deadly crime and it is going to take everyone working together make it stop. Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance says it best, so let’s listen to him.

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    Jackson has had a wave of deadly crime and it is going to take everyone working together make it stop. Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance says it best, so let’s listen to him.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Confederate Heritage Month

    CONSIDER THIS: Confederate Heritage Month

    Monday, March 7 2016 3:32 PM EST2016-03-07 20:32:14 GMT
    Wednesday, March 9 2016 2:59 AM EST2016-03-09 07:59:55 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Not only do we have to deal with a flag that is offensive to hundreds of thousands of Mississippians, now Governor Bryant has declared April Confederate Heritage Month.

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    Not only do we have to deal with a flag that is offensive to hundreds of thousands of Mississippians, now Governor Bryant has declared April Confederate Heritage Month.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Transparency in State Executions

    CONSIDER THIS: Transparency in State Executions

    Tuesday, March 1 2016 3:38 PM EST2016-03-01 20:38:53 GMT
    Tuesday, March 1 2016 6:50 PM EST2016-03-01 23:50:12 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT
    Government should be transparent and open. It should not operate in the shadows. We choose our representatives. We provide all funding. We deserve to know what is happening.  More >>

    Government should be transparent and open. It should not operate in the shadows. We choose our representatives. We provide all funding. We deserve to know what is happening. 

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Cam Newton

    CONSIDER THIS: Cam Newton

    Tuesday, February 16 2016 3:32 PM EST2016-02-16 20:32:14 GMT
    Tuesday, February 16 2016 6:45 PM EST2016-02-16 23:45:07 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT
    It’s been more than a week since the Super Bowl and the criticism of Carolina Panther’s Quarterback Cam Newton continues. After losing the Super Bowl, Cam Newton showed up late to the news conference, barely answered any questions, refused to look anyone in the eye and then got up and left.  More >>

    It’s been more than a week since the Super Bowl and the criticism of Carolina Panther’s Quarterback Cam Newton continues. After losing the Super Bowl, Cam Newton showed up late to the news conference, barely answered any questions, refused to look anyone in the eye and then got up and left. 

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Honesty about safety risk

    CONSIDER THIS: Honesty about safety risk

    Saturday, February 13 2016 2:10 AM EST2016-02-13 07:10:30 GMT
    Thursday, April 14 2016 2:48 AM EDT2016-04-14 06:48:15 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Jackson Police are warning women to be on alert because of an increase in attacks. Please take this notice seriously and follow their suggestions to protect yourself and lessen your chance of being a victim.   

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    Jackson Police are warning women to be on alert because of an increase in attacks. Please take this notice seriously and follow their suggestions to protect yourself and lessen your chance of being a victim.   

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Economic Development

    CONSIDER THIS: Economic Development

    Friday, February 5 2016 3:17 PM EST2016-02-05 20:17:05 GMT
    Friday, February 5 2016 3:17 PM EST2016-02-05 20:17:04 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT
    Mississippi needs some good news about economic development and it seems the state is very close to landing two major projects that will create thousands of jobs. More >>

    Mississippi needs some good news about economic development and it seems the state is very close to landing two major projects that will create thousands of jobs.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Wine in grocery stores

    CONSIDER THIS: Wine in grocery stores

    Thursday, January 28 2016 3:53 PM EST2016-01-28 20:53:33 GMT
    Thursday, April 14 2016 2:49 AM EDT2016-04-14 06:49:37 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    There is a push by grocery store owners to change the laws in Mississippi to allow wine sales in their stores. Liquor stores, the only option for wine purchases now, are against the move saying it will ruin their businesses.

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    There is a push by grocery store owners to change the laws in Mississippi to allow wine sales in their stores. Liquor stores, the only option for wine purchases now, are against the move saying it will ruin their businesses.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Superintendent Changes

    CONSIDER THIS: Superintendent Changes

    Saturday, January 23 2016 2:05 AM EST2016-01-23 07:05:57 GMT
    Monday, January 25 2016 10:16 AM EST2016-01-25 15:16:02 GMT
    source: WLBTsource: WLBT

    Across Mississippi some school superintendents are elected and some are appointed. There is discussion to change that process and move to a model where all superintendents are appointed and no longer elected to office.

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    Across Mississippi some school superintendents are elected and some are appointed. There is discussion to change that process and move to a model where all superintendents are appointed and no longer elected to office.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Changes in Madison County

    CONSIDER THIS: Changes in Madison County

    Thursday, January 14 2016 5:16 PM EST2016-01-14 22:16:26 GMT
    Monday, June 27 2016 9:36 AM EDT2016-06-27 13:36:57 GMT

    If you ever start to think the election process is a waste of time, or your vote doesn’t matter, there is usually an event to remind you that it is alive and well. Look no further than the sweeping changes on the Madison County Board of Supervisors as proof. Apparently voters in that area were not happy with the way things were going and sent a message of change at the polls.

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    If you ever start to think the election process is a waste of time, or your vote doesn’t matter, there is usually an event to remind you that it is alive and well. Look no further than the sweeping changes on the Madison County Board of Supervisors as proof. Apparently voters in that area were not happy with the way things were going and sent a message of change at the polls.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Lottery Fever Funds…Nothing Here

    CONSIDER THIS: Lottery Fever Funds…Nothing Here

    Tuesday, January 12 2016 3:37 PM EST2016-01-12 20:37:02 GMT
    Thursday, April 14 2016 2:52 AM EDT2016-04-14 06:52:27 GMT
    source: WLBTsource: WLBT

    The Powerball lottery jackpot is now estimated to be 1.5 Billion dollars and Mississippians who want a chance to claim the record prize are streaming out of the state to purchase their tickets.

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    The Powerball lottery jackpot is now estimated to be 1.5 Billion dollars and Mississippians who want a chance to claim the record prize are streaming out of the state to purchase their tickets.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Airport Oversight

    CONSIDER THIS: Airport Oversight

    Friday, January 8 2016 11:10 PM EST2016-01-09 04:10:13 GMT
    Monday, January 11 2016 10:24 AM EST2016-01-11 15:24:59 GMT

    There is discussion about changing the oversight of the Jackson International airport by creating a new regional airport commission. 

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    There is discussion about changing the oversight of the Jackson International airport by creating a new regional airport commission. 

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  • Consider This: Work Together to Reduce Crime

    Consider This: Work Together to Reduce Crime

    Wednesday, January 6 2016 12:10 PM EST2016-01-06 17:10:37 GMT
    Monday, January 11 2016 10:24 AM EST2016-01-11 15:24:36 GMT
    source: WLBTsource: WLBT

    When you get past the absurdity of the comment, it really comes down to dealing with crime.

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    When you get past the absurdity of the comment, it really comes down to dealing with crime.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Red Blue Review - Thank You

    CONSIDER THIS: Red Blue Review - Thank You

    Tuesday, December 15 2015 11:52 PM EST2015-12-16 04:52:00 GMT
    Tuesday, December 15 2015 11:51 PM EST2015-12-16 04:51:59 GMT
    This week marked the final edition of Red Blue Review and I want to thank Andy Taggart and Jere Nash for sharing their perspective on all things political over the past eight years.More >>

    This week marked the final edition of Red Blue Review and I want to thank Andy Taggart and Jere Nash for sharing their perspective on all things political over the past eight years.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Speak Up

    CONSIDER THIS: Speak Up

    Tuesday, December 8 2015 11:00 PM EST2015-12-09 04:00:08 GMT
    Thursday, April 14 2016 2:53 AM EDT2016-04-14 06:53:49 GMT

    It has been more than a year since Jessica Chambers was burned alive. Broderick Smith was gunned down several weeks ago while he was at work. Jessica and Broderick are two of many cases that are unsolved. 

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    It has been more than a year since Jessica Chambers was burned alive. Broderick Smith was gunned down several weeks ago while he was at work. Jessica and Broderick are two of many cases that are unsolved. 

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Another Tragedy; Now what?

    CONSIDER THIS: Another Tragedy; Now what?

    Thursday, December 3 2015 5:54 PM EST2015-12-03 22:54:05 GMT
    Thursday, December 3 2015 6:45 PM EST2015-12-03 23:45:09 GMT
    Once again we are dealing with a terrible tragedy with a mass shooting. Why does this continue to happen? And how can these people have such disregard for human life?More >>

    Once again we are dealing with a terrible tragedy with a mass shooting. Why does this continue to happen? And how can these people have such disregard for human life?

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Bringing downtown Jackson back to life

    CONSIDER THIS: Bringing downtown Jackson back to life

    Wednesday, December 2 2015 11:57 AM EST2015-12-02 16:57:02 GMT
    Wednesday, December 2 2015 12:02 PM EST2015-12-02 17:02:06 GMT
    Some good news coming out of downtown Jackson with the announcement that law firm Forman Watkins will relocate to the top four floors pf Regions Plaza, the tallest building in the city.More >>

    Some good news coming out of downtown Jackson with the announcement that law firm Forman Watkins will relocate to the top four floors pf Regions Plaza, the tallest building in the city.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: All Lives Matter

    CONSIDER THIS: All Lives Matter

    Wednesday, November 25 2015 1:54 AM EST2015-11-25 06:54:15 GMT
    Wednesday, December 2 2015 11:44 AM EST2015-12-02 16:44:08 GMT
    We have experienced quite a bit of tragedy over the past week with several people gunned down. Senseless? Yes, killing someone is senseless.Howard Ballou, news anchor for WLBT, shared some powerful comments last week after Broderick Smith was killed while working at a local auto parts store. In case you missed his Facebook post here is a portion what he had to say: “He was only 36-years-old. He was a father. He was working, trying to make an honest wage to take care of his f...More >>

    We have experienced quite a bit of tragedy over the past week with several people gunned down. Senseless? Yes, killing someone is senseless.Howard Ballou, news anchor for WLBT, shared some powerful comments last week after Broderick Smith was killed while working at a local auto parts store. In case you missed his Facebook post here is a portion what he had to say: “He was only 36-years-old. He was a father. He was working, trying to make an honest wage to take care of his f...

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Your Suggestions

    CONSIDER THIS: Your Suggestions

    Wednesday, November 18 2015 4:36 AM EST2015-11-18 09:36:37 GMT
    Thursday, April 14 2016 2:55 AM EDT2016-04-14 06:55:25 GMT

    Last week I asked you to share your feedback on what you want to see happen now that statewide elections are over and Governor Bryant begins his second term. Many of you responded and here are a few of your suggestions.

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    Last week I asked you to share your feedback on what you want to see happen now that statewide elections are over and Governor Bryant begins his second term. Many of you responded and here are a few of your suggestions.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Sanderson Farms Sponsorship

    CONSIDER THIS: Sanderson Farms Sponsorship

    Friday, November 13 2015 2:06 AM EST2015-11-13 07:06:38 GMT
    Friday, November 13 2015 2:06 AM EST2015-11-13 07:06:38 GMT
    Mississippi got some nice publicity this month with the Sanderson Farms PGA tournament. Although the weather wasn’t completely cooperative, the annual event had one of the best field of contestants and shined a positive light on the state.More >>
    Mississippi got some nice publicity this month with the Sanderson Farms PGA tournament. Although the weather wasn’t completely cooperative, the annual event had one of the best field of contestants and shined a positive light on the state.More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: Second Term Opportunity

    CONSIDER THIS: Second Term Opportunity

    Thursday, November 5 2015 4:48 PM EST2015-11-05 21:48:59 GMT
    Thursday, April 14 2016 2:56 AM EDT2016-04-14 06:56:30 GMT

    Now that Governor Bryant has been elected to his second and final term as head of the state, hopefully he will tackle some of the more controversial issues now that he doesn’t have to fear whether it will affect his chances at reelection.

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    Now that Governor Bryant has been elected to his second and final term as head of the state, hopefully he will tackle some of the more controversial issues now that he doesn’t have to fear whether it will affect his chances at reelection.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Code of Silence needs to end

    CONSIDER THIS: Code of Silence needs to end

    Tuesday, November 3 2015 3:38 PM EST2015-11-03 20:38:45 GMT
    Tuesday, November 3 2015 6:50 PM EST2015-11-03 23:50:09 GMT
    Jackson experienced another violent crime when a man was shot this week and critically injured. When our news crew arrived at the scene, more than a dozen people were outside watching but would not talk because they fear retaliation.More >>
    Jackson experienced another violent crime when a man was shot this week and critically injured. When our news crew arrived at the scene, more than a dozen people were outside watching but would not talk because they fear retaliation.More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: Vote!

    CONSIDER THIS: Vote!

    Thursday, October 29 2015 4:02 PM EDT2015-10-29 20:02:52 GMT
    Thursday, October 29 2015 6:45 PM EDT2015-10-29 22:45:09 GMT
    The presidential election is getting a lot of attention with debates and analysis, even though it won’t happen until next year. Locally, however, we have a big day next Tuesday.More >>
    The presidential election is getting a lot of attention with debates and analysis, even though it won’t happen until next year. Locally, however, we have a big day next Tuesday.More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: Security for the State Fair

    CONSIDER THIS: Security for the State Fair

    Wednesday, October 7 2015 12:01 AM EDT2015-10-07 04:01:29 GMT
    Tuesday, October 27 2015 11:45 AM EDT2015-10-27 15:45:44 GMT
    Providing protection for the hundreds of thousands of people who attend the annual event is a top priority. It is unacceptable that their safety could have been jeopardized because leaders of the two groups couldn’t work together to resolve the issue. Fortunately, that didn’t happen.More >>
    Providing protection for the hundreds of thousands of people who attend the annual event is a top priority. It is unacceptable that their safety could have been jeopardized because leaders of the two groups couldn’t work together to resolve the issue. Fortunately, that didn’t happen.More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: Power of Pink

    CONSIDER THIS: Power of Pink

    Thursday, October 1 2015 6:29 PM EDT2015-10-01 22:29:13 GMT
    Friday, October 2 2015 2:23 AM EDT2015-10-02 06:23:33 GMT
    Sopurce: WLBTSopurce: WLBT
    October is here and it has become well known as breast cancer awareness month. More >>
    October is here and it has become well known as breast cancer awareness month. More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: Teachers are important

    CONSIDER THIS: Teachers are important

    Tuesday, September 29 2015 12:44 PM EDT2015-09-29 16:44:58 GMT
    Tuesday, September 29 2015 6:50 PM EDT2015-09-29 22:50:10 GMT
    Most of us would agree that talented teachers play an important, positive role in helping students develop into tomorrow’s leaders.More >>
    Most of us would agree that talented teachers play an important, positive role in helping students develop into tomorrow’s leaders.More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: Improving a little, maybe

    CONSIDER THIS: Improving a little, maybe

    Tuesday, September 22 2015 3:27 PM EDT2015-09-22 19:27:07 GMT
    Tuesday, September 22 2015 6:50 PM EDT2015-09-22 22:50:09 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT
    The new obesity stats are out and the good news is Mississippi is not at the top of the list. The bad news is there are now more states with obesity rates above 35%.More >>
    The new obesity stats are out and the good news is Mississippi is not at the top of the list. The bad news is there are now more states with obesity rates above 35%.More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: Airport Improvements

    CONSIDER THIS: Airport Improvements

    Friday, September 18 2015 2:56 PM EDT2015-09-18 18:56:25 GMT
    Friday, September 18 2015 2:56 PM EDT2015-09-18 18:56:25 GMT
    The Jackson municipal airports have been under new leadership since earlier this year when Carl Newman became CEO after serving many years in airport management positions in Houston and Phoenix. Working in those major markets gave him some great experience that will benefit our metro air operations.More >>
    The Jackson municipal airports have been under new leadership since earlier this year when Carl Newman became CEO after serving many years in airport management positions in Houston and Phoenix. Working in those major markets gave him some great experience that will benefit our metro air operations.More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: Election Issues

    CONSIDER THIS: Election Issues

    Tuesday, October 27 2015 11:48 AM EDT2015-10-27 15:48:10 GMT
    Monday, June 27 2016 9:36 AM EDT2016-06-27 13:36:43 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Election commissions need to do a better, more thorough job in preparing for elections. There should be a system of checks and balances to make sure all ballots, machines, and other processes are accurate and working far enough in advance to address any issues before the election process begins.

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    Election commissions need to do a better, more thorough job in preparing for elections. There should be a system of checks and balances to make sure all ballots, machines, and other processes are accurate and working far enough in advance to address any issues before the election process begins.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Ole Miss Students are the Real Leaders

    CONSIDER THIS: Ole Miss Students are the Real Leaders

    Thursday, October 22 2015 5:54 PM EDT2015-10-22 21:54:01 GMT
    Thursday, April 14 2016 2:59 AM EDT2016-04-14 06:59:34 GMT
    Sopurce: WLBTSopurce: WLBT

    Ole Miss Student leaders voted to remove the Mississippi flag from their campus. It doesn’t mean the flag is coming down; school leaders have to make that ultimate decision, but it is an important step in the process.

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    Ole Miss Student leaders voted to remove the Mississippi flag from their campus. It doesn’t mean the flag is coming down; school leaders have to make that ultimate decision, but it is an important step in the process.

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  • Consider This: Is the YMCA Basketball Court decision racist?

    Consider This: Is the YMCA Basketball Court decision racist?

    Tuesday, October 27 2015 11:50 AM EDT2015-10-27 15:50:59 GMT
    Monday, June 27 2016 9:36 AM EDT2016-06-27 13:36:43 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Some Downtown YMCA members are upset the organization is repurposing basketball courts for other services. They claim the Y might be making the change because of their race, but where is the proof.

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    Some Downtown YMCA members are upset the organization is repurposing basketball courts for other services. They claim the Y might be making the change because of their race, but where is the proof.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: DSU Tragedy

    CONSIDER THIS: DSU Tragedy

    Friday, September 18 2015 12:45 PM EDT2015-09-18 16:45:16 GMT
    Friday, September 18 2015 2:32 PM EDT2015-09-18 18:32:03 GMT
    The tragedy in Cleveland at Delta State University is something almost impossible to predict, but it is critical to be prepared if it does happen.More >>
    The tragedy in Cleveland at Delta State University is something almost impossible to predict, but it is critical to be prepared if it does happen.More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: Political office versus personal beliefs

    CONSIDER THIS: Political office versus personal beliefs

    Wednesday, September 9 2015 12:10 PM EDT2015-09-09 16:10:17 GMT
    Monday, June 27 2016 9:36 AM EDT2016-06-27 13:36:37 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT
    Kim Davis, the County Clerk in Kentucky who refused to issue marriage licenses has now been released from jail after the judge who found her to in contempt is now satisfied that her deputies are fulfilling their obligation to grant licenses to same-sex couples in her absence.More >>
    Kim Davis, the County Clerk in Kentucky who refused to issue marriage licenses has now been released from jail after the judge who found her to in contempt is now satisfied that her deputies are fulfilling their obligation to grant licenses to same-sex couples in her absence.More >>
  • GUEST COMMENTARY: Mississippi Flag

    GUEST COMMENTARY: Mississippi Flag

    Thursday, September 3 2015 11:44 PM EDT2015-09-04 03:44:46 GMT
    Thursday, September 3 2015 11:51 PM EDT2015-09-04 03:51:45 GMT
    “Southern novelist, Walker Percy, argued that the very form of the mind of a historic people is found in its most basic symbols.More >>
    “Southern novelist, Walker Percy, argued that the very form of the mind of a historic people is found in its most basic symbols.More >>
  • GUEST COMMENTARY: Brandon band

    GUEST COMMENTARY: Brandon band

    Wednesday, September 2 2015 1:34 PM EDT2015-09-02 17:34:29 GMT
    Monday, June 27 2016 9:36 AM EDT2016-06-27 13:36:36 GMT
    Many of our finest composers have designed their art around religious themes, though many people neither know nor care because what they hear is a moving blend of sound when they listen. If they are religiously inspired it is personal and if they aren't, it hardly interferes with the enjoyment.More >>
    Many of our finest composers have designed their art around religious themes, though many people neither know nor care because what they hear is a moving blend of sound when they listen. If they are religiously inspired it is personal and if they aren't, it hardly interferes with the enjoyment.More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: Start living healthier

    CONSIDER THIS: Start living healthier

    Tuesday, August 25 2015 3:35 PM EDT2015-08-25 19:35:01 GMT
    Tuesday, August 25 2015 6:50 PM EDT2015-08-25 22:50:12 GMT
    According to recent data, two states have adult obesity rates above 35 percent, Mississippi and West Virginia. Out of the top ten most obese states, seven of the ten are southern states. We can change that.More >>
    According to recent data, two states have adult obesity rates above 35 percent, Mississippi and West Virginia. Out of the top ten most obese states, seven of the ten are southern states. We can change that.More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: More support for a flag change

    CONSIDER THIS: More support for a flag change

    Thursday, August 20 2015 11:25 PM EDT2015-08-21 03:25:46 GMT
    Thursday, August 20 2015 11:25 PM EDT2015-08-21 03:25:46 GMT
    This week many famous Mississippians voiced their support for a change in the design of the Mississippi flag. And now another community has joined the growing list of cities that are removing the flag from all government property.More >>
    This week many famous Mississippians voiced their support for a change in the design of the Mississippi flag. And now another community has joined the growing list of cities that are removing the flag from all government property.More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: Thanks, Mayor McGee

    CONSIDER THIS: Thanks, Mayor McGee

    Tuesday, August 18 2015 12:55 PM EDT2015-08-18 16:55:08 GMT
    Tuesday, August 18 2015 6:45 PM EDT2015-08-18 22:45:09 GMT
    Some Ridgeland residents are upset about Costco coming to their city and many have taken out their frustration on Mayor Gene McGee. I believe that anger is unfairly directed at the mayor and he has done an admirable job handling the Costco “rumor”. More >>
    Some Ridgeland residents are upset about Costco coming to their city and many have taken out their frustration on Mayor Gene McGee. I believe that anger is unfairly directed at the mayor and he has done an admirable job handling the Costco “rumor”. More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: Slow Down

    CONSIDER THIS: Slow Down

    Thursday, August 13 2015 4:13 AM EDT2015-08-13 08:13:44 GMT
    Thursday, August 13 2015 4:13 AM EDT2015-08-13 08:13:43 GMT
    Most schools are back in session and it means we all need be aware of school zones and school buses.More >>
    Most schools are back in session and it means we all need be aware of school zones and school buses.More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: Good Officers

    CONSIDER THIS: Good Officers

    Wednesday, August 5 2015 8:59 PM EDT2015-08-06 00:59:29 GMT
    Wednesday, August 5 2015 8:59 PM EDT2015-08-06 00:59:54 GMT
    There has been so much attention on the actions of some law enforcement officers that we can forget there are hundreds of thousands of public servants who are doing the right thing day-in and day-out and serving honorably.More >>
    There has been so much attention on the actions of some law enforcement officers that we can forget there are hundreds of thousands of public servants who are doing the right thing day-in and day-out and serving honorably.More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: Your comments

    CONSIDER THIS: Your comments

    Friday, July 24 2015 4:40 PM EDT2015-07-24 20:40:44 GMT
    Friday, July 24 2015 4:40 PM EDT2015-07-24 20:40:43 GMT
    Here is some feedback from you on a variety of topicsMore >>
    Here is some feedback from you on a variety of topicsMore >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: Better to be thought a fool…

    CONSIDER THIS: Better to be thought a fool…

    Wednesday, July 22 2015 3:30 AM EDT2015-07-22 07:30:36 GMT
    Wednesday, July 22 2015 3:30 AM EDT2015-07-22 07:30:36 GMT
    There is a famous saying that it’s better to remain silent and thought a fool than to speak up and remove all doubt. More >>
    There is a famous saying that it’s better to remain silent and thought a fool than to speak up and remove all doubt. More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: Lester Holt

    CONSIDER THIS: Lester Holt

    Thursday, July 16 2015 4:35 PM EDT2015-07-16 20:35:51 GMT
    Thursday, July 16 2015 6:45 PM EDT2015-07-16 22:45:07 GMT
    A huge accomplishment was achieved recently that has gone somewhat unrecognized. Lester Holt was named the new anchor of NBC’s Nightly News…becoming television’s first African-American solo anchor of an evening newscast.More >>
    A huge accomplishment was achieved recently that has gone somewhat unrecognized. Lester Holt was named the new anchor of NBC’s Nightly News…becoming television’s first African-American solo anchor of an evening newscast.More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: Understand Initiative 42

    CONSIDER THIS: Understand Initiative 42

    Friday, July 10 2015 4:38 PM EDT2015-07-10 20:38:47 GMT
    Friday, July 10 2015 4:38 PM EDT2015-07-10 20:38:47 GMT
    A few weeks ago I mentioned the importance of doing your homework before you cast your ballot later this year. This week we saw a perfect example of why that research is so important. Unfortunately, in this situation its the kids in Mississippi who could be affected.More >>
    A few weeks ago I mentioned the importance of doing your homework before you cast your ballot later this year. This week we saw a perfect example of why that research is so important. Unfortunately, in this situation its the kids in Mississippi who could be affected.More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: Your flag feedback

    CONSIDER THIS: Your flag feedback

    Tuesday, June 30 2015 4:29 PM EDT2015-06-30 20:29:50 GMT
    Tuesday, June 30 2015 6:44 PM EDT2015-06-30 22:44:07 GMT
    There is a lot of passion when it comes to Mississippi's flag. Last week's commentary suggesting that we need to change our flag generated a lot of feedback. There was a consistent theme on each side of the debate.More >>
    There is a lot of passion when it comes to Mississippi's flag. Last week's commentary suggesting that we need to change our flag generated a lot of feedback. There was a consistent theme on each side of the debate.More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: The time is now...Change the flag

    CONSIDER THIS: The time is now...Change the flag

    Thursday, June 25 2015 4:54 PM EDT2015-06-25 20:54:15 GMT
    Thursday, June 25 2015 6:45 PM EDT2015-06-25 22:45:09 GMT
    People who support the Confederate Battle Flag are passionate when debating why the flag is important and the role it played in our history. That chapter in history, however, is long gone and it is time to move forward.More >>
    People who support the Confederate Battle Flag are passionate when debating why the flag is important and the role it played in our history. That chapter in history, however, is long gone and it is time to move forward.More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: Get ready to vote

    CONSIDER THIS: Get ready to vote

    Tuesday, June 23 2015 4:44 AM EDT2015-06-23 08:44:09 GMT
    Tuesday, June 23 2015 7:07 PM EDT2015-06-23 23:07:35 GMT
    Political advertising has begun and will become more active as we head towards the election in August. Although we might not see as much activity as we did with last year's US Senate contest, it will still be active with so many races on this year's ballot.More >>
    Political advertising has begun and will become more active as we head towards the election in August. Although we might not see as much activity as we did with last year's US Senate contest, it will still be active with so many races on this year's ballot.More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: No explanation for tragedies

    CONSIDER THIS: No explanation for tragedies

    Tuesday, June 23 2015 4:37 AM EDT2015-06-23 08:37:40 GMT
    Tuesday, June 23 2015 5:32 PM EDT2015-06-23 21:32:32 GMT
    The horrible situation in Charleston is the latest tragedy that has no explanation. How someone could do something so horrific is too shocking to try and understand.More >>
    The horrible situation in Charleston is the latest tragedy that has no explanation. How someone could do something so horrific is too shocking to try and understand.More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: Jim Duncan

    CONSIDER THIS: Jim Duncan

    Wednesday, June 17 2015 1:42 AM EDT2015-06-17 05:42:02 GMT
    Wednesday, June 17 2015 1:42 AM EDT2015-06-17 05:42:02 GMT
    It's becoming less common for people to spend the majority of their career at one company, so today I'd like to recognize at least one exception. Jim Duncan, WLBT's chief photographer, has been covering the news as part of the WLBT family for more than 50 years.More >>
    It's becoming less common for people to spend the majority of their career at one company, so today I'd like to recognize at least one exception. Jim Duncan, WLBT's chief photographer, has been covering the news as part of the WLBT family for more than 50 years.More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: Moving Forward

    CONSIDER THIS: Moving Forward

    Tuesday, June 9 2015 4:35 PM EDT2015-06-09 20:35:35 GMT
    Tuesday, June 9 2015 4:35 PM EDT2015-06-09 20:35:34 GMT
    With Clayton Kelly pleading guilty in the Cochran photo scandal, hopefully we can move forward and close the chapter on this ugly story.More >>
    With Clayton Kelly pleading guilty in the Cochran photo scandal, hopefully we can move forward and close the chapter on this ugly story.More >>
  • Consider This: Graduation Respect

    Consider This: Graduation Respect

    Thursday, June 4 2015 10:57 PM EDT2015-06-05 02:57:44 GMT
    Monday, June 27 2016 9:36 AM EDT2016-06-27 13:36:23 GMT
    School leaders say they made several attempts to warn parents. They even posted a warning in the graduation program saying people who staged outbursts would be asked to leave. So when some people didn't follow the rules that's when the Police were called and four people were charged with disturbing the peace.More >>
    School leaders say they made several attempts to warn parents. They even posted a warning in the graduation program saying people who staged outbursts would be asked to leave. So when some people didn't follow the rules that's when the Police were called and four people were charged with disturbing the peace.More >>
  • Consider This: Festivals in Mississippi

    Consider This: Festivals in Mississippi

    Tuesday, June 2 2015 11:03 PM EDT2015-06-03 03:03:26 GMT
    Monday, June 27 2016 9:36 AM EDT2016-06-27 13:36:23 GMT
    Starting in early spring and continuing through summer and fall you can pretty much guarantee that there is a festival happening somewhere in Mississippi. Mississippians like to gather together to enjoy the outdoors – even in the heat of summer - and festivals have a way of bringing a community together. From the Tupelo Elvis Festival to the Biloxi Shrimp Festival and nearly every town in-between at some point each community has its own celebration.


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    Starting in early spring and continuing through summer and fall you can pretty much guarantee that there is a festival happening somewhere in Mississippi. Mississippians like to gather together to enjoy the outdoors – even in the heat of summer - and festivals have a way of bringing a community together. From the Tupelo Elvis Festival to the Biloxi Shrimp Festival and nearly every town in-between at some point each community has its own celebration.


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  • Public Nuisance Laws Important

    Public Nuisance Laws Important

    Thursday, May 28 2015 10:33 PM EDT2015-05-29 02:33:14 GMT
    Monday, June 27 2016 9:36 AM EDT2016-06-27 13:36:22 GMT
    A convenience store known for trouble is now closed and hopefully means a safer community for the people who live in the area.
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    A convenience store known for trouble is now closed and hopefully means a safer community for the people who live in the area.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Hurricane Season

    CONSIDER THIS: Hurricane Season

    Tuesday, May 26 2015 6:35 PM EDT2015-05-26 22:35:46 GMT
    Thursday, May 28 2015 11:29 AM EDT2015-05-28 15:29:38 GMT
    Although it doesn't officially begin until next Monday, June 1st, the rising temperatures remind us that hurricane season is approaching.More >>
    Although it doesn't officially begin until next Monday, June 1st, the rising temperatures remind us that hurricane season is approaching.More >>
  • Consider This: Teen Driving

    Consider This: Teen Driving

    Tuesday, May 19 2015 4:22 PM EDT2015-05-19 20:22:30 GMT
    Thursday, May 28 2015 11:29 AM EDT2015-05-28 15:29:15 GMT
    The tragic loss of several teenagers this week is a sad reminder of how dangerous our roads can be, especially for our younger drivers.More >>
    The tragic loss of several teenagers this week is a sad reminder of how dangerous our roads can be, especially for our younger drivers.More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: Defending the people who protect us

    CONSIDER THIS: Defending the people who protect us

    Friday, May 15 2015 3:02 AM EDT2015-05-15 07:02:49 GMT
    Thursday, May 28 2015 11:28 AM EDT2015-05-28 15:28:45 GMT
    Over the past few years the men and women in law enforcement have gotten quite a bit of scrutiny because of the actions of a few of their fellow officers. More >>
    Over the past few years the men and women in law enforcement have gotten quite a bit of scrutiny because of the actions of a few of their fellow officers. More >>
  • Consider This: Fixing our jails

    Consider This: Fixing our jails

    Tuesday, May 5 2015 5:59 PM EDT2015-05-05 21:59:03 GMT
    Thursday, May 28 2015 11:28 AM EDT2015-05-28 15:28:30 GMT
    Issues with the maintenance and management at Hinds County jail are creating safety and security challenges. More >>
    Issues with the maintenance and management at Hinds County jail are creating safety and security challenges. More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: First Alert Weather

    CONSIDER THIS: First Alert Weather

    Thursday, April 30 2015 5:08 PM EDT2015-04-30 21:08:38 GMT
    Thursday, May 28 2015 11:28 AM EDT2015-05-28 15:28:11 GMT
    This time of year it's pretty common for severe weather to roll through Mississippi. If the weather becomes dangerous we will notify you with on-air warnings, mobile alerts and if necessary, wall-to-wall coverage.More >>
    This time of year it's pretty common for severe weather to roll through Mississippi. If the weather becomes dangerous we will notify you with on-air warnings, mobile alerts and if necessary, wall-to-wall coverage.More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: Jackson Streets

    CONSIDER THIS: Jackson Streets

    Thursday, April 23 2015 6:57 PM EDT2015-04-23 22:57:39 GMT
    Thursday, May 28 2015 11:27 AM EDT2015-05-28 15:27:51 GMT
    You don't have to drive very far in Jackson before you realize the city has some serious issues with its streets. We've focused on the ten worst streets in Jackson in our special report and asked you to help rank that list. More >>
    You don't have to drive very far in Jackson before you realize the city has some serious issues with its streets. We've focused on the ten worst streets in Jackson in our special report and asked you to help rank that list. More >>
  • Consider This: Reservoir User Fees

    Consider This: Reservoir User Fees

    Tuesday, April 21 2015 5:16 PM EDT2015-04-21 21:16:33 GMT
    Thursday, May 28 2015 11:27 AM EDT2015-05-28 15:27:03 GMT
    Boaters who use the Ross Barnett Reservoir will now have to pay a user fee after the plan was approved by the Pear River Valley Water Supply District Board of Directors. The fees could add up to a lot of money with estimates of $300,000 annually.More >>
    Boaters who use the Ross Barnett Reservoir will now have to pay a user fee after the plan was approved by the Pear River Valley Water Supply District Board of Directors. The fees could add up to a lot of money with estimates of $300,000 annually.More >>
  • Consider This: Autism Help

    Consider This: Autism Help

    Thursday, April 16 2015 4:20 PM EDT2015-04-16 20:20:53 GMT
    Thursday, May 28 2015 11:25 AM EDT2015-05-28 15:25:47 GMT
    Mississippi had no autism mandate and no autism coverage requirements. Which means no insurance policies in Mississippi were required to offer coverage for autism treatment. Thankfully that changed this week.More >>
    Mississippi had no autism mandate and no autism coverage requirements. Which means no insurance policies in Mississippi were required to offer coverage for autism treatment. Thankfully that changed this week.More >>
  • Consider This: Viewer Feedback

    Consider This: Viewer Feedback

    Tuesday, April 14 2015 3:41 PM EDT2015-04-14 19:41:50 GMT
    Thursday, May 28 2015 11:25 AM EDT2015-05-28 15:25:26 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT
    Today we'll share your comments on recent topics. So consider this your Consider This.More >>
    Today we'll share your comments on recent topics. So consider this your Consider This.More >>
  • Consider This: Mississippi Braves

    Consider This: Mississippi Braves

    Thursday, April 9 2015 7:22 PM EDT2015-04-09 23:22:32 GMT
    Thursday, May 28 2015 11:24 AM EDT2015-05-28 15:24:27 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT
    Mississippi is fortunate to have a Double A minor league baseball team. Its affiliation with the Atlanta Braves is an added bonus. And this year Mississippi not only has one minor league team, but our friends on the Mississippi Coast now have a team as well.

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    Mississippi is fortunate to have a Double A minor league baseball team. Its affiliation with the Atlanta Braves is an added bonus. And this year Mississippi not only has one minor league team, but our friends on the Mississippi Coast now have a team as well.


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  • Consider This: Work zone awareness

    Consider This: Work zone awareness

    Friday, March 27 2015 6:26 PM EDT2015-03-27 22:26:00 GMT
    Thursday, May 28 2015 11:23 AM EDT2015-05-28 15:23:50 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT
    It seems there is always road construction happening somewhere in our region. It can be dangerous work as cars and trucks zip by, especially on interstates when the speed is greater.  
     ...
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    It seems there is always road construction happening somewhere in our region. It can be dangerous work as cars and trucks zip by, especially on interstates when the speed is greater.  
     ...
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  • Consider This: Senseless deaths

    Consider This: Senseless deaths

    Tuesday, March 24 2015 11:45 PM EDT2015-03-25 03:45:05 GMT
    Monday, June 27 2016 9:36 AM EDT2016-06-27 13:36:13 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT
    The discovery of an African American man allegedly hanged to death is shocking. Whether it was suicide or murder, it is an unsettling reminder of Mississippi's tragic past. More >>
    The discovery of an African American man allegedly hanged to death is shocking. Whether it was suicide or murder, it is an unsettling reminder of Mississippi's tragic past. More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: Post-season play

    CONSIDER THIS: Post-season play

    Tuesday, March 17 2015 6:20 PM EDT2015-03-17 22:20:43 GMT
    Monday, June 27 2016 9:36 AM EDT2016-06-27 13:36:11 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT
    Callaway High School leaders made the right decision this week to decline the invitation to New York to play in a national basketball tournament. Not that the boys didn't earn the right to go; they certainly did. But by declining the invite it actually magnifies the antiquated rule and will hopefully bring about change.

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    Callaway High School leaders made the right decision this week to decline the invitation to New York to play in a national basketball tournament. Not that the boys didn't earn the right to go; they certainly did. But by declining the invite it actually magnifies the antiquated rule and will hopefully bring about change.

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  • CONSIDER THIS: Healthcare Corridor

    CONSIDER THIS: Healthcare Corridor

    Friday, March 20 2015 10:11 PM EDT2015-03-21 02:11:01 GMT
    Thursday, May 28 2015 11:19 AM EDT2015-05-28 15:19:37 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT
    A few years ago a plan was announced to focus on developing a healthcare corridor in the area near the Jackson Medical Mall and UMMC.More >>
    A few years ago a plan was announced to focus on developing a healthcare corridor in the area near the Jackson Medical Mall and UMMC.
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  • Consider This: Open Meetings at Public Hospitals

    Consider This: Open Meetings at Public Hospitals

    Thursday, March 12 2015 4:29 PM EDT2015-03-12 20:29:33 GMT
    Thursday, March 12 2015 4:29 PM EDT2015-03-12 20:29:34 GMT
    Issues with an employee pension plan at the Singing River Health System in south Mississippi prompted legislators to consider changing the meeting rules for public hospitals.  More >>
    Issues with an employee pension plan at the Singing River Health System in south Mississippi prompted legislators to consider changing the meeting rules for public hospitals.  More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: Texting ban

    CONSIDER THIS: Texting ban

    Tuesday, March 10 2015 6:09 PM EDT2015-03-10 22:09:14 GMT
    Thursday, May 28 2015 11:12 AM EDT2015-05-28 15:12:03 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT
    Mississippi should have a new law banning texting and social media use while driving as soon as Governor Bryant signs the bill.More >>
    Mississippi should have a new law banning texting and social media use while driving as soon as Governor Bryant signs the bill.More >>
  • Consider This: Construction on I-55 S

    Consider This: Construction on I-55 S

    Friday, March 6 2015 6:25 PM EST2015-03-06 23:25:56 GMT
    Monday, June 27 2016 9:36 AM EDT2016-06-27 13:36:09 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT
    I'm not an engineer, but it only takes one drive on I-55 South and you quickly realize there is a lot of Yazoo Clay along that stretch of highway. How that could be a surprise… is a surprise.More >>
    I'm not an engineer, but it only takes one drive on I-55 South and you quickly realize there is a lot of Yazoo Clay along that stretch of highway. How that could be a surprise… is a surprise.
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  • CONSIDER THIS: Bad Apples

    CONSIDER THIS: Bad Apples

    Tuesday, March 3 2015 4:56 PM EST2015-03-03 21:56:07 GMT
    Thursday, May 28 2015 11:33 AM EDT2015-05-28 15:33:20 GMT
    I have a lot of respect for the men and women who serve in public safety like law enforcement and fire & rescue. They put their lives on the line for the rest of us and often are running towards danger when everyone else is running away. More >>
    I have a lot of respect for the men and women who serve in public safety like law enforcement and fire & rescue. They put their lives on the line for the rest of us and often are running towards danger when everyone else is running away. More >>
  • Consider This: Selma Anniversary

    Consider This: Selma Anniversary

    Thursday, February 26 2015 4:25 PM EST2015-02-26 21:25:20 GMT
    Thursday, May 28 2015 11:10 AM EDT2015-05-28 15:10:51 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT
    As we recognize the 50th anniversary of Selma, we should also remember that Mississippi was at the center of the voter registration efforts in the 1960s.More >>
    As we recognize the 50th anniversary of Selma, we should also remember that Mississippi was at the center of the voter registration efforts in the 1960s.More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: Your feedback

    CONSIDER THIS: Your feedback

    Tuesday, February 17 2015 6:26 PM EST2015-02-17 23:26:47 GMT
    Thursday, May 28 2015 11:09 AM EDT2015-05-28 15:09:51 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT
    I appreciate when you share your feedback on Consider This commentaries and wanted to share a few of your opinions today.More >>
    I appreciate when you share your feedback on Consider This commentaries and wanted to share a few of your opinions today.More >>
  • CONSIDER THIS: Inspection Stickers

    CONSIDER THIS: Inspection Stickers

    Thursday, February 12 2015 5:02 PM EST2015-02-12 22:02:55 GMT
    Thursday, May 28 2015 11:09 AM EDT2015-05-28 15:09:17 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT
    There's a chance that inspection stickers will go the way of the horse and buggy if state legislators vote to end the process.More >>
    There's a chance that inspection stickers will go the way of the horse and buggy if state legislators vote to end the process.More >>
  • Consider This: Brian Williams

    Consider This: Brian Williams

    Tuesday, February 10 2015 4:21 PM EST2015-02-10 21:21:31 GMT
    Thursday, May 28 2015 11:08 AM EDT2015-05-28 15:08:51 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT
    Controversy is swirling over the recent admission by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian William that a story he told is false. Many of you have shared your disappointment with me and I am also troubled by the situation.More >>
    Controversy is swirling over the recent admission by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian William that a story he told is false. Many of you have shared your disappointment with me and I am also troubled by the situation.More >>
  • Consider This: Downtown Jackson streets

    Consider This: Downtown Jackson streets

    Friday, February 6 2015 6:04 PM EST2015-02-06 23:04:45 GMT
    Thursday, May 28 2015 11:08 AM EDT2015-05-28 15:08:10 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT
    If you haven't driven in downtown Jackson lately you're saving yourself some money that you would have to use for front end alignment or repairing a flat tire.More >>
    If you haven't driven in downtown Jackson lately you're saving yourself some money that you would have to use for front end alignment or repairing a flat tire.More >>
  • Consider This: Malcolm Butler

    Consider This: Malcolm Butler

    Tuesday, February 3 2015 5:08 PM EST2015-02-03 22:08:38 GMT
    Thursday, May 28 2015 11:06 AM EDT2015-05-28 15:06:28 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT
    If you want a great example of perseverance, look no further than the Super Bowl.More >>
    If you want a great example of perseverance, look no further than the Super Bowl.More >>
  • Consider This: A Super Southern Primary

    Consider This: A Super Southern Primary

    Tuesday, January 27 2015 3:49 PM EST2015-01-27 20:49:51 GMT
    Thursday, May 28 2015 11:05 AM EDT2015-05-28 15:05:41 GMT
    With a Presidential election taking place next year, many states want to be relevant in that democratic process.  More >>
    With a Presidential election taking place next year, many states want to be relevant in that democratic process.  More >>
  • Consider This: Helping Fellow Mississippians

    Consider This: Helping Fellow Mississippians

    Friday, January 23 2015 12:00 PM EST2015-01-23 17:00:50 GMT
    Thursday, May 28 2015 11:05 AM EDT2015-05-28 15:05:10 GMT
    A few weeks ago portions of Marion County were devastated when a tornado ripped through the Columbia area. More >>
    A few weeks ago portions of Marion County were devastated when a tornado ripped through the Columbia area. More >>
  • Consider This: A Political Year

    Consider This: A Political Year

    Friday, January 23 2015 10:32 AM EST2015-01-23 15:32:16 GMT
    Thursday, May 28 2015 11:04 AM EDT2015-05-28 15:04:38 GMT
    We are having elections this year for all of our state offices so get ready for an interesting few months...More >>
    We are having elections this year for all of our state offices so get ready for an interesting few months...More >>
  • Consider This: Looking forward

    Consider This: Looking forward

    Wednesday, January 14 2015 11:14 PM EST2015-01-15 04:14:15 GMT
    Monday, June 27 2016 9:35 AM EDT2016-06-27 13:35:59 GMT
    We are now into the second week of 2015 and most of us are settled back into our routines - and hopefully that includes some goals and resolutions.More >>
    We are now into the second week of 2015 and most of us are settled back into our routines - and hopefully that includes some goals and resolutions.More >>
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