Thursday, April 24 2014 3:47 PM EDT2014-04-24 19:47:30 GMT
The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.More >>
The federal government's move to regulate e-cigarettes is a leap into the unknown.More >>
So how long could the government shutdown potentially last, and how does it affect the average citizen?
Dr. Nicole Kalaf-Hughes, a political science professor at Bowling Green State University, says it won't have an immediate effect on most people, unless it drags on.
"The big problem is on the grand scale when people aren't getting paid," Dr. Kalaf-Hughes said. "Federal employees aren't getting paid, the economy is losing money. So you're not seeing the revenue we typically have in our economy, and that's where, down the line, the average person could start to feel the effects of this."
In the mid ‘90s, the government shut down for 21 days, the longest the government has ever been shut down. Professor Kalaf-Hughes says there's reason to believe the current situation could be resolved quickly, but there's also the potential for it to drag on.
"They estimate Oct. 17 [is when] we hit our, essentially, the debt ceiling, and that's when we need to revise that in some way to continue spending," she said. "If we don't revise it by then, we're going to run into more problems."
So what if Congress doesn't reach an agreement by Oct. 17?
"We could potentially see a drop in our credit rating," Kalaf-Hughes said. "At that point, we go into default, and that's something that's never happened before, so that would be an incredibly big deal."
But Professor Kalaf-Hughes also says we're in a different political climate now than in the 1990s.
"You have people who are very far apart ideologically now, and you have less of a sense of compromise now, at least in my opinion," she said. "So it almost feels like the potential for [the shutdown] to drag on longer is there."
Thursday, April 24 2014 2:34 PM EDT2014-04-24 18:34:03 GMT
On Thursday afternoon a one vehicle accident took the life of a Pickens man. Forty-three-year-old William Blackstock of Pickens, was killed in a car crash on Thursday at 3:14 pm on Highway 43 in MadisonMore >>
William Blackstock, 43, was killed in a car crash on Thursday at 3:14 pm on Highway 43, about 2 miles north of Highway 17, in Madison County.More >>
Thursday, April 24 2014 8:25 PM EDT2014-04-25 00:25:27 GMT
Rankin County Sheriff's office is investigating the death of a Hinds County Sheriff's Deputy along with his wife. Both were found deceased in their residence at 126 Caledonian Blvd. around 9 last night.More >>
A caller to 911 said the couple's two young children came to their house told them their dad may have shot their mother. More >>
Thursday, April 24 2014 1:59 PM EDT2014-04-24 17:59:33 GMT
Tony Gene Stewart, of Raymond, has been arrested, accused of sexual crimes against children. He is currently being held in the Calhoun County jail. He is facing 5 counts of sexual battery of a childMore >>
The sheriff says he is being held on $500,000 bond.More >>
Thursday, April 24 2014 5:05 PM EDT2014-04-24 21:05:22 GMT
According to WTVA, an Amber Alert has been issued for a missing Lowndes County toddler. Lowndes County Chief Deputy Marc Miley says they are searching for 2-year-old Malia Harris of Columbus. OfficialsMore >>
Georgia officials believe suspects in the Mississippi Amber Alert case may be in southwest Georgia. Cook County, GA investigators have been actively searching the Lenox area for the suspects. Officials confirmed a heavy presence of law enforcement in that area Wednesday night.More >>
Thursday, April 24 2014 1:55 PM EDT2014-04-24 17:55:20 GMT
Jackson Assistant Police Chief Lee Vance has confirmed there was a break in at the JPD evidence room. We don't have a lot information right now, but we are told that the break in happened either overnightMore >>
We don't have a lot information right now, but we are told that the break in happened either overnight Sunday or overnight Monday.More >>
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