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Keeping Roads Safe, Flooding in Vicksburg and a Hattiesburg Pastor Under House Arrest

JACKSON, Miss. –

Working to keep your roads safe.

The state chamber saying it’ll cost an additional $375 million to get Mississippi roads and bridges back up to par

So far you’ve spent over $3 billion  on roads over the past 25 years.
This is one of the big topics that’ll be dealt with this session.
some of the proposed ways to get the money include a gas tax, a general sales tax increase or possibly adding a 10-dollar fee on license plates.
Gov. Bryant says he’s not a fan of raising taxes.

They continue to prepare in Vicksburg.

Flooding has now closed one of the major roads in the area, highway 465.
it’s expected to be completely submerged in just a couple of days.
Authorities are also working to protect historical landmarks such as the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad Depot, which is over 100 years old.
7,000 sand bags are being filled and pilled to do so.
In 2011, five feet of water got into the building, leading to a million dollars worth of renovations.

A Hattiesburg pastor charged with sexually batter is now under house arrest.

Earnest Blount Jr. will only be allowed to see a doctor or go to the grocery store.
It’ll be this way until his trial, which a date has yet to have been set.
Blount is accused of performing oral sex on a man and then offering money to victim so that he wouldn’t tell anyone. This supposedly happened in pastor Blounts office.

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