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Jackson, Miss– All of the morning’s stories in one place. 

Trying to join ISIS–a Mississippi couple is facing those charges and now they’ll be in court June 6th, but they’ll have a chance to enter a plea by May 23. Muhammed Dakhalla and Jaelyn Young were arrested at the airport in Columbus after police say they were supporters of the terrorist group. Investigators say the two were trying to get to Turkey. They’re both being held without bond.

Speaking of jail, more work centers across the state could be closing in January. Bolivar, Yazoo, and Jackson county work centers could be shuttered. Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher says it’s because he can’t keep employees for the centers due to low pay. The prison system could see budget cuts in January.

Saying no to service dogs–you can’t do it if you’re running a business. That’s why Grand China Buffett in Hattiesburg is having to pay 3 grand in fines. Vicki Hollingsworth is in a wheelchair and uses a service dog for assistance. She says the restaurant wouldn’t seat her and when they finally did they told her next time, no dog. Zhen Fei Chen, the owner, will go to training about service dogs, reports the Hattiesburg American.

Grab the umbrella before you walk out the door because more rain falling throughout the state today. Rain, high temps, and a chance for severe weather Wednesday.. no sunshine again until after Christmas, says the national weather service in Jackson.

Donald Trump.. the entertainer, businessman and one of the top favorites for the Republican presidential nomination, is headed to Mississippi. He’ll be at the Mississippi Coast Colisuem and Convention Center January 2nd, just in time to try to win your vote by the primaries March 8th.

Contractions. Labor came early. The baby is coming.. all the chaos that comes with having a baby was thrown together in a car in the Kmart parking lot in Carinth Monday. Karla White went into premature labor at home in Tishomingo and was headed to the Magnolia Regional Health Center, reports WTOK. Sgt. Ken Walker with Carinth police helped White give birth in the car when they realized the ambulance wouldn’t make it. Even though it’s early, the baby is doing well.

If you’re getting ready to hit the road for the holidays, know that the Mississippi Highway Patrol will be right there with you. The Holiday Enforcement Period starts Wednesday and will run through the holiday weekend. Buckle up, put down the phone, watch for deer, and if you drink, get a driver.

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