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What You Need to Know for this Monday, January 18

They’re claiming she lied about VA wait times.

Mississippi’s congressional delegation is opposing the appointment of Skye McDougal to oversee veterans’ hospitals and clinics across the state.
The two senators and four congressmen met with VA Secretary Bob McDonald and opposed her appointment that would oversee 10 VA hospitals.
They argue that McDougal testified last year, that wait times at facilities she oversaw in southern California were only 4 days, when in reality, they were ten times longer.

An oxford attorney is in some hot water after being a accused of loan fraud.

Tyler Smith, 46, has pleaded not guilty to wire fraud.
Prosecutors say, Smith would get loans from wealthy people by using as collateral, money that wasn’t really there.
He claimed that he had cash coming in from claims resulting from the 2010 BP oil spill.
Smith is accused of using this tactic to lure five people into letting him borrow close to $600,000.
If convicted, Smith could get up to 20 years behind bars, a $250,000 fine and restitution.

An Ole Miss student killed in an apparent hit-and-run.

The university releasing a statement that 20-year-old Carli Sears died over the weekend.
Sears was back home in West Virginia for the holiday break.
Police are still investigating the hit-and-run.
Sears was a junior majoring in hospitality management and was a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority.
More women are having children later on in life.

The CDC saying that the average age of first time moms is higher than it’s ever been.
In 2000, the average age was 25, now it’s 26. That may not seem like a big jump, but it is when it comes to how it will effect the population in the future. Fewer child bearing years means fewer children.
Some of the factors leading to the increase in age include the fact that teen pregnancy is at an all time low. Also economic factors are leading to women wait longer before having children.  Women are putting off motherhood to either become more educated or move up in there career.

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