Some of the top stories we discussed on this May 22nd edition of "Gulf Coast Mornings":
Pressure is growing on a state lawmaker to resign following his arrest for domestic violence. Republican State Representative Doug McLeod of Lucedale is accused of punching his wife in the face because he wanted to have sex, and she wasn't getting undressed fast enough. The sheriff's department says McLeod was visibly intoxicated when deputies arrived on the scene last Saturday. Both House Speaker Philip Gunn and state Republican chairman Lucien Smith say, if the allegations are true, McLeod should step down. He's served in the legislature since 2012.
An Oxford police officer is accused of murder. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation says Matthew Kinne killed Dominique Clayton, who was found dead on Sunday. So far, few details surrounding her death have been made public. Investigators believe the two were romantically involved. Kinne is being held in the Panola County jail awaiting his first court appearance.
A federal judge has indicated he will most likely strike down Mississippi's latest abortion ban. During arguments yesterday, Judge Carlton Reeves questioned why lawmakers thought the so-called "heartbeat" ban would be upheld after Reeves struck down a less-restrictive ban last year. He also seemed to take issue with the lack of exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, pointing out that young children could theoretically be forced to carry a child to term. Attorneys representing the state argued they have an interest in protecting fetuses. Reeves didn't say when he'll make his ruling, saying only that it will be soon.
After eliminating Missouri from the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament, Ole Miss takes on Arkansas today. Tonight in Hoover, it's Mississippi State against LSU. And in Biloxi today, Southern Miss opens play in the Conference USA tournament against Rice.
YOUR CAR MIGHT KNOW WHEN YOU GAIN WEIGHT
Cars have gotten so advanced that they’re pretty much smartphones with wheels. This is great because of all the features like automatic braking and turn-by-turn directions.
But, it also could be a problem because cars are constantly collecting data – and beaming that data back to the car companies.
Experts say modern cars collect as much as 25 gigabytes of data per hour. The data is so specific that cars can actually tell how much each driver weighs – and if that driver is gaining weight.
All this data being shared with car manufacturers is – not surprisingly – a big concern for people who care about privacy. (The New York Times)