Flags are being lowered in memory of the victims of 2 mass shootings.

Governor Bryant is asking that all flags in Mississippi be lowered in memory of the victims of the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio over the weekend.  And in Clinton today, police and school officials plan to go ahead with an active shooter exercise that was planned before the tragedies in El Paso and Dayton. A city spokesman says they'll be practicing a plan they hope they never actually have to use.

Voters in Mississippi head to the polls tomorrow to cast ballots in primaries for a host of offices statewide. Randy Bell with a rundown: Both Republicans and Democrats will decide on contests between candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of Sate, Attorney General and many more. An August 27th runoff is scheduled for those candidates who don't get a majority in Tuesday's election. Winners will advance to the November 5th general election.

Police are investigating an incident in Oxford in which the brother of State Agriculture Commissioner Andy Gipson accidentally shot himself. Authorities say it happened late Tuesday inside the Roosters Blue House bar. Police responded to a call of shots fired inside a building and arrived to find Christopher Matthew Gipson, a detective with the Magee Police Department, suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg. He was treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Gipson has been charged with a misdemeanor.

Lowe's is laying off thousands of store workers as the home improvement chain tries to increase profits.  The Wall Street Journal reported late last week that Lowe's will lay off employees who handle certain maintenance and product assembly work. According to The Journal, Lowe's workers who are losing their jobs include those who put together grills, wheelbarrows, and other products. That work will be done by a third-party company. Lowe's said in a statement the workers being laid off will receive transition pay and be able to apply for other jobs with the company.

The Sierra Club of Mississippi says it’s strongly opposed to recent efforts by two Mississippi senators to obtain funding for flood control. Senators Cindy Hyde-Smith and Roger Wicker introduced legislation last week that would overturn an EPA veto and resume construction of a backwater pumping station in the South Delta region of the state. Thousand of acres of land there have been underwater since mid-February. Members of The Sierra Club say the plan gives Mississippi residents false hope in that homes will continue to flood even after the 400-million dollar cost of construction is spent.

Mississippi will see an increase in heat and a decrease in rain chances this week. And forecasters say the heat index will be climbing to around 105 across much of the state, especially toward the end of the week. Thunderstorms have been pretty common over the last few days helping to limit the heat stress.

A Louisiana sheriff's deputy was one of two people killed in a head-on crash on the Mississippi coast Sunday. Jonathan Panks was returning home after his bachelor's party in Florida when a car crossed the I-10 median and collided with his truck in Harrison County. He was planning to be married in November. Panks worked with the special operations division of the St. Tammany Parish sheriff's department. The driver of the car, Ross Labrosse, was also killed and three men in the deputy's truck were injured.

The Florida man who sent mail bombs to several well-known Democrats will be sentenced today in Manhattan. Cesar Sayoc pleaded guilty last March to sending bombs to people like former U.S. President Barack Obama, U.S. Senator from New Jersey Cory Booker and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He's expected to get at least ten years behind bars.

A top White House adviser has some advice for China. On Fox News Sunday, trade adviser Peter Navarro said China must end the "seven deadly sins" before the ongoing trade war with the U.S. can come to an end. He described the so-called sins as stealing our intellectual property, forcing technology transfers, hacking our computers, dumping into our markets causing companies to go out of business, heavy subsidies, importation of fentanyl, and currency manipulation.

It's not so much that the people of Illinois want to leave, but rather they want Chicago to go. Petitioners have been gathering support for the past two years to make Cook County the country's 51st state. The current drive to divorce Chicago from the state is linked to the urban-rural divide of the state. Downstate separatists point to divides on abortion, the legalization of marijuana, and gun control as particular sticking points.

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WE DO OUR BEST WORK ON MONDAYS

According to a new survey, we are most productive today than on any other day of the week.The workers polled said they hit their peak productivity on Monday -- and then it’s all downhill from there, with productivity dropping each day of the week, until we fake our way through Friday. (HRDive)

Women are happier after divorce than men … Yep, according to a new survey, 35% of women reported feeling less stressed after a divorce, compared to only 17% of men. And 30% of women said they experienced a boost in self-esteem after a split, compared to just 15% of men. And this is interesting … seems a whopping 80% of divorces are initiated by women. (Best Life

Get ready for more fake meat. A report by global management consultancy firm AT Kearney predicts that 60% of “meat” will either be plant-based or grown in labs from cells by 2040. (The Ladders

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