Runoffs are coming up next week. Details on the debate last night.

Not much new ground was broken last night during the final debate between the two Republicans in the governor's race. Tate Reeves and Bill Waller Junior stuck mostly to familiar campaign themes during their 30-minute debate hosted by WJTV in Jackson and broadcast statewide. Waller said he still believes raising the gas tax is the best way to pay for roads and bridges. He wants to cut the personal income tax to offset the impact of the higher gas tax. But Reeves said he'd like to see income taxes cut without raising the gas tax. The two men meet in the Republican runoff next week.

As the two Republicans in the governor's race prepared to debate in Jackson, the Democratic nominee was in Indianola promoting his plan to cut or eliminate the sales tax on groceries. Jim Hood says he believes a Republican-controlled legislature would be willing to consider at least a reduction in the seven percent tax. And he says revenue that the state now collects when you buy something online could be used to help cities make up for the sales taxes they would be losing.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service is now heading up parts of the Head Start Program in Harrison County. And administrators say they still need to fill more than 90 positions to effectively operate the service. A spokesperson says before any children can be enrolled, they will need to hire workers, including teachers, administrative assistants, bus drivers and custodians. An MSU job fair that started Tuesday will continue through today.

A student at Corinth High School is in trouble after being caught with a gun. School officials had been tipped off yesterday about the gun and held the student until police arrived to conduct a search. There's no word on what kind of gun it was and whether it was loaded or not.

A bond hearing is scheduled to take place today in Oxford in the capital murder trial of 22-year old Brandon Theesfeld. He is the man accused in the July shooting death of Ole Miss student Ally Kostial. Prosecutors claim Theesfeld killed the young woman after she informed him that she was pregnant. An attorney for Theesfeld says members his family will speak on his behalf at the hearing today.

Police in Hattiesburg are still looking for the driver involved in a fatal hit and run this week. A woman was struck as she walked near an intersection late Tuesday night and later died at a hospital. Her name hasn't been released. Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the driver.

The former girlfriend of a man who was killed on a Jackson street this week is now facing a murder charge, and police are looking for two other suspects in the car chase that left 29-year-old Earnest Myers dead. They've arrested 25-year-old Alexis Black. Police believe she was in the car from which the fatal shots were fired early Monday morning. And they think the shooting stemmed from an argument in a nearby parking lot.

Police in Laurel are holding two men on charges of firing multiple gunshots at each other while driving down a crowded street. It happened Tuesday around 4:30 pm along North Pine Street and South Garden Drive. Twenty-seven-year-old Antonio Mitchell and 26-year-old Christopher Applewhite were both charged with drive-by shootings. Applewhite was also charged with aggravated assault. Authorities say one of the suspects was treated for minor injuries. Bond was set at 80-thousand dollars for Mitchell, and 30-thousand dollars for Applewhite.

Now that flood waters have started to recede in the Mississippi Delta, members of the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief team have moved in to help homeowners. Volunteer workers are helping residents whose properties have been devastated by the 2019 Backwater Floods. They are assisting in the removal of mold, rotten wood, trash and debris. The team has set up a command center at the church in Valley Park in Eagle Lake.

City officials in Columbus have submitted to the state a "Notice of Intent" to build around 20 severe weather storm shelters for first responders. The shelters would be spread out over strategic locations throughout the city and each be able to hold around 35 people. The shelters can withstand winds of up to 250 miles per hour. The shelters would cost around 96-thousand dollars each to build.

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