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Morning Radio Newscast — December 5th
from Michelle Peyroux
December 5, 2016 -

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says federal authorities have granted his request for an extension of the filing deadline for those affected by August floods to submit a proof of loss claim. Edwards, in a statement Friday, said the extension approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency will give flood victims more time to document their losses and to submit their claims so they can get the funds needed to repair their homes.

JACKSON — The last of three men charged in connection with a February 2014 shooting death in Adams County has been convicted of aggravated assault for his role in the crime. 35-year-old Alan T. Thomas of Natchez pleaded guilty to aggravated assault before Judge Forrest Johnson in Adams County Circuit Court. Thomas was sentenced to 15 years in prison with 10 months already served and 14 years, two months suspended. Additionally, Thomas must serve 10 years of post-release supervision, pay $500 to the Mississippi Crime Victim Compensation Fund, and pay all court costs. The investigation did not reveal any substantial evidence that Thomas had prior knowledge of any potential criminal activity before arriving at the victim's residence. Thomas drove his two co-defendants to the victim’s home, then joined them in entering the home prior to the commission of the attempted robbery and murder. Maurice Davis, of Natchez was sentenced last week for manslaughter to 15 years in prison with 10 years suspended, leaving five years to serve and 10 years of post-release supervision. Jhakeel Hawkins, of Natchez, was sentenced for aggravated assault Tuesday to 15 years in prison with 10 years suspended, leaving five years to serve and 10 years of post-release supervision.

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say two men have been shot to death in separate killings within a 2-hour span in Lauderdale County. The first killing happened around 12:40 a.m. Sunday near a highway overpass in Meridian. Authorities said the man was found in the middle of the road near a rented vehicle, its engine still running and its wipers on. Coroner Clayton Cobler said he died from a single gunshot wound to the head. The second shooting happened around 2 a.m. Sunday, along Highway 495 outside Meridian. Cobler said the victim was taken to Anderson Regional Medical Center, but died around 3 a.m. The identities of the victims have not been released.

(LRN) — Protests took place over the weekend following the shooting death of former NFL player Joe McKnight during an apparent road rage incident. The shooter, 54-year-old Ronald Gasser, was released claiming self defense. According to a release, McKnight exited his car and was shot by Gasser as he approached the shooter's passenger window. It says Gasser fired 3 rounds from a .40 caliber semiautomatic handgun from the driver's seat of his car, and three hit McKnight. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand reports that McKnight was trying to resolve the issue with Gasser. He also says there was no video. Normand says Gasser admitted to shooting McKnight, but has not been charged pending the outcome of the investigation. The investigation is now in the hands of the DA.

(LRN) — Dr. Frank Welch with Louisiana Department of Health says flu activity has been low so far this year, as only 2 out of every 100 doctor visits in Louisiana have been flu related. He says there are things people can do to avoid getting sick. Welch says we’re at a higher risk of catching the flu during the holiday season. He says many people think that’s because the weather is cold, but it’s really because people spend time in close quarters at holiday parties and avoiding the cold. Welch advises people to clean frequently used surfaces like door knobs when they have people in their homes. He says it’s not too late to get a flu shot, but the shot takes two weeks to take effect. He says even though for most people the flu is a mild inconvenience, it’s important for everyone to get their shot because for some people, the flu can be life threatening.

UNDATED (AP) — After refusing to clarify his status, the Greenville school board definitively says it's firing its superintendent. The lawyer for the school board issued a statement saying board members have turned down Leeson Taylor's appeal and fired him immediately. Friday's statement blames not only Taylor's performance after a teacher dragged a special education student by the hair in September, but also the district's F rating in Mississippi's school rating system.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) €— Republican Rep. Gregg Harper of Mississippi has been named chairman of U.S. House Administration Committee. He was selected for the post by House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Harper is the only one of Mississippi's four U.S. House members to hold a chairmanship.

PORT GIBSON, Miss. (AP) — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has renewed Grand Gulf Nuclear Station's operating license through 2044. The plant is currently closed through the first of the year to address maintenance issues. Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley, chairman of the state's utilities regulatory agency, tells The Clarion-Ledger this is an early Christmas present for Mississippi Entergy customers.

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