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Sept. 30, 2019 – News Summary, Mississippi and Beyond

New Albany MS, Mississippi and beyond

For the convenience of our readers, most of whom are busy people, NAnewsweb is experimenting with providing a summary of state, national and international news gleaned from what we consider above average news sites and condensed for quick reading.


State House of Representatives could decide governor’s race

Some believe the Mississippi governor’s race may be so close that the new governor will be selected by the state’s House of Representatives. The state’s 1890 constitution provides that a candidate must both receive a majority of the statewide vote AND win the most votes in the majority of the state’s 122 House Districts to be elected governor. Otherwise the election goes to the House of Representatives. It has happened before and not long ago. In 1999 the governor’s race was decided by the House. Neither Democrat Ronnie Musgrove nor Republican Mike Parker got a majority of votes statewide. The House, then dominated by Democrats, voted 86-36 to give the job to Musgrove, who was defeated for re-election in 2003 by Republican Haley Barber.

Meridian has rash of arson fires

After dark Sunday evening, Sept. 30, Meridian, Mississippi, experienced its fourth arson fire in about 30 hours. The Sunday night fire was at the Velma Young Center at 2320 15th Avenue. Meridian’s Deputy Fire Chief Jason Collier said all four fires occurred in the same general area an all were intentionally set. Collier said all four fires were in abandoned structures.

Natchez Temple observes Jewish New Year

Temple B’nai Israel in Natchez started its annual observation Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, at sundown, Sunday night, Sept. 29. It is year 5779 on the Hebrew calendar. Rosh Hoshanah continues through sundown, Monday, Sept. 30. Yom Kippur, “the Day of Atonement,” comes ten days later.


Sunday talking heads focus on Trump impeachment speculation

The threat by some House Democrats to bring articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump was topic of the talk shows on the last Sunday of September.

California Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said he expects the so-called “whistleblower,” who squealed about Trump’s phone call to the president of the Ukraine, to testify “very soon.” Schiff said he wanted the whistleblower to testify against Trump in secret. Schiff said he and his committee are working to “figure out the logistics to make sure that we protect the identity of the whistleblower. Schiff was on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Former First Lady and Obama-era Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went after Trump on CBS’s “Sunday Morning.” Clinton, whom Trump defeated in the 2016 election, repeated her charge that the President is “a corrupt human tornado” and added the words “illegitimate president.” Clinton also said, “So of course, he’s obsessed with me.”

Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who sometimes casts himself in the roll of Trump’s lawyer, said on ABC’s “This Week” and CBS’ “Face the Nation” that Trump “was framed by the Democrats.”

Trump himself expressed his concern Sunday by playing golf at a Virginia country club.

Early snowstorm hits Rocky Mountains

An early autumn snowstorm hit the Rocky Mountains during the weekend. It is expected to deposit two feet or more of snow in the northern Rockies and northern High Plains before ending, perhaps Wednesday. Montana and Wyoming are catching the worst of the early snow.

General Motors, UAW continue contract talks

General Motors and the United Auto Workers Union said they would continue talks on a new labor contract on Monday, Sept. 30. They worked through the weekend but did not reach agreement. The UAW is seeking higher pay, better job security, a bigger share of GM’s profits and continued health insurance benefits. The union went on strike at GM Sept. 16.

Doctor who tried to save JFK dies in Dallas

A surgeon on the emergency room team who tried to save the life of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas in 1963 died this past week in Dallas. Dr. Robert McClelland was 89 years old. He told the Warren Commission in 1964 that Kennedy arrived at Parkland Memorial hospital with a large portion of his brain blown away, that the President’s eyes were protuberant indicating great pressure on the brain.


Asian markets react to Trump Administration threats

The Chinese currency, the yuan, and shares on Asian stock markets were off to a timid start Monday. Investors were reacting to the U.S. administration’s threat to delist Chinese stocks from the New York Stock Exchange. The prospect of kicking Chinese stocks off the NY Exchange is a part of an effort to discourage U.S. investment in China.

Netanyahu having trouble forming new government in Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has still not been able to form a new government in Israel, after that country’s uncertain Sept. 17 elections. Neither Netanyahu’s Likud party or the rival Blue and White party won enough parliamentary seats in the Knesset to claim a clear majority. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has asked Netanyahu to try to form a coalition, but so far none has been formed. Netanyahu graduated from high school in Pennsylvania and speaks fluent English with a Philadelphia accent. He has two degrees, in architecture and in management, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Saudi Arabian crown prince warns about growing conflict with Iran

Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince and defacto ruler, said oil prices could rise to “unimaginably high numbers” if the Iranian conflict escalates further. He said he would like to avoid a military solution and would rather have a political resolution to the conflict.

Below are a few of the news websites that considers professional, usually dependable and less biased than many others. The quality of news reporting in the U.S. and elsewhere has declined in the “digital age.” News on so-called “social media” must always be considered at least 90% unreliable. Some sites — CNN and Fox are two examples — are so politically biased that we never look at them. More than ever, readers must maintain a diligent skepticism about everything they read on-line. Even the sites listed below sometimes disappoint but not, in our opinion, so often as others.

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