COVID-19 testing scam, Natchez murder, Senate passes marijuana bill, money for bridges


JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – If you missed some of the most important titles and need to catch up, no worries. WLBT has collected some of the best stories from our website to bring you up to date.

1. Need a COVID-19 test? Be careful, there is a scam for that

Need a COVID-19 test? Be careful, there is a scam for that

If you can imagine, scammers have found a way to sell unapproved COVID-19 tests. And the US Food and Drug Administration warns people not to fall prey to fake tests, vaccines and treatments. Since the arrival of Omicron variant, the increase in testing for COVID-19 has become a big concern, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Scarcity can lead to potential scams for a product that does not exist, compromise of personally identifiable information, or increased misleading advertising. Here are 5 tips to avoid falling prey to vaccine scams.

2. 58,000 rapid COVID-19 tests are now available, according to Dobbs

58,000 rapid COVID-19 tests now available, says Dobbs
58,000 rapid COVID-19 tests now available, says Dobbs

As the omicron variant of COVID-19 spreads, the demand for additional testing increases. State health officials are introducing more testing options to meet this demand. State health officer Dr Thomas Dobbs said 58,000 rapid antigen tests are now available for use in schools and other gathering places. The state also expects to receive 300,000 rapid home tests soon and is working on a plan to distribute those tests. See the full story here.

3. Man shot, killed in Natchez, found lying on sidewalk

A crime scene
A crime scene(WLBT)

A man is dead and another is hospitalized after a shooting in Natchez. Police said shots were fired around 9.45pm Thursday on North Union Street. Officers found Antonio Foster, 35, lying dead on the sidewalk from multiple gunshot wounds. Investigators also say a second victim, Wayne Hammett, 32, was also shot and taken to hospital by a private vehicle. Hammet was then rushed to UMMC in Jackson, but there is no word on his condition. Police gave no further details about what happened or who was responsible. Natchez Police Chief Joseph Daughtry is asking anyone with information about the shooting to call police at 601-445-5565 or CrimeStoppers at 888-442-5001.

4. After heated debate, Mississippi Senate passes medical marijuana bill

After heated debate, Mississippi Senate passes medical marijuana bill

A long morning of questions leads to the first hurdle cleared for medical marijuana at the State Capitol. The bill passed with only five votes against. But that’s not to say there wasn’t a lively debate. Before the questions started rolling in, senators were passing joints and bags of hemp as part of an attempt by Sen. Kevin Blackwell to give examples of what the allowable amounts would look like. “The amount of marijuana we’re going to allow is one pack before everyone turns around, it’s just hemp. And the other samples I have are just hemp. But that’s three and a half grams of flour So basically, according to our formula, what we’re going to do is allow people to have a unit, which would be one of them, and we’re going to allow them to buy seven in a week. So it’s basically one of them a day. Blackwell passed around a 3.5 gram bag, an ounce bag and a hemp joint. Read the article full story here.

5. Mississippi will get $225 million from DOT for bridges

Output bridge
Output bridge(WAFB)

Mississippi will soon receive $225 million for bridges, compliments of President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure law. On Friday, the U.S. Department of Transportation launched the Historic Bridge Replacement, Rehabilitation, Preservation, Protection, and Construction Program (Bridge Formula Program). A total of $5.3 billion is directed to states across the country. Mississippi will receive $225 million under the new program to meet highway bridge needs. The funding will help improve the condition of approximately 1,170 bridges in poor condition and preserve and improve more than 5,690 bridges in good condition across the state.

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