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  • A string of car burglaries linked by a manufacturer flaw

    A string of car burglaries linked by a manufacturer flaw

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 6:01 PM EDT2014-08-26 22:01:36 GMT
    It's something Johnson City Police said they've never seen before.Police said starting in late July there's been a string of car burglaries with GM SUVs.In the last month this has happened to seven in Johnson City, four in Bristol, and none so far in Kingsport.One local GM dealer, Tim Copenhaver, told me with the more recent models from 2007 up to 2014 it's easy to cut the power off from the outside. He said he suspects thieves are going up under the front right wheel and cutting the electric...More >>
    It's something Johnson City Police said they've never seen before.Police said starting in late July there's been a string of car burglaries with GM SUVs.In the last month this has happened to seven in Johnson City, four in Bristol, and none so far in Kingsport.One local GM dealer, Tim Copenhaver, told me with the more recent models from 2007 up to 2014 it's easy to cut the power off from the outside. He said he suspects thieves are going up under the front right wheel and cutting the electric...More >>
  • Baby in critical condition after being left in trash can

    Baby in critical condition after being left in trash can

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 2:43 AM EDT2014-08-27 06:43:08 GMT

    Neighbors found the infant Tuesday, after hearing a sound coming from their trash can. 

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    Neighbors found the infant Tuesday, after hearing a sound coming from their trash can. 

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  • FL mother: 911 didn't help baby locked in hot car

    FL mother: 911 didn't help baby locked in hot car

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 6:17 PM EDT2014-08-26 22:17:20 GMT

    A 10-month-old accidentally locked himself inside a hot car, and his mom says a 911 dispatcher didn't immediately send help.

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    A 10-month-old accidentally locked himself inside a hot car, and his mom says a 911 dispatcher didn't immediately send help.

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Why is it that everyone in the country thinks it is alright to use Mississippi as the derogatory example for what—at least in their opinion—is ignorance and backwardness?  A few weeks ago we were defamed by a Justice Department Employee for submitting a voter passed initiative in favor of a statewide voter I.D.  Several days ago the governor of North Carolina, Beverly Perdue, railed against her state for voting down an initiative that would have recognized same sex marriage in that state by a margin of 62 to 38%.  That was her opinion and prerogative.  But then she had to wind up her statement with the quip, "We look like Mississippi".  Well the fact is, there are currently over 30 states with bans against same-sex marriage.  Why not use one of them as her example?  To single out Mississippi over all the rest in a way that was clearly meant to say that we are the epitome of bigoted thinking was an intended slur against our state.  When Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant contacted the North Carolina Governor to enlighten her, she refused to apologize or amend her comment.   It seems to me the good governor Perdue has some prejudices of her own she needs to deal with.  One of them is against the people of Mississippi.  Let us know what you think.