Reeves Address, Lyft Dangers, Omicron Threat, Garbage Contract


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1. Governor Tate Reeves will deliver the State of the State address on Tuesday

Governor Tate Reeves will deliver a state of the state address on Tuesday

Governor Tate Reeves announced on Twitter that he would deliver his third State of the State address on Tuesday. The governor says the speech will take place at 4 p.m. and will be streamed live via Facebook. According to Reeves, he will discuss a plethora of important topics such as education, infrastructure, crime, critical race theory and the elimination of income tax. Reeves says he plans to discuss Mississippi’s successes in the face of the pandemic and provide a vision for the year ahead.

2. Lyft Drivers Face Danger and Even Gunfire on Rides

Lyft drivers face danger and even gunfire when taking rides
Lyft drivers face danger and even gunfire when taking rides

Lyft drivers can get you where you need to go safely, but some have found their lives in danger. A driver recently encountered a customer with a gun who didn’t want to pay a fee. As a result, he and others are often scared when driving a carpool. “It’s decent work, but it’s also dangerous,” said a Lyft driver who wants to be identified with “Larry.” He captured dashcam video of a shot fired on January 12. The rideshare driver said that while driving to a house on Northside Drive near State Street, the driver was not ready and told him to cancel. Larry said he declined but then began the void transaction. The passenger did not want to pay the $5.00 cancellation fee. Read the full story here.

3. Child care centers are preparing for the impacts of the Omicron variant

Daycare centers brace for impacts of Omicron variant
Daycare centers brace for impacts of Omicron variant(WLBT)

Some daycare centers across the state are working to prevent the Omicron variant from seeping into their building and wreaking havoc on children and staff members. “I’m ready to get it over with, but the reality is we’re at the mercy of COVID,” Marquita Catchings said. The virus has been a headache and a hassle for the Center for Family Life, Developmental Learning Center in Jackson. The daycare, which is located on the grounds of Cade Chapel in Jackson, closed for months at the start of the pandemic. When the center reopened, the threat of the virus cut enrollment in half. Read the full story here.

4. Contractor on Garbage Contract Recently Sued by City of Jackson

Jackson, the seal of Mississippi
Jackson, the seal of Mississippi(WLBT)

A company that the city of Jackson previously sued to recover thousands of dollars it “inadvertently paid” for helping move its water billing software to the cloud is one of the sub- minority contractors on a waste transport contract for Richard’s Disposal. Last week, the city council rejected a proposal to hire Richard’s for residential waste collection services. The council is expected to discuss garbage collection services in more detail at a special meeting on Tuesday. A copy of the agenda for the January 25 meeting shows that no action should be taken. It was unclear if or when the administration would put the proposal to another vote. Read the full story here.

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