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A visitor wearing a mask to protect against the spread of COVID-19 passes a sign requiring masks, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in San Antonio. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared masks or face coverings must be worn in public across most of the state as local officials across the state say their hospitals are becoming increasingly stretched and are in danger of becoming overrun as cases of the coronavirus surge. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – On Thursday, U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) joined U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in introducing legislation requiring a federal review of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) decision-making and messaging process.
This comes after the CDC reversed course Tuesday on some masking guidelines, recommending that even vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the coronavirus is surging. The Restore Public Health Institution Trust Act would require a Government Accountability Office (GAO) examination of the CDC.
“Most Americans understand why health policies evolve as we fight the coronavirus, but they also deserve competence from the agencies entrusted to guide us through this pandemic. I appreciate the CDC and its work, but the newest CDC mask guidance is sowing confusion and skepticism, which is counterproductive,” Hyde-Smith said. “I believe a GAO review of CDC decision-making processes could spur improvements at CDC and help restore confidence in subsequent health policy announcements.”
The bill would require the GAO to review the following items and make recommendations:
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VICKSBURG, Miss. (WJTV) – A Vicksburg woman has been arrested for allegedly shooting and killing her boyfriend Friday night.
According to Vicksburg police, officers responded to the 100 block of Sprout Springs Road just after 7:30 p.m. Once they arrived, 33-year-old Jamal Stowers of Vicksburg was found outside near the street with a gunshot wound to his torso. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.
COFFEEVILLE, Miss. (WJTV) – The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has issued a Silver Alert for 77-year-old Eardth Franklin Samples of Coffeeville in Yalobusha County.
He is described as a white male, five feet nine inches tall, weighing 230 pounds, with gray hair and brown eyes.
YAZOO CITY, Miss. (WJTV) – Police tape remains near the intersection of Mound Street and Broadway Street in Yazoo City where the county coroner said Katrina Simpson and Timothy Grayson died on Thursday. Authorities said the two were killed in an officer-involved shooting.
“Any time young people are killed like this, to me it’s a senseless situation,” said Yazoo County Coroner Ricky Shivers.

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