Portions of South Mississippi are under flash flood warnings, which have been issued throughout the morning for that area of the state. Rain has been falling steadily over the past 24 hours across much of South Mississippi -- and more rain is on the way. Harrison County is under a flash flood warning. And with us on the phone right now is Harrison County Emergency Management Director Rupert Lacy. Welcome, Rupert.
The Department of Justice is suing Mississippi for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act. The suit claims the acts were not followed when the state failed to provide community-based mental health services for mentally ill adults. Governor Phil Bryant says the lawsuit is without merit. He says, "This appears to be yet another attempt by the federal government to dictate policy to the states through the courts. The current system of mental health in Mississippi has existed for many years, yet the DOJ has now decided to take issue with it." With us in the studio this morning is Joy Hogge, executive director of Families As Allies -- an advocacy group for families dealing with behavioral and emotional challenges. Welcome, Joy.
The head of Mississippi’s Child Protection Services is reacting to the reported death of a 10-month-old child in D'Iberville -- saying his staff needs to act with greater urgency. The Sun Herald reports the child died of malnutrition and dehydration, even though a CPS caseworker had recently visited the child's D'Iberville home. Child Protection Services was called on April 17. The baby died May 4. Her father committed suicide later that morning. CPS Commissioner David Chandler tells MPB's Evelina Burnett he is trying to instill a sense of urgency in employees. Also speaking is CPS director of Special Investigations -- Tonya Rogillio.
Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton is creating working groups to rebuild trust between the police and residents following the fatal shooting of Antwun Shumpert by a police officer in June. Shumpert -- who was black -- was killed by Officer Tyler Cook -- who is white -- after Shumpert ran during a traffic stop. Details of the shooting death are being disputed. A Lee County grand jury declined indicting Officer Cook in the death. Shelton tells MPB's Desare Frazier the city is using input from the community to improve relations via six newly formed working groups.