Mississippi Edition for Thursday, October 3, 2019:
Soldiers injured in training at Camp Shelby. Then, learn about a new project to help U.S. Attorneys and local law enforcement get a handle on violent crime. And the VA wants Mississippi veterans to know they have a place to turn instead of taking their own lives. And in this week's Book Club, a blind Mississippian tells us about her three guide dogs over the years in "Go With Your Dog."
01:11 - Segment 1:
We start this morning at Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg. At least 22 soldiers training there have been injured during a night parachuting exercise. U.S. Army spokesman John Pennell tells WDAM at least 15 people hurt at Camp Shelby were treated by medics and another seven were hospitalized. Staff Sgt. John Healy says none of the injuries are considered to be life-threatening. Camp Shelby Cmdr. Col. Bobby Ginn says the troopers belong to the 4th Brigade of the 25th Infantry Division stationed in Alaska. Nearly 90 paratroopers were on the plane for the Wednesday night exercise. Altogether, 650 soldiers were involved in the exercise. About 3,000 troops from the Alaska base are at a month-long training at Camp Shelby called "Operation Arctic Anvil."
02:02 - In other news:
U.S. Attorneys from Mississippi are in Memphis for a multi-state summit on violent crime. Mike Hurst, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District, says they're working on how to better coordinate crime fighting by fostering more collaboration among law enforcement agencies. Hurst talks with MPB's Desare Frazier.
Chief Ray Reynolds is with the Magnolia Police Department. That's in South Mississippi near McComb. Chief Reynolds tells our Desare Frazier training opportunities with bigger agencies can be helpful for resource-strapped departments like his.
07:15 - Segment 2:
The VA Medical Center in Jackson is trying to reduce the number of veteran suicides in the state. Nationally, more than 6,000 veterans die by suicide every year. A new suicide awareness campaign called "Be There" has been launched. It's purpose is to encourage community leaders, Veterans' families and friends to help prevent suicide by supporting those going through a difficult time. We're joined by Dr. David Walker, medical director at the Sonny Montgomery VA Medical Center. Later, we'll hear from Brandon Dobson, the Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Sonny Montgomery VA.
16:04 - Segment 3:
In today’s Book Club, we meet a woman who is blind and has relied on guide dogs to help her make her way through the world. Anna, Mac and Fergie worked hard and played hard over the years. In her book, “Go With Your Dog,” Karen Brown takes readers on a journey with her beloved canines.
Karen will be at Lemuria Books in Jackson, next Tuesday, October 8th at 5:00.
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