Mississippi Edition


ME 10/30/19 - Hood vs. Reeves | Health Minute | Halloween Safety

Mississippi Edition for Wednesday, October 30, 2019:

Our statewide election focus continues today with a look at the top of the ticket. Republican Tate Reeves faces Democrat Jim Hood in less than one week.  And after a Southern Remedy Health Minute, some good advice for keeping your kids safe this Halloween.


Segment 1:

The statewide election is less than a week away and polls reveal the race for Governor is a tight one. Republican Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves and Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood face each other next Tuesday. This week we've been hearing from candidates for statewide office in Mississippi. Today, it's the race to become the state's chief executive. We'll start with the Democrat, Attorney General Jim Hood. He talked with MPB's Desare Frazier about his priorities as Governor.

MPB News has made numerous requests to interview Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves over the course of the primary and general election campaigns. Reeves’ campaign has not answered those requests.


Segment 2: Southern Remedy Health Minute - Talking Turmeric


Segment 3: 

Halloween is supposed to be scary. But EMS workers in Mississippi want to make sure it's FUN scary, not DANGEROUS scary. Their research shows a child is more likely to be hit by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year. Jim Pollard with AMR ambulance services joins us with some Halloween safety tips. From the press release:

Paramedics at AMR give these 13 Halloween safety tips to make sure this year’s trick-or-treating is scary and fun, not scary and dangerous.
  1. Be sure an adult stays with the children at all times. Do not let the group split up.
  2. Decide on a definite route and timetable before leaving your house. Finish your trip before dark.
  3. Costumes should be brightly-colored and reflect light. Stripe reflective tape across the front and back and on the shoes.
  4. Be certain the children can see where they’re going. Use make-up on the kids’ faces, not masks. Masks are hard to see through and breathe through. Avoid hats, helmets, wigs and beards.
  5. Costumes should fit well, not so loose as to trip over or snag on things. Wear flat shoes with closed toes that are the right size for the child. Avoid over-sized shoes such a clown would wear.
  6. Costumes must be flame-retardant all over, including capes.
  7. Carry flashlights, never candles or torches. Trick-or-treat only in well-lighted areas.
  8. Keep at least one of each child’s hands free. Instead of letting a child carry a candy bag by hand, add a strap to the bag and drape the bag over the child’s shoulder. Do not wear monster gloves. Be sure the bag doesn’t drag on the ground.
  9. Approach only those houses with outside lights on.
  10. Stay on sidewalks, walk facing traffic, cross streets only at intersections, don’t run across lawns and don’t jump ditches.
  11. Do not eat any treats until the group returns home and an adult examines each bag. Eat nothing that is even slightly suspicious. Look for items that appear to have been unwrapped and then re-wrapped.
  12. Dress warmly, stay alert and keep handy a small first aid kit for scraped knees and other little injuries. If a serious injury happens, dial 911 immediately.
  13. Consider a Halloween party at home or attend a local well-planned haunted house, instead of taking risks with door-to-door trick-or-treating.

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