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One school system says they are trying to stop the spread of the flu by canceling school for the week.
It’s a move backed by doctors who say their waiting rooms have been filled with patients sick with the flu.
Stewart County Schools say it is a preventive measure that had to be taken.
The school system says after a steadily increasing number of absences due to sickness they needed time to clean and give students a chance to rest.
The cleaning is underway for custodians who work in Stewart County Schools
This intense disinfecting process will be the only thing happening in schools across the county for the next three days after the school system canceled classes and extracurricular activities for the rest of the week.
School nurse and parent Chastity Lackey says the time off helps break the cycle of sickness.
Lackey says, “It lets the children kind of be at home get better and then allows the custodians o come in and do a thorough cleaning of the school to get any germs out of here.”
It's a closing doctors say needed to happen - here at dover medical center anywhere from 30 to 40 children have been seen over the last couple of days with the flu- and had school continued Dr. Atef Ebrhim says there is no doubt it would have spread.
Ebrhim says, “This is a kind of virus infection and it is very important to prevent this from being pandemic as a whole county or as a whole city so we are trying to limit the spread of the virus by closing the school and trying to control the spread of the virus.”
Stewart County School officials say on Tuesday 240 of their 21 hundred students were absent due to illness...
Parents like Angela Moss say they are happy with the schools decision.
Moss says, “I’d rather them be at home then be sick.”
Schools in Stewart County will reopen on Monday.
Each Stewart County parent was called to notify them of the closing a message was also posted on the school system's Facebook page
Tuesday, November 27 2012, 10:06 PM CST
Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.