Morning Update 1-27-17:
The State Health Dept. reports the first pediatric flu death of the season in MS. The child lived in the central part of the state. There's no word on how old he or she was. Only flu deaths of those younger than 18 are reported to the state. In the past ten years, 15 youngsters in MS have died of the flu.
The annual homeless census has been conducted in MS this week. Volunteers have been trying to get an accurate headcount of people with no place to live. The numbers are used to direct federal funds to the homeless programs that need them the most. Two years ago, the number of homeless in MS dropped below 2,000 and the trend is expected to continue.