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  • MCPSS board member asks superintendent to ‘look into arming school resource officers’

    MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) — A shooting at an elementary school in Texas prompted reactions across the country. The shooting has prompted some Mobile County Public School Board Members to ask officials to look into other ways to make sure their students are safe.

    The Mobile County School Board met Wednesday morning, beginning their regular meeting with a prayer, and thinking about the 21 families whose lives have forever been changed.

    “It’s a horrible thing and seems to be happening way too often,” said Don Stringfellow, a Mobile County School Board Member, during their meeting.

    Another school shooting, at an elementary school.

    “Our hearts are broken for the people in Texas, and for what happened. I’m saying that as a school employee and as a mom,” said Rena Philips, a spokesperson with the Mobile County Public School System.

    21 people were killed at Robb Elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. This latest shooting prompted at least one Mobile County school board member to rethink something he had opposed in the past.

    “At one time, about 4-5 years ago, I objected to arming our school resource officers so I’m going to ask the superintendent to get with our resource officer director and come up with a policy or procedure to look into the possibility of arming our resource officers. I think we’re just at the point now that we need to take all means necessary – safe as possible to prepare our resource officers for a similar attack,” said School Board Member Dr. Reginald Crenshaw during the meeting.

    Several other members agreed with this request during the meeting. The school system says safety is a priority for the district.

    “We really do have the most high-tech systems that are available right now in our school system. We have the door locks, the cameras, and all of that. We do our very best every single day to keep our children safe,” said Philips.

    The school system asks students and faculty to remember ‘if you see something say something.’

    “We make safety a priority and we try our best every single day to stop things like that from ever happening. It’s just so heartbreaking,” said Philips.

    The Baldwin County Public Schools Superintendent sent out a response to the shooting to parents.

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  • Countries Are Hoarding Food Supplies As Prices Spike, Hunger Crisis Looms

    Countries are imposing export restrictions on food in light of shortage concerns sparked by the war in Ukraine, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

    Export restrictions were quickly imposed after Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine to increase domestic supply and slow the rise of prices, but the trend could exacerbate rising global food prices and shortagesaccording to the WSJ. Ukraine and Russia are both major exporters of grains and vegetable oils.

    Restrictions on food or fertilizer exports were put in place in 26 countries in 2022, according to the WSJ. Economists told the outlet these restrictions would temporarily ease the pain of food shortages in the countries that use them, but are a temporary measure that contributes to higher food prices globally.

    India, the world’s second-largest wheat producer, banned wheat exports May 13 as domestic prices jumped while Indonesia, which produces 60% of the world’s palm oil, blocked exports of the substance in late April before lifting the ban in late May. Ghana barred maize, rice and soybean exports; Argentina banned beef exports; and Iran and Egypt blocked the export of numerous foods, according to the WSJ.

    “It’s one of these classic things where there’s really a short-term sugar high for the government … And then you end up with the same scarcity problem you had before,” said Simon Evenett, professor of international trade and economic development at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, according to the WSJ.

    Food prices rose nearly 30% over the past year, according to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, with the trend accelerating following the invasion of Ukraine. President Joe Biden expressed concern about the food shortages March 24.

    “With regard to food shortages, yes, we did talk about food shortages,” Biden said. “And it’s gonna be real.”

    Countries Are Hoarding Food Supplies As Prices Spike, Hunger Crisis Looms | The Daily Caller

  • Alabama elections 2022: Primary turnout only 23%

    Voter turnout for Alabama’s primary election fell short of predictions, according to preliminary information from the Secretary of State’s Office.

    Results from all 67 counties shows 850,463 ballot were cast in the primaries. Alabama has 3,638,986 registered voters, meaning turnout was 23.4%.

    The numbers are not official.

    Turnout was lower than predicted earlier this week when Secretary of State John Merrill said he expected between 28% to 32%, driven by interest in the races for governor and U.S. Senate. But turnout in primaries is typically low, 21.6% in 2014 and 25.6% in 2018.

    Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey defeated eight challengers to win the Republican primary without a runoff. In the U.S. Senate race, Katie Britt and Congressman Mo Brooks will meet in a June 21 runoff to decide the GOP nominee.

    Alabama’s highest turnout for an election in the last two decades was 72.5% in the 2004 presidential race general election between George W. Bush and John Kerry. In 2020, turnout was 63% in the general election between Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

    Alabama elections 2022: Primary turnout only 23% - al.com

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