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  • Suspect bites man helping a Lumberton officer during chase

    Suspect bites man helping a Lumberton officer during chase

    Monday, April 23 2018 6:54 PM EDT2018-04-23 22:54:41 GMT
    Jeameal Taylor. Source:  Lamar County Jail.Jeameal Taylor. Source: Lamar County Jail.

    A man jumping in to help a Lumberton Police Officer ended up with an injury of his own Monday. Lumberton Police Chief Carlus Page said an officer was dispatched in reference to a domestic incident just before 10 a.m. on Southern Street when the suspect, identified as Jeameal Taylor, starting running. Page said Taylor had knowledge he was wanted by the Mississippi Department of Corrections and "immediately took off running." A civilian, Joshua Root, saw the chase and assis...

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    A man jumping in to help a Lumberton Police Officer ended up with an injury of his own Monday. Lumberton Police Chief Carlus Page said an officer was dispatched in reference to a domestic incident just before 10 a.m. on Southern Street when the suspect, identified as Jeameal Taylor, starting running. Page said Taylor had knowledge he was wanted by the Mississippi Department of Corrections and "immediately took off running." A civilian, Joshua Root, saw the chase and assis...

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  • HPD searching for man who broke into church with a hatchet

    HPD searching for man who broke into church with a hatchet

    Monday, April 23 2018 6:44 PM EDT2018-04-23 22:44:58 GMT
    The man broke into the church on April 7, around 3:30 a.m. (Photo source: HPD)The man broke into the church on April 7, around 3:30 a.m. (Photo source: HPD)

    Hattiesburg police are searching for a man who broke into Hardy Street Baptist Church with a hatchet in early April. 

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    Hattiesburg police are searching for a man who broke into Hardy Street Baptist Church with a hatchet in early April. 

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  • Laurel man charged with molestation of relative

    Laurel man charged with molestation of relative

    Monday, April 23 2018 6:43 PM EDT2018-04-23 22:43:27 GMT
    Jonathan Smith, 35, of Laurel, was arrested on Saturday and charged with molesting-touching a child for a lustful purpose. (Photo source: Jones County Jail)Jonathan Smith, 35, of Laurel, was arrested on Saturday and charged with molesting-touching a child for a lustful purpose. (Photo source: Jones County Jail)

    A Laurel man was charged with molestation after he was accused of inappropriate behavior with a close relative. 

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    A Laurel man was charged with molestation after he was accused of inappropriate behavior with a close relative. 

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  • Two arrests, items recovered in Jones Co. grand larceny case

    Two arrests, items recovered in Jones Co. grand larceny case

    Monday, April 23 2018 6:41 PM EDT2018-04-23 22:41:59 GMT

    Two Ellisville men were arrested after a trailer containing lawn equipment they are accused of stealing was impounded by the Pascagoula Police Department. 

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    Two Ellisville men were arrested after a trailer containing lawn equipment they are accused of stealing was impounded by the Pascagoula Police Department. 

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  • Bond set for brothers charged in Petal shooting

    Bond set for brothers charged in Petal shooting

    Monday, April 23 2018 6:12 PM EDT2018-04-23 22:12:15 GMT

    Bond has been set for three brothers charged with aggravated assault in connection to a shooting that happened Saturday at an apartment complex in Petal.

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    Bond has been set for three brothers charged with aggravated assault in connection to a shooting that happened Saturday at an apartment complex in Petal.

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  • LIST: Hattiesburg to close roads for Jimmy Buffett concert

    LIST: Hattiesburg to close roads for Jimmy Buffett concert

    Monday, April 23 2018 5:46 PM EDT2018-04-23 21:46:27 GMT
    Expected road closures in downtown Hattiesburg on Thursday, April 6, for the Jimmy Buffet concert at the Saenger Theater. (Photo source: City of Hattiesburg)Expected road closures in downtown Hattiesburg on Thursday, April 6, for the Jimmy Buffet concert at the Saenger Theater. (Photo source: City of Hattiesburg)

    Several roads will close in downtown Hattiesburg on Thursday, April 6, for the Jimmy Buffet concert at the Saenger Theater.

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    Several roads will close in downtown Hattiesburg on Thursday, April 6, for the Jimmy Buffet concert at the Saenger Theater.

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  • Hattiesburg man accused of choking wife, dropping her off at the hospital

    Hattiesburg man accused of choking wife, dropping her off at the hospital

    Monday, April 23 2018 4:34 PM EDT2018-04-23 20:34:00 GMT
    Anton Bolden.  Source: Forrest County Jail.Anton Bolden. Source: Forrest County Jail.
    Anton Bolden.  Source: Forrest County Jail.Anton Bolden. Source: Forrest County Jail.

    A Hattiesburg man is accused of choking his wife and then leaving her at a local hospital. Hattiesburg Police responded to a local hospital in reference to the domestic assault Monday morning.  According to HPD Spokesman Ryan Moore, the victim stated her husband choked her, and then drove her to the hospital and left around 5:30 a.m. She was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and later discharged, Moore said. When officers located the victim's husband, Anton Bolden...

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    A Hattiesburg man is accused of choking his wife and then leaving her at a local hospital. Hattiesburg Police responded to a local hospital in reference to the domestic assault Monday morning.  According to HPD Spokesman Ryan Moore, the victim stated her husband choked her, and then drove her to the hospital and left around 5:30 a.m. She was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and later discharged, Moore said. When officers located the victim's husband, Anton Bolden...

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  • HPD: Bullet proof vest stopped armed attacker from stabbing officer

    HPD: Bullet proof vest stopped armed attacker from stabbing officer

    Monday, April 23 2018 4:31 PM EDT2018-04-23 20:31:59 GMT
    Johnny Williams (Photo source: Hattiesburg Police Department)Johnny Williams (Photo source: Hattiesburg Police Department)
    Johnny Williams (Photo source: Hattiesburg Police Department)Johnny Williams (Photo source: Hattiesburg Police Department)

    A bullet proof vest may have saved a Hattiesburg police officer’s life Sunday after a standoff with a man reportedly armed with a knife turned physical.

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    A bullet proof vest may have saved a Hattiesburg police officer’s life Sunday after a standoff with a man reportedly armed with a knife turned physical.

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  • No more 'waste dirt' in Lamar County

    No more 'waste dirt' in Lamar County

    Monday, April 23 2018 4:30 PM EDT2018-04-23 20:30:18 GMT
    Road Manager Tommy Jones said the service stopped immediately after learning about the lawsuit. (Photo Source: WDAM)Road Manager Tommy Jones said the service stopped immediately after learning about the lawsuit. (Photo Source: WDAM)

    Lamar County residents will no longer be able to receive a 'waste dirt' delivery after a officials found out the service has been breaking the law.

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    Lamar County residents will no longer be able to receive a 'waste dirt' delivery after a officials found out the service has been breaking the law.

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  • Former President George H.W. Bush in ICU at Houston hospital

    Former President George H.W. Bush in ICU at Houston hospital

    Monday, April 23 2018 6:52 PM EDT2018-04-23 22:52:47 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 6:55 PM EDT2018-04-23 22:55:35 GMT

    Bush, 93, lost his wife, Barabara just last week. The couple was married for 73 years, longer than any other president and first lady in history. 

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    Bush, 93, lost his wife, Barabara just last week. The couple was married for 73 years, longer than any other president and first lady in history. 

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  • Man found dead in burning Hattiesburg home identified

    Man found dead in burning Hattiesburg home identified

    Monday, April 23 2018 6:29 PM EDT2018-04-23 22:29:28 GMT
    According to Hattiesburg police, Anderson’s body was found when firefighters entered the home through the back door. (Photo source: WDAM)According to Hattiesburg police, Anderson’s body was found when firefighters entered the home through the back door. (Photo source: WDAM)

    We now know the identity of the man whose body was found after a house burned down in Hattiesburg last month.

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    We now know the identity of the man whose body was found after a house burned down in Hattiesburg last month.

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  • Report: Yeti cuts ties with NRA Foundation

    Report: Yeti cuts ties with NRA Foundation

    Monday, April 23 2018 5:50 PM EDT2018-04-23 21:50:34 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 5:54 PM EDT2018-04-23 21:54:52 GMT
    (Source: Yeti/CNN)(Source: Yeti/CNN)

    USA Today reports that cooler-maker Yeti is no longer doing business with the NRA’s charitable arm, the NRA Foundation.

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    USA Today reports that cooler-maker Yeti is no longer doing business with the NRA’s charitable arm, the NRA Foundation.

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  • Dream job: Harley-Davidson paid interns get a motorcycle too

    Dream job: Harley-Davidson paid interns get a motorcycle too

    Monday, April 23 2018 9:35 AM EDT2018-04-23 13:35:31 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 5:35 PM EDT2018-04-23 21:35:03 GMT

    Harley-Davidson is offering free motorcycles for those who join its paid summer internship program.

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    Harley-Davidson is offering free motorcycles for those who join its paid summer internship program.

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  • DOJ looks into how AT&T, Verizon handle defecting customers

    DOJ looks into how AT&T, Verizon handle defecting customers

    Friday, April 20 2018 7:43 PM EDT2018-04-20 23:43:53 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 5:10 PM EDT2018-04-23 21:10:24 GMT
    The Justice Department is investigating AT&T, Verizon and a standards-setting group. (Source: Raycom Media)The Justice Department is investigating AT&T, Verizon and a standards-setting group. (Source: Raycom Media)
    The Justice Department is investigating AT&T, Verizon and a standards-setting group. (Source: Raycom Media)The Justice Department is investigating AT&T, Verizon and a standards-setting group. (Source: Raycom Media)

    The Justice Department has opened an antitrust investigation into whether AT&T and Verizon and a standards-setting group worked together to hinder consumers from easily switching wireless carriers.

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    The Justice Department has opened an antitrust investigation into whether AT&T and Verizon and a standards-setting group worked together to hinder consumers from easily switching wireless carriers.

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  • 9 dead, 16 injured when van struck pedestrians in Toronto

    9 dead, 16 injured when van struck pedestrians in Toronto

    Monday, April 23 2018 2:09 PM EDT2018-04-23 18:09:24 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 4:52 PM EDT2018-04-23 20:52:26 GMT

    Nine people are dead and 16 more are injured after a driver struck pedestrians with a van in Toronto, Canada Monday afternoon.

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    Nine people are dead and 16 more are injured after a driver struck pedestrians with a van in Toronto, Canada Monday afternoon.

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  • Man sentenced for human smuggling after traffic stop on I-59

    Man sentenced for human smuggling after traffic stop on I-59

    Monday, April 23 2018 4:29 PM EDT2018-04-23 20:29:52 GMT
    A Honduran man will spend the next 21 months behind bars for an alleged plan to smuggle illegal immigrants after he was stopped for speeding in the Pine Belt. (Photo source: WDAM archive)A Honduran man will spend the next 21 months behind bars for an alleged plan to smuggle illegal immigrants after he was stopped for speeding in the Pine Belt. (Photo source: WDAM archive)

    A Honduran man will spend the next 21 months behind bars for an alleged plan to smuggle illegal immigrants after he was stopped for speeding in the Pine Belt. Emerson Isaac Hernandez-Turcios, 26, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to 21 months in federal prison followed by one year of supervised release for conspiracy to transport illegal aliens within the United States last week.  Hernandez-Turcios was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.  He had pleaded guilty...

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    A Honduran man will spend the next 21 months behind bars for an alleged plan to smuggle illegal immigrants after he was stopped for speeding in the Pine Belt. Emerson Isaac Hernandez-Turcios, 26, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to 21 months in federal prison followed by one year of supervised release for conspiracy to transport illegal aliens within the United States last week.  Hernandez-Turcios was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.  He had pleaded guilty...

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  • It's a boy! Kate Middleton gives birth to third child

    It's a boy! Kate Middleton gives birth to third child

    Monday, April 23 2018 3:38 AM EDT2018-04-23 07:38:08 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 4:12 PM EDT2018-04-23 20:12:40 GMT

    Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William have two children, George and Charlotte.

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    Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William have two children, George and Charlotte.

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  • Waffle House murder suspect Travis Reinking is in custody

    Waffle House murder suspect Travis Reinking is in custody

    Monday, April 23 2018 2:12 PM EDT2018-04-23 18:12:55 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 4:11 PM EDT2018-04-23 20:11:49 GMT
    Travis Reinking was arrested in a wooded area in Nashville, one day after killing four people and injuring four others at a Waffle House. (Source: NASHVILLE POLICE/TWITTER)Travis Reinking was arrested in a wooded area in Nashville, one day after killing four people and injuring four others at a Waffle House. (Source: NASHVILLE POLICE/TWITTER)

    BREAKING: Murder suspect Travis Reinking is in custody and was arrested in a wooded area, according to Nashville police.

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    BREAKING: Murder suspect Travis Reinking is in custody and was arrested in a wooded area, according to Nashville police.

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  • Mother tells children 'they are going to see Jesus' before setting car on fire

    Mother tells children 'they are going to see Jesus' before setting car on fire

    Monday, April 23 2018 1:08 PM EDT2018-04-23 17:08:35 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 2:05 PM EDT2018-04-23 18:05:51 GMT

    Witnesses said the woman revved the car engine until it caught fire.

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    Witnesses said the woman revved the car engine until it caught fire.

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  • Homeowner finds naked intruder in her tub, eating Cheetos

    Homeowner finds naked intruder in her tub, eating Cheetos

    Thursday, April 19 2018 6:32 AM EDT2018-04-19 10:32:11 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 12:39 PM EDT2018-04-23 16:39:44 GMT
    A Monroe police affidavit says 29-year-old Evelyn Washington was arrested on burglary and property damage charges. (Source: Jordan Smith/ Raycom Media)A Monroe police affidavit says 29-year-old Evelyn Washington was arrested on burglary and property damage charges. (Source: Jordan Smith/ Raycom Media)

    Police in Louisiana say a woman is accused of break-in, eating homeowner's Cheetos while taking a bath.

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    Police in Louisiana say a woman is accused of break-in, eating homeowner's Cheetos while taking a bath.

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  • Crash involving school bus in Lamar County

    Crash involving school bus in Lamar County

    Monday, April 23 2018 11:27 AM EDT2018-04-23 15:27:12 GMT
    According to police, students were on the bus at the time of the crash. (Photo source: Hope Housley Martin)According to police, students were on the bus at the time of the crash. (Photo source: Hope Housley Martin)

    Sumrall police and Lamar County Sheriff’s deputies are on the scene of a crash involving a school bus just south of Sumrall on state Route 589.

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    Sumrall police and Lamar County Sheriff’s deputies are on the scene of a crash involving a school bus just south of Sumrall on state Route 589.

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  • Macron to push Trump on Iran deal, says there's no 'Plan B'

    Macron to push Trump on Iran deal, says there's no 'Plan B'

    Sunday, April 22 2018 11:04 AM EDT2018-04-22 15:04:45 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 11:21 AM EDT2018-04-23 15:21:07 GMT
    (AP Photo/Michel Euler). France's President Emmanuel Macron walks out of the lobby of the Elysee Palace in Paris, Friday, April 20, 2018, to welcome Senegalese President Macky Sall. Senegalese President Macky Sall is in France for a five-day visit.(AP Photo/Michel Euler). France's President Emmanuel Macron walks out of the lobby of the Elysee Palace in Paris, Friday, April 20, 2018, to welcome Senegalese President Macky Sall. Senegalese President Macky Sall is in France for a five-day visit.

    French President Emmanuel Macron is urging U.S. President Donald Trump to stick with the Iranian nuclear accord, arguing that there's no "Plan B".

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    French President Emmanuel Macron is urging U.S. President Donald Trump to stick with the Iranian nuclear accord, arguing that there's no "Plan B".

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  • White House: No plans by Trump to fire Mueller, Rosenstein

    White House: No plans by Trump to fire Mueller, Rosenstein

    Sunday, April 22 2018 2:05 PM EDT2018-04-22 18:05:12 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 10:57 AM EDT2018-04-23 14:57:56 GMT
    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2016, file photo, then-President-elect Donald Trump, right, and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani pose for photographs as Giuliani arrives at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse i...(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2016, file photo, then-President-elect Donald Trump, right, and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani pose for photographs as Giuliani arrives at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse i...

    The White House says President Donald Trump has no intention of firing special counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

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    The White House says President Donald Trump has no intention of firing special counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

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  • Mom: Preschool's ban of the term 'best friend' is silly

    Mom: Preschool's ban of the term 'best friend' is silly

    Friday, April 20 2018 10:28 AM EDT2018-04-20 14:28:07 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 10:49 AM EDT2018-04-23 14:49:59 GMT
    (Source: Pixabay)(Source: Pixabay)

    A Massachusetts family is looking for a new preschool for their 4-year-old daughter because her current school has barred use of the term 'best friend.'.

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    A Massachusetts family is looking for a new preschool for their 4-year-old daughter because her current school has barred use of the term 'best friend.'.

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  • Meridian HS basketball standout resting comfortably following surgery

    Meridian HS basketball standout resting comfortably following surgery

    Monday, April 23 2018 10:28 AM EDT2018-04-23 14:28:36 GMT
    Miles Miller.....Source: WTOKMiles Miller.....Source: WTOK

    Meridian High School basketball standout Miles Miller has undergone surgery for his leg injury and is resting comfortably.

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    Meridian High School basketball standout Miles Miller has undergone surgery for his leg injury and is resting comfortably.

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  • The Latest: Sheriff: Suspect's firearms card was revoked

    The Latest: Sheriff: Suspect's firearms card was revoked

    Sunday, April 22 2018 3:45 PM EDT2018-04-22 19:45:01 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 8:10 AM EDT2018-04-23 12:10:29 GMT
    (Shelley Mays /The Tennessean via AP). Nashville Metro Police officers knock on doors at Discovery at Mountain View Apartments near the scene where four people died after a gunman opened fire at a Waffle House in Antioch early Sunday, April 22, 2018. I...(Shelley Mays /The Tennessean via AP). Nashville Metro Police officers knock on doors at Discovery at Mountain View Apartments near the scene where four people died after a gunman opened fire at a Waffle House in Antioch early Sunday, April 22, 2018. I...
    Authorities say the suspect in a deadly shooting at a restaurant in Nashville was arrested last year by the U.S. Secret Service for being in a restricted area near the White House.More >>
    Authorities say the suspect in a deadly shooting at a restaurant in Nashville was arrested last year by the U.S. Secret Service for being in a restricted area near the White House.More >>
  • Despite denials, lobbyist tied to condo met with EPA chief

    Despite denials, lobbyist tied to condo met with EPA chief

    Sunday, April 22 2018 12:24 AM EDT2018-04-22 04:24:34 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 7:09 AM EDT2018-04-23 11:09:29 GMT
    (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File). FILE - In this Tuesday, April 3, 2018, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt attends a news conference at the EPA in Washington, on his decision to scrap Obama administration fuel standar...(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File). FILE - In this Tuesday, April 3, 2018, file photo, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt attends a news conference at the EPA in Washington, on his decision to scrap Obama administration fuel standar...

    In spite of denials, EPA chief Scott Pruitt did meet in his office last year with a veteran Washington lobbyist tied to the bargain-priced condo where he was living.

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    In spite of denials, EPA chief Scott Pruitt did meet in his office last year with a veteran Washington lobbyist tied to the bargain-priced condo where he was living.

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  • Thousands sing 'Happy Birthday' to Queen Elizabeth II

    Thousands sing 'Happy Birthday' to Queen Elizabeth II

    Saturday, April 21 2018 6:54 AM EDT2018-04-21 10:54:10 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 6:56 AM EDT2018-04-23 10:56:35 GMT
    (Toby Melville/Pool Photo via AP). Britain's Queen Elizabeth raises her glass during speeches at The Queen's Dinner, during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Buckingham Palace in London, Thursday, April 19, 2018.(Toby Melville/Pool Photo via AP). Britain's Queen Elizabeth raises her glass during speeches at The Queen's Dinner, during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Buckingham Palace in London, Thursday, April 19, 2018.

    Queen Elizabeth II is marking her 92nd birthday with a star-studded concert in London.

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    Queen Elizabeth II is marking her 92nd birthday with a star-studded concert in London.

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  • Parents: Teachers taped 5-year-old's mouth shut, wouldn't let him eat

    Parents: Teachers taped 5-year-old's mouth shut, wouldn't let him eat

    Monday, April 23 2018 6:51 AM EDT2018-04-23 10:51:34 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 6:51 AM EDT2018-04-23 10:51:34 GMT
    Abdul Dannoui is a student at Highview Elementary School in Dearborn Heights, MI. (Source: WXYZ/CNN)Abdul Dannoui is a student at Highview Elementary School in Dearborn Heights, MI. (Source: WXYZ/CNN)

    Outraged parents say preschooler Abdul Dannoui cruelly had his mouth taped shut and regularly had his lunch thrown out by his own teachers.

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    Outraged parents say preschooler Abdul Dannoui cruelly had his mouth taped shut and regularly had his lunch thrown out by his own teachers.

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  • Dog stays with lost toddler, helps rescue her

    Dog stays with lost toddler, helps rescue her

    Monday, April 23 2018 5:30 AM EDT2018-04-23 09:30:25 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 6:29 AM EDT2018-04-23 10:29:29 GMT

    Max became hero and protector for a sleepy little girl in a T-shirt on a cold night, far from home. 

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    Max became hero and protector for a sleepy little girl in a T-shirt on a cold night, far from home. 

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  • Average price of US gas jumps 9 cents, to $2.83 a gallon

    Average price of US gas jumps 9 cents, to $2.83 a gallon

    Sunday, April 22 2018 1:24 PM EDT2018-04-22 17:24:47 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 4:56 AM EDT2018-04-23 08:56:32 GMT
    The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline spiked 9 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $2.83. (Source: CNN/TWITTER)The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline spiked 9 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $2.83. (Source: CNN/TWITTER)
    The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline spiked 9 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $2.83. (Source: CNN/TWITTER)The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline spiked 9 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $2.83. (Source: CNN/TWITTER)

    The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline spiked 9 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $2.83.

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    The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline spiked 9 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $2.83.

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  • Waffle House shooting victims: DeEbony Groves, 21, was 'full of immense potential'

    Waffle House shooting victims: DeEbony Groves, 21, was 'full of immense potential'

    Sunday, April 22 2018 11:48 PM EDT2018-04-23 03:48:36 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 4:48 AM EDT2018-04-23 08:48:16 GMT

    Groves was a senior at Belmont, where she majored in social work, and her death left the school "shocked and devastated" its president said. 

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    Groves was a senior at Belmont, where she majored in social work, and her death left the school "shocked and devastated" its president said. 

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  • Divided Koreans hold out hope that, after decades, they'll see long-lost family

    Divided Koreans hold out hope that, after decades, they'll see long-lost family

    Monday, April 23 2018 2:02 AM EDT2018-04-23 06:02:25 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 2:02 AM EDT2018-04-23 06:02:25 GMT
    Kwon Moon-kook left behind his parents and two brothers in North Korea, thinking he would quickly be able to return. (Source: CNN)Kwon Moon-kook left behind his parents and two brothers in North Korea, thinking he would quickly be able to return. (Source: CNN)

    Millions of Korean were left permanently divided from family on the other side when the war ended in 1953, and for many time is running out for a reunion. 

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    Millions of Korean were left permanently divided from family on the other side when the war ended in 1953, and for many time is running out for a reunion. 

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  • Syracuse fraternity permanently expelled over racist video

    Syracuse fraternity permanently expelled over racist video

    Saturday, April 21 2018 5:46 PM EDT2018-04-21 21:46:07 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 1:59 AM EDT2018-04-23 05:59:03 GMT
    Syracuse University permanently expels fraternity for "extremely racist" video. (Source: WSYR/CNN)Syracuse University permanently expels fraternity for "extremely racist" video. (Source: WSYR/CNN)

    Syracuse University has permanently expelled a fraternity over an offensive video that fraternity members say was intended as satire.

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    Syracuse University has permanently expelled a fraternity over an offensive video that fraternity members say was intended as satire.

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  • 4 dead in Waffle House shooting in Tennessee; suspect sought

    4 dead in Waffle House shooting in Tennessee; suspect sought

    Sunday, April 22 2018 8:34 AM EDT2018-04-22 12:34:45 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 1:26 AM EDT2018-04-23 05:26:59 GMT
    A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. (Source: CNN)A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. (Source: CNN)
    Police in Tennessee say three people were killed and four were injured in a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant early Sunday. (Source: CNN)Police in Tennessee say three people were killed and four were injured in a shooting at a Waffle House restaurant early Sunday. (Source: CNN)

    A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. 

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    A customer at the restaurant took the gun from the suspect, who then took off his coat and fled the area. 

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  • Trump considering pardon for late boxer Jack Johnson

    Trump considering pardon for late boxer Jack Johnson

    Saturday, April 21 2018 3:44 PM EDT2018-04-21 19:44:16 GMT
    Monday, April 23 2018 1:06 AM EDT2018-04-23 05:06:21 GMT
    Stallone, who starred in the 1976 boxing film "Rocky" and several sequels, is a supporter of the president and attended Trump's New Years' Eve party at Mar-a-Lago in 2016. (Source: CNN/Twitter)Stallone, who starred in the 1976 boxing film "Rocky" and several sequels, is a supporter of the president and attended Trump's New Years' Eve party at Mar-a-Lago in 2016. (Source: CNN/Twitter)

    President Donald Trump says he's considering "a Full Pardon!" for boxing's first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after Jack Johnson was convicted by all-white jury of "immorality" for one of his...

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    President Donald Trump says he's considering "a Full Pardon!" for boxing's first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after Jack Johnson was convicted by all-white jury of "immorality" for one of his relationships.

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  • Local Pine Belt students named Lindy Callahan Scholar-Athletes

    Local Pine Belt students named Lindy Callahan Scholar-Athletes

    Local Pine Belt students named Lindy Callahan Scholar-Athletes

    Monday, April 23 2018 12:04 AM EDT2018-04-23 04:04:05 GMT
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    16 top seniors across Mississippi are making strides, going home with a prestigious award. WDAM was able to speak with one of this years Lindy Callahan Scholar-Athlete award winners from Laurel High School. Todd Breland said, "I think it's awesome. The way Kimberton, not only his contributions to the athletic portion at Laurel High School, but the way he conducts himself at school everyday. He's always in a good mood. He's tremendous in the classroom. He's just an outstanding yo...

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    16 top seniors across Mississippi are making strides, going home with a prestigious award. WDAM was able to speak with one of this years Lindy Callahan Scholar-Athlete award winners from Laurel High School. Todd Breland said, "I think it's awesome. The way Kimberton, not only his contributions to the athletic portion at Laurel High School, but the way he conducts himself at school everyday. He's always in a good mood. He's tremendous in the classroom. He's just an outstanding yo...

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    Remember heroes from the Civil Rights movement in the 'Trail of Hope,' a video series dedicated to telling the stories of activists who took part in demonstrations and fought for equality.

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    Remember heroes from the Civil Rights movement in the 'Trail of Hope,' a video series dedicated to telling the stories of activists who took part in demonstrations and fought for equality.

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    WDAM LawCallTM  is hosted by the Mississippi personal injury law firm of Reeves & Mestayer, WDAM LawCall is a live legal call-in show featuring guest attorneys from across the state. Reeves & Mestayer, PLLC focuses on personal injury law including tractor trailer, car wreck and general injury.  The firm has a special emphasis on Jones Act cases.   Now viewers in Hattiesburg & the Pine Belt can watch Law Call on WDAM ABC.  Pine Belt viewers c...

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    WDAM LawCallTM  is hosted by the Mississippi personal injury law firm of Reeves & Mestayer, WDAM LawCall is a live legal call-in show featuring guest attorneys from across the state. Reeves & Mestayer, PLLC focuses on personal injury law including tractor trailer, car wreck and general injury.  The firm has a special emphasis on Jones Act cases.   Now viewers in Hattiesburg & the Pine Belt can watch Law Call on WDAM ABC.  Pine Belt viewers c...

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  • Arizona governor pushes for teacher pay deal as strike looms

    Arizona governor pushes for teacher pay deal as strike looms

    Monday, April 23 2018 6:55 PM EDT2018-04-23 22:55:31 GMT
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    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is pushing lawmakers to approve big teacher raises as school districts make plans to close if educators who call his proposal insufficient launch the first-ever statewide strike this week.More >>
    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is pushing lawmakers to approve big teacher raises as school districts make plans to close if educators who call his proposal insufficient launch the first-ever statewide strike this week.More >>
  • Waffle House shooter's guns were seized but then returned

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    (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey). Don Aaron, public affairs manager for the Metro Nashville Police Department, speaks at a news conference Monday, April 23, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn., regarding the capture of Travis Reinking. Reinking, who police say shot and ...(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey). Don Aaron, public affairs manager for the Metro Nashville Police Department, speaks at a news conference Monday, April 23, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn., regarding the capture of Travis Reinking. Reinking, who police say shot and ...
    Gunman suspected of attacking a Waffle House lost Illinois firearms license after exhibiting erratic behavior.More >>
    Gunman suspected of attacking a Waffle House lost Illinois firearms license after exhibiting erratic behavior.More >>
  • Jury: Atlanta attorney who shot wife guilty of murder

    Jury: Atlanta attorney who shot wife guilty of murder

    Monday, April 23 2018 4:51 PM EDT2018-04-23 20:51:31 GMT
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    A jury has found an Atlanta attorney who fatally shot his wife guilty of murder and influencing witnesses.More >>
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  • Qatari-American contemporary artist wins new $100,000 prize

    Qatari-American contemporary artist wins new $100,000 prize

    Monday, April 23 2018 1:25 PM EDT2018-04-23 17:25:52 GMT
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    A 35-year-old Qatari-American artist is the inaugural winner of a new prize worth $100,000 that recognizes mid-career artists from the Middle East.More >>
    A 35-year-old Qatari-American artist is the inaugural winner of a new prize worth $100,000 that recognizes mid-career artists from the Middle East.More >>
  • TV show host Wilkos could have drunken-driving charge erased

    TV show host Wilkos could have drunken-driving charge erased

    Monday, April 23 2018 3:57 PM EDT2018-04-23 19:57:33 GMT
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    (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2016 file photo, Steve Wilkos, host of "The Steve Wilkos Show," arrives at the NBCUniversal Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. Wilkos will have a drun...(Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2016 file photo, Steve Wilkos, host of "The Steve Wilkos Show," arrives at the NBCUniversal Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. Wilkos will have a drun...
    TV talk show host and Jerry Springer protege Steve Wilkos will have a drunken-driving charge erased from his record if he completes Connecticut's alcohol education program.More >>
    TV talk show host and Jerry Springer protege Steve Wilkos will have a drunken-driving charge erased from his record if he completes Connecticut's alcohol education program.More >>
  • Prince heirs sue Illinois hospital over care during overdose

    Prince heirs sue Illinois hospital over care during overdose

    Monday, April 23 2018 6:35 PM EDT2018-04-23 22:35:31 GMT
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    Prince's siblings have sued the Illinois hospital that treated the superstar when he nearly died from a drug overdose a week before his death.More >>
    Prince's siblings have sued the Illinois hospital that treated the superstar when he nearly died from a drug overdose a week before his death.More >>

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  • Human trafficking still a problem in MS, experts say

    Human trafficking still a problem in MS, experts say

    Thursday, March 15 2018 11:36 PM EDT2018-03-16 03:36:23 GMT
    Last year, Mississippi received a B rating on human trafficking from the prevention group Shared Hope International. (Photo source: WDAM)Last year, Mississippi received a B rating on human trafficking from the prevention group Shared Hope International. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Last year, Mississippi received a "B" rating on human trafficking from the prevention group Shared Hope International. That rating is an upgrade from the “D” rating the state was given in 2011.

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    Last year, Mississippi received a "B" rating on human trafficking from the prevention group Shared Hope International. That rating is an upgrade from the “D” rating the state was given in 2011.

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  • Do bulletproof backpacks work?

    Do bulletproof backpacks work?

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    With school safety a hot topic around the country, some parents are turning to bulletproof backpacks to send their students to class with extra protection. (Photo source: WDAM)With school safety a hot topic around the country, some parents are turning to bulletproof backpacks to send their students to class with extra protection. (Photo source: WDAM)

    With school safety a hot topic around the country, some parents are turning to bulletproof backpacks to send their students to class with extra protection.  The backpacks can be pricey, so with the help of the Jones County Sheriff's Department, we put the backpacks to the test. WDAM 7 purchased a Guard Dog Security Pro Shield Bulletproof Backpack off Amazon for $119.00 in the days following the mass shooting at the Florida High School last month.  In a quick ...

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    With school safety a hot topic around the country, some parents are turning to bulletproof backpacks to send their students to class with extra protection.  The backpacks can be pricey, so with the help of the Jones County Sheriff's Department, we put the backpacks to the test. WDAM 7 purchased a Guard Dog Security Pro Shield Bulletproof Backpack off Amazon for $119.00 in the days following the mass shooting at the Florida High School last month.  In a quick ...

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    Are we becoming numb to violence?

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    Psychology Fellow at Southern Behavioral Medicine David Gavel considers the question: Are we becoming numb to violence? (Photo source: WDAM)Psychology Fellow at Southern Behavioral Medicine David Gavel considers the question: Are we becoming numb to violence? (Photo source: WDAM)

    The October 2017 Las Vegas shooting remains the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. 58 people were killed. Only a month later, another shooting, 26 killed by a gunman inside a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. The latest shooting happened on Valentine's Day. 17 people dead in Parkland, Florida. Those shootings are just scratching the surface of the acts the FBI defines as mass shootings, four or more shot at once.

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    The October 2017 Las Vegas shooting remains the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. 58 people were killed. Only a month later, another shooting, 26 killed by a gunman inside a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. The latest shooting happened on Valentine's Day. 17 people dead in Parkland, Florida. Those shootings are just scratching the surface of the acts the FBI defines as mass shootings, four or more shot at once.

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