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  • Weather bumps USM's tourney opener to Thursday

    Weather bumps USM's tourney opener to Thursday

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 11:56 PM EDT2018-05-24 03:56:22 GMT
    The Golden Eagles will conclude spring drills at noon Saturday with the annual Black and Gold Game at M.M. Roberts Stadium.The Golden Eagles will conclude spring drills at noon Saturday with the annual Black and Gold Game at M.M. Roberts Stadium.

    Weather issues have re-arranged the schedule of the 2018 Conference USA Baseball Championship at MGM Park. With four, separate lightning delays pushing Wednesday’s games back by more than 6 ½ hours, only one game of the four scheduled was completed.

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    Weather issues have re-arranged the schedule of the 2018 Conference USA Baseball Championship at MGM Park. With four, separate lightning delays pushing Wednesday’s games back by more than 6 ½ hours, only one game of the four scheduled was completed.

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  • Caring for the Caregiver: Pine Belt families battle Alzheimer's disease

    Caring for the Caregiver: Pine Belt families battle Alzheimer's disease

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 11:31 PM EDT2018-05-24 03:31:45 GMT

    In the Pine Belt, three families are each dealing with a different stage of Alzheimer's disease. They are allowing a glimpse into the personal role of being a caregiver of a spouse living with this disease.

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    In the Pine Belt, three families are each dealing with a different stage of Alzheimer's disease. They are allowing a glimpse into the personal role of being a caregiver of a spouse living with this disease.

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  • Night of Hope: Suicide prevention forum held at Temple Baptist Church

    Night of Hope: Suicide prevention forum held at Temple Baptist Church

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 11:18 PM EDT2018-05-24 03:18:03 GMT
    WDAM cameras were inside the church for a public forum on suicide to encourage parents, teens and leaders in the community to stop the problem plaguing so many teens. (Photo source: WDAM)WDAM cameras were inside the church for a public forum on suicide to encourage parents, teens and leaders in the community to stop the problem plaguing so many teens. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Hope is the message spread throughout Oak Grove and beyond the walls of Temple Baptist Church. Wednesday, WDAM cameras were inside the church for a forum on suicide was publicly spoken about to encourage parents, teens and leaders in the community to stop the problem plaguing so many teens. Julianna Fitton said, "That one split second that you are ending your life, there is a destructive path left behind." A living nightmare for parent Julianna Fitton. November 2016, her t...

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    Hope is the message spread throughout Oak Grove and beyond the walls of Temple Baptist Church. Wednesday, WDAM cameras were inside the church for a forum on suicide was publicly spoken about to encourage parents, teens and leaders in the community to stop the problem plaguing so many teens. Julianna Fitton said, "That one split second that you are ending your life, there is a destructive path left behind." A living nightmare for parent Julianna Fitton. November 2016, her t...

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  • Community hosts home dedication for two tornado victims

    Community hosts home dedication for two tornado victims

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 11:10 PM EDT2018-05-24 03:10:00 GMT
    The 17th homeowner moved into their house following the 2017 tornado that destroyed her home. (Photo Source: WDAM)The 17th homeowner moved into their house following the 2017 tornado that destroyed her home. (Photo Source: WDAM)
    The 17th homeowner moved into their house following the 2017 tornado that destroyed her home. (Photo Source: WDAM)The 17th homeowner moved into their house following the 2017 tornado that destroyed her home. (Photo Source: WDAM)
    Two more victims of the 2017 tornado that touched down in the Pine Belt destroying homes and killing four, moved back into their home on Wednesday. R3SM, the Mennonite Disaster Service and the Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation hosted a joint home dedication for Shirley Chatman and Lynn Chapman. “It's great to have a community that works with us here in Hattiesburg,” said Lynn Chapman. “I have so many people that I (have) met and they will always be a part of me...More >>
    Two more victims of the 2017 tornado that touched down in the Pine Belt destroying homes and killing four, moved back into their home on Wednesday. R3SM, the Mennonite Disaster Service and the Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation hosted a joint home dedication for Shirley Chatman and Lynn Chapman. “It's great to have a community that works with us here in Hattiesburg,” said Lynn Chapman. “I have so many people that I (have) met and they will always be a part of me...More >>
  • 3 charged in connection to body found in Lamar Co. freezer

    3 charged in connection to body found in Lamar Co. freezer

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 11:03 PM EDT2018-05-24 03:03:06 GMT

    Three suspects have been charged in connection with a body found stuffed inside a chest freezer Tuesday in Lamar County.

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    Three suspects have been charged in connection with a body found stuffed inside a chest freezer Tuesday in Lamar County.

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  • Mom charged after newborn tests positive for drugs

    Mom charged after newborn tests positive for drugs

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:09 PM EDT2018-05-24 01:09:13 GMT
    Amber N. Carter, 29, of Hattiesburg, was taken into custody Tuesday and charged with child abuse. (Photo source: Jones Co. Jail)Amber N. Carter, 29, of Hattiesburg, was taken into custody Tuesday and charged with child abuse. (Photo source: Jones Co. Jail)
    Amber N. Carter, 29, of Hattiesburg, was taken into custody Tuesday after investigators confirmed her newborn had tested positive for cocaine and methamphetamine, according to a Jones County Sheriff's Department news release (Photo source: Jones Co. Jail)Amber N. Carter, 29, of Hattiesburg, was taken into custody Tuesday after investigators confirmed her newborn had tested positive for cocaine and methamphetamine, according to a Jones County Sheriff's Department news release (Photo source: Jones Co. Jail)

    Jones County investigators charged a mother with child abuse Tuesday after a local hospital reported her baby tested positive for drugs.  Amber N. Carter, 29, of Hattiesburg, was taken into custody Tuesday after investigators confirmed her newborn had tested positive for cocaine and methamphetamine, according to a Jones County Sheriff's Department news release.  Child Protective Services received the tip from a hospital around April 18, according to the...

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    Jones County investigators charged a mother with child abuse Tuesday after a local hospital reported her baby tested positive for drugs.  Amber N. Carter, 29, of Hattiesburg, was taken into custody Tuesday after investigators confirmed her newborn had tested positive for cocaine and methamphetamine, according to a Jones County Sheriff's Department news release.  Child Protective Services received the tip from a hospital around April 18, according to the...

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  • Hattiesburg theater group performs in New York

    Hattiesburg theater group performs in New York

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 8:29 PM EDT2018-05-24 00:29:50 GMT
    The cast of "Selma The Musical: The Untold Stories" performed a song for Mississippi native Robin Roberts on the Good Morning America after show Monday and will appear on a live segment of the show on Thursday. (Photo source: Jana Paige Haynes)The cast of "Selma The Musical: The Untold Stories" performed a song for Mississippi native Robin Roberts on the Good Morning America after show Monday and will appear on a live segment of the show on Thursday. (Photo source: Jana Paige Haynes)

    A Hattiesburg theater group is in New York this week to perform their independent musical at the National Black Theater.  The cast of "Selma The Musical: The Untold Stories" performed a song for Mississippi native Robin Roberts on the Good Morning America after show Monday and will appear on a segment of the show on Thursday.  Robin Roberts Writer, producer and director Jana Paige Haynes said the experience in New York has been amaz...

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    A Hattiesburg theater group is in New York this week to perform their independent musical at the National Black Theater.  The cast of "Selma The Musical: The Untold Stories" performed a song for Mississippi native Robin Roberts on the Good Morning America after show Monday and will appear on a segment of the show on Thursday.  Robin Roberts Writer, producer and director Jana Paige Haynes said the experience in New York has been amaz...

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  • Waynesboro constructing new sportsplex

    Waynesboro constructing new sportsplex

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 7:28 PM EDT2018-05-23 23:28:26 GMT
    The first phase of construction of a new Sportplex in Waynesboro includes two soccer/pee wee football fields and an access road from Highway 184. Photo credit WDAM.The first phase of construction of a new Sportplex in Waynesboro includes two soccer/pee wee football fields and an access road from Highway 184. Photo credit WDAM.
    The first phase of construction of a new Sportplex in Waynesboro includes two soccer/pee wee football fields and an access road from Highway 184. Photo credit WDAM.The first phase of construction of a new Sportplex in Waynesboro includes two soccer/pee wee football fields and an access road from Highway 184. Photo credit WDAM.

    Construction is underway in Waynesboro on a new Sportsplex. It is located on Highway 184 near Wayne County High School. Phase One will include two fields for soccer and pee wee football. 

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    Construction is underway in Waynesboro on a new Sportsplex. It is located on Highway 184 near Wayne County High School. Phase One will include two fields for soccer and pee wee football. 

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  • Police: Man, woman passed out in vehicle with kids, drugs inside

    Police: Man, woman passed out in vehicle with kids, drugs inside

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 7:24 PM EDT2018-05-23 23:24:32 GMT

    Two adults are facing charges after police said they were found passed out in a vehicle with three young children and an assortment of illegal drugs.

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    Two adults are facing charges after police said they were found passed out in a vehicle with three young children and an assortment of illegal drugs.

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  • Judge: President can't block critics on Twitter

    Judge: President can't block critics on Twitter

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 1:43 PM EDT2018-05-23 17:43:15 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 3:15 AM EDT2018-05-24 07:15:09 GMT
    A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter without violating the First Amendment. (Source: CNN)A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter without violating the First Amendment. (Source: CNN)

    A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter without violating the First Amendment.

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    A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter without violating the First Amendment.

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  • Uber ends self-driving program in Arizona after fatal crash

    Uber ends self-driving program in Arizona after fatal crash

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 1:43 PM EDT2018-05-23 17:43:18 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 3:06 AM EDT2018-05-24 07:06:48 GMT
    Uber is ending its operation of self-driving cars in Arizona more than two months after a woman was struck and killed by one of its vehicles. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, file)Uber is ending its operation of self-driving cars in Arizona more than two months after a woman was struck and killed by one of its vehicles. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, file)
    Uber is ending its operation of self-driving cars in Arizona more than two months after a woman was struck and killed by one of its vehicles. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, file)Uber is ending its operation of self-driving cars in Arizona more than two months after a woman was struck and killed by one of its vehicles. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, file)

    Uber is ending its operation of self-driving cars in Arizona more than two months after a woman was struck and killed by one of its vehicles.

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    Uber is ending its operation of self-driving cars in Arizona more than two months after a woman was struck and killed by one of its vehicles.

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  • WATCH: Philadelphia man smashes SUV with sledgehammer in road rage attack

    WATCH: Philadelphia man smashes SUV with sledgehammer in road rage attack

    Thursday, May 24 2018 1:27 AM EDT2018-05-24 05:27:47 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 1:27 AM EDT2018-05-24 05:27:47 GMT
    Police are looking for both the victims and the perpetrator. (Source: Philadelphia Police/KYW/CNN)Police are looking for both the victims and the perpetrator. (Source: Philadelphia Police/KYW/CNN)

    Police are looking for both the victims and the perpetrator.

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    Police are looking for both the victims and the perpetrator.

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  • Family rejoices at finding of soldier's World War II plane

    Family rejoices at finding of soldier's World War II plane

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 7:11 PM EDT2018-05-23 23:11:49 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 1:24 AM EDT2018-05-24 05:24:10 GMT
    U.S. Army B-24 bomber planes fly toward Japanese installations in the Solomon Islands on Jan. 14, 1944. (Source: AP Photo/U.S. Navy)U.S. Army B-24 bomber planes fly toward Japanese installations in the Solomon Islands on Jan. 14, 1944. (Source: AP Photo/U.S. Navy)

    When Tom Kelly's relatives got word almost 74 years to the date that his World War II B-24 bomber had finally been found a wave of exhilaration and grief washed over them.

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    When Tom Kelly's relatives got word almost 74 years to the date that his World War II B-24 bomber had finally been found a wave of exhilaration and grief washed over them.

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  • FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves

    FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:43 AM EDT2018-05-23 13:43:09 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 12:44 AM EDT2018-05-24 04:44:40 GMT
    The Food and Drug Administration said that various gels and creams containing the drug benzocaine can cause rare but deadly side effects in children, especially those 2 years and younger. (Source: FDA)The Food and Drug Administration said that various gels and creams containing the drug benzocaine can cause rare but deadly side effects in children, especially those 2 years and younger. (Source: FDA)

    The US Food and Drug Administration health is warning parents about the risks of teething remedies.

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    The US Food and Drug Administration health is warning parents about the risks of teething remedies.

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  • Police: Nurse imposter responded to emergency in PA

    Police: Nurse imposter responded to emergency in PA

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 11:32 PM EDT2018-05-24 03:32:17 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 11:54 PM EDT2018-05-24 03:54:16 GMT
    Kyle Jones is accused of impersonating a nurse and responding to a Pittsburgh hospital's emergency call. (Source: KDKA/CNN/Allegheny County Jail)Kyle Jones is accused of impersonating a nurse and responding to a Pittsburgh hospital's emergency call. (Source: KDKA/CNN/Allegheny County Jail)

    A man is accused of impersonating a nurse and responding to a Pittsburgh hospital's emergency call.

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    A man is accused of impersonating a nurse and responding to a Pittsburgh hospital's emergency call.

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  • Conference USA tournament games rescheduled after weather delays

    Conference USA tournament games rescheduled after weather delays

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 11:23 PM EDT2018-05-24 03:23:43 GMT
    The first day of the Conference USA Baseball Tournament in Biloxi has been marred with weather delays, leading to some schedule changes. (Photo source : C-USA Twitter)The first day of the Conference USA Baseball Tournament in Biloxi has been marred with weather delays, leading to some schedule changes. (Photo source : C-USA Twitter)

    The first day of the Conference USA Baseball Tournament in Biloxi has been marred with weather delays, leading to some schedule changes. Game 2 between Rice and Louisiana Tech is in lightning delay, the fourth delay of the day. The Southern Miss game against UAB is expected to begin 45 minutes after the end of Game 2, with the fourth game being rescheduled to Thursday morning.  Follow the latest updates on Twitter: A Twitter List by wdam Copyright WDAM 2...

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    The first day of the Conference USA Baseball Tournament in Biloxi has been marred with weather delays, leading to some schedule changes. Game 2 between Rice and Louisiana Tech is in lightning delay, the fourth delay of the day. The Southern Miss game against UAB is expected to begin 45 minutes after the end of Game 2, with the fourth game being rescheduled to Thursday morning.  Follow the latest updates on Twitter: A Twitter List by wdam Copyright WDAM 2...

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  • Delivery driver kills alleged meat thief in Detroit

    Delivery driver kills alleged meat thief in Detroit

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 10:24 PM EDT2018-05-24 02:24:56 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 10:49 PM EDT2018-05-24 02:49:57 GMT
    A truck driver in Detroit killed a man he said was stealing meat off his delivery truck. (Source: WXYZ/CNN)A truck driver in Detroit killed a man he said was stealing meat off his delivery truck. (Source: WXYZ/CNN)

    A truck driver in Detroit killed a man he said was stealing meat off his delivery truck.

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    A truck driver in Detroit killed a man he said was stealing meat off his delivery truck.

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  • What are you swimming in? CDC warns about water park, pool and hot tub water

    What are you swimming in? CDC warns about water park, pool and hot tub water

    Between 2000 and 2014, more than 27,000 people got sick from water in pools, hot tubs, spas and water parks/playgrounds.

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    Between 2000 and 2014, more than 27,000 people got sick from water in pools, hot tubs, spas and water parks/playgrounds.

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  • Estimated 7,000 bodies may be buried at former asylum

    Estimated 7,000 bodies may be buried at former asylum

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 2:51 PM EDT2018-05-23 18:51:55 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 7:53 PM EDT2018-05-23 23:53:03 GMT
    (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis). In this May 9, 2018 photo taken in Starkville, Miss., Mississippi State University anthropologist Molly Zuckerman holds a portion of a mandible extracted from one of the graves unearthed at what was the graveyard of the Mis...(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis). In this May 9, 2018 photo taken in Starkville, Miss., Mississippi State University anthropologist Molly Zuckerman holds a portion of a mandible extracted from one of the graves unearthed at what was the graveyard of the Mis...
    Officials in Mississippi believe the remains of as many as 7,000 former patients at an asylum could be lying in an empty, grassy field on a university campus.More >>
    Officials in Mississippi believe the remains of as many as 7,000 former patients at an asylum could be lying in an empty, grassy field on a university campus.More >>
  • NO. 3 FAU outlasts No. 6 FIU, 7-4, at C-USA tourney

    NO. 3 FAU outlasts No. 6 FIU, 7-4, at C-USA tourney

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 6:39 PM EDT2018-05-23 22:39:43 GMT
    Source: Flickr Creative CommonsSource: Flickr Creative Commons
    Source: Flickr Creative CommonsSource: Flickr Creative Commons

    David Miranda’s bases-clearing hit in the bottom of the eighth inning snapped a tie and gave third-seeded Florida Atlantic University a 7-4 victory over sixth-seeded Florida International University in a twice-delayed opening game of the 2018 Conference USA Baseball Championship. 

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    David Miranda’s bases-clearing hit in the bottom of the eighth inning snapped a tie and gave third-seeded Florida Atlantic University a 7-4 victory over sixth-seeded Florida International University in a twice-delayed opening game of the 2018 Conference USA Baseball Championship. 

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  • Trump eager to sign bill rolling back Dodd-Frank regulations

    Trump eager to sign bill rolling back Dodd-Frank regulations

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 12:43 AM EDT2018-05-23 04:43:22 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 6:32 PM EDT2018-05-23 22:32:21 GMT
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). FILE - This March 6, 2018, file photo shows the Capitol in Washington. Several Democrats facing tough re-elections this fall are joining solid Republican backing of an effort to alter some key aspects of the Dodd-F...(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). FILE - This March 6, 2018, file photo shows the Capitol in Washington. Several Democrats facing tough re-elections this fall are joining solid Republican backing of an effort to alter some key aspects of the Dodd-F...

    Trump is one step from checking off another campaign promise, an overhaul of the landmark Dodd-Frank bill that grew out of the 2008 financial collapse.

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    Trump is one step from checking off another campaign promise, an overhaul of the landmark Dodd-Frank bill that grew out of the 2008 financial collapse.

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  • Philip Roth, fearless and celebrated author, dies at 85

    Philip Roth, fearless and celebrated author, dies at 85

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 12:03 AM EDT2018-05-23 04:03:23 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 4:23 PM EDT2018-05-23 20:23:12 GMT
    (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File). FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2008, file photo, author Philip Roth poses for a photo in the offices of his publisher, Houghton Mifflin, in New York. Roth, prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, religion and mortal...(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File). FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2008, file photo, author Philip Roth poses for a photo in the offices of his publisher, Houghton Mifflin, in New York. Roth, prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, religion and mortal...

    Author of more than 25 books,  Philip Roth won virtually every literary honor, including the Pulitzer Prize for "American Pastoral."

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    Author of more than 25 books,  Philip Roth won virtually every literary honor, including the Pulitzer Prize for "American Pastoral."

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  • BREAKING

    Pilots ejected safely after military plane crash in north MS

    Pilots ejected safely after military plane crash in north MS

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 4:11 PM EDT2018-05-23 20:11:43 GMT
    Lowndes EMA Director Cindy Lawrence says the crew did eject safely, signaling this was a military aircraft that crashed. Source: WCBILowndes EMA Director Cindy Lawrence says the crew did eject safely, signaling this was a military aircraft that crashed. Source: WCBI

    The plane crashed within the first couple of minutes of the flight and crashed in farmland. 

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    The plane crashed within the first couple of minutes of the flight and crashed in farmland. 

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  • Buckle up kids: NTSB recommends safety belts on all new school buses

    Buckle up kids: NTSB recommends safety belts on all new school buses

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 1:36 PM EDT2018-05-23 17:36:25 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 1:36 PM EDT2018-05-23 17:36:25 GMT
    Eight states have passed school bus seat belt laws. At least 29 states have introduced legislation to do the same. (Source: Pixabay)Eight states have passed school bus seat belt laws. At least 29 states have introduced legislation to do the same. (Source: Pixabay)

    Eight states have passed school bus seat belt laws. At least 29 states have introduced legislation to do the same.

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    Eight states have passed school bus seat belt laws. At least 29 states have introduced legislation to do the same.

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  • NFL to require all on-field players to stand for national anthem

    NFL to require all on-field players to stand for national anthem

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 12:33 PM EDT2018-05-23 16:33:08 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 1:19 PM EDT2018-05-23 17:19:56 GMT

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday that players on the field who do not stand and "show respect" during the national anthem will be subject to discipline. 

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    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday that players on the field who do not stand and "show respect" during the national anthem will be subject to discipline. 

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  • Health Minute: Tobacco, alcohol are biggest health burdens

    Health Minute: Tobacco, alcohol are biggest health burdens

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 10:21 AM EDT2018-05-23 14:21:27 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 12:57 PM EDT2018-05-23 16:57:39 GMT
    Researchers found that people lost 255.9 million collective years smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol. (Source: CNN)Researchers found that people lost 255.9 million collective years smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol. (Source: CNN)

    Researchers found that people lost 255.9 million collective years smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol.

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    Researchers found that people lost 255.9 million collective years smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol.

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  • Hattiesburg man killed in early morning crash

    Hattiesburg man killed in early morning crash

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 11:58 AM EDT2018-05-23 15:58:26 GMT
    Coroner Butch Benedict said the deadly crash happened around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. (Photo source: Raycom Media)Coroner Butch Benedict said the deadly crash happened around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. (Photo source: Raycom Media)
    Mississippi Highway Patrol is working a fatal two-vehicle crash on Highway 15 just south of Bay Springs. (Photo source: Raycom Media)Mississippi Highway Patrol is working a fatal two-vehicle crash on Highway 15 just south of Bay Springs. (Photo source: Raycom Media)

    A Hattiesburg man is dead following an early morning crash in Forrest County.

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    A Hattiesburg man is dead following an early morning crash in Forrest County.

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  • NFL awards New Orleans 2024 Super Bowl

    NFL awards New Orleans 2024 Super Bowl

    New Orleans will host the Super Bowl in 2024, the NFL announced on Wednesday. (Source: Mark Lagrange)New Orleans will host the Super Bowl in 2024, the NFL announced on Wednesday. (Source: Mark Lagrange)

    It is a done deal. The City of New Orleans will host the Super Bowl in 2024. 

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    It is a done deal. The City of New Orleans will host the Super Bowl in 2024. 

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  • Family of slain Laurel teen speaks out

    Family of slain Laurel teen speaks out

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:46 AM EDT2018-05-23 13:46:28 GMT
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    The mother of 18-year-old Addie May, who was killed early Saturday morning in a drive-by shooting, collected her daughter's diploma during her graduation from Laurel High School Tuesday night. Her father, Kevin May, says his daughter was in the wrong place at the wrong time. "As a father, I just want people to know that my daughter is gone but she will never be forgotten," says Kevin May. "We're going to keep her name uplifted like she's still with us because she...

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    The mother of 18-year-old Addie May, who was killed early Saturday morning in a drive-by shooting, collected her daughter's diploma during her graduation from Laurel High School Tuesday night. Her father, Kevin May, says his daughter was in the wrong place at the wrong time. "As a father, I just want people to know that my daughter is gone but she will never be forgotten," says Kevin May. "We're going to keep her name uplifted like she's still with us because she...

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  • Wildlife officials: Especially active snake season for North MS

    Wildlife officials: Especially active snake season for North MS

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:27 AM EDT2018-05-23 13:27:27 GMT
    Rattlesnakes are native to Mississippi. (Source: Public Domain Pictures)Rattlesnakes are native to Mississippi. (Source: Public Domain Pictures)

    Snake season is officially underway in North Mississippi.

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    Snake season is officially underway in North Mississippi.

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  • Company recalls type of crayons that may contain glass

    Company recalls type of crayons that may contain glass

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 5:01 AM EDT2018-05-23 09:01:23 GMT
    Source: Consumer Product Safety CommissionSource: Consumer Product Safety Commission

    Discount School Supply is recalling certain crayons due to a laceration hazard, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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    Discount School Supply is recalling certain crayons due to a laceration hazard, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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  • Waiting on Justice: Pretrial detention in Mississippi

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 11:27 PM EDT2018-05-23 03:27:19 GMT
    Innocent until proven guilty, but for thousands of pretrial detainees currently in county jails across Mississippi, it can seem the other way around. (Photo source: WDAM)Innocent until proven guilty, but for thousands of pretrial detainees currently in county jails across Mississippi, it can seem the other way around. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Innocent until proven guilty, but for thousands of pretrial detainees currently in county jails across Mississippi, it can seem the other way around. "In our constitution, we're not guilty until proven guilty or they plead guilty," said circuit judge    "Pretrial detention is a problem set across the state of Mississippi,"  it's not a new problem, defendants sitting in jails waiting for their cases to make it through the court system. a list of pi...

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    Innocent until proven guilty, but for thousands of pretrial detainees currently in county jails across Mississippi, it can seem the other way around. "In our constitution, we're not guilty until proven guilty or they plead guilty," said circuit judge    "Pretrial detention is a problem set across the state of Mississippi,"  it's not a new problem, defendants sitting in jails waiting for their cases to make it through the court system. a list of pi...

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  • SPECIAL REPORT: Banking on NASCAR

    SPECIAL REPORT: Banking on NASCAR

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 6:59 PM EDT2018-05-22 22:59:32 GMT
    Six figure crowds. Speeds of 200 miles per hour. And Jackson city leaders see it right off I-55. Source: WLBTSix figure crowds. Speeds of 200 miles per hour. And Jackson city leaders see it right off I-55. Source: WLBT

    Banks is steering the project for the city of Jackson. They envision a wooded area off I-55 south near the Elton Road Exit backing up to the Pearl River as the future home of a NASCAR track. Banks tells MSNewsNow the area is designated as a flood zone.

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    Banks is steering the project for the city of Jackson. They envision a wooded area off I-55 south near the Elton Road Exit backing up to the Pearl River as the future home of a NASCAR track. Banks tells MSNewsNow the area is designated as a flood zone.

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  • Fiat Chrysler recalls thousands of Jeep Cherokees

    Fiat Chrysler recalls thousands of Jeep Cherokees

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 12:39 PM EDT2018-05-22 16:39:08 GMT
    2018 Jeep Cherokee (Source: Jeep)2018 Jeep Cherokee (Source: Jeep)

    The company is recalling the vehicles due to a potential problem with fuel lines. 

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    The company is recalling the vehicles due to a potential problem with fuel lines. 

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    Stories to make you happy

    Click on these feel-good stories that will uplift, warm your heart, are cute, sweet or just something that makes you smile. 

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    Click on these feel-good stories that will uplift, warm your heart, are cute, sweet or just something that makes you smile. 

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  • Trail of Hope: remembering Civil Rights heroes

    Trail of Hope

    Trail of Hope

    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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  • Recalls

    Recalls

    A look at recalls issued by manufacturers.More >>
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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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  • California high court to rule on social media access

    California high court to rule on social media access

    Thursday, May 24 2018 2:52 AM EDT2018-05-24 06:52:08 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 3:27 AM EDT2018-05-24 07:27:20 GMT

    The California Supreme Court will decide whether Facebook and other social media companies must turn over user content to criminal defendants preparing for trial.

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    The California Supreme Court will decide whether Facebook and other social media companies must turn over user content to criminal defendants preparing for trial.

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  • Senate primary splits Arizona conservatives between 2 icons

    Senate primary splits Arizona conservatives between 2 icons

    Thursday, May 24 2018 3:02 AM EDT2018-05-24 07:02:25 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 3:16 AM EDT2018-05-24 07:16:39 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin). In this May 17, 2018, photo, Republican Senate candidate Kelli Ward talks about her platform policies at a Scottsdale Tea Party event in Scottsdale, Ariz. Arizona conservatives are torn between two icons of their movement -...(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin). In this May 17, 2018, photo, Republican Senate candidate Kelli Ward talks about her platform policies at a Scottsdale Tea Party event in Scottsdale, Ariz. Arizona conservatives are torn between two icons of their movement -...
    Arizona conservatives are torn between two icons of their movement - former Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former state senator Kelli Ward - in the GOP Senate primary.More >>
    Arizona conservatives are torn between two icons of their movement - former Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former state senator Kelli Ward - in the GOP Senate primary.More >>
  • Las Vegas strike would have far-reaching effect

    Las Vegas strike would have far-reaching effect

    Thursday, May 24 2018 3:12 AM EDT2018-05-24 07:12:05 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 3:16 AM EDT2018-05-24 07:16:34 GMT
    (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File). FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 file photo, Elvis tribute artist Eddie Powers poses for a photo with newlyweds Rob and Kelly Roznowski after he married them at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign in Las Vegas. What happen...(AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File). FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 file photo, Elvis tribute artist Eddie Powers poses for a photo with newlyweds Rob and Kelly Roznowski after he married them at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign in Las Vegas. What happen...
    Two casino companies facing the threat of a strike from housekeepers, bartenders, servers and other key employees saw their shares slide.More >>
    Two casino companies facing the threat of a strike from housekeepers, bartenders, servers and other key employees saw their shares slide.More >>
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  • Legend of Loch Ness Monster will be tested with DNA samples

    Legend of Loch Ness Monster will be tested with DNA samples

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 11:13 PM EDT2018-05-23 03:13:14 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 2:03 AM EDT2018-05-24 06:03:29 GMT
    A New Zealand scientist is leading an international team to Loch Ness next month, where they will take samples of the murky waters and conduct DNA tests to determine what species live there. (Source: cezzie901/Flickr)A New Zealand scientist is leading an international team to Loch Ness next month, where they will take samples of the murky waters and conduct DNA tests to determine what species live there. (Source: cezzie901/Flickr)

    A New Zealand scientist is leading an international team to Loch Ness next month, where they will take samples of the murky waters and conduct DNA tests to determine what species live there.

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    A New Zealand scientist is leading an international team to Loch Ness next month, where they will take samples of the murky waters and conduct DNA tests to determine what species live there.

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  • Man walking home from train station followed by pig

    Man walking home from train station followed by pig

    Monday, May 21 2018 7:31 AM EDT2018-05-21 11:31:55 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 10:24 PM EDT2018-05-24 02:24:45 GMT
    Police in a Cleveland suburb thought they had a drunk on their hands when a man called to report a pig was following him home from a train station.More >>
    Police in a Cleveland suburb thought they had a drunk on their hands when a man called to report a pig was following him home from a train station.More >>
  • Hall of fame to redo soccer star Brandi Chastain plaque

    Hall of fame to redo soccer star Brandi Chastain plaque

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 2:22 PM EDT2018-05-22 18:22:54 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 10:24 PM EDT2018-05-24 02:24:44 GMT
    (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File). FILE - In this July 10, 1999, file photo, the United States' Brandi Chastain celebrates by taking off her jersey after kicking in the game-winning goal in a penalty shootout against China in the FIFA Women's World Cup ...(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File). FILE - In this July 10, 1999, file photo, the United States' Brandi Chastain celebrates by taking off her jersey after kicking in the game-winning goal in a penalty shootout against China in the FIFA Women's World Cup ...
    Social media is finding little to like about the likeness on a plaque honoring retired soccer champion Brandi Chastain.More >>
    Social media is finding little to like about the likeness on a plaque honoring retired soccer champion Brandi Chastain.More >>
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  • Las Vegas strike would have far-reaching effect

    Las Vegas strike would have far-reaching effect

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 2:53 AM EDT2018-05-23 06:53:07 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 3:13 AM EDT2018-05-24 07:13:03 GMT
    (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken). Culinary Union members file into a university arena to vote on whether to authorize a strike Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Las Vegas.  A potential strike would affect 34 casino-hotels. A majority yes vote would not immediately aff...(AP Photo/Isaac Brekken). Culinary Union members file into a university arena to vote on whether to authorize a strike Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Las Vegas. A potential strike would affect 34 casino-hotels. A majority yes vote would not immediately aff...
    Tens of thousands of casino employees could walk off the job for the first time in more than three decades after union members voted to authorize a strike at any time starting June 1.More >>
    Tens of thousands of casino employees could walk off the job for the first time in more than three decades after union members voted to authorize a strike at any time starting June 1.More >>
  • Comcast v. Disney: a fight for Twenty-First Century Fox

    Comcast v. Disney: a fight for Twenty-First Century Fox

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 8:23 AM EDT2018-05-23 12:23:12 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 3:06 AM EDT2018-05-24 07:06:45 GMT
    Comcast says it's considering making an offer to buy Twenty-First Century Fox, which would put it head-to-head with Disney for the business.More >>
    Comcast says it's considering making an offer to buy Twenty-First Century Fox, which would put it head-to-head with Disney for the business.More >>
  • Comedian Josh Denny not sorry about N-word tweets

    Comedian Josh Denny not sorry about N-word tweets

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 5:11 PM EDT2018-05-23 21:11:57 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 3:03 AM EDT2018-05-24 07:03:53 GMT
    Comedian, Food Network host Josh Denny not sorry about N-word, straight white male tweets.More >>
    Comedian, Food Network host Josh Denny not sorry about N-word, straight white male tweets.More >>

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  • Waiting on Justice: Pretrial detention in Mississippi

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 11:27 PM EDT2018-05-23 03:27:19 GMT
    Innocent until proven guilty, but for thousands of pretrial detainees currently in county jails across Mississippi, it can seem the other way around. (Photo source: WDAM)Innocent until proven guilty, but for thousands of pretrial detainees currently in county jails across Mississippi, it can seem the other way around. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Innocent until proven guilty, but for thousands of pretrial detainees currently in county jails across Mississippi, it can seem the other way around. "In our constitution, we're not guilty until proven guilty or they plead guilty," said circuit judge    "Pretrial detention is a problem set across the state of Mississippi,"  it's not a new problem, defendants sitting in jails waiting for their cases to make it through the court system. a list of pi...

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    Innocent until proven guilty, but for thousands of pretrial detainees currently in county jails across Mississippi, it can seem the other way around. "In our constitution, we're not guilty until proven guilty or they plead guilty," said circuit judge    "Pretrial detention is a problem set across the state of Mississippi,"  it's not a new problem, defendants sitting in jails waiting for their cases to make it through the court system. a list of pi...

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  • Preventing the Pain: Raising awareness about teen suicide

    Preventing the Pain: Raising awareness about teen suicide

    Thursday, May 17 2018 11:30 PM EDT2018-05-18 03:30:27 GMT
    Statistics show suicide is the third leading cause of death for teens in Mississippi. (Photo source: WDAM)Statistics show suicide is the third leading cause of death for teens in Mississippi. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Health professionals say it is a "significant health problem" and we've experienced it in the Pine Belt, teen suicide. Statistics show suicide is the third leading cause of death for teens and Mississippi.  After a recent tragedy in Lamar County, we sat down with Superintendent Tess Smith. "You know, just immediately my heart goes into my throat because there is always that fear did a child hurt themselves, did anyone hurt themselves?  But especially one of ...

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    Health professionals say it is a "significant health problem" and we've experienced it in the Pine Belt, teen suicide. Statistics show suicide is the third leading cause of death for teens and Mississippi.  After a recent tragedy in Lamar County, we sat down with Superintendent Tess Smith. "You know, just immediately my heart goes into my throat because there is always that fear did a child hurt themselves, did anyone hurt themselves?  But especially one of ...

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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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