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  • On your side investigation: School resource officer qualifications

    On your side investigation: School resource officer qualifications

    Thursday, August 17 2017 10:42 PM EDT2017-08-18 02:42:04 GMT

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  • UPDATE: Missing Lamar County woman found safe

    UPDATE: Missing Lamar County woman found safe

    Thursday, August 17 2017 10:38 PM EDT2017-08-18 02:38:58 GMT
    Charlotte Arlene Cordova found safe.Charlotte Arlene Cordova found safe.
    A missing Lamar County woman has been found safe by authorities.  Charlotte Arlene Cordova, 29, was found safe in Hattiesburg, according to Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel. She had been reported missing on Tuesday after not being seen since Aug. 13.  “She was reported missing be her husband, and is not known to be in a vehicle,” Rigel said. Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved.  More >>
    A missing Lamar County woman has been found safe by authorities.  Charlotte Arlene Cordova, 29, was found safe in Hattiesburg, according to Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel. She had been reported missing on Tuesday after not being seen since Aug. 13.  “She was reported missing be her husband, and is not known to be in a vehicle,” Rigel said. Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved.  More >>
  • 5 terrorists killed to stop attempted second attack near Barcelona, police say

    5 terrorists killed to stop attempted second attack near Barcelona, police say

    Thursday, August 17 2017 11:45 AM EDT2017-08-17 15:45:43 GMT
    Thursday, August 17 2017 10:37 PM EDT2017-08-18 02:37:18 GMT

    A second attack near Barcelona has been foiled, police said early Friday morning.  A terrorist attack in Barcelona on Thursday took the lives of at least 13 and left 100 injured.

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    A second attack near Barcelona has been foiled, police said early Friday morning.  A terrorist attack in Barcelona on Thursday took the lives of at least 13 and left 100 injured.

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    Four acres of marijuana growing fields discovered in MS

    Four acres of marijuana growing fields discovered in MS

    Thursday, August 17 2017 9:59 PM EDT2017-08-18 01:59:22 GMT
    Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics are on scene. Source: WDAMMississippi Bureau of Narcotics are on scene. Source: WDAM

    Multiple large marijuana growing fields were discovered in Jeff Davis County Thursday, according to the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. 

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    Multiple large marijuana growing fields were discovered in Jeff Davis County Thursday, according to the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. 

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  • Mississippi changes grading system for public schools and districts

    Mississippi changes grading system for public schools and districts

    Thursday, August 17 2017 9:25 PM EDT2017-08-18 01:25:28 GMT

    The grading system for all public-school districts and schools in Mississippi is going through a major overhaul. Friday,  the state board of education voted to reset the baseline cut scores for accountability ratings.

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    The grading system for all public-school districts and schools in Mississippi is going through a major overhaul. Friday,  the state board of education voted to reset the baseline cut scores for accountability ratings.

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  • Southern Miss students make cross-country bike trek for charity

    Southern Miss students make cross-country bike trek for charity

    Thursday, August 17 2017 7:56 PM EDT2017-08-17 23:56:52 GMT
    Will Ford (left) from Oak Grove and Cam Kenney from Mobile, Ala. took part in the 30th anniversary "Journey of Hope" ride.  Source: WDAM.Will Ford (left) from Oak Grove and Cam Kenney from Mobile, Ala. took part in the 30th anniversary "Journey of Hope" ride. Source: WDAM.

    Two University of Southern Mississippi Honors College students just completed a cross-country trip on bicycles to raise money for their fraternity's charity.  

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    Two University of Southern Mississippi Honors College students just completed a cross-country trip on bicycles to raise money for their fraternity's charity.  

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  • Dangers of taking pictures of the Solar Eclipse

    Dangers of taking pictures of the Solar Eclipse

    Thursday, August 17 2017 6:42 PM EDT2017-08-17 22:42:16 GMT

    The solar eclipse is coming up on Monday and while some of you may want to document it by taking pictures, you'll have to use precautions or else risk destroying your camera. Cameras are just like the human eyes, they are very sensitive to light. So what happens to your camera if you point it at the sun with out protection?  Dr. Steve Coleman at USM's School of Mass Communication and Journalism says "It's almost like the old days of when you have your magnifying glass and y...

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    The solar eclipse is coming up on Monday and while some of you may want to document it by taking pictures, you'll have to use precautions or else risk destroying your camera. Cameras are just like the human eyes, they are very sensitive to light. So what happens to your camera if you point it at the sun with out protection?  Dr. Steve Coleman at USM's School of Mass Communication and Journalism says "It's almost like the old days of when you have your magnifying glass and y...

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  • PHOTOS: Today is the 48th Anniversary of Hurricane Camille

    PHOTOS: Today is the 48th Anniversary of Hurricane Camille

    Thursday, August 17 2017 6:34 PM EDT2017-08-17 22:34:24 GMT

    Thursday marks the 48th anniversary of Hurricane Camille making landfall along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, devastating the coastline and the Pine Belt. Camille made landfall as a Category 5 hurricane just after 11 p.m. in Pass Christian with winds of 175 mph. Other estimates placed the winds near 190 mph with gusts of 230 mph. The exact speed will never be known since Camille destroyed all of the weather sensors along the coast at landfall. Storm surge reached 24 feet along th...

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    Thursday marks the 48th anniversary of Hurricane Camille making landfall along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, devastating the coastline and the Pine Belt. Camille made landfall as a Category 5 hurricane just after 11 p.m. in Pass Christian with winds of 175 mph. Other estimates placed the winds near 190 mph with gusts of 230 mph. The exact speed will never be known since Camille destroyed all of the weather sensors along the coast at landfall. Storm surge reached 24 feet along th...

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  • Beauvoir to America: Send us your unwanted Confederate statues

    Beauvoir to America: Send us your unwanted Confederate statues

    Thursday, August 17 2017 5:58 PM EDT2017-08-17 21:58:43 GMT

    Confederate statues and monuments across the country are coming down. Officials at Beauvoir said the statues would be welcomed at the last home of Jefferson Davis with open arms.

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    Confederate statues and monuments across the country are coming down. Officials at Beauvoir said the statues would be welcomed at the last home of Jefferson Davis with open arms.

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  • Carey men’s soccer ranked 7th in NAIA preseason poll

    Carey men’s soccer ranked 7th in NAIA preseason poll

    Thursday, August 17 2017 5:33 PM EDT2017-08-17 21:33:24 GMT

    William Carey University posted a banner men’s soccer season in 2016, and apparently, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics soccer coaches are expecting more of the same from the Crusaders. WCU was ranked seventh in the 2017 NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 poll, which was released Thursday. Last season, Coach Barry Farrell guided the Crusaders to their first ever Southern State Athletic Conference men’s soccer crown. WCU went 16-3-2 and wound up ranked ...

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    William Carey University posted a banner men’s soccer season in 2016, and apparently, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics soccer coaches are expecting more of the same from the Crusaders. WCU was ranked seventh in the 2017 NAIA Men's Soccer Coaches' Top 25 poll, which was released Thursday. Last season, Coach Barry Farrell guided the Crusaders to their first ever Southern State Athletic Conference men’s soccer crown. WCU went 16-3-2 and wound up ranked ...

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  • Bank donates $16K to R3SM

    Bank donates $16K to R3SM

    Thursday, August 17 2017 5:08 PM EDT2017-08-17 21:08:44 GMT
    R3SM. Source: WDAMR3SM. Source: WDAM

    A local bank partnered with a larger regional bank to donate $16,000 to the local non profit R3SM. The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas is a lender bank to a Hattiesburg bank called "The First, A National Banking Association" and the funds from this check happened through a grant program for community development initiatives across a five-state region. The regional bank matched the local bank three-to-one, which made the $16,000 donation possible. The non p...

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    A local bank partnered with a larger regional bank to donate $16,000 to the local non profit R3SM. The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas is a lender bank to a Hattiesburg bank called "The First, A National Banking Association" and the funds from this check happened through a grant program for community development initiatives across a five-state region. The regional bank matched the local bank three-to-one, which made the $16,000 donation possible. The non p...

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  • Lumberton, North Forrest meet in 1st week prep throwdown

    Lumberton, North Forrest meet in 1st week prep throwdown

    Thursday, August 17 2017 5:06 PM EDT2017-08-17 21:06:16 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    It appears that both North Forrest High School coach Anthony Dillon and Lumberton High School coach Zach Jones have been telling their players pretty much the same about the teams’ season opener. “It’s a good thing we’re playing them on our home field,” Dillon said of his Eagles’ 7 p.m. showdown with the Panthers in Eatonville. “Hopefully, that can give us a little more motivation with the home crowd right here where you’re fighting to ...

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    It appears that both North Forrest High School coach Anthony Dillon and Lumberton High School coach Zach Jones have been telling their players pretty much the same about the teams’ season opener. “It’s a good thing we’re playing them on our home field,” Dillon said of his Eagles’ 7 p.m. showdown with the Panthers in Eatonville. “Hopefully, that can give us a little more motivation with the home crowd right here where you’re fighting to ...

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  • MDE releases statewide test results

    MDE releases statewide test results

    Thursday, August 17 2017 4:31 PM EDT2017-08-17 20:31:11 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    The Mississippi Department of Education released statewide results from the 2016-17 Mississippi Academic Assessment Program.

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    The Mississippi Department of Education released statewide results from the 2016-17 Mississippi Academic Assessment Program.

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    Jones Co. Sheriff: Victims of fraudulent auto sales must provide documentation

    Jones Co. Sheriff: Victims of fraudulent auto sales must provide documentation

    Thursday, August 17 2017 4:22 PM EDT2017-08-17 20:22:29 GMT
    Southeastern Auto Sales, LLCSoutheastern Auto Sales, LLC

    The Jones County Sheriff's Department discussed the ongoing investigation into fraudulent activity at Southeastern Auto Sales, LLC in Laurel through a Thursday morning Facebook Live session. 

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    The Jones County Sheriff's Department discussed the ongoing investigation into fraudulent activity at Southeastern Auto Sales, LLC in Laurel through a Thursday morning Facebook Live session. 

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  • Lighthouse Mission gets $20K grant from Federal Home Loan, local banks

    Lighthouse Mission gets $20K grant from Federal Home Loan, local banks

    Thursday, August 17 2017 4:03 PM EDT2017-08-17 20:03:25 GMT
    The Lighthouse Rescue Mission has received a total of $20,000 in grants through the Partnership Grant Program. Source: WDAMThe Lighthouse Rescue Mission has received a total of $20,000 in grants through the Partnership Grant Program. Source: WDAM

    A Hattiesburg non-profit organization that helps homeless mothers and their children has gotten two new grants from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas and their local member banks, 

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    A Hattiesburg non-profit organization that helps homeless mothers and their children has gotten two new grants from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas and their local member banks, 

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  • Hattiesburg Judge Evans announces retirement

    Hattiesburg Judge Evans announces retirement

    Thursday, August 17 2017 3:38 PM EDT2017-08-17 19:38:55 GMT

    The following is a press release from the City of Hattiesburg: This morning, Municipal Court Judge Jerry A. Evans announced his plans to retire from the City of Hattiesburg. “I have had the privilege of serving and representing the city under three administrations, and I’m thankful for the opportunity I had to implement policies and procedures that have restored trust in the municipal court system for the City of Hattiesburg,” said Evans.  Evans’ career...

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    The following is a press release from the City of Hattiesburg: This morning, Municipal Court Judge Jerry A. Evans announced his plans to retire from the City of Hattiesburg. “I have had the privilege of serving and representing the city under three administrations, and I’m thankful for the opportunity I had to implement policies and procedures that have restored trust in the municipal court system for the City of Hattiesburg,” said Evans.  Evans’ career...

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  • Consider This: Support our high school football players

    Consider This: Support our high school football players

    Thursday, August 17 2017 2:58 PM EDT2017-08-17 18:58:55 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    This week kicks off high school football in the Pine Belt.  

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    This week kicks off high school football in the Pine Belt.  

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  • Man wanted on multiple felonies arrested in Columbia

    Man wanted on multiple felonies arrested in Columbia

    Thursday, August 17 2017 2:44 PM EDT2017-08-17 18:44:04 GMT

    A man who was wanted on multiple felony charges in Lauderdale County was arrested in Columbia, according to police.

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    A man who was wanted on multiple felony charges in Lauderdale County was arrested in Columbia, according to police.

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  • Midday: Notes on Breastfeeding

  • High-risk warrant nets drive-by shooting suspect in Columbia

    High-risk warrant nets drive-by shooting suspect in Columbia

    Thursday, August 17 2017 2:37 PM EDT2017-08-17 18:37:54 GMT
    Henry J. Peters. Source: Columbia PDHenry J. Peters. Source: Columbia PD

    A high-risk warrant executed in Columbia nabbed a drive-by shooting suspect. 

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    A high-risk warrant executed in Columbia nabbed a drive-by shooting suspect. 

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    IHL board approves USM academic reorganization plan

    IHL board approves USM academic reorganization plan

    Thursday, August 17 2017 1:16 PM EDT2017-08-17 17:16:50 GMT

    The University of Southern Mississippi is one step closer to implementing a reorganization plan.  

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    The University of Southern Mississippi is one step closer to implementing a reorganization plan.  

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  • traffic

    Interstate traffic down to one lane near mile marker 65

    Interstate traffic down to one lane near mile marker 65

    Thursday, August 17 2017 12:30 PM EDT2017-08-17 16:30:45 GMT
    Source: Dave Ferry, Purvis.Source: Dave Ferry, Purvis.

    Traffic on I-59 in Hattiesburg is down to one lane after an accident Thursday morning.  

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    Traffic on I-59 in Hattiesburg is down to one lane after an accident Thursday morning.  

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  • Four depart Southern Miss baseball team

    Four depart Southern Miss baseball team

    Thursday, August 17 2017 11:42 AM EDT2017-08-17 15:42:01 GMT
    USM baseballUSM baseball

     Four players will not return to the University of Southern Mississippi baseball team for the 2018 season and a freshman signee is expected to miss his initial season after surgery this summer. 

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     Four players will not return to the University of Southern Mississippi baseball team for the 2018 season and a freshman signee is expected to miss his initial season after surgery this summer. 

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  • USM Graduates Receive Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarships

    USM Graduates Receive Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarships

    Thursday, August 17 2017 3:51 AM EDT2017-08-17 07:51:24 GMT
    Photo credit: USMPhoto credit: USM

    University of Southern Mississippi graduates Justin Dyer, Kelly Hill and Lorenzo Spencer have been awarded the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship valued at $30,000 per year for their medical training at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson. 

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    University of Southern Mississippi graduates Justin Dyer, Kelly Hill and Lorenzo Spencer have been awarded the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship valued at $30,000 per year for their medical training at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson. 

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  • 5 missing after Army helicopter goes down, items found

    5 missing after Army helicopter goes down, items found

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 9:28 AM EDT2017-08-16 13:28:33 GMT
    Thursday, August 17 2017 12:24 AM EDT2017-08-17 04:24:26 GMT

    The U.S. Coast Guard and military crews are responding to a report that an Army helicopter with five aboard went down in the ocean off Hawaii.

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    The U.S. Coast Guard and military crews are responding to a report that an Army helicopter with five aboard went down in the ocean off Hawaii.

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