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  • Columbia students "Riding for Hope" to help cancer victim

    Columbia students "Riding for Hope" to help cancer victim

    Thursday, February 22 2018 8:04 PM EST2018-02-23 01:04:55 GMT
    Beta Club students from Columbia High School participate in "Riding for Hope" at Hattiesburg's CycleBar Thursday. Photo credit WDAM.Beta Club students from Columbia High School participate in "Riding for Hope" at Hattiesburg's CycleBar Thursday. Photo credit WDAM.
    Beta Club students from Columbia High School participate in "Riding for Hope" at Hattiesburg's CycleBar Thursday. Photo credit WDAM.Beta Club students from Columbia High School participate in "Riding for Hope" at Hattiesburg's CycleBar Thursday. Photo credit WDAM.

    Dozens of students from Columbia came to Hattiesburg Thursday for a workout to improve their health and help a little girl battling cancer.  About 40 Beta Club members from Columbia High School took part in "Riding for Hope" at the CycleBar.  It was done to raise money for Gentry Terrell, the 5-year-old daughter of Columbia High School teacher Amy Terrell.  She has a brain tumor.  It was also done to honor Columbia student Geremy Parker, a senior who ...

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    Dozens of students from Columbia came to Hattiesburg Thursday for a workout to improve their health and help a little girl battling cancer.  About 40 Beta Club members from Columbia High School took part in "Riding for Hope" at the CycleBar.  It was done to raise money for Gentry Terrell, the 5-year-old daughter of Columbia High School teacher Amy Terrell.  She has a brain tumor.  It was also done to honor Columbia student Geremy Parker, a senior who ...

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  • Brookshire Grocery Co. buying Winn-Dixie stores

    Brookshire Grocery Co. buying Winn-Dixie stores

    Thursday, February 22 2018 7:17 PM EST2018-02-23 00:17:24 GMT
    Brookshire Grocery Co. (BGC) and Southeastern Grocers (SEG) today announced they have entered into an agreement under which BGC will acquire eight Winn-Dixie stores from SEG in New Roads, Breaux Bridge, Franklin, New Iberia, Abbeville, Crowley, Rayne andBrookshire Grocery Co. (BGC) and Southeastern Grocers (SEG) today announced they have entered into an agreement under which BGC will acquire eight Winn-Dixie stores from SEG in New Roads, Breaux Bridge, Franklin, New Iberia, Abbeville, Crowley, Rayne and

    Brookshire's Grocery Company: Brookshire Grocery Co. (BGC) and Southeastern Grocers (SEG) today announced they have entered into an agreement under which BGC will acquire eight Winn-Dixie stores from SEG in New Roads, Breaux Bridge, Franklin, New Iberia, Abbeville, Crowley, Rayne and Eunice, all in South Louisiana.

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    Brookshire's Grocery Company: Brookshire Grocery Co. (BGC) and Southeastern Grocers (SEG) today announced they have entered into an agreement under which BGC will acquire eight Winn-Dixie stores from SEG in New Roads, Breaux Bridge, Franklin, New Iberia, Abbeville, Crowley, Rayne and Eunice, all in South Louisiana.

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  • City of Hattiesbug Concert Band: Annual Big Band Concert

    City of Hattiesbug Concert Band: Annual Big Band Concert

    City of Hattiesbug Concert Band: Annual Big Band Concert

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    City of Hattiesbug Concert Band: Annual Big Band Concert

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  • ‘Tornado Recovery Tour’ shows hard work in Hattiesburg, Petal

    ‘Tornado Recovery Tour’ shows hard work in Hattiesburg, Petal

    Thursday, February 22 2018 6:49 PM EST2018-02-22 23:49:44 GMT
    Dozens of people had the opportunity to take a look at progress made around the community following the EF-3 tornado in January of last year. (Photo source: WDAM)Dozens of people had the opportunity to take a look at progress made around the community following the EF-3 tornado in January of last year. (Photo source: WDAM)
    Dozens of people had the opportunity to take a look at progress made around the community following the EF-3 tornado in January of last year. (Photo source: WDAM)Dozens of people had the opportunity to take a look at progress made around the community following the EF-3 tornado in January of last year. (Photo source: WDAM)
    Dozens of people had the opportunity to take a look at progress made around the community following the EF-3 tornado in January of last year.   R3SM and The Greater Pinebelt Community Foundation hosted the free tornado recovery tour Thursday, nearly 13 months after the deadly storm hit parts of Petal, Hattiesburg and Lamar County.   "To drive through the community and see the blending of the blue roofs still on and the new builds there, just lets you know we still hav...More >>
    Dozens of people had the opportunity to take a look at progress made around the community following the EF-3 tornado in January of last year.   R3SM and The Greater Pinebelt Community Foundation hosted the free tornado recovery tour Thursday, nearly 13 months after the deadly storm hit parts of Petal, Hattiesburg and Lamar County.   "To drive through the community and see the blending of the blue roofs still on and the new builds there, just lets you know we still hav...More >>
  • Conspirare: Considering Matthew Shepard

    Conspirare: Considering Matthew Shepard

    Conspirare: Considering Matthew Shepard

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    Conspirare: Considering Matthew Shepard

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  • Student in custody following threat to Purvis High School

    Student in custody following threat to Purvis High School

    Thursday, February 22 2018 6:31 PM EST2018-02-22 23:31:43 GMT
    Lamar County School District confirmed this photo circulated through social media on Thursday (Photo Source: WDAM viewer).Lamar County School District confirmed this photo circulated through social media on Thursday (Photo Source: WDAM viewer).

    A photo circulating on social media referencing a threat to Purvis High School has landed a student in police custody. 

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    A photo circulating on social media referencing a threat to Purvis High School has landed a student in police custody. 

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  • Southern Miss NCS4 helps keep Winter Olympics safe

    Southern Miss NCS4 helps keep Winter Olympics safe

    Thursday, February 22 2018 4:32 PM EST2018-02-22 21:32:13 GMT
    The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security, or NCS4, played a role in training security for the Winter Olympics. (Photo source: WDAM)The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security, or NCS4, played a role in training security for the Winter Olympics. (Photo source: WDAM)
    (Source: WDAM Staff)(Source: WDAM Staff)

    As the stunning flips and tricks of the 2018 Winter Olympics played out from South Korea over the past couple of weeks, we’ve watched and cheered on Team U.S.A. to bring home the gold.    What you might not know is the University of Southern Miss had a hand in the huge strides to keep the event safe and secure for athletes and spectators on the other side of the world. 

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    As the stunning flips and tricks of the 2018 Winter Olympics played out from South Korea over the past couple of weeks, we’ve watched and cheered on Team U.S.A. to bring home the gold.    What you might not know is the University of Southern Miss had a hand in the huge strides to keep the event safe and secure for athletes and spectators on the other side of the world. 

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  • HPD, HFD set to face off in pickup basketball game

    HPD, HFD set to face off in pickup basketball game

    Thursday, February 22 2018 4:03 PM EST2018-02-22 21:03:53 GMT
    The Hattiesburg Police Department and the Hattiesburg Fire Department will face each other in a pickup basketball game at halftime during the University of Southern Mississippi Lady Eagle basketball game against UTEP Sunday. (Photo source: Facebook)The Hattiesburg Police Department and the Hattiesburg Fire Department will face each other in a pickup basketball game at halftime during the University of Southern Mississippi Lady Eagle basketball game against UTEP Sunday. (Photo source: Facebook)
    The Hattiesburg Police Department and the Hattiesburg Fire Department will face each other in a pickup basketball game at halftime during the University of Southern Mississippi Lady Eagle basketball game against UTEP Sunday. (Photo source: Facebook)The Hattiesburg Police Department and the Hattiesburg Fire Department will face each other in a pickup basketball game at halftime during the University of Southern Mississippi Lady Eagle basketball game against UTEP Sunday. (Photo source: Facebook)

    The Hattiesburg Police Department and the Hattiesburg Fire Department will face each-other in a pick-up basketball game at halftime during the Southern Miss Lady Eagle basketball game against UTEP. 

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    The Hattiesburg Police Department and the Hattiesburg Fire Department will face each-other in a pick-up basketball game at halftime during the Southern Miss Lady Eagle basketball game against UTEP. 

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  • Scammers targeting doctors, dentists in Jones Co.

    Scammers targeting doctors, dentists in Jones Co.

    Thursday, February 22 2018 3:45 PM EST2018-02-22 20:45:07 GMT
    Scammers are targeting doctors and dentists in Jones County. (Photo source: Pixabay)Scammers are targeting doctors and dentists in Jones County. (Photo source: Pixabay)
    Laurel Police warning residents of local scammerLaurel Police warning residents of local scammer

    Scammers are targeting doctors and dentists in Jones County. According to the sheriff’s department, deputies received four scam reports within five minutes Thursday.

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    Scammers are targeting doctors and dentists in Jones County. According to the sheriff’s department, deputies received four scam reports within five minutes Thursday.

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  • Laurel police warning residents of local scammer

    Laurel police warning residents of local scammer

    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:26 PM EST2018-02-22 18:26:35 GMT
    Laurel Police warning residents of local scammerLaurel Police warning residents of local scammer
    Laurel Police warning residents of local scammerLaurel Police warning residents of local scammer

    The Laurel police is warning the public about a scam that attempts to get money from residents.

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    The Laurel police is warning the public about a scam that attempts to get money from residents.

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  • Overnight Fire destroys home in Jones County

    Overnight Fire destroys home in Jones County

    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:28 AM EST2018-02-22 16:28:36 GMT
    Overnight Fire destroys home in Jones Co.; (Photo Source: Powers Fire & Rescue)Overnight Fire destroys home in Jones Co.; (Photo Source: Powers Fire & Rescue)
    Overnight Fire destroys home in Jones Co.; (Photo Source: Powers Fire & Rescue)Overnight Fire destroys home in Jones Co.; (Photo Source: Powers Fire & Rescue)

    Volunteer fire and rescue units in Jones County battled a house fire that occurred overnight Wednesday.

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    Volunteer fire and rescue units in Jones County battled a house fire that occurred overnight Wednesday.

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  • Abandoned building burns in Hattiesburg

    Abandoned building burns in Hattiesburg

    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:52 AM EST2018-02-22 14:52:55 GMT
    Hattiesburg firefighters battled a structure fire overnight at an abandoned building. (Photo source: WDAM)Hattiesburg firefighters battled a structure fire overnight at an abandoned building. (Photo source: WDAM)
    Hattiesburg firefighters battled a structure fire overnight at an abandoned building. (Photo source: WDAM)Hattiesburg firefighters battled a structure fire overnight at an abandoned building. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Hattiesburg firefighters battled a structure fire overnight at an abandoned building, and they are still on the scene Thursday morning. 

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    Hattiesburg firefighters battled a structure fire overnight at an abandoned building, and they are still on the scene Thursday morning. 

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  • Hattiesburg pastor reacts to passing of Billy Graham

    Hattiesburg pastor reacts to passing of Billy Graham

    Thursday, February 22 2018 12:03 AM EST2018-02-22 05:03:54 GMT
    Pastor Jeff Clark of Hattiesburg's Venture Church. Photo credit WDAM.Pastor Jeff Clark of Hattiesburg's Venture Church. Photo credit WDAM.

    A Hub City minister is reacting to the death of the Rev. Billy Graham, the most widely-heard Christian evangelist in history.   He died Wednesday morning at his home in Montreat, North Carolina at the age of 99.  Pastor Jeff Clark of Hattiesburg's Venture Church said Graham was a humble man of integrity who would be missed. "Billy Graham is who all of us wanted to be like," said Clark, who once saw Graham in person while he was a seminary student in Dallas ...

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    A Hub City minister is reacting to the death of the Rev. Billy Graham, the most widely-heard Christian evangelist in history.   He died Wednesday morning at his home in Montreat, North Carolina at the age of 99.  Pastor Jeff Clark of Hattiesburg's Venture Church said Graham was a humble man of integrity who would be missed. "Billy Graham is who all of us wanted to be like," said Clark, who once saw Graham in person while he was a seminary student in Dallas ...

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  • New film documents life of civil rights pioneer Clyde Kennard

    New film documents life of civil rights pioneer Clyde Kennard

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 11:45 PM EST2018-02-22 04:45:47 GMT
    A new documentary about Clyde Kennard called, "Measure of Progress: The Clyde Kennard Story," premiered at the Lake Terrace Convention Center Wednesday night. Photo credit WDAM.A new documentary about Clyde Kennard called, "Measure of Progress: The Clyde Kennard Story," premiered at the Lake Terrace Convention Center Wednesday night. Photo credit WDAM.

    A new documentary about Hattiesburg civil rights pioneer Clyde Kennard premiered at the Lake Terrance Convention Center Wednesday night.   "Measure of Progress: The Clyde Kennard Story" documents Kennard's attempts at enrolling at the University of Southern Mississippi in the 1950's when it was a segregated Mississippi Southern College. He was turned down several times and ultimately was sent to prison on trumped up charges.  He died of cancer after be...

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    A new documentary about Hattiesburg civil rights pioneer Clyde Kennard premiered at the Lake Terrance Convention Center Wednesday night.   "Measure of Progress: The Clyde Kennard Story" documents Kennard's attempts at enrolling at the University of Southern Mississippi in the 1950's when it was a segregated Mississippi Southern College. He was turned down several times and ultimately was sent to prison on trumped up charges.  He died of cancer after be...

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  • Ted Cruz invokes The Simpsons to take dig at Democrats

    Ted Cruz invokes The Simpsons to take dig at Democrats

    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:40 PM EST2018-02-23 02:40:36 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:40 PM EST2018-02-23 02:40:36 GMT
    Ted Cruz won 11 states in the 2016 Republican primary. (Source: CNN)Ted Cruz won 11 states in the 2016 Republican primary. (Source: CNN)

    Ted Cruz called said the Democratic Party was the party of Lisa Simpson at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday.

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    Ted Cruz called said the Democratic Party was the party of Lisa Simpson at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday.

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  • Sheriff: School officer never went inside to confront gunman

    Sheriff: School officer never went inside to confront gunman

    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:14 AM EST2018-02-22 06:14:16 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:35 PM EST2018-02-23 02:35:25 GMT
    (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert). Mourners hug as they leave the funeral of Alaina Petty, in Coral Springs, Fla., Monday, Feb. 19, 2018.  Petty was a victim of Wednesday's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, ...(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert). Mourners hug as they leave the funeral of Alaina Petty, in Coral Springs, Fla., Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Petty was a victim of Wednesday's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, ...

    The students who swarmed Florida's state capitol in the wake of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre face pushback in Legislature.

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    The students who swarmed Florida's state capitol in the wake of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre face pushback in Legislature.

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  • Florida man yells 'murderers!' as he's executed for slaying

    Florida man yells 'murderers!' as he's executed for slaying

    Thursday, February 22 2018 8:24 PM EST2018-02-23 01:24:33 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:34 PM EST2018-02-23 02:34:50 GMT
    (Florida Department of Law Enforcement via AP). This undated photo made available by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows Eric Scott Branch in custody. Florida is scheduled to execute Branch Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, for raping and killing a ...(Florida Department of Law Enforcement via AP). This undated photo made available by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows Eric Scott Branch in custody. Florida is scheduled to execute Branch Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, for raping and killing a ...
    Florida inmate yells 'murderers!' repeatedly as he's executed for his convictioin in 1993 rape and killing of a college student.More >>
    Florida inmate yells 'murderers!' repeatedly as he's executed for his convictioin in 1993 rape and killing of a college student.More >>
  • Grand jury indicts Missouri governor who admitted affair

    Grand jury indicts Missouri governor who admitted affair

    Thursday, February 22 2018 5:35 PM EST2018-02-22 22:35:21 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:34 PM EST2018-02-23 02:34:30 GMT
    A St. Louis grand jury indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to the Republican's affair with a woman in 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)A St. Louis grand jury indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to the Republican's affair with a woman in 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

    A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to the Republican's affair with a woman in 2015.

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    A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to the Republican's affair with a woman in 2015.

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  • Trump says raise age for buying assault rifles, defying NRA

    Trump says raise age for buying assault rifles, defying NRA

    Thursday, February 22 2018 12:24 AM EST2018-02-22 05:24:41 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:15 PM EST2018-02-23 02:15:06 GMT
    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster). President Donald Trump, looks to Julia Cordover, the student body president at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., as she speaks during the listening session with high school students, teachers, and others...(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster). President Donald Trump, looks to Julia Cordover, the student body president at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., as she speaks during the listening session with high school students, teachers, and others...

    Students and parents appealed to President Donald Trump to set politics aside and protect America's school children from the scourge of gun violence.

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    Students and parents appealed to President Donald Trump to set politics aside and protect America's school children from the scourge of gun violence.

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  • Trump says raise age for buying assault rifles, defying NRA

    Trump says raise age for buying assault rifles, defying NRA

    Thursday, February 22 2018 12:24 AM EST2018-02-22 05:24:34 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:15 PM EST2018-02-23 02:15:05 GMT
    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster). President Donald Trump, looks to Julia Cordover, the student body president at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., as she speaks during the listening session with high school students, teachers, and others...(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster). President Donald Trump, looks to Julia Cordover, the student body president at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., as she speaks during the listening session with high school students, teachers, and others...
    Students and parents appealed to President Donald Trump to set politics aside and protect America's school children from the scourge of gun violence.More >>
    Students and parents appealed to President Donald Trump to set politics aside and protect America's school children from the scourge of gun violence.More >>
  • Columbia students "Riding for Hope" to help cancer victim

    Columbia students "Riding for Hope" to help cancer victim

  • Student in custody following threat to Purvis High School

    Student in custody following threat to Purvis High School

  • Sumrall High School boosts police presence after social media threat

    Sumrall High School boosts police presence after social media threat

  • ‘Tornado Recovery Tour’ shows hard work in Hattiesburg, Petal

    ‘Tornado Recovery Tour’ shows hard work in Hattiesburg, Petal

  • Southern Miss NCS4 helps keep Winter Olympics safe

    Southern Miss NCS4 helps keep Winter Olympics safe

  • Brookshire Grocery Co. buying Winn-Dixie stores

    Brookshire Grocery Co. buying Winn-Dixie stores

    Thursday, February 22 2018 6:14 PM EST2018-02-22 23:14:35 GMT
    Brookshire's Grocery Company: Brookshire Grocery Co. (BGC) and Southeastern Grocers (SEG) today announced they have entered into an agreement under which BGC will acquire eight Winn-Dixie stores from SEG in New Roads, Breaux Bridge, Franklin, New Iberia, Abbeville, Crowley, Rayne and Eunice, all in South Louisiana. The stores will become part of BGC’s Super 1 Foods banner. “We’re excited about this agreement and the opportunity it provides us to further grow and ex...More >>
    Brookshire's Grocery Company: Brookshire Grocery Co. (BGC) and Southeastern Grocers (SEG) today announced they have entered into an agreement under which BGC will acquire eight Winn-Dixie stores from SEG in New Roads, Breaux Bridge, Franklin, New Iberia, Abbeville, Crowley, Rayne and Eunice, all in South Louisiana. The stores will become part of BGC’s Super 1 Foods banner. “We’re excited about this agreement and the opportunity it provides us to further grow and ex...More >>
  • Instant Pot: Stop using the Gem 65 8-in-1 Multicooker

    Instant Pot: Stop using the Gem 65 8-in-1 Multicooker

    Thursday, February 22 2018 5:41 PM EST2018-02-22 22:41:27 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 5:41 PM EST2018-02-22 22:41:27 GMT
    Instant Pot anticipates providing information on how to replace the Gem 65 multicooker in a few weeks. (Source: Instant Pot)Instant Pot anticipates providing information on how to replace the Gem 65 multicooker in a few weeks. (Source: Instant Pot)

    Instant Pot anticipates providing information on how to replace the Gem 65 multicooker in a few weeks.

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    Instant Pot anticipates providing information on how to replace the Gem 65 multicooker in a few weeks.

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  • Hattiesburg surgeon breaks down barriers

    Hattiesburg surgeon breaks down barriers

    Over the years, Dr. Kate Aseme has seen a lot of changes in the Pine Belt and It's because of her that some of those changes to take place. 

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    Over the years, Dr. Kate Aseme has seen a lot of changes in the Pine Belt and It's because of her that some of those changes to take place. 

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  • Republican congresswoman: Many mass murderers are Democrats

    Republican congresswoman: Many mass murderers are Democrats

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 11:25 PM EST2018-02-22 04:25:17 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:29 PM EST2018-02-22 18:29:57 GMT
    (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File). FILE - In this June 10, 2015 file photo, assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, R-New Hartford, speaks during a news conference at the Capitol, in Albany, N.Y. The Republican congresswoman from upstate New York says "many" people wh...(AP Photo/Mike Groll, File). FILE - In this June 10, 2015 file photo, assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, R-New Hartford, speaks during a news conference at the Capitol, in Albany, N.Y. The Republican congresswoman from upstate New York says "many" people wh...
    Republican congresswoman says 'many' people who commit mass murder are Democrats, but she offers no evidence; Democratic challenger calls her comments 'disgusting' and 'toxic'.More >>
    Republican congresswoman says 'many' people who commit mass murder are Democrats, but she offers no evidence; Democratic challenger calls her comments 'disgusting' and 'toxic'.More >>
  • RECALL: 58,000 gas fire pits sold at Home Depot recalled after reports of burns

    RECALL: 58,000 gas fire pits sold at Home Depot recalled after reports of burns

    Thursday, February 22 2018 12:41 PM EST2018-02-22 17:41:09 GMT
    Outdoor Gas Fire Pit Table Patio Heater (Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission)Outdoor Gas Fire Pit Table Patio Heater (Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission)
    Outdoor Gas Fire Pit Table Patio Heater (Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission)Outdoor Gas Fire Pit Table Patio Heater (Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission)

    According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 58,000 gas fire pits sold exclusively at Home Depot are being recalled after several reports of burns. 

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    According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 58,000 gas fire pits sold exclusively at Home Depot are being recalled after several reports of burns. 

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  • Baby becomes star after joining French Quarter band performance

    Baby becomes star after joining French Quarter band performance

    Source: Stefanie Coleman AnthonySource: Stefanie Coleman Anthony
    Source: Stefanie Coleman AnthonySource: Stefanie Coleman Anthony

    A one-year-old boy became the star of Jackson square after he hopped into a band's performance. 

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    A one-year-old boy became the star of Jackson square after he hopped into a band's performance. 

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  • China cracks down on strippers at funerals

    China cracks down on strippers at funerals

    Thursday, February 22 2018 12:04 PM EST2018-02-22 17:04:10 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 12:04 PM EST2018-02-22 17:04:10 GMT
    Providing entertainment at funerals in China goes back to the Qing Dynasty, which ran from 1644–1912. (Source: Pixabay)Providing entertainment at funerals in China goes back to the Qing Dynasty, which ran from 1644–1912. (Source: Pixabay)

    Providing entertainment at funerals in China goes back to the Qing Dynasty, which ran from 1644–1912.

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    Providing entertainment at funerals in China goes back to the Qing Dynasty, which ran from 1644–1912.

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  • Stone Middle School student charged with cyberstalking

    Stone Middle School student charged with cyberstalking

    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:17 AM EST2018-02-22 16:17:12 GMT

    A 15-year-old student at Stone Middle School will be charged with cyberstalking in connection with a threat on social media. And the district attorney is considering whether to charge him as an adult. 

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    A 15-year-old student at Stone Middle School will be charged with cyberstalking in connection with a threat on social media. And the district attorney is considering whether to charge him as an adult. 

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  • TRAFFIC ALERT: Tractor Trailer roll over on US 49, use caution

    TRAFFIC ALERT: Tractor Trailer roll over on US 49, use caution

    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:16 AM EST2018-02-22 14:16:29 GMT

    A tractor tractor trailer carrying live chickens traveling on US 49 before Jaynesville Road flipped over causing traffic delays in Covington County.

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    A tractor tractor trailer carrying live chickens traveling on US 49 before Jaynesville Road flipped over causing traffic delays in Covington County.

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  • Drink up: Thursday is National Margarita Day

    Drink up: Thursday is National Margarita Day

    Thursday, February 22 2018 8:36 AM EST2018-02-22 13:36:42 GMT

    The origins of the celebration are not known, but it is celebrated annually on Feb. 22.

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    The origins of the celebration are not known, but it is celebrated annually on Feb. 22.

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  • Angry teens swarm into Florida Capitol; demand new gun laws

    Angry teens swarm into Florida Capitol; demand new gun laws

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 1:43 AM EST2018-02-21 06:43:29 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:19 AM EST2018-02-22 06:19:21 GMT

    Students who survived the Florida school shooting are preparing to flood the Capitol pushing to ban the assault-style rifle used to kill 17 people, vowing to make changes in the November election if they can't...

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    Students who survived the Florida school shooting are preparing to flood the Capitol pushing to ban the assault-style rifle used to kill 17 people, vowing to make changes in the November election if they can't persuade lawmakers to change law now.

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  • 'By the Grace of God I got arrested': recovering heroin addict shares story

    'By the Grace of God I got arrested': recovering heroin addict shares story

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 11:16 PM EST2018-02-22 04:16:04 GMT

    Roy Harris has made the transformation from heroin addict to sober citizen in just a few months. 

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    Roy Harris has made the transformation from heroin addict to sober citizen in just a few months. 

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  • Laurel to undergo $5 million water and sewer project

    Laurel to undergo $5 million water and sewer project

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 10:12 PM EST2018-02-22 03:12:32 GMT
    The City of Laurel is planning a $5 million water and sewer project to improve aging infrastructure. (Photo source: WDAM)The City of Laurel is planning a $5 million water and sewer project to improve aging infrastructure. (Photo source: WDAM)

    The City of Laurel undergoing a $5 million water and sewer project. WDAM looked at what's happening. Mayor Johnny Magee said, "The problem is Laurel is over 100 years old and the water and sewer lines are about the same age." Caving in and sprouting leaks, Mayor Johnny Magee said it's time for an infrastructure revamp in the city.  Magee said, "We are going to redo the water and sewer lines all the way from the flagpole on Central Avenue about two and a half mil...

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    The City of Laurel undergoing a $5 million water and sewer project. WDAM looked at what's happening. Mayor Johnny Magee said, "The problem is Laurel is over 100 years old and the water and sewer lines are about the same age." Caving in and sprouting leaks, Mayor Johnny Magee said it's time for an infrastructure revamp in the city.  Magee said, "We are going to redo the water and sewer lines all the way from the flagpole on Central Avenue about two and a half mil...

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  • Hattiesburg man reported missing in New Orleans found safe

    Hattiesburg man reported missing in New Orleans found safe

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 10:03 PM EST2018-02-22 03:03:57 GMT
    New Orleans police said Johnny Gatlin came into NOPD Police station with his missing flyer in hand and in good health. (Photo source: NOPD)New Orleans police said Johnny Gatlin came into NOPD Police station with his missing flyer in hand and in good health. (Photo source: NOPD)
    A Hattiesburg man reported missing after visiting New Orleans for Mardi Gras has been found safe.  New Orleans police said Johnny Gatlin, 57, came into NOPD Police station with his missing flyer in hand and in good health.  His family picked him up in New Orleans. Copyright WDAM 2018. All rights reserved. More >>
    A Hattiesburg man reported missing after visiting New Orleans for Mardi Gras has been found safe.  New Orleans police said Johnny Gatlin, 57, came into NOPD Police station with his missing flyer in hand and in good health.  His family picked him up in New Orleans. Copyright WDAM 2018. All rights reserved. More >>
  • Lamar Co. Sheriff's Department upgrades gloves for safety concerns

    Lamar Co. Sheriff's Department upgrades gloves for safety concerns

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 7:47 PM EST2018-02-22 00:47:32 GMT
    Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said his department has purchased a new type of gloves for his officers to wear to protect against dangers like fentanyl. (Photo source: WDAM)Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said his department has purchased a new type of gloves for his officers to wear to protect against dangers like fentanyl. (Photo source: WDAM)
    With law enforcement's growing concern over the dangers of fentanyl, the Lamar County Sheriff’s Department is taking precautions. Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said his department has purchased a new type of gloves for his officers to wear. “We received an intelligence bulletin from the department of health a couple months ago that the normal latex gloves that we use for searching vehicles, searching individuals, probably would not be a good barrier for a lot of ...More >>
    With law enforcement's growing concern over the dangers of fentanyl, the Lamar County Sheriff’s Department is taking precautions. Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said his department has purchased a new type of gloves for his officers to wear. “We received an intelligence bulletin from the department of health a couple months ago that the normal latex gloves that we use for searching vehicles, searching individuals, probably would not be a good barrier for a lot of ...More >>
  • Sheriff: Deputies ordered to carry rifles following Florida school shooting

    Sheriff: Deputies ordered to carry rifles following Florida school shooting

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 7:35 PM EST2018-02-22 00:35:35 GMT
    Florida sheriff has ordered deputies who qualify to begin carrying rifles on school grounds.Florida sheriff has ordered deputies who qualify to begin carrying rifles on school grounds.

    The sheriff of the Florida county where a shooter killed 17 people at a high school last week has ordered all deputies who qualify to begin carrying rifles on school grounds. Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said at a news conference Wednesday that the rifles will be locked in a patrol car when not in use until the agency secures gun locks and lockers. The sheriff said the school superintendent fully supports his decision. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High's school resource office was carr...

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    The sheriff of the Florida county where a shooter killed 17 people at a high school last week has ordered all deputies who qualify to begin carrying rifles on school grounds. Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said at a news conference Wednesday that the rifles will be locked in a patrol car when not in use until the agency secures gun locks and lockers. The sheriff said the school superintendent fully supports his decision. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High's school resource office was carr...

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  • City of Hattiesburg to offer free tree seedlings

    City of Hattiesburg to offer free tree seedlings

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 6:25 PM EST2018-02-21 23:25:00 GMT
    City of Hattiesburg to offer free tree seedlingsCity of Hattiesburg to offer free tree seedlings

    The City of Hattiesburg will provide tree seedlings for free tomorrow between 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. at Town Square Park. 

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    The City of Hattiesburg will provide tree seedlings for free tomorrow between 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. at Town Square Park. 

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  • Bright Idea: City focuses on improvements to help make Hattiesburg safer

    Bright Idea: City focuses on improvements to help make Hattiesburg safer

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 6:01 PM EST2018-02-21 23:01:37 GMT
    Since November, city council has approved nearly a dozen requests from Mayor Toby Barker for new lighting contracts to add or improve fixtures around the Hub City. (Photo source: WDAM)Since November, city council has approved nearly a dozen requests from Mayor Toby Barker for new lighting contracts to add or improve fixtures around the Hub City. (Photo source: WDAM)

    The City of Hattiesburg is hoping the future of the community is brighter, and safer. 

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    The City of Hattiesburg is hoping the future of the community is brighter, and safer. 

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  • Billy Graham's casket was hand built by inmates at Angola

    Billy Graham's casket was hand built by inmates at Angola

    Casket built for Billy Graham by Angola inmates (Source: WAFB)Casket built for Billy Graham by Angola inmates (Source: WAFB)

    Inmates at one of the country's most well-known prisons will have a hand in laying Reverend Billy Graham to rest. At his request, Angola inmates built his casket back in 2006.

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    Inmates at one of the country's most well-known prisons will have a hand in laying Reverend Billy Graham to rest. At his request, Angola inmates built his casket back in 2006.

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  • Senate Republicans support school funding set in House bill

    Senate Republicans support school funding set in House bill

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 5:37 PM EST2018-02-21 22:37:18 GMT
    Senate Republicans support school funding set in House billSenate Republicans support school funding set in House bill

    The next version of a bill to change Mississippi's education funding formula won't immediately increase proposed funding levels for schools, but might adjust funding upward sooner than the seven years the House proposes. 

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    The next version of a bill to change Mississippi's education funding formula won't immediately increase proposed funding levels for schools, but might adjust funding upward sooner than the seven years the House proposes. 

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  • Carey ‘steals’ 13-6 victory over Vermont St. Joe’s

    Carey ‘steals’ 13-6 victory over Vermont St. Joe’s

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 5:35 PM EST2018-02-21 22:35:04 GMT

    William Carey University banged out 13 hits and swiped 12 bases Tuesday to overwhelm visiting College of St. Joseph’s of Vermont 13-6 at Milton Wheeler Field. 

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    William Carey University banged out 13 hits and swiped 12 bases Tuesday to overwhelm visiting College of St. Joseph’s of Vermont 13-6 at Milton Wheeler Field. 

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  • Cardiologist gives the facts on leading killer in the state

    Cardiologist gives the facts on leading killer in the state

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 5:32 PM EST2018-02-21 22:32:45 GMT
    Cardiovascular disease takes the lives of more than a third of Mississippians, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health. (Photo source: WDAM)Cardiovascular disease takes the lives of more than a third of Mississippians, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health. (Photo source: WDAM)

    You or someone you know may be affected by the number one killer in our state. Cardiovascular disease takes the lives of more than a third of Mississippians, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health. Merit Health Wesley's Cardiologist, Dr. Dan Skarzynski said when it comes to matters of the heart don't ignore the warning signs. Dr.Skarzynski said he knows heart disease isn't easy to overcome. "It's something that we can work to lessen our potential to have,"...

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    You or someone you know may be affected by the number one killer in our state. Cardiovascular disease takes the lives of more than a third of Mississippians, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health. Merit Health Wesley's Cardiologist, Dr. Dan Skarzynski said when it comes to matters of the heart don't ignore the warning signs. Dr.Skarzynski said he knows heart disease isn't easy to overcome. "It's something that we can work to lessen our potential to have,"...

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  • William Carey discusses emergency policy

    William Carey discusses emergency policy

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 5:27 PM EST2018-02-21 22:27:58 GMT
    If something were to happen on campus, Hummel is confident that the university can respond in a timely manner. (Photo source: WDAM)If something were to happen on campus, Hummel is confident that the university can respond in a timely manner. (Photo source: WDAM)

    William Carey University is speaking about their emergency policy after the recent school shooting in Florida, and the countless threats against high schools across the country.

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    William Carey University is speaking about their emergency policy after the recent school shooting in Florida, and the countless threats against high schools across the country.

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  • 2 charged with burglary in Lamar County

    2 charged with burglary in Lamar County

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 5:21 PM EST2018-02-21 22:21:27 GMT
    Romeo Micnnis, 18, of Monticello arrested for burglary. (Photo source: Lamar County Sheriff's Office)Romeo Micnnis, 18, of Monticello arrested for burglary. (Photo source: Lamar County Sheriff's Office)

    A pair of men are behind bars and facing burglary charges in connection to a Lamar County crime. Romeo McInnis, 18, of Monticello, and Rashaun Cowans, 19, of Prentiss, were arrested by Lamar County deputies and Hattiesburg police Monday morning. “We got a call of a residential burglary on Monday morning on Sis Circle,” said Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel. “The caller said they saw two black males loading items from a house into a blue car.” Rigel said the ...

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    A pair of men are behind bars and facing burglary charges in connection to a Lamar County crime. Romeo McInnis, 18, of Monticello, and Rashaun Cowans, 19, of Prentiss, were arrested by Lamar County deputies and Hattiesburg police Monday morning. “We got a call of a residential burglary on Monday morning on Sis Circle,” said Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel. “The caller said they saw two black males loading items from a house into a blue car.” Rigel said the ...

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  • 1 jailed for auto theft in Lamar County

    1 jailed for auto theft in Lamar County

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 5:16 PM EST2018-02-21 22:16:40 GMT
    Kendarius Fortenberry, 21, was charged with one count of grand larceny auto and a parole violation. (Photo source: Lamar County Sheriff's Office)Kendarius Fortenberry, 21, was charged with one count of grand larceny auto and a parole violation. (Photo source: Lamar County Sheriff's Office)

    A Lumberton man is behind bars facing a grand larceny auto charge after authorities recovered a stolen vehicle in Lamar County. Kendarius Fortenberry, 21, was charged with one count of grand larceny auto and a parole violation. According to Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel, a 2014 Kia Forte was stolen on McKenzie Circle on Feb. 19. “The victim went out to leave for work and her car was gone,” said Rigel.  “We recovered the vehicle on Feb. 20 on Azalea Dr...

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    A Lumberton man is behind bars facing a grand larceny auto charge after authorities recovered a stolen vehicle in Lamar County. Kendarius Fortenberry, 21, was charged with one count of grand larceny auto and a parole violation. According to Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel, a 2014 Kia Forte was stolen on McKenzie Circle on Feb. 19. “The victim went out to leave for work and her car was gone,” said Rigel.  “We recovered the vehicle on Feb. 20 on Azalea Dr...

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  • Ellisville man charged with murder of wife, bond set

    Ellisville man charged with murder of wife, bond set

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 5:09 PM EST2018-02-21 22:09:47 GMT
    Whitney G. Kitchens, 42, was charged with second degree murder. (Photo source: Jones County Sheriff's Dept.)Whitney G. Kitchens, 42, was charged with second degree murder. (Photo source: Jones County Sheriff's Dept.)

    An Ellisville man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of his wife. Jones County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Whitney G. Kitchens, 42, on Tuesday after responding to a shots fired complain on Oak Bowery Road in Ellisville, according to a Jones County Sheriff's Department press release.  Deputies were advised that the suspect had shot his wife multiple times. The victim, Erin Elizabeth Kitchens, 43, was pronounced dead at the scene. Whitney Kitc...

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    An Ellisville man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of his wife. Jones County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Whitney G. Kitchens, 42, on Tuesday after responding to a shots fired complain on Oak Bowery Road in Ellisville, according to a Jones County Sheriff's Department press release.  Deputies were advised that the suspect had shot his wife multiple times. The victim, Erin Elizabeth Kitchens, 43, was pronounced dead at the scene. Whitney Kitc...

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  • Teen sought in connection to Perry County burglaries

    Teen sought in connection to Perry County burglaries

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 5:03 PM EST2018-02-21 22:03:06 GMT
    Clifton “CJ” Lee Walton, 17, has multiple warrants for his arrest and has been certified as an adult by the Perry County Court system. (Photo source: Perry County Sheriff'd Office)Clifton “CJ” Lee Walton, 17, has multiple warrants for his arrest and has been certified as an adult by the Perry County Court system. (Photo source: Perry County Sheriff'd Office)
    The Perry County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect wanted in connection to multiple burglaries. Clifton “CJ” Lee Walton, 17, has multiple warrants for his arrest and has been certified as an adult by the Perry County Court system, according to Perry County Sheriff Mitch Nobles,. “Walton is wanted in connection to multiple burglaries that have occurred over the last two weeks in our county,” Nobles sai...More >>
    The Perry County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect wanted in connection to multiple burglaries. Clifton “CJ” Lee Walton, 17, has multiple warrants for his arrest and has been certified as an adult by the Perry County Court system, according to Perry County Sheriff Mitch Nobles,. “Walton is wanted in connection to multiple burglaries that have occurred over the last two weeks in our county,” Nobles sai...More >>
  • Southern Miss baseball cancels 3-game road trip

    Southern Miss baseball cancels 3-game road trip

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 4:53 PM EST2018-02-21 21:53:36 GMT
    The University of Southern Mississippi baseball team’s nine-game road swing just got three games shorter. (Photo source: USM)The University of Southern Mississippi baseball team’s nine-game road swing just got three games shorter. (Photo source: USM)

    The University of Southern Mississippi baseball team’s nine-game road swing just got three games shorter. The Golden Eagles announced Wednesday afternoon that plans to play in a round-robin invitational tournament this week at Stephen F. Austin University had been cancelled because of expected inclement weather in the Nacogdoches, Texas, area. USM (3-1) was scheduled to play South Dakota State University on Friday, University of Texas-Arlington on Saturday and Stephen F. Austi...

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    The University of Southern Mississippi baseball team’s nine-game road swing just got three games shorter. The Golden Eagles announced Wednesday afternoon that plans to play in a round-robin invitational tournament this week at Stephen F. Austin University had been cancelled because of expected inclement weather in the Nacogdoches, Texas, area. USM (3-1) was scheduled to play South Dakota State University on Friday, University of Texas-Arlington on Saturday and Stephen F. Austi...

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  • USM bullpen falters in 10-9 loss at South Alabama

    USM bullpen falters in 10-9 loss at South Alabama

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 4:22 PM EST2018-02-21 21:22:39 GMT

    No. 13 University of Southern Mississippi saw a five-run lead evaporate in the late innings as No. 17 University of South Alabama rallied Tuesday for a 10-9 victory in a marathon of a ballgame at Eddie Stanky Field.

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    No. 13 University of Southern Mississippi saw a five-run lead evaporate in the late innings as No. 17 University of South Alabama rallied Tuesday for a 10-9 victory in a marathon of a ballgame at Eddie Stanky Field.

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  • HPD arrests two juveniles after car chase

    HPD arrests two juveniles after car chase

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 4:21 PM EST2018-02-21 21:21:59 GMT
    The suspects fled before leaving the roadway and striking the front steps of a house, a small tree and hitting a pick up truck in a neighbor's driveway. (Photo source: WDAM)The suspects fled before leaving the roadway and striking the front steps of a house, a small tree and hitting a pick up truck in a neighbor's driveway. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Hattiesburg police arrested two juveniles after a car chase Wednesday morning.  Shortly after 7 a.m., Hattiesburg officers noticed two male suspects in a van being suspicious and tried to conduct a traffic stop around 6th Street and Adeline, according to HPD. 

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    Hattiesburg police arrested two juveniles after a car chase Wednesday morning.  Shortly after 7 a.m., Hattiesburg officers noticed two male suspects in a van being suspicious and tried to conduct a traffic stop around 6th Street and Adeline, according to HPD. 

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  • List of safest school districts in Mississippi released

    List of safest school districts in Mississippi released

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 3:50 PM EST2018-02-21 20:50:31 GMT
    Niche.com released its rankings based on student and parent ratings of health and safety, area crime rates for expulsion, suspension and school related arrests. (Photo source: RNN archive)Niche.com released its rankings based on student and parent ratings of health and safety, area crime rates for expulsion, suspension and school related arrests. (Photo source: RNN archive)
    A ranking and review site has released its list of safest school districts in Mississippi for 2018 and several Pine Belt schools made the list.  Niche.com released its rankings based on student and parent ratings of health and safety, area crime rates for expulsion, suspension and school related arrests.  The Petal School District was ranked at No. 2, the Lamar County School District at No. 10, the Laurel School District at No. 15, the Columbia School District at...More >>
    A ranking and review site has released its list of safest school districts in Mississippi for 2018 and several Pine Belt schools made the list.  Niche.com released its rankings based on student and parent ratings of health and safety, area crime rates for expulsion, suspension and school related arrests.  The Petal School District was ranked at No. 2, the Lamar County School District at No. 10, the Laurel School District at No. 15, the Columbia School District at...More >>
  • The Latest: Bjoergen becomes most decorated Winter Olympian

    The Latest: Bjoergen becomes most decorated Winter Olympian

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 8:12 PM EST2018-02-21 01:12:24 GMT
    Wednesday, February 21 2018 3:37 PM EST2018-02-21 20:37:33 GMT

    The Trump administration says Vice President Mike Pence was ready to meet with representatives from North Korea during his visit to the Olympic Games in South Korea but that North Korea canceled at the last minute.

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    The Trump administration says Vice President Mike Pence was ready to meet with representatives from North Korea during his visit to the Olympic Games in South Korea but that North Korea canceled at the last minute.

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  • Hattiesburg surgeon breaks down barriers

    Hattiesburg surgeon breaks down barriers

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 2:40 PM EST2018-02-21 19:40:55 GMT
    Photo Credit: WDAMPhoto Credit: WDAM

    Throughout her years, Dr. Kate Aseme has seen a lot of changes in the Pine Belt.. It's because of her, some of those changes happened. 

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    Throughout her years, Dr. Kate Aseme has seen a lot of changes in the Pine Belt.. It's because of her, some of those changes happened. 

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  • 'America's Pastor' Billy Graham dies at 99

    'America's Pastor' Billy Graham dies at 99

    Billy Graham, America's most prominent Christian leader, was a pastor to presidents and everyday Americans. Graham preached to nearly 215 million people around the world.

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    Billy Graham, America's most prominent Christian leader, was a pastor to presidents and everyday Americans. Graham preached to nearly 215 million people around the world.

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  • Town of Mt. Olive boil water advisory lifted

    Town of Mt. Olive boil water advisory lifted

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 10:54 AM EST2018-02-21 15:54:31 GMT
    Health officials strongly recommend that all water be boiled vigorously for one minute before it is consumed. (Photo source: WDAM)Health officials strongly recommend that all water be boiled vigorously for one minute before it is consumed. (Photo source: WDAM)

    People living in Mt. Olive are under a boil water advisory until further notice.

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    People living in Mt. Olive are under a boil water advisory until further notice.

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  • Threats made against Pearl River Co. school

    Threats made against Pearl River Co. school

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 8:26 AM EST2018-02-21 13:26:30 GMT
    (Photo Source: Pearl River County School District)(Photo Source: Pearl River County School District)

    The Pearl River County Sheriff's Department is investigating threats made against schools in the district. According to a Facebook post from the school district, investigators have identified the student that made the alleged threat.

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    The Pearl River County Sheriff's Department is investigating threats made against schools in the district. According to a Facebook post from the school district, investigators have identified the student that made the alleged threat.

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  • Hattiesburg contracts company to help promote within fire department

    Hattiesburg contracts company to help promote within fire department

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 11:08 PM EST2018-02-21 04:08:44 GMT
    The City of Hattiesburg will have the help of Texas-based company for promotional testing.  Source: WDAM.The City of Hattiesburg will have the help of Texas-based company for promotional testing. Source: WDAM.

    The City of Hattiesburg will now turn to a Texas company to help promote individuals within the fire department.

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    The City of Hattiesburg will now turn to a Texas company to help promote individuals within the fire department.

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  • Charges filed against Petal student who made social media threats

    Charges filed against Petal student who made social media threats

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 10:58 PM EST2018-02-21 03:58:44 GMT
    Student responsible for threat charged. (Photo source: WDAM)Student responsible for threat charged. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Petal schools have found the middle school student responsible for making dangerous threats on social media to harm students. That student has been charged. 

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    Petal schools have found the middle school student responsible for making dangerous threats on social media to harm students. That student has been charged. 

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  • WDAM has learned the Lumberton Police Chief suddenly resigned

    Lumberton police chief resigns

    Lumberton police chief resigns

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 10:54 PM EST2018-02-21 03:54:49 GMT
    Lumberton Police Chief Shane Flynt has suddenly resigned. (Photo source: WDAM)Lumberton Police Chief Shane Flynt has suddenly resigned. (Photo source: WDAM)

    WDAM has learned Lumberton Police Chief Shane Flynt has suddenly resigned. Flynt was appointed as the city's police chief back in September 2017. According to the Lumberton Police Department, Flynt recently put in his resignation.

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    WDAM has learned Lumberton Police Chief Shane Flynt has suddenly resigned. Flynt was appointed as the city's police chief back in September 2017. According to the Lumberton Police Department, Flynt recently put in his resignation.

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  • First female American Legion national commander visits Hattiesburg

    First female American Legion national commander visits Hattiesburg

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 10:43 PM EST2018-02-21 03:43:12 GMT
    Denise Rohan became the American Legion's first female national commander in August, 2017. Photo credit WDAM.Denise Rohan became the American Legion's first female national commander in August, 2017. Photo credit WDAM.

    The first woman to lead the American Legion visited Hattiesburg Tuesday night.  

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    The first woman to lead the American Legion visited Hattiesburg Tuesday night.  

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  • One person injured in five-car crash in Hattiesburg

    One person injured in five-car crash in Hattiesburg

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 9:43 PM EST2018-02-21 02:43:15 GMT
    Hattiesburg Police work an accident involving five vehicles on Highway 49 near the USM campus Tuesday night. Photo credit WDAM.Hattiesburg Police work an accident involving five vehicles on Highway 49 near the USM campus Tuesday night. Photo credit WDAM.

    One person was transported to the hospital with minor injuries after a crash involving five vehicles in Hattiesburg Tuesday night.  The wreck happened around 6:30 p.m., in the southbound lane of Highway 49, just north of the Hardy Street intersection.  Hattiesburg Police officials said one of the vehicles involved was an 18-wheeler.  Copyright 2018 WDAM. All rights reserved.       

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    One person was transported to the hospital with minor injuries after a crash involving five vehicles in Hattiesburg Tuesday night.  The wreck happened around 6:30 p.m., in the southbound lane of Highway 49, just north of the Hardy Street intersection.  Hattiesburg Police officials said one of the vehicles involved was an 18-wheeler.  Copyright 2018 WDAM. All rights reserved.       

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  • Pay scale alignment for Hattiesburg Fire Department on hold

    Pay scale alignment for Hattiesburg Fire Department on hold

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 8:54 PM EST2018-02-21 01:54:11 GMT
    City Council reviewed the proposed pay scale alignment for the Hattiesburg Fire Department Tuesday.  Source: WDAM.City Council reviewed the proposed pay scale alignment for the Hattiesburg Fire Department Tuesday. Source: WDAM.

    Changes to the pay scale for the Hattiesburg Fire Department are on hold, for now. Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker asked City Council to table the item on the agenda at Tuesday's meeting.  Barker said he wanted to give council members more of an opportunity to go over the proposal, since it was the first time presented to them. The pay scale alignment include a $1,500 increase, per position, from the base salary with experience.  It also includes a several thousand...

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    Changes to the pay scale for the Hattiesburg Fire Department are on hold, for now. Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker asked City Council to table the item on the agenda at Tuesday's meeting.  Barker said he wanted to give council members more of an opportunity to go over the proposal, since it was the first time presented to them. The pay scale alignment include a $1,500 increase, per position, from the base salary with experience.  It also includes a several thousand...

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  • Hattiesburg water outage after cut line

    Hattiesburg water outage after cut line

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 8:39 PM EST2018-02-21 01:39:16 GMT
    Some Hattiesburg residents are without water after a water line was cut Tuesday evening. (Photo source: WDAM)Some Hattiesburg residents are without water after a water line was cut Tuesday evening. (Photo source: WDAM)
    Some Hattiesburg residents are without water after a water line was cut Tuesday evening.  The City of Hattiesburg posted the notice on Facebook for residents at the intersection of Elks Lake Road and US Highway 49. Crews are on the scene and estimate that the problem will be resolved by 10 p.m. Exxon and residents along Elks Lake Road will not have water service until repaired.  Copyright WDAM 2018. All rights reserved. More >>
    Some Hattiesburg residents are without water after a water line was cut Tuesday evening.  The City of Hattiesburg posted the notice on Facebook for residents at the intersection of Elks Lake Road and US Highway 49. Crews are on the scene and estimate that the problem will be resolved by 10 p.m. Exxon and residents along Elks Lake Road will not have water service until repaired.  Copyright WDAM 2018. All rights reserved. More >>
  • Forrest Co. storm shelter plans moving forward

    Forrest Co. storm shelter plans moving forward

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 6:54 PM EST2018-02-20 23:54:21 GMT
    Plans for a safe room/storm shelter that will be located at the Dixie Attendance center were a topic of discussion for the Forrest County Board of Supervisors Tuesday. (Photo source: Forrest County Board)Plans for a safe room/storm shelter that will be located at the Dixie Attendance center were a topic of discussion for the Forrest County Board of Supervisors Tuesday. (Photo source: Forrest County Board)

    Plans for a safe room/storm shelter that will be located at the Dixie Attendance center were a topic of discussion for the Forrest County Board of Supervisors Tuesday. During their meeting, supervisors discussed the plans for the 12 total shelters to be placed in multiple school districts around Forrest County.  “There’s actually three different grants that have been approved for phase one,"  said Forrest County Board President David Hogan. "One ...

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    Plans for a safe room/storm shelter that will be located at the Dixie Attendance center were a topic of discussion for the Forrest County Board of Supervisors Tuesday. During their meeting, supervisors discussed the plans for the 12 total shelters to be placed in multiple school districts around Forrest County.  “There’s actually three different grants that have been approved for phase one,"  said Forrest County Board President David Hogan. "One ...

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  • State moving forward with plans for road funding

    State moving forward with plans for road funding

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 6:34 PM EST2018-02-20 23:34:27 GMT
    State senators are moving ahead with a six-year plan to divert future revenue and borrow money to spend on Mississippi's road and bridges (Photo Source: WDAM)State senators are moving ahead with a six-year plan to divert future revenue and borrow money to spend on Mississippi's road and bridges (Photo Source: WDAM)

    State senators are moving ahead with a six-year plan to divert future revenue and borrow money to spend on Mississippi's roads and bridges. 

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    State senators are moving ahead with a six-year plan to divert future revenue and borrow money to spend on Mississippi's roads and bridges. 

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  • Hattiesburg pastor speaks at PRCC Black History Program

    Hattiesburg pastor speaks at PRCC Black History Program

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 5:57 PM EST2018-02-20 22:57:25 GMT
    Pastor Tony Reimonenq, Jr. speaks to students and faculty at an annual Black History Month program at PRCC in Hattiesburg Tuesday. Photo credit WDAM.Pastor Tony Reimonenq, Jr. speaks to students and faculty at an annual Black History Month program at PRCC in Hattiesburg Tuesday. Photo credit WDAM.

    The speaker at a Black History Month event in Hattiesburg Tuesday talked about the importance of faith.  Tony Reimonenq, Jr. is the executive pastor of West Point Baptist Church.  He addressed students and faculty at an annual Black History Month program at he Forrest County campus of Pearl River Community College. It was organized by the college's History and Humanities Club.  "The principle that the people before us exuded was faithfulness in spite of, puttin...

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    The speaker at a Black History Month event in Hattiesburg Tuesday talked about the importance of faith.  Tony Reimonenq, Jr. is the executive pastor of West Point Baptist Church.  He addressed students and faculty at an annual Black History Month program at he Forrest County campus of Pearl River Community College. It was organized by the college's History and Humanities Club.  "The principle that the people before us exuded was faithfulness in spite of, puttin...

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  • Walk-On's breaks ground on first MS location

    Walk-On's breaks ground on first MS location

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 4:29 PM EST2018-02-20 21:29:46 GMT
    Franchise owners break ground on the first Walk-On's location in Mississippi. (Photo Source: WDAM)Franchise owners break ground on the first Walk-On's location in Mississippi. (Photo Source: WDAM)

    A taste of the bayou is coming to the Hub City. Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar, a Baton Rouge-based restaurant, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday.  

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    A taste of the bayou is coming to the Hub City. Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar, a Baton Rouge-based restaurant, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday.  

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  • 'Unfortunately I made some poor decisions': Cannizaro steps down as MSU baseball coach

    'Unfortunately I made some poor decisions': Cannizaro steps down as MSU baseball coach

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 3:59 PM EST2018-02-20 20:59:47 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Mississippi State officially announced the resignation of Andy Cannizaro as the Bulldog's head baseball coach Tuesday morning.

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    Mississippi State officially announced the resignation of Andy Cannizaro as the Bulldog's head baseball coach Tuesday morning.

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  • Lamar Co. man killed in early morning crash identified

    Lamar Co. man killed in early morning crash identified

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 3:24 PM EST2018-02-20 20:24:38 GMT

    A 33-year-old Lamar County man is dead after an early morning crash on WPA Road just north of Old Highway 24.

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    A 33-year-old Lamar County man is dead after an early morning crash on WPA Road just north of Old Highway 24.

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  • Spring Severe Weather Preparedness Week, tips from MEMA

    Spring Severe Weather Preparedness Week, tips from MEMA

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 1:15 PM EST2018-02-20 18:15:56 GMT
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    As winter begins to leave Mississippi, it is now time to prepare for severe weather. This week is Spring Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

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    As winter begins to leave Mississippi, it is now time to prepare for severe weather. This week is Spring Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

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  • Luke Reynolds name C-USA hitter of the week

    Luke Reynolds name C-USA hitter of the week

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 12:05 AM EST2018-02-20 05:05:04 GMT
    USM junior Luke Reynolds batted .600 in his first three games as a Golden Eagle. Courtesy: WDAMUSM junior Luke Reynolds batted .600 in his first three games as a Golden Eagle. Courtesy: WDAM

    Luke Reynolds had not played in a baseball game since 2015. However, he clearly didn’t miss a beat based on his performance in USM’s three-game sweep of Mississippi State.

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    Luke Reynolds had not played in a baseball game since 2015. However, he clearly didn’t miss a beat based on his performance in USM’s three-game sweep of Mississippi State.

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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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    Two Hattiesburg Police officers lost their lives May 9, 2015.

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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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    Find the latest health violations at Pine Belt restaurants here. 

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    Find the latest health violations at Pine Belt restaurants here. 

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  • 3 on the Road: Forks of the Road

    3 on the Road: Forks of the Road

    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:18 PM EST2018-02-23 02:18:34 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Evidently, this is the time for Mississippi to come to grips with its past, with the opening of the frank and honest Civil Rights Museum in Jackson. And in Natchez, an insightful display at the Visitors Center about the Forks of the Roads slave market.

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    Evidently, this is the time for Mississippi to come to grips with its past, with the opening of the frank and honest Civil Rights Museum in Jackson. And in Natchez, an insightful display at the Visitors Center about the Forks of the Roads slave market.

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  • North Gulfport Middle School taken off lockdown

    North Gulfport Middle School taken off lockdown

    Thursday, February 22 2018 8:28 PM EST2018-02-23 01:28:45 GMT
    North Gulfport Middle School is on lockdown, and police are on campus after a report of gunshots heard in the area.  (Photo source: WLOX)North Gulfport Middle School is on lockdown, and police are on campus after a report of gunshots heard in the area.  (Photo source: WLOX)

    North Gulfport Middle School is on lockdown, and police are on campus after a report of gunshots heard in the area. 

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    North Gulfport Middle School is on lockdown, and police are on campus after a report of gunshots heard in the area. 

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  • Lamar Co. Superintendent warns of spreading social media threats

    Lamar Co. Superintendent warns of spreading social media threats

    Thursday, February 22 2018 8:22 PM EST2018-02-23 01:22:33 GMT
    The Lamar County School District says safety and security for students is always a priority for all schools in the district. (Photo source: WDAM)The Lamar County School District says safety and security for students is always a priority for all schools in the district. (Photo source: WDAM)

    An increased police presence was visible at Sumrall High School on Thursday morning due to a social media post posing a threat.

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    An increased police presence was visible at Sumrall High School on Thursday morning due to a social media post posing a threat.

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  • West Virginia teachers: Statewide walkout over pay, benefits

    West Virginia teachers: Statewide walkout over pay, benefits

    Thursday, February 22 2018 5:04 PM EST2018-02-22 22:04:19 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:35 PM EST2018-02-23 02:35:32 GMT
    (AP Photo/John Raby). Jennifer Hanner, a first-year teacher from Harts, W.Va., center, holds a sign Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, outside the state Senate chambers at the Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Teachers statewide went on strike Thursday over pay and b...(AP Photo/John Raby). Jennifer Hanner, a first-year teacher from Harts, W.Va., center, holds a sign Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, outside the state Senate chambers at the Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Teachers statewide went on strike Thursday over pay and b...
    West Virginia teachers launch first statewide walked since 1990, complaining of low pay and benefits.More >>
    West Virginia teachers launch first statewide walked since 1990, complaining of low pay and benefits.More >>
  • Sheriff: School officer never went inside to confront gunman

    Sheriff: School officer never went inside to confront gunman

    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:14 AM EST2018-02-22 06:14:16 GMT
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    (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert). Mourners hug as they leave the funeral of Alaina Petty, in Coral Springs, Fla., Monday, Feb. 19, 2018.  Petty was a victim of Wednesday's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, ...(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert). Mourners hug as they leave the funeral of Alaina Petty, in Coral Springs, Fla., Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Petty was a victim of Wednesday's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, ...

    The students who swarmed Florida's state capitol in the wake of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre face pushback in Legislature.

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    The students who swarmed Florida's state capitol in the wake of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High massacre face pushback in Legislature.

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  • GOP congressmen challenge new Pennsylvania district map

    GOP congressmen challenge new Pennsylvania district map

    Thursday, February 22 2018 12:13 AM EST2018-02-22 05:13:49 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:35 PM EST2018-02-23 02:35:02 GMT
    Pa Supreme Court draws a 'much more competitive' district mapPa Supreme Court draws a 'much more competitive' district map

    The state Supreme Court last month threw out a Republican-crafted map that was considered among the nation's most gerrymandered.

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    The state Supreme Court last month threw out a Republican-crafted map that was considered among the nation's most gerrymandered.

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  • Forgot about that joint? Vegas airport lets people dump pot

    Forgot about that joint? Vegas airport lets people dump pot

    Thursday, February 22 2018 6:44 PM EST2018-02-22 23:44:29 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 9:34 PM EST2018-02-23 02:34:46 GMT
    (AP Photo/Regina Garcia Cano). Unidentified travelers exit the airport past a green metal container designed for "Disposal for Prescription and Recreational Drugs," set outside one of the entrances to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Thursd...(AP Photo/Regina Garcia Cano). Unidentified travelers exit the airport past a green metal container designed for "Disposal for Prescription and Recreational Drugs," set outside one of the entrances to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Thursd...
    Tourists catching a flight out of Las Vegas can now dump their leftover legal marijuana in metal containers set up at the airport.More >>
    Tourists catching a flight out of Las Vegas can now dump their leftover legal marijuana in metal containers set up at the airport.More >>
  • NPR adopts new measures after sex harassment investigation

    NPR adopts new measures after sex harassment investigation

    Thursday, February 22 2018 5:04 PM EST2018-02-22 22:04:32 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 8:55 PM EST2018-02-23 01:55:03 GMT
    (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File). FILE - This April 15, 2013 file photo shows the headquarters for National Public Radio (NPR) on North Capitol Street in Washington. NPR has adopted new measures to improve its workplace culture, following an independe...(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File). FILE - This April 15, 2013 file photo shows the headquarters for National Public Radio (NPR) on North Capitol Street in Washington. NPR has adopted new measures to improve its workplace culture, following an independe...
    National Public Radio's board of directors has adopted a series of measures to improve its workplace culture, following an independent investigation into sex harassment issues stemming from the ouster of a top...More >>
    National Public Radio's board of directors has adopted a series of measures to improve its workplace culture, following an independent investigation into sex harassment issues stemming from the ouster of a top executive.More >>
  • Led by Gigi Hadid, next-gen supermodels fill Milan runways

    Led by Gigi Hadid, next-gen supermodels fill Milan runways

    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:25 PM EST2018-02-22 18:25:01 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 8:18 PM EST2018-02-23 01:18:17 GMT
    (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni). Model Gigi Hadid wears a creation as part of the Fendi women's Fall/Winter 2018-2019 collection, presented during the Milan Fashion Week, in Milan, Italy, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.(AP Photo/Antonio Calanni). Model Gigi Hadid wears a creation as part of the Fendi women's Fall/Winter 2018-2019 collection, presented during the Milan Fashion Week, in Milan, Italy, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.
    The next generation of supermodels out in force on the second day of Milan Fashion Week.More >>
    The next generation of supermodels out in force on the second day of Milan Fashion Week.More >>

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