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  • Southern Pine Electric begins Adopt-a-School program

    Southern Pine Electric begins Adopt-a-School program

    Friday, November 17 2017 2:04 PM EST2017-11-17 19:04:02 GMT
    Hopewell Elementary School has been the first school selected to benefit from Southern Pine Electric's new Adopt-a-School program. Photo credit WDAM.Hopewell Elementary School has been the first school selected to benefit from Southern Pine Electric's new Adopt-a-School program. Photo credit WDAM.

    Children at one Covington County school are benefiting from a new partnership with Southern Pine Electric Power Association.  

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    Children at one Covington County school are benefiting from a new partnership with Southern Pine Electric Power Association.  

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  • Suspect in murder of 6-year-old Kingston Frazier released on bond

    Suspect in murder of 6-year-old Kingston Frazier released on bond

    Friday, November 17 2017 12:59 PM EST2017-11-17 17:59:29 GMT
    Dwan Wakefield - Source: Madison County Sheriff's OfficeDwan Wakefield - Source: Madison County Sheriff's Office

    The Madison County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that 17-year-old Dwan Wakefield has been given a $275,000 bond. 

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    The Madison County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that 17-year-old Dwan Wakefield has been given a $275,000 bond. 

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  • Waste tire grant to help Pine Belt clean-up

    Waste tire grant to help Pine Belt clean-up

    Friday, November 17 2017 11:24 AM EST2017-11-17 16:24:28 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    Local counties and cities are getting over $200,000 to continue cleaning up tire waste around the Pine Belt. 

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    Local counties and cities are getting over $200,000 to continue cleaning up tire waste around the Pine Belt. 

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  • Traffic Troubles: Your take on the busiest Hattiesburg intersections

    Traffic Troubles: Your take on the busiest Hattiesburg intersections

    Friday, November 17 2017 11:08 AM EST2017-11-17 16:08:04 GMT
    Source:WDAMSource:WDAM

    There's no denying Hattiesburg has some of the busiest intersections and Hattiesburg Police said the roads will only get more crowded with the holidays.

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    There's no denying Hattiesburg has some of the busiest intersections and Hattiesburg Police said the roads will only get more crowded with the holidays.

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  • Unbeaten Hattiesburg visits Stone for a spot in South State

    Unbeaten Hattiesburg visits Stone for a spot in South State

    Friday, November 17 2017 12:17 AM EST2017-11-17 05:17:50 GMT

    Hattiesburg High school won its first region title since 1998 and wrapped up a perfect regular season. But the Tigers are still hungry for more. The proof was in last week's 50-0 shutout victory over South Jones. Hattiesburg is on the road this week to face Stone, a team it defeated in September by the score of 62-27.

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    Hattiesburg High school won its first region title since 1998 and wrapped up a perfect regular season. But the Tigers are still hungry for more. The proof was in last week's 50-0 shutout victory over South Jones. Hattiesburg is on the road this week to face Stone, a team it defeated in September by the score of 62-27.

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  • Collins and Bay Springs meet for class 2A South State bid

    Collins and Bay Springs meet for class 2A South State bid

    Friday, November 17 2017 12:10 AM EST2017-11-17 05:10:22 GMT
    Collins football. Courtesy: WDAMCollins football. Courtesy: WDAM

    The Collins Tigers are one of the best turn-around stories in the Pine Belt area. In his second season as head coach, Eric Booth has led the Tigers to an 11-2 record after winning just two games last season.

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    The Collins Tigers are one of the best turn-around stories in the Pine Belt area. In his second season as head coach, Eric Booth has led the Tigers to an 11-2 record after winning just two games last season.

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  • Stringer softball's Madison Rayner signs with USM

    Stringer softball's Madison Rayner signs with USM

    Friday, November 17 2017 12:00 AM EST2017-11-17 05:00:21 GMT
    Stringer's Madison Rayner signs to play softball with Southern Miss. Courtesy: WDAMStringer's Madison Rayner signs to play softball with Southern Miss. Courtesy: WDAM

    Stringer's Madison Rayner took the next step in her softball career on Tuesday, signing with the University of Southern Mississippi. "Its been a blast," Rayner said. "Started out my tenth grade year and I just fell in love with [softball] each year. [USM softball] coach [Wendy] Hogue is great. I'm ready to play under her. It feels like home, it's close."

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    Stringer's Madison Rayner took the next step in her softball career on Tuesday, signing with the University of Southern Mississippi. "Its been a blast," Rayner said. "Started out my tenth grade year and I just fell in love with [softball] each year. [USM softball] coach [Wendy] Hogue is great. I'm ready to play under her. It feels like home, it's close."

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  • The Laurel School District is one step closer to having a new superintendent.

    Laurel School District one step closer to having new superintendent

    Laurel School District one step closer to having new superintendent

    Thursday, November 16 2017 10:42 PM EST2017-11-17 03:42:26 GMT

    The Laurel School District is one step closer to having a new superintendent. Thursday the Laurel School District Board of Trustees started the public interview process of seven applicants. 

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    The Laurel School District is one step closer to having a new superintendent. Thursday the Laurel School District Board of Trustees started the public interview process of seven applicants. 

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  • DuBard School at USM celebrates 55th anniversary

    DuBard School at USM celebrates 55th anniversary

    Thursday, November 16 2017 9:49 PM EST2017-11-17 02:49:11 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    The DuBard School for Language Disorders at the University of Southern Mississippi held an open house this afternoon in honor of the school's 55th anniversary. During the event, the school honored Dr. Maureen Martin, who retired as director in June 2017 after 41 years of service. "It's really exciting because over the last 55 years we have been privileged to service children with speech and language and hearing disabilities and help them become successful," said DuBar...More >>
    The DuBard School for Language Disorders at the University of Southern Mississippi held an open house this afternoon in honor of the school's 55th anniversary. During the event, the school honored Dr. Maureen Martin, who retired as director in June 2017 after 41 years of service. "It's really exciting because over the last 55 years we have been privileged to service children with speech and language and hearing disabilities and help them become successful," said DuBar...More >>
  • State auditor speaks on reverse auction law

    State auditor speaks on reverse auction law

    Thursday, November 16 2017 8:34 PM EST2017-11-17 01:34:00 GMT
    State Auditor Stacey Pickering. Photo credit: WDAMState Auditor Stacey Pickering. Photo credit: WDAM

    A new law regarding purchases by all Mississippi government entities will go into effect on January 1st. State Auditor Stacey Pickering made a stop by the Lamar County Supervisors meeting Thursday to shed light on a that new law. 

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    A new law regarding purchases by all Mississippi government entities will go into effect on January 1st. State Auditor Stacey Pickering made a stop by the Lamar County Supervisors meeting Thursday to shed light on a that new law. 

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  • Taylorsville, North Forrest looking to take another postseason step

    Taylorsville, North Forrest looking to take another postseason step

    Thursday, November 16 2017 8:23 PM EST2017-11-17 01:23:43 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    Taylorsville and North Forrest high schools both have progressed further into the Class 2A football playoffs than either did last year. But that doesn’t mean either is ready to stop now. One team will continue its journey after the two teams meet at 7 p.m. Friday in Eatonville in a South State Class 2A semifinal game. “We’ve emphasized all week, ‘Hey, you’ve come this far, you’ve come this close, let’s not have a letdown,’”...More >>
    Taylorsville and North Forrest high schools both have progressed further into the Class 2A football playoffs than either did last year. But that doesn’t mean either is ready to stop now. One team will continue its journey after the two teams meet at 7 p.m. Friday in Eatonville in a South State Class 2A semifinal game. “We’ve emphasized all week, ‘Hey, you’ve come this far, you’ve come this close, let’s not have a letdown,’”...More >>
  • Poplarville visits Purvis in playoff rematch

    Poplarville visits Purvis in playoff rematch

    Thursday, November 16 2017 8:04 PM EST2017-11-17 01:04:31 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    Pressure can do many things. Pressure can make diamonds. Pressure can tear things apart. We applaud grace under pressure, the exquisite performance under the gun. We extol those who seemingly ignore it, shoulder it, can cope with it, or better yet, excel despite it. Pressure makes for intrigue in the Friday night Region 7-4A rematch between Poplarville and Purvis high schools in a semifinal of the South State Class 4A playoffs. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Purvis. Both have hand...More >>
    Pressure can do many things. Pressure can make diamonds. Pressure can tear things apart. We applaud grace under pressure, the exquisite performance under the gun. We extol those who seemingly ignore it, shoulder it, can cope with it, or better yet, excel despite it. Pressure makes for intrigue in the Friday night Region 7-4A rematch between Poplarville and Purvis high schools in a semifinal of the South State Class 4A playoffs. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Purvis. Both have hand...More >>
  • 5 in custody, thousands in property recovered amid Perry Co. burglary investigation

    5 in custody, thousands in property recovered amid Perry Co. burglary investigation

    Thursday, November 16 2017 6:54 PM EST2017-11-16 23:54:31 GMT
    Source: RNNSource: RNN
    A two-week burglary investigation in Perry County led to the arrest of five people and the recovery of hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen property. “Over the last two weeks, the Perry County Sheriff’s Department has been working on a burglary that occurred in the Runnelstown area,” said Perry County Sheriff Mitch Nobles. “As the investigation has progressed, several arrests have been made.” Joseph L. Williford, 46; Deborah S. Scarbroug...More >>
    A two-week burglary investigation in Perry County led to the arrest of five people and the recovery of hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen property. “Over the last two weeks, the Perry County Sheriff’s Department has been working on a burglary that occurred in the Runnelstown area,” said Perry County Sheriff Mitch Nobles. “As the investigation has progressed, several arrests have been made.” Joseph L. Williford, 46; Deborah S. Scarbroug...More >>
  • High blood pressure redefined under new guidelines

    High blood pressure redefined under new guidelines

    Thursday, November 16 2017 6:39 PM EST2017-11-16 23:39:54 GMT
    source: American Heart Associationsource: American Heart Association

    For the first time in 14 years, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology has redefined high blood pressure from the old definition of 140/90 mm Hg to 130/80 mm Hg. The statement was released November 13 stating that guidelines were put in place “for detection, prevention, management and treatment of high blood pressure”. Studies show that nearly half of the adult U.S. population (46 percent) will have high blood pressure, or hypertension, und...

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    For the first time in 14 years, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology has redefined high blood pressure from the old definition of 140/90 mm Hg to 130/80 mm Hg. The statement was released November 13 stating that guidelines were put in place “for detection, prevention, management and treatment of high blood pressure”. Studies show that nearly half of the adult U.S. population (46 percent) will have high blood pressure, or hypertension, und...

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  • AG Hood urges Congress to repeal law that allows oversupply of opioids

    AG Hood urges Congress to repeal law that allows oversupply of opioids

    Thursday, November 16 2017 4:27 PM EST2017-11-16 21:27:32 GMT
    SOURCE: WDAMSOURCE: WDAM

    Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood joined 44 states and territories this week urging a repeal of a federal law that strips the DEA of its ability to hold drug manufacturers and distributors accountable as it relates to the oversupply of opioids.

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    Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood joined 44 states and territories this week urging a repeal of a federal law that strips the DEA of its ability to hold drug manufacturers and distributors accountable as it relates to the oversupply of opioids.

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  • Man struck by train in Hattiesburg

    Man struck by train in Hattiesburg

    Thursday, November 16 2017 3:56 PM EST2017-11-16 20:56:19 GMT
    courtesy: WDAMcourtesy: WDAM

    A pedestrian was struck by a train in Hattiesburg early Thursday morning, according to police.

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    A pedestrian was struck by a train in Hattiesburg early Thursday morning, according to police.

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  • Hattiesburg police searching for credit card fraud suspects

    Hattiesburg police searching for credit card fraud suspects

    Thursday, November 16 2017 3:31 PM EST2017-11-16 20:31:39 GMT
    SOURCE: HPDSOURCE: HPD
    Hattiesburg police need help locating two credit card fraud suspects.  The two suspects are both women and allegedly used a stolen credit card at Walmart on US Highway 49.  If anyone has information regarding the suspects, please contact the Hattiesburg Police Dept. at 601-545-4971. Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. More >>
    Hattiesburg police need help locating two credit card fraud suspects.  The two suspects are both women and allegedly used a stolen credit card at Walmart on US Highway 49.  If anyone has information regarding the suspects, please contact the Hattiesburg Police Dept. at 601-545-4971. Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. More >>
  • HPD searching for auto burglary, credit card fraud suspects

    HPD searching for auto burglary, credit card fraud suspects

    Thursday, November 16 2017 3:26 PM EST2017-11-16 20:26:00 GMT
    Suspect. SOURCE: HPDSuspect. SOURCE: HPD
    Hattiesburg police are searching for two suspects believed to be involved in an auto burglary and credit card fraud.  The auto burglary occurred on November 8 at the Walmart located at 6128 US-Highway 49. The subsequent credit card fraud occurred at 6072 Highway 98 and 6143 Highway 98. The suspects are described as black males and left the scene in a black Audi four-door passenger car with no plates. If anyone has any information regarding the suspects, please contact the Hatt...More >>
    Hattiesburg police are searching for two suspects believed to be involved in an auto burglary and credit card fraud.  The auto burglary occurred on November 8 at the Walmart located at 6128 US-Highway 49. The subsequent credit card fraud occurred at 6072 Highway 98 and 6143 Highway 98. The suspects are described as black males and left the scene in a black Audi four-door passenger car with no plates. If anyone has any information regarding the suspects, please contact the Hatt...More >>
  • Pass Christian couple arrested on child exploitation and lust charges

    Pass Christian couple arrested on child exploitation and lust charges

    Thursday, November 16 2017 2:31 PM EST2017-11-16 19:31:52 GMT
    Breland Sellers. SOURCE: AG's officeBreland Sellers. SOURCE: AG's office
    Attorney General Jim Hood announced the arrest of a Pass Christian couple on charges of possession of child pornography and gratification of lust. Breland Sellers, 29, was arrested on Tuesday by the AG's Cyber Crime Division and charged with one count of child exploitation for possession of child pornography. His bond was set at $75,000 and faces up to 40 years in prison and a $500,000 fine if convicted. Sellers' girlfriend, Kristina Lynn Crose, 28, was arrested on Wednesday and cha...More >>
    Attorney General Jim Hood announced the arrest of a Pass Christian couple on charges of possession of child pornography and gratification of lust. Breland Sellers, 29, was arrested on Tuesday by the AG's Cyber Crime Division and charged with one count of child exploitation for possession of child pornography. His bond was set at $75,000 and faces up to 40 years in prison and a $500,000 fine if convicted. Sellers' girlfriend, Kristina Lynn Crose, 28, was arrested on Wednesday and cha...More >>
  • WDAM 7 Sunrise - Southern Miss Football

    WDAM 7 Sunrise - Southern Miss Football

  • AG's raising money for governor's race, but waiting on wife's approval to run

    AG's raising money for governor's race, but waiting on wife's approval to run

    Wednesday, November 15 2017 11:21 PM EST2017-11-16 04:21:15 GMT

    Rumors have been swirling for months about whether Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is eying a run for governor. Wednesday he answered the question while still leaving many guessing.

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    Rumors have been swirling for months about whether Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is eying a run for governor. Wednesday he answered the question while still leaving many guessing.

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  • Hodge says $5.2 million not enough to run Sheriff's Dept.

    Hodge says $5.2 million not enough to run Sheriff's Dept.

    Wednesday, November 15 2017 8:30 PM EST2017-11-16 01:30:43 GMT
    The Jones County Sheriff's Department currently has 103 full and part-time employees. Photo credit WDAM.The Jones County Sheriff's Department currently has 103 full and part-time employees. Photo credit WDAM.

    Jones County Sheriff Alex Hodge said his budget is preventing him from putting enough deputies on the road and enough corrections officers working in the county jail.  

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    Jones County Sheriff Alex Hodge said his budget is preventing him from putting enough deputies on the road and enough corrections officers working in the county jail.  

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  • Gov. Bryant: Put BP settlement money into reserve fund

    Gov. Bryant: Put BP settlement money into reserve fund

    Wednesday, November 15 2017 8:14 PM EST2017-11-16 01:14:00 GMT

    In his Fiscal Year 2019 budget recommendation, Gov. Phil Bryant asks legislators to put BP settlement money in a reserve fund.

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    In his Fiscal Year 2019 budget recommendation, Gov. Phil Bryant asks legislators to put BP settlement money in a reserve fund.

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  • "You caused this dilemma, own up to it": Hattiesburg woman in retirement fund fight with school district

    "You caused this dilemma, own up to it": Hattiesburg woman in retirement fund fight with school district

    Wednesday, November 15 2017 7:47 PM EST2017-11-16 00:47:41 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    Ms. Frankie Lee "retired" from Pearl River Community College this summer, but she has yet to receive a retirement check from the state system.  Lee said that's due to a mistake the Hattiesburg Public School District made over a decade ago.

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    Ms. Frankie Lee "retired" from Pearl River Community College this summer, but she has yet to receive a retirement check from the state system.  Lee said that's due to a mistake the Hattiesburg Public School District made over a decade ago.

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  • Mississippi Power seeks 8.5 percent increase in electric bills

    Mississippi Power seeks 8.5 percent increase in electric bills

    Wednesday, November 15 2017 7:40 PM EST2017-11-16 00:40:02 GMT
    Photo credit WDAM.Photo credit WDAM.

    Mississippi Power filed its annual Performance Evaluation Plan (PEP) base-rate review and fuel cost adjustments rate filings on Wednesday as required by the Mississippi Public Service Commission.

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    Mississippi Power filed its annual Performance Evaluation Plan (PEP) base-rate review and fuel cost adjustments rate filings on Wednesday as required by the Mississippi Public Service Commission.

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  • UPDATE: Man armed with knife killed in officer-involved shooting

    UPDATE: Man armed with knife killed in officer-involved shooting

    Wednesday, November 15 2017 7:11 PM EST2017-11-16 00:11:30 GMT
    Source: Raycom Image BankSource: Raycom Image Bank

    Jackson Police are working an officer-involved shooting on Mayes Street, near Lampton Avenue.

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    Jackson Police are working an officer-involved shooting on Mayes Street, near Lampton Avenue.

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  • Ribbon cutting for JCJC-Haas partnership

    Ribbon cutting for JCJC-Haas partnership

    Wednesday, November 15 2017 7:08 PM EST2017-11-16 00:08:30 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    A ribbon cutting ceremony was held today at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville for the official announcement of a public-private partnership between the college and Haas Factory Outlet.

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    A ribbon cutting ceremony was held today at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville for the official announcement of a public-private partnership between the college and Haas Factory Outlet.

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  • Mississippi governor's budget has free community college

    Mississippi governor's budget has free community college

    Wednesday, November 15 2017 6:16 PM EST2017-11-15 23:16:40 GMT
    Source: TwitterSource: Twitter

    Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is recommending that the state spend $7 million in the coming year to provide free community college for an unspecified number of students.

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    Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is recommending that the state spend $7 million in the coming year to provide free community college for an unspecified number of students.

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  • Boil water notice issued for some Ellisville residents

    Boil water notice issued for some Ellisville residents

    Wednesday, November 15 2017 5:54 PM EST2017-11-15 22:54:50 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM
    A boil water notice has been issued for Pine Grove Water due to a main water line break. The following roads are affected: Pittman Road to Highway 590 Intersection of Jordan and Pittman  Fred Pittman Road Cherry Bark Road Sandhill Road County Home Road Ellisville Turner Road The boil water will be in effect until further notice.  Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. More >>
    A boil water notice has been issued for Pine Grove Water due to a main water line break. The following roads are affected: Pittman Road to Highway 590 Intersection of Jordan and Pittman  Fred Pittman Road Cherry Bark Road Sandhill Road County Home Road Ellisville Turner Road The boil water will be in effect until further notice.  Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. More >>
  • Five McComb residents sentenced to prison on drug charges

    Five McComb residents sentenced to prison on drug charges

    Wednesday, November 15 2017 5:30 PM EST2017-11-15 22:30:43 GMT
    Source: RNNSource: RNN

    A U.S. District judge sentenced two McComb women on Tuesday for their role in a drug-trafficking conspiracy. Shawanda Matthews, 31, and Veronica Thomas, 37, were sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge David Bramlette III. U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and FBI Special Agent Christopher Freeze made the announcement in a Department of Justice press release. Matthews was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release, and Thomas was sentenced too 24 m...

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    A U.S. District judge sentenced two McComb women on Tuesday for their role in a drug-trafficking conspiracy. Shawanda Matthews, 31, and Veronica Thomas, 37, were sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge David Bramlette III. U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and FBI Special Agent Christopher Freeze made the announcement in a Department of Justice press release. Matthews was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release, and Thomas was sentenced too 24 m...

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  • Men’s basketball adds 2 players during early signing period

    Men’s basketball adds 2 players during early signing period

    Wednesday, November 15 2017 4:50 PM EST2017-11-15 21:50:05 GMT
    Courtesy: WDAMCourtesy: WDAM
    The University of Southern Mississippi men's basketball team signed two players for the 2018-19 season. Southern Miss added Madison St. Joseph Catholic High School point guard Gabriel Watson and Southwest Christian Academy (Little Rock) forward Nikola Jerotic to letters of intent during the early signing period, according to a press release from USM Sports Information.  Watson, 6 feet 2 inches, is considered a top prospect in the state, averaging 29.5 points, six rebouns, ...More >>
    The University of Southern Mississippi men's basketball team signed two players for the 2018-19 season. Southern Miss added Madison St. Joseph Catholic High School point guard Gabriel Watson and Southwest Christian Academy (Little Rock) forward Nikola Jerotic to letters of intent during the early signing period, according to a press release from USM Sports Information.  Watson, 6 feet 2 inches, is considered a top prospect in the state, averaging 29.5 points, six rebouns, ...More >>
  • Neighbors rescue person from Jones County house fire

    Neighbors rescue person from Jones County house fire

    Wednesday, November 15 2017 2:23 PM EST2017-11-15 19:23:24 GMT
    (Source: WDAM Staff)(Source: WDAM Staff)

    Three neighbors went into a home and rescued an unconscious victim from a house fire in Jones County.   Jones County Fire Coordinator, Dan McKenna, said the Jones County Fire Department responded to the fire on Clayton Road around 9:30 on Wednesday morning. 

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    Three neighbors went into a home and rescued an unconscious victim from a house fire in Jones County.   Jones County Fire Coordinator, Dan McKenna, said the Jones County Fire Department responded to the fire on Clayton Road around 9:30 on Wednesday morning. 

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  • Lose money to a scammer? Here's how you could get it back

    Lose money to a scammer? Here's how you could get it back

    Wednesday, November 15 2017 1:52 PM EST2017-11-15 18:52:35 GMT

    Wednesday, Attorney General Jim Hood announced a compensation program for fraud victims as part of a settlement with Western Union.

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    Wednesday, Attorney General Jim Hood announced a compensation program for fraud victims as part of a settlement with Western Union.

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  • Student Government Association to hold Lighting the Way November 30

    Student Government Association to hold Lighting the Way November 30

    Wednesday, November 15 2017 12:38 PM EST2017-11-15 17:38:47 GMT
    Photo: USMPhoto: USM

    The University of Southern Mississippi Student Government (SGA) will hold its annual  Lighting the Way for the Holidays charity fundraiser November 30th  from 6 to 7:30 p.m. 

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    The University of Southern Mississippi Student Government (SGA) will hold its annual  Lighting the Way for the Holidays charity fundraiser November 30th  from 6 to 7:30 p.m. 

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  • UPDATE: Two women arrested in connection to Hattiesburg teen's disappearance

    UPDATE: Two women arrested in connection to Hattiesburg teen's disappearance

    Wednesday, November 15 2017 12:37 PM EST2017-11-15 17:37:35 GMT
    From Left: Natalie Lett, Shannon Hinton (Source: Forrest County Jail)From Left: Natalie Lett, Shannon Hinton (Source: Forrest County Jail)

    Two women face felony charges in connection to a Hattiesburg teenager's disappearance back on November 11th. 

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    Two women face felony charges in connection to a Hattiesburg teenager's disappearance back on November 11th. 

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  • GOP closer to big win with House tax vote; Senate unclear

    GOP closer to big win with House tax vote; Senate unclear

    Friday, November 17 2017 3:19 AM EST2017-11-17 08:19:26 GMT
    Friday, November 17 2017 2:34 PM EST2017-11-17 19:34:40 GMT

    The House passage of the bill Thursday on a mostly party-line vote brought nearer the biggest revamp of the U.S. tax system in three decades, but thorny problems await in the Senate.

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    The House passage of the bill Thursday on a mostly party-line vote brought nearer the biggest revamp of the U.S. tax system in three decades, but thorny problems await in the Senate.

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  • Selective outrage: Trump criticizes Franken, silent on Moore

    Selective outrage: Trump criticizes Franken, silent on Moore

    Friday, November 17 2017 4:09 AM EST2017-11-17 09:09:02 GMT
    Friday, November 17 2017 2:33 PM EST2017-11-17 19:33:32 GMT

    GOP officials have suggested in recent days that Trump was wary of wading into issues of sexual impropriety given the previous claims against him.

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    GOP officials have suggested in recent days that Trump was wary of wading into issues of sexual impropriety given the previous claims against him.

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  • Keystone pipeline leak won't affect Nebraska ruling

    Keystone pipeline leak won't affect Nebraska ruling

    Friday, November 17 2017 1:18 AM EST2017-11-17 06:18:49 GMT
    Friday, November 17 2017 2:33 PM EST2017-11-17 19:33:00 GMT

    The Keystone pipeline has leaked 210,000 gallons in rural South Dakota, but officials don't believe it has polluted water.

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    The Keystone pipeline has leaked 210,000 gallons in rural South Dakota, but officials don't believe it has polluted water.

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  • Moore targets female accusers as critics decry intimidation

    Moore targets female accusers as critics decry intimidation

    Thursday, November 16 2017 3:18 AM EST2017-11-16 08:18:35 GMT
    Friday, November 17 2017 2:31 PM EST2017-11-17 19:31:29 GMT

    The divide between the state and national GOP reached new depths late Wednesday as more allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against Moore, an outspoken Christian conservative.

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    The divide between the state and national GOP reached new depths late Wednesday as more allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against Moore, an outspoken Christian conservative.

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  • Neighbors help during massive senior living center fire

    Neighbors help during massive senior living center fire

    Thursday, November 16 2017 11:38 PM EST2017-11-17 04:38:42 GMT
    Friday, November 17 2017 2:09 PM EST2017-11-17 19:09:39 GMT

    The fire quickly spread to multiple buildings, forcing residents to evacuate outside into the cold.

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    The fire quickly spread to multiple buildings, forcing residents to evacuate outside into the cold.

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  • Jesse Jackson diagnosed with Parkinson's disease

    Jesse Jackson diagnosed with Parkinson's disease

    Friday, November 17 2017 12:31 PM EST2017-11-17 17:31:06 GMT
    Friday, November 17 2017 12:38 PM EST2017-11-17 17:38:51 GMT

    The civil rights leader said that his father also had the disease.

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    The civil rights leader said that his father also had the disease.

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  • Big House victory for GOP tax plan, but Senate fate unclear

    Big House victory for GOP tax plan, but Senate fate unclear

    Thursday, November 16 2017 4:08 AM EST2017-11-16 09:08:44 GMT
    Friday, November 17 2017 3:21 AM EST2017-11-17 08:21:47 GMT

    The two chambers' plans would slash the 35 percent corporate tax rate to 20 percent, trim personal income tax rates and diminish some deductions and credits - while adding nearly $1.5 trillion to the coming decade's federal deficits.

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    The two chambers' plans would slash the 35 percent corporate tax rate to 20 percent, trim personal income tax rates and diminish some deductions and credits - while adding nearly $1.5 trillion to the coming decade's federal deficits.

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  • Mother, daughter die in fire after girl returns to rescue puppies

    Mother, daughter die in fire after girl returns to rescue puppies

    Friday, November 17 2017 1:29 AM EST2017-11-17 06:29:48 GMT
    Friday, November 17 2017 1:29 AM EST2017-11-17 06:29:48 GMT

    The 8-year-old’s four siblings witnessed their sister and mother running into the burning motor home.

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    The 8-year-old’s four siblings witnessed their sister and mother running into the burning motor home.

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  • High blood pressure redefined under new guidelines

    High blood pressure redefined under new guidelines

  • Traffic Troubles: Your take on the busiest Hattiesburg intersections

    Traffic Troubles: Your take on the busiest Hattiesburg intersections

  • Southern Pine Electric begins Adopt-a-School program

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