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  • Two suspects sought in connection with Hub City armed robbery

    Two suspects sought in connection with Hub City armed robbery

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 12:46 PM EDT2017-07-25 16:46:26 GMT
    Two suspects are wanted in connection to an armed robbery in the Hub City. Source: HPDTwo suspects are wanted in connection to an armed robbery in the Hub City. Source: HPD

    Hattiesburg police are searching for two suspects involved in an armed robbery at a gas station last week.  

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    Hattiesburg police are searching for two suspects involved in an armed robbery at a gas station last week.  

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    Multi-million dollar crime ring uncovered thanks to observant off-duty officer

    Multi-million dollar crime ring uncovered thanks to observant off-duty officer

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 12:36 PM EDT2017-07-25 16:36:38 GMT
    Source: RNNSource: RNN

    An arrest in the Hub City helped the Secret Service uncover a multi-million dollar crime ring, and it was all thanks to an observant off duty Hattiesburg police officer.  

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    An arrest in the Hub City helped the Secret Service uncover a multi-million dollar crime ring, and it was all thanks to an observant off duty Hattiesburg police officer.  

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  • Food delivery service growing in Hub City

    Food delivery service growing in Hub City

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 12:11 PM EDT2017-07-25 16:11:24 GMT
    Source: Flickr Creative CommonsSource: Flickr Creative Commons

    A Hub City delivery service is growing, making getting some of your favorite foods that don't normally deliver accessible with just a click of a mouse.  

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    A Hub City delivery service is growing, making getting some of your favorite foods that don't normally deliver accessible with just a click of a mouse.  

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  • USM football players report

    USM football players report

    Monday, July 24 2017 9:49 PM EDT2017-07-25 01:49:10 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM
    From Southern Miss Sports Information: University of Southern Mississippi football coach Jay Hopson said the Golden Eagles will have a full complement of players on hand when the team takes to the practice field Wednesday  morning to open preseason practice. Hopson said 105 players checked in Monday, the maximum number of scholarship and non-scholarship players allowed to practice before the first day of classes for the fall semester. “Reporting day is exciting beca...More >>
    From Southern Miss Sports Information: University of Southern Mississippi football coach Jay Hopson said the Golden Eagles will have a full complement of players on hand when the team takes to the practice field Wednesday  morning to open preseason practice. Hopson said 105 players checked in Monday, the maximum number of scholarship and non-scholarship players allowed to practice before the first day of classes for the fall semester. “Reporting day is exciting beca...More >>
  • SEMRHI hosts immunization fair across Pine Belt

    Monday, July 24 2017 8:34 PM EDT2017-07-25 00:34:47 GMT
    Photo Source: WDAMPhoto Source: WDAM

    The Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative wants parents and kids to be prepared for school. The initiative's outreach marketing coordinator, Will Harvey, said that's why they are hosting a back to school immunization fair throughout the Pine Belt. "This is the last week of the immunization fair. We started July 10th. It's something that we do each year. It's a give back to the community. We want to make sure the kids have all of their shots when they are getting ready ...

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    The Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative wants parents and kids to be prepared for school. The initiative's outreach marketing coordinator, Will Harvey, said that's why they are hosting a back to school immunization fair throughout the Pine Belt. "This is the last week of the immunization fair. We started July 10th. It's something that we do each year. It's a give back to the community. We want to make sure the kids have all of their shots when they are getting ready ...

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  • Mississippians are drowning in medical debt

    Mississippians are drowning in medical debt

    Monday, July 24 2017 8:31 PM EDT2017-07-25 00:31:33 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    This study by the Urban Institute shows more than 37 percent of Mississippians ages 18-64 report past-due medical debt.

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    This study by the Urban Institute shows more than 37 percent of Mississippians ages 18-64 report past-due medical debt.

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  • Superintendent: "We can not teach them if they are not here"

    Superintendent: "We can not teach them if they are not here"

    Monday, July 24 2017 8:22 PM EDT2017-07-25 00:22:29 GMT
    Source: WDAM ArchivesSource: WDAM Archives

    With summer winding down, school officials are urging the importance of attendance for the 2017 school year. Hattiesburg Public School District Superintendent Robert Williams "We're in this together," Williams said.  "We need our students present, we need our students actively engaged and we are very excited about their work."

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    With summer winding down, school officials are urging the importance of attendance for the 2017 school year. Hattiesburg Public School District Superintendent Robert Williams "We're in this together," Williams said.  "We need our students present, we need our students actively engaged and we are very excited about their work."

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  • HPSD still working to hire certified teachers for new school year

    HPSD still working to hire certified teachers for new school year

    Monday, July 24 2017 8:02 PM EDT2017-07-25 00:02:52 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    With less than two weeks until the first day of school, the Hattiesburg Public School District is still working to hire certified teachers for the 2017 school year.

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    With less than two weeks until the first day of school, the Hattiesburg Public School District is still working to hire certified teachers for the 2017 school year.

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  • Couple charged with residential burglary

    Couple charged with residential burglary

    Monday, July 24 2017 5:45 PM EDT2017-07-24 21:45:34 GMT
    Aubrey Goff. Source: FCSOAubrey Goff. Source: FCSO

    A couple has been charged with residential burglary, according to the Forrest County Sheriff's Office.  

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    A couple has been charged with residential burglary, according to the Forrest County Sheriff's Office.  

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  • More charges added for Hub City armed robbery suspects

    More charges added for Hub City armed robbery suspects

    Monday, July 24 2017 5:15 PM EDT2017-07-24 21:15:07 GMT
    Thaddieus Cooper. Source: HPDThaddieus Cooper. Source: HPD
    Two Hattiesburg armed robbery suspects have had additional charges added after being arrested over the weekend.  Thaddieus Cooper, 23, and Franklin Donaldson, 28, were both arrested at the Inn on the Hill around 11 p.m. Friday by Hattiesburg police.  Donaldson had active warrants for three hotel robberies in the Hub City, according to Hattiesburg police. Donaldson was initially charged with three counts of armed robbery in connection to hotel robberies at Sl...More >>
    Two Hattiesburg armed robbery suspects have had additional charges added after being arrested over the weekend.  Thaddieus Cooper, 23, and Franklin Donaldson, 28, were both arrested at the Inn on the Hill around 11 p.m. Friday by Hattiesburg police.  Donaldson had active warrants for three hotel robberies in the Hub City, according to Hattiesburg police. Donaldson was initially charged with three counts of armed robbery in connection to hotel robberies at Sl...More >>
  • 6'4, 286 lb. 8th grader has offers from Ole Miss, Miss. State

    6'4, 286 lb. 8th grader has offers from Ole Miss, Miss. State

    Monday, July 24 2017 4:24 PM EDT2017-07-24 20:24:15 GMT
    Jaheim Oatis and Alabama coach Nick Saban (Source: Twitter/@JaheimOatis)Jaheim Oatis and Alabama coach Nick Saban (Source: Twitter/@JaheimOatis)

    An eighth grader in Mississippi is already making a huge impact on college coaches.

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    An eighth grader in Mississippi is already making a huge impact on college coaches.

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  • Laurel man facing drug, burglary charges

    Laurel man facing drug, burglary charges

    Monday, July 24 2017 4:22 PM EDT2017-07-24 20:22:57 GMT
    Frederick Cooley. Source: LPDFrederick Cooley. Source: LPD

    A Laurel man is facing burglary and drug charges after a incident last week.  

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    A Laurel man is facing burglary and drug charges after a incident last week.  

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  • Laurel man charged with fraud

    Laurel man charged with fraud

    Monday, July 24 2017 4:20 PM EDT2017-07-24 20:20:49 GMT
    John Umstead. Photo courtesy of Jones County Sheriff's Dept.John Umstead. Photo courtesy of Jones County Sheriff's Dept.
    A Jones County man has been charged with fraud after reportedly using a false identity to collect funds. Jones County Sheriff's Investigators said John Umstead, 49, of Laurel was working under a contract with a medical  coding company using another's identity. Investigators were made aware of the possibly fraudulent activity on June 22, according to a press release from the Jones County Sheriff's Department.  An ongoing investigation found that Umstead collected money...More >>
    A Jones County man has been charged with fraud after reportedly using a false identity to collect funds. Jones County Sheriff's Investigators said John Umstead, 49, of Laurel was working under a contract with a medical  coding company using another's identity. Investigators were made aware of the possibly fraudulent activity on June 22, according to a press release from the Jones County Sheriff's Department.  An ongoing investigation found that Umstead collected money...More >>
  • Volunteers brave rain to repair tornado-damaged home

    Monday, July 24 2017 3:06 PM EDT2017-07-24 19:06:34 GMT
    R3SM and volunteers continue to work on Petal home. Photo credit WDAMR3SM and volunteers continue to work on Petal home. Photo credit WDAM

    On a rainy Monday morning, volunteers worked hard to repair a home in Petal. 

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    On a rainy Monday morning, volunteers worked hard to repair a home in Petal. 

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  • 7 new West Nile Virus cases reported in MS

    7 new West Nile Virus cases reported in MS

    Monday, July 24 2017 2:43 PM EDT2017-07-24 18:43:47 GMT
    Source: Stock photoSource: Stock photo

    Today the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports seven new human case of West Nile virus (WNV) in the last week, bringing the state total to 10 for 2017. T

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    Today the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports seven new human case of West Nile virus (WNV) in the last week, bringing the state total to 10 for 2017. T

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  • Flash flooding sweeps through Carnes

    Flash flooding sweeps through Carnes

    Monday, July 24 2017 1:52 PM EDT2017-07-24 17:52:50 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    Flash flooding swept through the Wiggins/Lumberton area this morning. It's estimated that Lumberton got 4-7 inches of rain from 5 a.m. to noon, Wiggins estimated around 6-8 inches. One neighbor in Carne said she left out a paint bucket, yesterday and it was filled within hours. Roads were flooded and water alongside the roads turned into small streams. National Weather Service says if you experience flash flooding do not drive through the waters and move to higher grounds. Copyrigh...

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    Flash flooding swept through the Wiggins/Lumberton area this morning. 

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  • HPD: Man says he was shot in the arm during an argument

    HPD: Man says he was shot in the arm during an argument

    Monday, July 24 2017 12:43 PM EDT2017-07-24 16:43:35 GMT
    Source: WDAMSource: WDAM

    Hattiesburg Police are investigating after a man reported he was shot in the arm after an argument. 

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    Hattiesburg Police are investigating after a man reported he was shot in the arm after an argument. 

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  • Grenada dad who lost daughter in hot car death gets second chance with twins' birth

    Grenada dad who lost daughter in hot car death gets second chance with twins' birth

    Monday, July 24 2017 11:51 AM EDT2017-07-24 15:51:32 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    A Grenada man, who was accused in the May 2016 hot car death of his daughter, welcomed the birth of twins Saturday.

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    A Grenada man, who was accused in the May 2016 hot car death of his daughter, welcomed the birth of twins Saturday.

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  • Heart transplant survivor says blood donations saved his life

    Heart transplant survivor says blood donations saved his life

    Monday, July 24 2017 11:48 AM EDT2017-07-24 15:48:35 GMT
    Jeff Armstrong standing next to an Elephant Ear plant in his garden. Source: Jac Bedrossian.Jeff Armstrong standing next to an Elephant Ear plant in his garden. Source: Jac Bedrossian.

    Jeff Armstrong is a son, brother, husband and a heart transplant survivor.  

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    Jeff Armstrong is a son, brother, husband and a heart transplant survivor.  

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  • Walthall County authorities seize over 20 pounds of marijuana during checkpoint

    Walthall County authorities seize over 20 pounds of marijuana during checkpoint

    Monday, July 24 2017 11:48 AM EDT2017-07-24 15:48:34 GMT
    Source: Walthall County Sheriff's OfficeSource: Walthall County Sheriff's Office

    Just before dark on Saturday, July 22,  Walthall County deputies and MHP troopers were conducting a safety checkpoint at the intersection of Hwy 27 and Hwy 98.

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    Just before dark on Saturday, July 22,  Walthall County deputies and MHP troopers were conducting a safety checkpoint at the intersection of Hwy 27 and Hwy 98.

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  • Second story of Jubilee Performing Arts Center in McComb collapses

    Second story of Jubilee Performing Arts Center in McComb collapses

    Monday, July 24 2017 11:46 AM EDT2017-07-24 15:46:57 GMT
    Source: Samantha Demi-Cheyenne ReddenSource: Samantha Demi-Cheyenne Redden

    Executive Director Terrance Alexander posted on Facebook saying that no one was in the building at the time of the collapse and it was a result of weather and time. 

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    Executive Director Terrance Alexander posted on Facebook saying that no one was in the building at the time of the collapse and it was a result of weather and time. 

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  • Trump vents anew on Sessions, who's under pressure to quit

    Trump vents anew on Sessions, who's under pressure to quit

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 4:26 AM EDT2017-07-25 08:26:14 GMT
    Tuesday, July 25 2017 12:49 PM EDT2017-07-25 16:49:07 GMT

    Privately, Trump has speculated aloud to allies in recent days about the potential consequences of firing Sessions, according to three people who have recently spoken to the president.

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    Privately, Trump has speculated aloud to allies in recent days about the potential consequences of firing Sessions, according to three people who have recently spoken to the president.

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  • Brain disease seen in most football players in large report

    Brain disease seen in most football players in large report

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 11:36 AM EDT2017-07-25 15:36:39 GMT
    Tuesday, July 25 2017 12:48 PM EDT2017-07-25 16:48:46 GMT
    Research on the brains of 202 former football players shows brain disease in most.More >>
    Research on the brains of 202 former football players shows brain disease in most.More >>
  • Bears linebacker saves choking man

    Bears linebacker saves choking man

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 11:33 AM EDT2017-07-25 15:33:18 GMT
    Tuesday, July 25 2017 11:33 AM EDT2017-07-25 15:33:18 GMT

    The NFL player was enjoying some barbecue Sunday at an airport restaurant when he noticed someone choking.

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    The NFL player was enjoying some barbecue Sunday at an airport restaurant when he noticed someone choking.

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  • WDAM kicks off Blood Bowl 2017

    WDAM kicks off Blood Bowl 2017

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  • Police release more details on Gulfport chase caught on tape

    Police release more details on Gulfport chase caught on tape

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 12:25 PM EDT2017-07-25 16:25:12 GMT
    (Photo source: Chuck Coats)(Photo source: Chuck Coats)

    We are learning more details about a police chase that led officers and deputies through Gulfport and Pass Christian on Monday morning.

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    We are learning more details about a police chase that led officers and deputies through Gulfport and Pass Christian on Monday morning.

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  • Food delivery service growing in Hub City

    Food delivery service growing in Hub City

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 12:11 PM EDT2017-07-25 16:11:24 GMT
    Source: Flickr Creative CommonsSource: Flickr Creative Commons

    A Hub City delivery service is growing, making getting some of your favorite foods that don't normally deliver accessible with just a click of a mouse.  

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    A Hub City delivery service is growing, making getting some of your favorite foods that don't normally deliver accessible with just a click of a mouse.  

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  • Capital murder trial underway in Jackson Co.

    Capital murder trial underway in Jackson Co.

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 11:08 AM EDT2017-07-25 15:08:41 GMT
    Opening arguments began Tuesday morning in the capital murder trial of Scotty Street. (Photo source: WLOX)Opening arguments began Tuesday morning in the capital murder trial of Scotty Street. (Photo source: WLOX)

    A Jackson County jury has been seated. Opening arguments began Tuesday morning in the capital murder trial of Scotty Street.

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    A Jackson County jury has been seated. Opening arguments began Tuesday morning in the capital murder trial of Scotty Street.

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