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  • Two Seminary baseball players sign scholarships to next level

    Two Seminary baseball players sign scholarships to next level

    Saturday, April 21 2018 12:28 AM EDT2018-04-21 04:28:19 GMT
    Seminary baseball. Courtesy: WDAMSeminary baseball. Courtesy: WDAM
    Seminary baseball. Courtesy: WDAMSeminary baseball. Courtesy: WDAM

    Just hours before their playoff win over Forest, two Seminary baseball players signed scholarships to play ball at the next level. Landry McQueen inked with Copiah-Lincoln Community College and Fisher Norris signed with Southern Miss.

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    Just hours before their playoff win over Forest, two Seminary baseball players signed scholarships to play ball at the next level. Landry McQueen inked with Copiah-Lincoln Community College and Fisher Norris signed with Southern Miss.

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  • HS baseball playoff scores - April 20

    HS baseball playoff scores - April 20

    Saturday, April 21 2018 12:17 AM EDT2018-04-21 04:17:51 GMT
    South Jones vs. Stone. Courtesy: WDAMSouth Jones vs. Stone. Courtesy: WDAM
    South Jones vs. Stone. Courtesy: WDAMSouth Jones vs. Stone. Courtesy: WDAM

    The MHSAA baseball playoffs continued Friday night. Here’s a look at some of the scores from around the Pine Belt...

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    The MHSAA baseball playoffs continued Friday night. Here’s a look at some of the scores from around the Pine Belt...

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  • Watkins retires as Petal baseball coach after 38 years

    Watkins retires as Petal baseball coach after 38 years

    Saturday, April 21 2018 12:02 AM EDT2018-04-21 04:02:34 GMT

    Larry Watkins has been a legendary figure in the Petal community with a storied 38-year coaching career.

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    Larry Watkins has been a legendary figure in the Petal community with a storied 38-year coaching career.

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  • USM scores early, often, in victory over Middle Tennessee St.

    USM scores early, often, in victory over Middle Tennessee St.

    Friday, April 20 2018 11:05 PM EDT2018-04-21 03:05:20 GMT
    The Golden Eagles will conclude spring drills at noon Saturday with the annual Black and Gold Game at M.M. Roberts Stadium.The Golden Eagles will conclude spring drills at noon Saturday with the annual Black and Gold Game at M.M. Roberts Stadium.

    After two innings Friday night at Pete Taylor Park, the University of Southern Mississippi had strolled to a 6-0 lead over visiting Middle Tennessee State University. Literally. The 13th-ranked Golden Eagles took advantage of MTSU starter Jake Wyrick’s wildness, mixing six walks in with three hits to build an early lead on the way to a 9-1 Conference USA victory over the Blue Raiders.

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    After two innings Friday night at Pete Taylor Park, the University of Southern Mississippi had strolled to a 6-0 lead over visiting Middle Tennessee State University. Literally. The 13th-ranked Golden Eagles took advantage of MTSU starter Jake Wyrick’s wildness, mixing six walks in with three hits to build an early lead on the way to a 9-1 Conference USA victory over the Blue Raiders.

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  • Cancer survivors relay for life in Jones County

    Cancer survivors relay for life in Jones County

    Friday, April 20 2018 11:00 PM EDT2018-04-21 03:00:22 GMT
    Cancer survivors and those affected by cancer in the Jones County area geared up for Relay for Life of Jones County on Friday. (Photo source: WDAM)Cancer survivors and those affected by cancer in the Jones County area geared up for Relay for Life of Jones County on Friday. (Photo source: WDAM)
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    Cancer survivors and those affected by cancer in the Jones County/Laurel area are geared up for Relay for Life of Jones County. Lead radiation therapist and Marketing Director with Laurel Cancer Care says this is meant to bring the community together.  "The survivors just come to this event to see other people that have fought the fight and that are continuing to fight," says McKee. "It's just to encourage them to keep fighting." According to Relay for Live...

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    Cancer survivors and those affected by cancer in the Jones County/Laurel area are geared up for Relay for Life of Jones County. Lead radiation therapist and Marketing Director with Laurel Cancer Care says this is meant to bring the community together.  "The survivors just come to this event to see other people that have fought the fight and that are continuing to fight," says McKee. "It's just to encourage them to keep fighting." According to Relay for Live...

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  • MDOC orders statewide lockdown of prisons

    MDOC orders statewide lockdown of prisons

    Friday, April 20 2018 10:38 PM EDT2018-04-21 02:38:34 GMT
    The Mississippi Department of Corrections has locked down all prisons in its system for the weekend. (Photo Source: Pixabay)The Mississippi Department of Corrections has locked down all prisons in its system for the weekend. (Photo Source: Pixabay)

    The Mississippi Department of Corrections has locked down all prisons in its system for the weekend.  MDOC announced the weekend lockdown on Twitter on Friday, saying that there would be no visitation, commissary or outside recreation this weekend. According to the Tweet, the lockdown went into effect Friday afternoon and movement is limited statewide until further notice.  LOCKDOWN There will be no visitation, commissary, or outside recreation this weekend at all prison...

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    The Mississippi Department of Corrections has locked down all prisons in its system for the weekend.  MDOC announced the weekend lockdown on Twitter on Friday, saying that there would be no visitation, commissary or outside recreation this weekend. According to the Tweet, the lockdown went into effect Friday afternoon and movement is limited statewide until further notice.  LOCKDOWN There will be no visitation, commissary, or outside recreation this weekend at all prison...

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  • Officers recognized at HPD's annual award ceremony

    Officers recognized at HPD's annual award ceremony

    Friday, April 20 2018 10:37 PM EDT2018-04-21 02:37:54 GMT
    The Hattiesburg Police Department recognized a few of its finest Friday during their annual awards ceremony at the Police Academy at Bobby Chain Airport. (Photo source: WDAM)The Hattiesburg Police Department recognized a few of its finest Friday during their annual awards ceremony at the Police Academy at Bobby Chain Airport. (Photo source: WDAM)

    The Hattiesburg Police Department recognized a few of its finest Friday during their annual awards ceremony at the Police Academy at Bobby Chain Airport. Police Chief Anthony Parker said the awards are for their dedication and service throughout the year and hopes it gives them incentive to help accomplish their goals. David Wynn II was awarded Officer of the Year and Whitney Harper was named Civilian Employee of the Year. Wynn was honored for breaking up a crime ring that...

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    The Hattiesburg Police Department recognized a few of its finest Friday during their annual awards ceremony at the Police Academy at Bobby Chain Airport. Police Chief Anthony Parker said the awards are for their dedication and service throughout the year and hopes it gives them incentive to help accomplish their goals. David Wynn II was awarded Officer of the Year and Whitney Harper was named Civilian Employee of the Year. Wynn was honored for breaking up a crime ring that...

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  • HPD releases new details in capital murder of Deborah McGee

    HPD releases new details in capital murder of Deborah McGee

    Friday, April 20 2018 7:40 PM EDT2018-04-20 23:40:03 GMT
    Andrew Presley (Photo source: HPD)Andrew Presley (Photo source: HPD)

    Hattiesburg police have released new details in the capital murder investigation of 63-year-old Deborah McGee.

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    Hattiesburg police have released new details in the capital murder investigation of 63-year-old Deborah McGee.

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  • HHS baseball coach shows team what it means to fight

    HHS baseball coach shows team what it means to fight

    Friday, April 20 2018 6:19 PM EDT2018-04-20 22:19:07 GMT
    Joe Hartfield is in his 12th season as the head coach of Hattiesburg High Baseball. (Photo source: WDAM)Joe Hartfield is in his 12th season as the head coach of Hattiesburg High Baseball. (Photo source: WDAM)
    Joe Hartfield is in his 12th season as the head coach of Hattiesburg High Baseball. (Photo source: WDAM)Joe Hartfield is in his 12th season as the head coach of Hattiesburg High Baseball. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Joe Hartfield is in his 12th season as the head coach of Hattiesburg High Baseball, and the Tigers are district champions for the third straight year. Even with all the success, Hartfield is very fortunate to be out there coaching this season.

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    Joe Hartfield is in his 12th season as the head coach of Hattiesburg High Baseball, and the Tigers are district champions for the third straight year. Even with all the success, Hartfield is very fortunate to be out there coaching this season.

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  • Good News: Student art encourages healthy living

    Good News: Student art encourages healthy living

    Friday, April 20 2018 5:33 PM EDT2018-04-20 21:33:46 GMT
    Artwork from three schools will stay up until Tuesday. Four more schools will then be shown until May 8. (Photo source: WDAM)Artwork from three schools will stay up until Tuesday. Four more schools will then be shown until May 8. (Photo source: WDAM)
    Artwork from three schools will stay up until Tuesday. Four more schools will then be shown until May 8. (Photo source: WDAM)Artwork from three schools will stay up until Tuesday. Four more schools will then be shown until May 8. (Photo source: WDAM)

    From healthy living to character building, elementary students from the Hattiesburg Public School District create little masterpieces of inspiration.

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    From healthy living to character building, elementary students from the Hattiesburg Public School District create little masterpieces of inspiration.

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  • Mississippi jobless rate and payrolls remain strong in March

    Mississippi jobless rate and payrolls remain strong in March

    Friday, April 20 2018 3:10 PM EDT2018-04-20 19:10:51 GMT

    Mississippi's job market was steady in March, humming along at record-low unemployment and record-high employer payrolls.

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    Mississippi's job market was steady in March, humming along at record-low unemployment and record-high employer payrolls.

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  • Judge accused of abusing, berating defendants

    Judge accused of abusing, berating defendants

    Saturday, April 21 2018 7:20 AM EDT2018-04-21 11:20:28 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 7:30 AM EDT2018-04-21 11:30:55 GMT
    Judge Merrilee Ehrlich has stepped down after being accused of berating defendants. (Source: WSVN/CNN)Judge Merrilee Ehrlich has stepped down after being accused of berating defendants. (Source: WSVN/CNN)

    A judge accused of "aggressive and tyrannical" behavior has stepped down from the bench.

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    A judge accused of "aggressive and tyrannical" behavior has stepped down from the bench.

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  • 4 Palestinians killed by Israeli fire in Gaza border protest

    4 Palestinians killed by Israeli fire in Gaza border protest

    Saturday, April 21 2018 1:44 AM EDT2018-04-21 05:44:10 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 7:24 AM EDT2018-04-21 11:24:35 GMT
    (AP Photo/Adel Hana). Palestinian protesters evacuate a wounded youth during clashes with Israeli troops along Gaza's border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Friday, April 20, 2018. Thousands of Palestinians joined the fourth weekly protes...(AP Photo/Adel Hana). Palestinian protesters evacuate a wounded youth during clashes with Israeli troops along Gaza's border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Friday, April 20, 2018. Thousands of Palestinians joined the fourth weekly protes...

    Gaza health officials say 4 Palestinians, including 15-year-old boy, killed by Israeli army fire as thousands join fourth weekly protests on Gaza border.

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    Gaza health officials say 4 Palestinians, including 15-year-old boy, killed by Israeli army fire as thousands join fourth weekly protests on Gaza border.

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  • FAA orders more engine inspections after Southwest accident

    FAA orders more engine inspections after Southwest accident

    Friday, April 20 2018 4:53 PM EDT2018-04-20 20:53:41 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 7:09 AM EDT2018-04-21 11:09:22 GMT
    (NTSB via AP). National Transportation Safety Board investigators examine damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The Southwes...(NTSB via AP). National Transportation Safety Board investigators examine damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The Southwes...
    The manufacturer of the jet engine involved in a fatal Southwest Airlines accident Tuesday wants more jets to be inspected for potential problems.More >>
    The manufacturer of the jet engine involved in a fatal Southwest Airlines accident Tuesday wants more jets to be inspected for potential problems.More >>
  • Jeb Bush to eulogize mother, Barbara, in private service

    Jeb Bush to eulogize mother, Barbara, in private service

    Saturday, April 21 2018 12:04 AM EDT2018-04-21 04:04:04 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 7:08 AM EDT2018-04-21 11:08:57 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci). Mourners pause as former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush lies in repose during the visitation of former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Friday, April 20, 2018, in Houston.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci). Mourners pause as former U.S. first lady Barbara Bush lies in repose during the visitation of former first lady Barbara Bush at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Friday, April 20, 2018, in Houston.

    As the outpouring of tributes continues for Barbara Bush, the general public can pay its respects to the former first lady.

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    As the outpouring of tributes continues for Barbara Bush, the general public can pay its respects to the former first lady.

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  • In new walkouts, students look to turn outrage to action

    In new walkouts, students look to turn outrage to action

    Friday, April 20 2018 12:26 AM EDT2018-04-20 04:26:49 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 7:08 AM EDT2018-04-21 11:08:24 GMT
    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this March 14, 2018 file photo, young demonstrators hold a rally in front of the White House in Washington. Another wave of school walkouts is expected as students honor victims of gun violence and push for gu...(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this March 14, 2018 file photo, young demonstrators hold a rally in front of the White House in Washington. Another wave of school walkouts is expected as students honor victims of gun violence and push for gu...

    Another wave of school walkouts is expected as students honor victims of gun violence and push for gun control.

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    Another wave of school walkouts is expected as students honor victims of gun violence and push for gun control.

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  • DOJ looks into how AT&T, Verizon handle defecting customers

    DOJ looks into how AT&T, Verizon handle defecting customers

    Friday, April 20 2018 7:43 PM EDT2018-04-20 23:43:53 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 7:05 AM EDT2018-04-21 11:05:32 GMT
    The Justice Department is investigating AT&T, Verizon and a standards-setting group. (Source: Raycom Media)The Justice Department is investigating AT&T, Verizon and a standards-setting group. (Source: Raycom Media)
    The Justice Department is investigating AT&T, Verizon and a standards-setting group. (Source: Raycom Media)The Justice Department is investigating AT&T, Verizon and a standards-setting group. (Source: Raycom Media)

    The Justice Department has opened an antitrust investigation into whether AT&T and Verizon and a standards-setting group worked together to hinder consumers from easily switching wireless carriers.

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    The Justice Department has opened an antitrust investigation into whether AT&T and Verizon and a standards-setting group worked together to hinder consumers from easily switching wireless carriers.

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  • Police: Stalker broke into Taylor Swift's NYC home, took nap

    Police: Stalker broke into Taylor Swift's NYC home, took nap

    Friday, April 20 2018 10:44 PM EDT2018-04-21 02:44:02 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 6:54 AM EDT2018-04-21 10:54:56 GMT
    Police said a stalker broke into the New York City townhouse of Taylor Swift, seen here performing at Z100's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)Police said a stalker broke into the New York City townhouse of Taylor Swift, seen here performing at Z100's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
    Police said a stalker broke into the New York City townhouse of Taylor Swift, seen here performing at Z100's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)Police said a stalker broke into the New York City townhouse of Taylor Swift, seen here performing at Z100's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

    Police say a stalker broke into Taylor Swift's New York City townhouse and took a nap.

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    Police say a stalker broke into Taylor Swift's New York City townhouse and took a nap.

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  • Kushner Cos. subpoenaed by feds after AP report

    Kushner Cos. subpoenaed by feds after AP report

    Thursday, April 19 2018 11:12 PM EDT2018-04-20 03:12:45 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 5:54 AM EDT2018-04-21 09:54:11 GMT
    The Kushner Cos. is confirming it was subpoenaed by federal prosecutors for information related to documents about its buildings in New York City. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)The Kushner Cos. is confirming it was subpoenaed by federal prosecutors for information related to documents about its buildings in New York City. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    The Kushner Cos. is confirming it was subpoenaed by federal prosecutors for information related to documents about its buildings in New York City. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)The Kushner Cos. is confirming it was subpoenaed by federal prosecutors for information related to documents about its buildings in New York City. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    The Kushner Cos. is confirming it was subpoenaed by federal prosecutors for information related to an Associated Press report that the company filed dozens of false documents about its buildings in New York City.

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    The Kushner Cos. is confirming it was subpoenaed by federal prosecutors for information related to an Associated Press report that the company filed dozens of false documents about its buildings in New York City.

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  • Wells Fargo fined $1B for mortgage, auto lending abuses

    Wells Fargo fined $1B for mortgage, auto lending abuses

    Friday, April 20 2018 9:33 AM EDT2018-04-20 13:33:09 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 5:54 AM EDT2018-04-21 09:54:10 GMT
    (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File). FILE - This Aug. 11, 2017, file photo shows a sign at a Wells Fargo bank location in Philadelphia. The New York Times and other news outlets are reporting Thursday, April 19, 2018, that federal regulators plan to fine Well...(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File). FILE - This Aug. 11, 2017, file photo shows a sign at a Wells Fargo bank location in Philadelphia. The New York Times and other news outlets are reporting Thursday, April 19, 2018, that federal regulators plan to fine Well...

    Wells Fargo fined a combined $1 billion by federal regulators for abuses tied to its mortgage and auto lending businesses.

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    Wells Fargo fined a combined $1 billion by federal regulators for abuses tied to its mortgage and auto lending businesses.

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  • Leak crackdown talk yields rare Comey, Trump agreement

    Leak crackdown talk yields rare Comey, Trump agreement

    Friday, April 20 2018 1:03 AM EDT2018-04-20 05:03:06 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 5:27 AM EDT2018-04-21 09:27:59 GMT
    (AP Photo/Susan Walsh). Copies of the memos written by former FBI Director James Comey are photographed in Washington, Thursday, April 19, 2018. President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about the judgment...(AP Photo/Susan Walsh). Copies of the memos written by former FBI Director James Comey are photographed in Washington, Thursday, April 19, 2018. President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about the judgment...

    President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

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    President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

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  • North Korea suspending nuclear and long-range missile tests

    North Korea suspending nuclear and long-range missile tests

    Friday, April 20 2018 6:25 PM EDT2018-04-20 22:25:22 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 4:08 AM EDT2018-04-21 08:08:47 GMT
    North Korea says it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site, multiple news organizations reported. (Source: AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)North Korea says it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site, multiple news organizations reported. (Source: AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    North Korea says it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close nuclear test site, multiple news organizations reported.

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    North Korea says it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close nuclear test site, multiple news organizations reported.

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  • Report: Sessions might quit if Rosenstein is fired

    Report: Sessions might quit if Rosenstein is fired

    Saturday, April 21 2018 1:49 AM EDT2018-04-21 05:49:55 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 2:04 AM EDT2018-04-21 06:04:56 GMT
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions reportedly said he'd consider resigning if President Donald Trump fired Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. (Source: CNN/Pool)Attorney General Jeff Sessions reportedly said he'd consider resigning if President Donald Trump fired Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. (Source: CNN/Pool)

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions reportedly said he'd consider resigning if President Donald Trump fired Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

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    Attorney General Jeff Sessions reportedly said he'd consider resigning if President Donald Trump fired Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

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  • Brutal rape and murder of 8-year-old girl shocks, outrages, and divides India

    Brutal rape and murder of 8-year-old girl shocks, outrages, and divides India

    Friday, April 20 2018 11:25 PM EDT2018-04-21 03:25:23 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 12:34 AM EDT2018-04-21 04:34:30 GMT

    The rape and murder of Asifa Bano, a Muslim girl, allegedly by Hindu men, has opened up India's sectarian fault lines.

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    The rape and murder of Asifa Bano, a Muslim girl, allegedly by Hindu men, has opened up India's sectarian fault lines.

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  • Man accused of luring elementary students with candy

    Man accused of luring elementary students with candy

    Saturday, April 21 2018 12:11 AM EDT2018-04-21 04:11:31 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 12:27 AM EDT2018-04-21 04:27:08 GMT
    Schools in Norfolk, VA, are warning parents about a person in a van trying to lure kids. (Source: WTKR/CNN)Schools in Norfolk, VA, are warning parents about a person in a van trying to lure kids. (Source: WTKR/CNN)

    Schools in Norfolk, VA, are warning parents about a person in a van trying to lure kids.

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    Schools in Norfolk, VA, are warning parents about a person in a van trying to lure kids.

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  • 1 student injured in Florida school shooting; suspect in custody

    1 student injured in Florida school shooting; suspect in custody

    Friday, April 20 2018 9:27 AM EDT2018-04-20 13:27:44 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 9:53 PM EDT2018-04-21 01:53:21 GMT

    One student was injured in a school shooting at Forest High School in Ocala, FL. Police say the shooter is another student.

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    One student was injured in a school shooting at Forest High School in Ocala, FL. Police say the shooter is another student.

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  • USM baseball to play doubleheader Saturday

    USM baseball to play doubleheader Saturday

    Friday, April 20 2018 8:24 PM EDT2018-04-21 00:24:47 GMT

    With inclement weather expected Sunday, the University of Southern Mississippi will wrap up its Conference USA baseball series with Middle Tennessee State University with a Saturday doubleheader at Pete Taylor Park. The first game will start at 1:30 p.m., 30 minutes earlier than the originally-scheduled 2 p.m. start. The second game will begin about 45 minutes at the conclusion of the opener.

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    With inclement weather expected Sunday, the University of Southern Mississippi will wrap up its Conference USA baseball series with Middle Tennessee State University with a Saturday doubleheader at Pete Taylor Park. The first game will start at 1:30 p.m., 30 minutes earlier than the originally-scheduled 2 p.m. start. The second game will begin about 45 minutes at the conclusion of the opener.

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  • Cancer patients, survivors, attend 29th annual Camp Bluebird

    Cancer patients, survivors, attend 29th annual Camp Bluebird

    Friday, April 20 2018 7:35 PM EDT2018-04-20 23:35:22 GMT
    The theme for the 29th annual Camp Bluebird is "We Go Together Like Camp Bluebird." Photo credit WDAM.The theme for the 29th annual Camp Bluebird is "We Go Together Like Camp Bluebird." Photo credit WDAM.
    The theme for the 29th annual Camp Bluebird is "We Go Together Like Camp Bluebird." Photo credit WDAM.The theme for the 29th annual Camp Bluebird is "We Go Together Like Camp Bluebird." Photo credit WDAM.

    Dozens of cancer patients and cancer survivors gathered for a weekend of rest and relaxation at Paul B. Johnson State Park. 

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    Dozens of cancer patients and cancer survivors gathered for a weekend of rest and relaxation at Paul B. Johnson State Park. 

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  • Twelfth tornado victim receives new home

    Twelfth tornado victim receives new home

    Friday, April 20 2018 7:20 PM EDT2018-04-20 23:20:40 GMT
    Margie Crudup is the twelfth tornado victim to move back into her home after the Jan. 2017 tornado that destroyed parts of Hattiesburg. (Photo Source: WDAM)Margie Crudup is the twelfth tornado victim to move back into her home after the Jan. 2017 tornado that destroyed parts of Hattiesburg. (Photo Source: WDAM)
    Margie Crudup is the twelfth tornado victim to move back into her home after the Jan. 2017 tornado that destroyed parts of Hattiesburg. (Photo Source: WDAM)Margie Crudup is the twelfth tornado victim to move back into her home after the Jan. 2017 tornado that destroyed parts of Hattiesburg. (Photo Source: WDAM)
    After losing her home in a tornado that touched down in 2017, Margie Crudup is rebuilding her life with the help of Mennonite Disaster Service, R3SM and the Greater Pinebelt Community Foundation.  "It's a great pleasure to have this moment right now to say that I have a home to live in," she said. "It's a blessing." A dedication ceremony was hosted Friday where Crudup received keys to her brand new home. The two bedroom and one bath home sits in the 200...More >>
    After losing her home in a tornado that touched down in 2017, Margie Crudup is rebuilding her life with the help of Mennonite Disaster Service, R3SM and the Greater Pinebelt Community Foundation.  "It's a great pleasure to have this moment right now to say that I have a home to live in," she said. "It's a blessing." A dedication ceremony was hosted Friday where Crudup received keys to her brand new home. The two bedroom and one bath home sits in the 200...More >>
  • CDC warns: Do not eat any romaine lettuce from Yuma, AZ

    CDC warns: Do not eat any romaine lettuce from Yuma, AZ

    Friday, April 20 2018 5:08 PM EDT2018-04-20 21:08:32 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 5:08 PM EDT2018-04-20 21:08:32 GMT

    The E. coli outbreak previously was confined to 11 states and applied primarily to bagged lettuce.

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    The E. coli outbreak previously was confined to 11 states and applied primarily to bagged lettuce.

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  • HPD searching for man accused of writing fraudulent check

    HPD searching for man accused of writing fraudulent check

    Friday, April 20 2018 4:05 PM EDT2018-04-20 20:05:16 GMT
    If you have any information on this suspect, please contact Hattiesburg Police or Metro Crime Stoppers at 601-582-7867. (Photo source: HPD)If you have any information on this suspect, please contact Hattiesburg Police or Metro Crime Stoppers at 601-582-7867. (Photo source: HPD)
    If you have any information on this suspect, please contact Hattiesburg Police or Metro Crime Stoppers at 601-582-7867. (Photo source: HPD)If you have any information on this suspect, please contact Hattiesburg Police or Metro Crime Stoppers at 601-582-7867. (Photo source: HPD)
    Hattiesburg police are searching for a man wanted in a forgery-uttering case. HPD spokesman Ryan Moore said the man wrote a fraudulent check for a drink machine at a business in the 600 block of Campbell Loop Drive in Hattiesburg. Witnesses said the suspect is roughly 6'2, 185 pounds and in his mid-to-late 20s, according to police.  If you have any information on this suspect, please contact Hattiesburg Police or Metro Crime Stoppers at 601-582-7867. Copyright WDAM 2018....More >>
    Hattiesburg police are searching for a man wanted in a forgery-uttering case. HPD spokesman Ryan Moore said the man wrote a fraudulent check for a drink machine at a business in the 600 block of Campbell Loop Drive in Hattiesburg. Witnesses said the suspect is roughly 6'2, 185 pounds and in his mid-to-late 20s, according to police.  If you have any information on this suspect, please contact Hattiesburg Police or Metro Crime Stoppers at 601-582-7867. Copyright WDAM 2018....More >>
  • Dance music DJ Avicii dies in Oman

    Dance music DJ Avicii dies in Oman

    Friday, April 20 2018 1:52 PM EDT2018-04-20 17:52:29 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 4:03 PM EDT2018-04-20 20:03:35 GMT
    The artist is a force in the Electronic Dance Movement. (Source: AP)The artist is a force in the Electronic Dance Movement. (Source: AP)

    The artist is a force in the Electronic Dance Movement.

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    The artist is a force in the Electronic Dance Movement.

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  • USM to wrap up spring football with annual Black and Gold Game

    USM to wrap up spring football with annual Black and Gold Game

    Friday, April 20 2018 3:51 PM EDT2018-04-20 19:51:29 GMT

    In many cases, spring football is the time of year for asking questions, but usually, the definitive answers don’t arrive until preseason practice. Take the University of Southern Mississippi for example.

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    In many cases, spring football is the time of year for asking questions, but usually, the definitive answers don’t arrive until preseason practice. Take the University of Southern Mississippi for example.

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  • 2 deputies killed at FL restaurant in apparent ambush

    2 deputies killed at FL restaurant in apparent ambush

    Thursday, April 19 2018 8:40 PM EDT2018-04-20 00:40:52 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 2:55 PM EDT2018-04-20 18:55:56 GMT

    The deputies were identified as Noel Ramirez and Taylor Lindsey. 

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    The deputies were identified as Noel Ramirez and Taylor Lindsey. 

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  • Think you have a penicillin allergy? Chances are you don't

    Think you have a penicillin allergy? Chances are you don't

    Friday, April 20 2018 1:26 PM EDT2018-04-20 17:26:27 GMT
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    Many children are automatically labeled as being allergic to penicillin if they develop a mild rash.

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    Many children are automatically labeled as being allergic to penicillin if they develop a mild rash.

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    Democrats file suit against Trump campaign, WikiLeaks and Russia over 2016 presidential election

    Democrats file suit against Trump campaign, WikiLeaks and Russia over 2016 presidential election

    Friday, April 20 2018 11:27 AM EDT2018-04-20 15:27:10 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 12:40 PM EDT2018-04-20 16:40:02 GMT

    The Democratic National Committee has filed suit against the Russian government, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks over an alleged conspiracy to disrupt the 2016 campaign.

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    The Democratic National Committee has filed suit against the Russian government, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks over an alleged conspiracy to disrupt the 2016 campaign.

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  • Barbara Bush believed literacy could cure other ills

    Barbara Bush believed literacy could cure other ills

    Friday, April 20 2018 1:33 AM EDT2018-04-20 05:33:17 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 12:09 PM EDT2018-04-20 16:09:40 GMT
    (AP Photo/Luc Novovitch, File). FILE - In this May 16, 1994 file photo, former first lady Barbara Bush reads to a group of children at the Clinton Family Inn, a shelter run by Homes for the Homeless in New York. Promoting literacy was a longtime cause ...(AP Photo/Luc Novovitch, File). FILE - In this May 16, 1994 file photo, former first lady Barbara Bush reads to a group of children at the Clinton Family Inn, a shelter run by Homes for the Homeless in New York. Promoting literacy was a longtime cause ...

    Barbara Bush came up with the idea of focusing on literacy as first lady during a jog in 1978, the year her husband considered his first run for president.

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    Barbara Bush came up with the idea of focusing on literacy as first lady during a jog in 1978, the year her husband considered his first run for president.

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  • Federal Red Snapper season dates announced

    Federal Red Snapper season dates announced

    Friday, April 20 2018 10:50 AM EDT2018-04-20 14:50:13 GMT
    For-hire vessels with federal permits will be able to fish for Red Snapper for 51 days beginning June 1.  (Photo source: WLOX)For-hire vessels with federal permits will be able to fish for Red Snapper for 51 days beginning June 1.  (Photo source: WLOX)
    For-hire vessels with federal permits will be able to fish for Red Snapper for 51 days beginning June 1.  (Photo source: WLOX)For-hire vessels with federal permits will be able to fish for Red Snapper for 51 days beginning June 1.  (Photo source: WLOX)

    For-hire vessels with federal permits will be able to fish for Red Snapper for 51 days beginning June 1. 

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    For-hire vessels with federal permits will be able to fish for Red Snapper for 51 days beginning June 1. 

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  • Seoul: N. Korean leader removes major nuclear sticking point

    Seoul: N. Korean leader removes major nuclear sticking point

    Thursday, April 19 2018 10:44 AM EDT2018-04-19 14:44:17 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 4:06 AM EDT2018-04-20 08:06:30 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon). In this Wednesday, April 11, 2018, photo, South Korean army soldiers stand guard at the border villages of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea. U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday, April 17, has given his "blessing" for North a...(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon). In this Wednesday, April 11, 2018, photo, South Korean army soldiers stand guard at the border villages of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea. U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday, April 17, has given his "blessing" for North a...

    South Korean President Moon Jae-in says North Korea hasn't asked for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Korean Peninsula as a precondition for abandoning his nuclear weapons.

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    South Korean President Moon Jae-in says North Korea hasn't asked for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Korean Peninsula as a precondition for abandoning his nuclear weapons.

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  • Officer honored for stopping school shooting

    Officer honored for stopping school shooting

    Friday, April 20 2018 2:19 AM EDT2018-04-20 06:19:34 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 2:32 AM EDT2018-04-20 06:32:40 GMT
    Blaine Gaskill, the Maryland school resource officer who helped end a shooting at a high school last month, was honored Thursday. (Source: WJLA/CNN)Blaine Gaskill, the Maryland school resource officer who helped end a shooting at a high school last month, was honored Thursday. (Source: WJLA/CNN)

    The Maryland school resource officer who helped end a shooting at a high school last month was honored Thursday.

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    The Maryland school resource officer who helped end a shooting at a high school last month was honored Thursday.

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

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

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  • Trail of Hope: remembering Civil Rights heroes

    Trail of Hope

    Trail of Hope

    Remember heroes from the Civil Rights movement in the 'Trail of Hope,' a video series dedicated to telling the stories of activists who took part in demonstrations and fought for equality.

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    Remember heroes from the Civil Rights movement in the 'Trail of Hope,' a video series dedicated to telling the stories of activists who took part in demonstrations and fought for equality.

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  • Recalls

    Recalls

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    A look at recalls issued by manufacturers.More >>
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    WDAM LawCall

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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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  • Dad stabbed to death as daughter sits in lap at restaurant

    Dad stabbed to death as daughter sits in lap at restaurant

    Saturday, April 21 2018 5:44 AM EDT2018-04-21 09:44:08 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 7:09 AM EDT2018-04-21 11:09:26 GMT
    (Ventura County District Attorney's Office via AP). This undated photo provided by the Ventura County District Attorney's Office shows Jamal Jackson. The homeless man has been charged with murder in a random stabbing attack in which a man was killed wh...(Ventura County District Attorney's Office via AP). This undated photo provided by the Ventura County District Attorney's Office shows Jamal Jackson. The homeless man has been charged with murder in a random stabbing attack in which a man was killed wh...
    A homeless man has been charged with murder in the death of a California father who was stabbed in the neck as his 5-year-old daughter sat in his lap in a crowded beachside steakhouse.More >>
    A homeless man has been charged with murder in the death of a California father who was stabbed in the neck as his 5-year-old daughter sat in his lap in a crowded beachside steakhouse.More >>
  • Kansas officials boost projected tax collections by $540M

    Kansas officials boost projected tax collections by $540M

    Saturday, April 21 2018 5:44 AM EDT2018-04-21 09:44:15 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 7:08 AM EDT2018-04-21 11:08:54 GMT
    (AP Photo/John Hanna). Larry Campell, left, Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer's budget director, confers with J.G. Scott, center, the Legislature's top fiscal analyst, and Raney Gilliland, right, the director of the Legislature's research staff, before the relea...(AP Photo/John Hanna). Larry Campell, left, Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer's budget director, confers with J.G. Scott, center, the Legislature's top fiscal analyst, and Raney Gilliland, right, the director of the Legislature's research staff, before the relea...
    Kansas officials have issued a new fiscal forecast that boosts projected tax collections by a total of $540 million through June 2019.More >>
    Kansas officials have issued a new fiscal forecast that boosts projected tax collections by a total of $540 million through June 2019.More >>
  • Americans told to toss romaine lettuce over E. coli fears

    Americans told to toss romaine lettuce over E. coli fears

    Friday, April 20 2018 6:13 PM EDT2018-04-20 22:13:22 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 7:08 AM EDT2018-04-21 11:08:47 GMT
    The Centers for Disease Control is expanding a warning about contaminated lettuce from Arizona that has now sickened dozens of people in several states.More >>
    The Centers for Disease Control is expanding a warning about contaminated lettuce from Arizona that has now sickened dozens of people in several states.More >>
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  • Officials say postal worker hoarded over 17K pieces of mail

    Officials say postal worker hoarded over 17K pieces of mail

    Friday, April 20 2018 6:07 PM EDT2018-04-20 22:07:05 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 6:27 PM EDT2018-04-20 22:27:57 GMT
    A United States Postal Service worker who prosecutors say hoarded away over 17,000 pieces of undelivered mail in New York City allegedly told investigators he was overwhelmed by the amount of mail he had to deliver.More >>
    A United States Postal Service worker who prosecutors say hoarded away over 17,000 pieces of undelivered mail in New York City allegedly told investigators he was overwhelmed by the amount of mail he had to deliver.More >>
  • California tortoise with cracked shell gets $4,000 repair

    California tortoise with cracked shell gets $4,000 repair

    Wednesday, April 18 2018 10:42 PM EDT2018-04-19 02:42:41 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 6:22 PM EDT2018-04-20 22:22:20 GMT
    A wayward tortoise that cracked its shell after falling off a 10-foot wall in San Diego County is recovering after vets used screws, zip ties and denture material to repair it.More >>
    A wayward tortoise that cracked its shell after falling off a 10-foot wall in San Diego County is recovering after vets used screws, zip ties and denture material to repair it.More >>
  • Mom: Preschool's ban of the term 'best friend' is silly

    Mom: Preschool's ban of the term 'best friend' is silly

    Friday, April 20 2018 10:28 AM EDT2018-04-20 14:28:07 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 6:22 PM EDT2018-04-20 22:22:19 GMT
    A Massachusetts family is looking for a new preschool for their 4-year-old daughter because her current school has barred use of the term 'best friend.'.More >>
    A Massachusetts family is looking for a new preschool for their 4-year-old daughter because her current school has barred use of the term 'best friend.'.More >>
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  • Queen Elizabeth II turns 92, to attend star-studded concert

    Queen Elizabeth II turns 92, to attend star-studded concert

    Saturday, April 21 2018 6:54 AM EDT2018-04-21 10:54:10 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 7:25 AM EDT2018-04-21 11:25:32 GMT
    (Toby Melville/Pool Photo via AP). Britain's Queen Elizabeth raises her glass during speeches at The Queen's Dinner, during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Buckingham Palace in London, Thursday, April 19, 2018.(Toby Melville/Pool Photo via AP). Britain's Queen Elizabeth raises her glass during speeches at The Queen's Dinner, during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Buckingham Palace in London, Thursday, April 19, 2018.
    Queen Elizabeth II is marking her 92nd birthday with a star-studded concert in London.More >>
    Queen Elizabeth II is marking her 92nd birthday with a star-studded concert in London.More >>
  • Investigation says Prince was isolated, addicted and in pain

    Investigation says Prince was isolated, addicted and in pain

    Friday, April 20 2018 2:13 AM EDT2018-04-20 06:13:24 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 7:08 AM EDT2018-04-21 11:08:53 GMT
    (Carver County Sheriff's Office via AP). In this image made from surveillance video provided Thursday, April 19, 2018, by the Carver County Sheriff's Office, as part of an investigative file into Prince's death, the superstar, center, enters a clinic o...(Carver County Sheriff's Office via AP). In this image made from surveillance video provided Thursday, April 19, 2018, by the Carver County Sheriff's Office, as part of an investigative file into Prince's death, the superstar, center, enters a clinic o...
    Investigative files in Prince's death show that members of his inner circle were growing increasingly alarmed about an opioid addition as his health waned in the final days of his life, and that they sought help.More >>
    Investigative files in Prince's death show that members of his inner circle were growing increasingly alarmed about an opioid addition as his health waned in the final days of his life, and that they sought help.More >>
  • Natalie Portman addresses snub of 'Jewish Nobel,' backlash

    Natalie Portman addresses snub of 'Jewish Nobel,' backlash

    Friday, April 20 2018 2:53 AM EDT2018-04-20 06:53:13 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 6:55 AM EDT2018-04-21 10:55:00 GMT
    The Genesis Prize foundation says this year's winner, Natalie Portman, has pulled out of a June ceremony in Israel. (Source: (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)The Genesis Prize foundation says this year's winner, Natalie Portman, has pulled out of a June ceremony in Israel. (Source: (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
    The Genesis Prize foundation says this year's winner, Natalie Portman, has pulled out of June ceremony in Israel. (Source: (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)The Genesis Prize foundation says this year's winner, Natalie Portman, has pulled out of June ceremony in Israel. (Source: (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

    Genesis Prize foundation says this year's winner, Natalie Portman, has pulled out of June ceremony in Israel.

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    Genesis Prize foundation says this year's winner, Natalie Portman, has pulled out of June ceremony in Israel.

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  • Human trafficking still a problem in MS, experts say

    Human trafficking still a problem in MS, experts say

    Thursday, March 15 2018 11:36 PM EDT2018-03-16 03:36:23 GMT
    Last year, Mississippi received a B rating on human trafficking from the prevention group Shared Hope International. (Photo source: WDAM)Last year, Mississippi received a B rating on human trafficking from the prevention group Shared Hope International. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Last year, Mississippi received a "B" rating on human trafficking from the prevention group Shared Hope International. That rating is an upgrade from the “D” rating the state was given in 2011.

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    Last year, Mississippi received a "B" rating on human trafficking from the prevention group Shared Hope International. That rating is an upgrade from the “D” rating the state was given in 2011.

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  • Do bulletproof backpacks work?

    Do bulletproof backpacks work?

    Wednesday, March 14 2018 6:11 PM EDT2018-03-14 22:11:12 GMT
    With school safety a hot topic around the country, some parents are turning to bulletproof backpacks to send their students to class with extra protection. (Photo source: WDAM)With school safety a hot topic around the country, some parents are turning to bulletproof backpacks to send their students to class with extra protection. (Photo source: WDAM)

    With school safety a hot topic around the country, some parents are turning to bulletproof backpacks to send their students to class with extra protection.  The backpacks can be pricey, so with the help of the Jones County Sheriff's Department, we put the backpacks to the test. WDAM 7 purchased a Guard Dog Security Pro Shield Bulletproof Backpack off Amazon for $119.00 in the days following the mass shooting at the Florida High School last month.  In a quick ...

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    With school safety a hot topic around the country, some parents are turning to bulletproof backpacks to send their students to class with extra protection.  The backpacks can be pricey, so with the help of the Jones County Sheriff's Department, we put the backpacks to the test. WDAM 7 purchased a Guard Dog Security Pro Shield Bulletproof Backpack off Amazon for $119.00 in the days following the mass shooting at the Florida High School last month.  In a quick ...

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  • Are we becoming numb to violence?

    Are we becoming numb to violence?

    Thursday, March 8 2018 10:55 PM EST2018-03-09 03:55:47 GMT
    Psychology Fellow at Southern Behavioral Medicine David Gavel considers the question: Are we becoming numb to violence? (Photo source: WDAM)Psychology Fellow at Southern Behavioral Medicine David Gavel considers the question: Are we becoming numb to violence? (Photo source: WDAM)

    The October 2017 Las Vegas shooting remains the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. 58 people were killed. Only a month later, another shooting, 26 killed by a gunman inside a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. The latest shooting happened on Valentine's Day. 17 people dead in Parkland, Florida. Those shootings are just scratching the surface of the acts the FBI defines as mass shootings, four or more shot at once.

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    The October 2017 Las Vegas shooting remains the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. 58 people were killed. Only a month later, another shooting, 26 killed by a gunman inside a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. The latest shooting happened on Valentine's Day. 17 people dead in Parkland, Florida. Those shootings are just scratching the surface of the acts the FBI defines as mass shootings, four or more shot at once.

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