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  • West Virginia teachers: Statewide walkout over pay, benefits

    West Virginia teachers: Statewide walkout over pay, benefits

    Thursday, February 22 2018 5:04 PM EST2018-02-22 22:04:19 GMT
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    (AP Photo/John Raby). Jennifer Hanner, a first-year teacher from Harts, W.Va., center, holds a sign Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, outside the state Senate chambers at the Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Teachers statewide went on strike Thursday over pay and b...(AP Photo/John Raby). Jennifer Hanner, a first-year teacher from Harts, W.Va., center, holds a sign Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, outside the state Senate chambers at the Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Teachers statewide went on strike Thursday over pay and b...
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    West Virginia teachers launch first statewide walked since 1990, complaining of low pay and benefits.More >>
  • Grand jury indicts Missouri governor who admitted affair

    Grand jury indicts Missouri governor who admitted affair

    Thursday, February 22 2018 5:35 PM EST2018-02-22 22:35:21 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 5:54 PM EST2018-02-22 22:54:18 GMT
    A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to the Republican's affair with a woman in 2015.More >>
    A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to the Republican's affair with a woman in 2015.More >>
  • US may never see another spiritual leader like Billy Graham

    US may never see another spiritual leader like Billy Graham

    Thursday, February 22 2018 5:35 PM EST2018-02-22 22:35:02 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 5:47 PM EST2018-02-22 22:47:31 GMT
    (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek). Lyn Warwick of Black Mountain, N.C., photographs a memorial display of Rev. Billy Graham inside Chatlos Chapel at the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 in Asheville, NC. Warwick is frien...(AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek). Lyn Warwick of Black Mountain, N.C., photographs a memorial display of Rev. Billy Graham inside Chatlos Chapel at the Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 in Asheville, NC. Warwick is frien...
    In the wake of the Rev. Billy Graham's death, religion scholars say this much is clear: There will never be another American spiritual leader with his reach and influence.More >>
    In the wake of the Rev. Billy Graham's death, religion scholars say this much is clear: There will never be another American spiritual leader with his reach and influence.More >>
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  • Student in custody following threat to Purvis High School

    Student in custody following threat to Purvis High School

    Thursday, February 22 2018 5:48 PM EST2018-02-22 22:48:35 GMT
    Lamar County School District confirmed this photo circulated through social media on Thursday (Photo Source: WDAM viewer).Lamar County School District confirmed this photo circulated through social media on Thursday (Photo Source: WDAM viewer).

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

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

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  • Some top opioid providers raise red flags

    Some top opioid providers raise red flags

    Thursday, February 22 2018 4:48 PM EST2018-02-22 21:48:19 GMT

    Family physicians, nurse practitioners and doctors whose health care focuses on non-narcotic therapies are some of the nation’s most prolific opioid prescription writers in recent years.

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    Family physicians, nurse practitioners and doctors whose health care focuses on non-narcotic therapies are some of the nation’s most prolific opioid prescription writers in recent years.

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  • Southern Miss NCS4 helps keep Winter Olympics safe

    Southern Miss NCS4 helps keep Winter Olympics safe

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

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

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

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

    HPD, HFD set to face off in pickup basketball game

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

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

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

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  • Scammers targeting doctors, dentists in Jones Co.

    Scammers targeting doctors, dentists in Jones Co.

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

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

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

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  • Hattiesburg surgeon breaks down barriers

    Hattiesburg surgeon breaks down barriers

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

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

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  • Laurel police warning residents of local scammer

    Laurel police warning residents of local scammer

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

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

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

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  • Sumrall High School boosts police presence after social media threat

    Sumrall High School boosts police presence after social media threat

    Thursday, February 22 2018 12:37 PM EST2018-02-22 17:37:57 GMT
    The Lamar County School District says safety and security for students is always a priority for all schools in the district. (Photo source: WDAM)The Lamar County School District says safety and security for students is always a priority for all schools in the district. (Photo source: WDAM)

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

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

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  • Overnight Fire destroys home in Jones County

    Overnight Fire destroys home in Jones County

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

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

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

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  • Stone Middle School student charged with cyberstalking

    Stone Middle School student charged with cyberstalking

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

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

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

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  • Abandoned building burns in Hattiesburg

    Abandoned building burns in Hattiesburg

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

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

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

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  • Laurel to undergo $5 million water and sewer project

    Laurel to undergo $5 million water and sewer project

  • Hattiesburg pastor reacts to passing of Billy Graham

    Hattiesburg pastor reacts to passing of Billy Graham

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

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

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

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  • New film documents life of civil rights pioneer Clyde Kennard

    New film documents life of civil rights pioneer Clyde Kennard

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

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

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

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  • Laurel to undergo $5 million water and sewer project

    Laurel to undergo $5 million water and sewer project

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

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

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

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  • Hattiesburg man reported missing in New Orleans found safe

    Hattiesburg man reported missing in New Orleans found safe

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

    William Carey discusses emergency policy

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

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

  • Cardiologist gives the facts on leading killer in the state

    Cardiologist gives the facts on leading killer in the state

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

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

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

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

  • Sheriff: Deputies ordered to carry rifles following Florida school shooting

    Sheriff: Deputies ordered to carry rifles following Florida school shooting

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

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

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

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  • City of Hattiesburg to offer free tree seedlings

    City of Hattiesburg to offer free tree seedlings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Senate Republicans support school funding set in House bill

    Senate Republicans support school funding set in House bill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Cardiologist gives the facts on leading killer in the state

    Cardiologist gives the facts on leading killer in the state

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

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

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

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  • William Carey discusses emergency policy

    William Carey discusses emergency policy

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

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

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

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  • 2 charged with burglary in Lamar County

    2 charged with burglary in Lamar County

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

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

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

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  • 1 jailed for auto theft in Lamar County

    1 jailed for auto theft in Lamar County

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

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

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

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  • Ellisville man charged with murder of wife, bond set

    Ellisville man charged with murder of wife, bond set

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

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

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

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  • Teen sought in connection to Perry County burglaries

    Teen sought in connection to Perry County burglaries

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

    Southern Miss baseball cancels 3-game road trip

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

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

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

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  • Commissioner of higher education announces retirement

    Commissioner of higher education announces retirement

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 4:51 PM EST2018-02-21 21:51:07 GMT
    Glenn Boyce, commissioner of higher education, announces retirement at the end of the current fiscal year.Glenn Boyce, commissioner of higher education, announces retirement at the end of the current fiscal year.

    After nearly three years as commissioner of higher education, Glen Boyce has announced his retirement. 

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    After nearly three years as commissioner of higher education, Glen Boyce has announced his retirement. 

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

    USM bullpen falters in 10-9 loss at South Alabama

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

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

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

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  • HPD arrests two juveniles after car chase

    HPD arrests two juveniles after car chase

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

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

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

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  • List of safest school districts in Mississippi released

    List of safest school districts in Mississippi released

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

    Hattiesburg surgeon breaks down barriers

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

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

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

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  • High school basketball highlights 2/20

    High school basketball highlights 2/20

  • Doctors get rich from controversial drug maker as patients become addicts

    Doctors get rich from controversial drug maker as patients become addicts

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 1:51 PM EST2018-02-21 18:51:24 GMT

    While the doctors got rich from kickbacks from a pharmaceutical company, their patient, a suburban soccer mom, became and addict while taking an opioid drug over prescribed to her.

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    While the doctors got rich from kickbacks from a pharmaceutical company, their patient, a suburban soccer mom, became and addict while taking an opioid drug over prescribed to her.

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  • Doctors who flood the country with opioids face little scrutiny, repercussions

    Doctors who flood the country with opioids face little scrutiny, repercussions

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 11:01 AM EST2018-02-21 16:01:17 GMT

    Doctors who over-prescribe pills can easily move from state-to-state while avoiding punishments from state medical boards, who are slow to punish them.

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    Doctors who over-prescribe pills can easily move from state-to-state while avoiding punishments from state medical boards, who are slow to punish them.

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  • Town of Mt. Olive boil water advisory lifted

    Town of Mt. Olive boil water advisory lifted

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

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

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

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  • Threats made against Pearl River Co. school

    Threats made against Pearl River Co. school

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

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

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

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  • Study: Alcohol, extra weight could help you live past 90

    Study: Alcohol, extra weight could help you live past 90

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 5:40 AM EST2018-02-21 10:40:05 GMT
    Wednesday, February 21 2018 5:40 AM EST2018-02-21 10:40:05 GMT

    Drinking two glasses of alcohol per day could reduce the chances of dying prematurely by 18 percent, compared to only 11 percent for daily physical activity.

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    Drinking two glasses of alcohol per day could reduce the chances of dying prematurely by 18 percent, compared to only 11 percent for daily physical activity.

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  • Hattiesburg contracts company to help promote within fire department

    Hattiesburg contracts company to help promote within fire department

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

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

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

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  • Charges filed against Petal student who made social media threats

    Charges filed against Petal student who made social media threats

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

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

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

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  • WDAM has learned the Lumberton Police Chief suddenly resigned

    Lumberton police chief resigns

    Lumberton police chief resigns

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

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

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

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  • First female American Legion national commander visits Hattiesburg

    First female American Legion national commander visits Hattiesburg

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

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

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

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  • One person injured in five-car crash in Hattiesburg

    One person injured in five-car crash in Hattiesburg

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

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

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

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  • Pay scale alignment for Hattiesburg Fire Department on hold

    Pay scale alignment for Hattiesburg Fire Department on hold

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

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

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

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  • Hattiesburg water outage after cut line

    Hattiesburg water outage after cut line

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

    Forrest Co. storm shelter plans moving forward

  • Forrest Co. storm shelter plans moving forward

    Forrest Co. storm shelter plans moving forward

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

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

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

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  • State moving forward with plans for road funding

    State moving forward with plans for road funding

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

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

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

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  • Hattiesburg pastor speaks at PRCC Black History Program

    Hattiesburg pastor speaks at PRCC Black History Program

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

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

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

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

    Walk-On's breaks ground on first MS location

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Lamar Co. man killed in early morning crash identified

    Lamar Co. man killed in early morning crash identified

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

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

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

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  • Spring Severe Weather Preparedness Week, tips from MEMA

    Spring Severe Weather Preparedness Week, tips from MEMA

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

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

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  • Lumberton police chief resigns

    Lumberton police chief resigns

  • HS Girls basketball playoffs - First round

    HS Girls basketball playoffs - First round

  • HS Girls Basketball Playoffs - First round

    HS Girls Basketball Playoffs - First round

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 12:26 AM EST2018-02-20 05:26:50 GMT
    The North Forrest girls beat Clarkdale in triple overtime on Monday. Courtesy: WDAMThe North Forrest girls beat Clarkdale in triple overtime on Monday. Courtesy: WDAM

    The high school girls basketball playoffs begin on Monday night. Here are some of the scores from around the Pine Belt...

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    The high school girls basketball playoffs begin on Monday night. Here are some of the scores from around the Pine Belt...

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  • Luke Reynolds name C-USA hitter of the week

    Luke Reynolds name C-USA hitter of the week

  • Luke Reynolds name C-USA hitter of the week

    Luke Reynolds name C-USA hitter of the week

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

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

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

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  • Southern Miss baseball jumps in rankings after MSU sweep

    Southern Miss baseball jumps in rankings after MSU sweep

  • IRS warns taxpayers of scam using erroneous refunds

    IRS warns taxpayers of scam using erroneous refunds

    Monday, February 19 2018 10:30 PM EST2018-02-20 03:30:47 GMT
    The Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers of a scam involving erroneous tax refunds being deposited into bank accounts.  (Photo source: WDAM Archives)The Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers of a scam involving erroneous tax refunds being deposited into bank accounts.  (Photo source: WDAM Archives)

    The Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers of a scam involving erroneous tax refunds being deposited into bank accounts.  Criminals are using stolen client data from tax professionals and filing fraudulent tax returns, using the taxpayers' real bank accounts for the deposit, according to an IRS press release. Then, the scammers use various tactics to reclaim the refund from the taxpayer.  In one version, criminals pose as a debt collection agency official acting on beha...

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    The Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers of a scam involving erroneous tax refunds being deposited into bank accounts.  Criminals are using stolen client data from tax professionals and filing fraudulent tax returns, using the taxpayers' real bank accounts for the deposit, according to an IRS press release. Then, the scammers use various tactics to reclaim the refund from the taxpayer.  In one version, criminals pose as a debt collection agency official acting on beha...

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  • Lady Eagles thrashed by Louisiana Tech, 89-57

    Lady Eagles thrashed by Louisiana Tech, 89-57

    Monday, February 19 2018 10:17 PM EST2018-02-20 03:17:09 GMT

    Louisiana Tech University women’s basketball team set a single-game record by making 14 baskets from 3-point range as the Lady Techsters rained an 89-57 decision on the University of Southern Mississippi at the Thomas Assembly this past weekend.

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    Louisiana Tech University women’s basketball team set a single-game record by making 14 baskets from 3-point range as the Lady Techsters rained an 89-57 decision on the University of Southern Mississippi at the Thomas Assembly this past weekend.

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  • Crusaders’ Smith named SSAC Pitcher of Week

    Crusaders’ Smith named SSAC Pitcher of Week

    Monday, February 19 2018 9:00 PM EST2018-02-20 02:00:24 GMT

    William Carey University junior right-hander Devin Smith was named Southern States Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 12-18. 

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    William Carey University junior right-hander Devin Smith was named Southern States Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 12-18. 

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  • Carey’s Moak earns 2nd straight SSAC honor

    Carey’s Moak earns 2nd straight SSAC honor

    Monday, February 19 2018 8:29 PM EST2018-02-20 01:29:21 GMT

    For a second consecutive week, William Carey University softball pitcher Hannah Moak was named Southern States Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 12-18.

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    For a second consecutive week, William Carey University softball pitcher Hannah Moak was named Southern States Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 12-18.

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  • Bill would exempt recent grads from state income tax for staying in Mississippi

    Bill would exempt recent grads from state income tax for staying in Mississippi

  • HFD could see pay scale changes

    HFD could see pay scale changes

  • HFD could see pay scale changes

    HFD could see pay scale changes

    Monday, February 19 2018 8:18 PM EST2018-02-20 01:18:48 GMT
    Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker and members of his administration are rolling out a pay scale alignment for the Hattiesburg Fire Department. (Photo source: WDAM)Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker and members of his administration are rolling out a pay scale alignment for the Hattiesburg Fire Department. (Photo source: WDAM)
    Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker and members of his administration are rolling out a pay scale alignment for the Hattiesburg Fire Department.  It's one way that city leaders are hoping will continue to grow the numbers when it comes to manpower inside the department.  "As we have listened to both of our public safety departments, whether it be police or fire, one thing that you heard that there was really no sort of career ladder," said Barker.  The city recen...More >>
    Hattiesburg Mayor Toby Barker and members of his administration are rolling out a pay scale alignment for the Hattiesburg Fire Department.  It's one way that city leaders are hoping will continue to grow the numbers when it comes to manpower inside the department.  "As we have listened to both of our public safety departments, whether it be police or fire, one thing that you heard that there was really no sort of career ladder," said Barker.  The city recen...More >>
  • USM’s set to return to the mound

    USM’s set to return to the mound

    Monday, February 19 2018 7:25 PM EST2018-02-20 00:25:53 GMT
    The Golden Eagles are coming a season-opening sweep of nationally-ranked Mississippi State. USM outscored  the Bulldogs 23-6, hitting .296 with 29 hits in the three games of the Farm Bureau Classic. (Photo source: WDAM archive)The Golden Eagles are coming a season-opening sweep of nationally-ranked Mississippi State. USM outscored  the Bulldogs 23-6, hitting .296 with 29 hits in the three games of the Farm Bureau Classic. (Photo source: WDAM archive)
    One of the questions regarding the University of Southern Mississippi’s pitching staff coming into the 2018 baseball season was just how long it might take Walker Powell to recover from arm issues that cost him the 2017 season. As it turns out, not very long at all. Powell, a sophomore right-hander from Fayetteville, Ark., was announced as USM’s starting pitcher when the 13th-ranked Golden Eagles (3-0) visit No. 17 University of South Alabama (3-1) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday a...More >>
    One of the questions regarding the University of Southern Mississippi’s pitching staff coming into the 2018 baseball season was just how long it might take Walker Powell to recover from arm issues that cost him the 2017 season. As it turns out, not very long at all. Powell, a sophomore right-hander from Fayetteville, Ark., was announced as USM’s starting pitcher when the 13th-ranked Golden Eagles (3-0) visit No. 17 University of South Alabama (3-1) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday a...More >>
  • Source of Petal social media threats identified

    Source of Petal social media threats identified

    Monday, February 19 2018 6:34 PM EST2018-02-19 23:34:53 GMT
    Authorities are investigating an alleged threat made through a social media post toward Petal High School. (Photo source: WDAM)Authorities are investigating an alleged threat made through a social media post toward Petal High School. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Petal police are actively investigating an alleged threat made towards Petal High School.   

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    Petal police are actively investigating an alleged threat made towards Petal High School.   

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  • First business at the District at Midtown set to open

    First business at the District at Midtown set to open

    Monday, February 19 2018 5:30 PM EST2018-02-19 22:30:44 GMT
    Fuzzy’s Taco Shop will open on Wednesday 11 a.m. at the District at Midtown in Hattiesburg. (Photo source: WDAM)Fuzzy’s Taco Shop will open on Wednesday 11 a.m. at the District at Midtown in Hattiesburg. (Photo source: WDAM)
    One of the first businesses at the District at Midtown is set to open on Wednesday. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop will open on Wednesday 11 a.m. at the District at Midtown in Hattiesburg.  Franchise owner Trey Ziegler said it’s the first of its kind in the state. After Wednesday the store will begin its regular hours which will include mornings at 7 a.m. serving breakfast all day.  Fuzzy’s Taco shop is headquartered in Fort Worth Texas with about 140 locations ...More >>
    One of the first businesses at the District at Midtown is set to open on Wednesday. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop will open on Wednesday 11 a.m. at the District at Midtown in Hattiesburg.  Franchise owner Trey Ziegler said it’s the first of its kind in the state. After Wednesday the store will begin its regular hours which will include mornings at 7 a.m. serving breakfast all day.  Fuzzy’s Taco shop is headquartered in Fort Worth Texas with about 140 locations ...More >>
  • Bill would exempt recent grads from state income tax for staying in Mississippi

    Bill would exempt recent grads from state income tax for staying in Mississippi

    Monday, February 19 2018 4:25 PM EST2018-02-19 21:25:44 GMT
    House Bill 1550 would encourage recent college grads to seek employement in Mississippi.  Source: WDAM.House Bill 1550 would encourage recent college grads to seek employement in Mississippi. Source: WDAM.

    State lawmakers are working on a way to encourage college graduates to stay in, or move to, Mississippi.

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    State lawmakers are working on a way to encourage college graduates to stay in, or move to, Mississippi.

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  • Lieutenant governor unveils plan to pay for infrastructure

    Lieutenant governor unveils plan to pay for infrastructure

    Monday, February 19 2018 4:07 PM EST2018-02-19 21:07:55 GMT
    Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves wants to borrow and divert existing revenue to provide more money for roads and bridges over the next six years. (Photo source: WDAM)Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves wants to borrow and divert existing revenue to provide more money for roads and bridges over the next six years. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Mississippi's lieutenant governor wants to borrow and divert existing revenue to provide more money for roads and bridges over the next six years.

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    Mississippi's lieutenant governor wants to borrow and divert existing revenue to provide more money for roads and bridges over the next six years.

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  • Southern Miss baseball jumps in rankings after MSU sweep

    Southern Miss baseball jumps in rankings after MSU sweep

    Monday, February 19 2018 3:58 PM EST2018-02-19 20:58:39 GMT
    The University of Southern Mississippi baseball team jumped in national college baseball rankings after an opening weekend sweep of Mississippi State. (Photo source: WDAM archive)The University of Southern Mississippi baseball team jumped in national college baseball rankings after an opening weekend sweep of Mississippi State. (Photo source: WDAM archive)

    The University of Southern Mississippi baseball team jumped in national college baseball rankings after an opening weekend sweep of Mississippi State.  The Golden Eagles outscored the Bulldogs 23-6 and never trailed in the three-game home series at Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg. National rankings released Monday reflected the impressive sweep.  Collegiate Baseball ranked Southern Miss No. 13. (Previously ranked No. 25) Baseball America ranked South...

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    The University of Southern Mississippi baseball team jumped in national college baseball rankings after an opening weekend sweep of Mississippi State.  The Golden Eagles outscored the Bulldogs 23-6 and never trailed in the three-game home series at Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg. National rankings released Monday reflected the impressive sweep.  Collegiate Baseball ranked Southern Miss No. 13. (Previously ranked No. 25) Baseball America ranked South...

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  • Superintendent squashes school threat rumors

    Superintendent squashes school threat rumors

    Monday, February 19 2018 3:38 PM EST2018-02-19 20:38:49 GMT
    The district is urging parents and students to notify school administrators directly with any issues related to school safety. (Photo source: Facebook/Lamar County School District)The district is urging parents and students to notify school administrators directly with any issues related to school safety. (Photo source: Facebook/Lamar County School District)

    Following the recent tragedy in Florida, several local school districts are experiencing rumors and false statements in regards to possible threats to schools.

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    Following the recent tragedy in Florida, several local school districts are experiencing rumors and false statements in regards to possible threats to schools.

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