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  • Jones Co. bridge reopens after preventative maintenance

    Jones Co. bridge reopens after preventative maintenance

    Thursday, July 19 2018 10:10 AM EDT2018-07-19 14:10:16 GMT
    Officials have reopened a bridge in Jones County following preventative maintenance. (Photo Source: Google Maps)Officials have reopened a bridge in Jones County following preventative maintenance. (Photo Source: Google Maps)
    Officials have reopened a bridge in Jones County following preventative maintenance. (Photo Source: Google Maps)Officials have reopened a bridge in Jones County following preventative maintenance. (Photo Source: Google Maps)
    County officials have reopened a Jones County bridge that was initially closed on July 9 for preventative maintenance. The decision impacted Moselle Seminary Road and The Burr Creek Bridge near Southern Hens and the Moselle Power Plant.  During the closure, drivers were rerouted to other roads in the area. The cost to repair the bridge was $80, 000.  Copyright WDAM 2018. All rights reserved.  More >>
    County officials have reopened a Jones County bridge that was initially closed on July 9 for preventative maintenance. The decision impacted Moselle Seminary Road and The Burr Creek Bridge near Southern Hens and the Moselle Power Plant.  During the closure, drivers were rerouted to other roads in the area. The cost to repair the bridge was $80, 000.  Copyright WDAM 2018. All rights reserved.  More >>
  • TRAFFIC ALERT: Utility work expected to cause downtime in Lamar Co.

    TRAFFIC ALERT: Utility work expected to cause downtime in Lamar Co.

    Thursday, July 19 2018 7:43 AM EDT2018-07-19 11:43:54 GMT
    (Photo Source: City of Hattiesburg)(Photo Source: City of Hattiesburg)
    (Photo Source: City of Hattiesburg)(Photo Source: City of Hattiesburg)
    The City of Hattiesburg is urging motorists to use caution Thursday morning in various areas of the city due to utility work. Pearl River Valley Electric began work on switching out a transformer at 6 a.m.  So, traffic lights at US 98 and Hwy 11, US 98 and Lake Forgetful and US 98 and Cross Creek Parkway are expected to experience some downtime .  The Hattiesburg Police Department will be directing traffic in those areas to offer support in the event downtime does occur.&n...More >>
    The City of Hattiesburg is urging motorists to use caution Thursday morning in various areas of the city due to utility work. Pearl River Valley Electric began work on switching out a transformer at 6 a.m.  So, traffic lights at US 98 and Hwy 11, US 98 and Lake Forgetful and US 98 and Cross Creek Parkway are expected to experience some downtime .  The Hattiesburg Police Department will be directing traffic in those areas to offer support in the event downtime does occur.&n...More >>
  • Players of the Pine Belt-Matthew Ryals

  • Players of the Pine Belt-Ryals a “big” part of new era in Purvis

    Players of the Pine Belt-Ryals a “big” part of new era in Purvis

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 11:41 PM EDT2018-07-19 03:41:03 GMT

    Matthew Ryals is expected to play a big part in getting a new era of Purvis High School football off to good start. Literally.

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    Matthew Ryals is expected to play a big part in getting a new era of Purvis High School football off to good start. Literally.

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  • Hattiesburg PD proposes budget for 2018-2019

    Hattiesburg PD proposes budget for 2018-2019

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 11:14 PM EDT2018-07-19 03:14:14 GMT
    Hattiesburg Police Chief Anthony Parker is hoping the city council will approve his wish list to better the department. (Photo source: WDAM)Hattiesburg Police Chief Anthony Parker is hoping the city council will approve his wish list to better the department. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Hattiesburg Police Chief Anthony Parker is hoping the city council will approve his wish list, to better the department. WDAM spoke to Chief Parker about the beginning stages of his new proposed budget. Numbers are rolling out for the Hattiesburg Police Department's 2018-2019 fiscal year budget proposal.  WDAM caught up with Hattiesburg Police Chief Anthony Parker on the phone following his visit to city hall where he outlined that wish list for the city council. Chief Parker ...

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    Hattiesburg Police Chief Anthony Parker is hoping the city council will approve his wish list, to better the department. WDAM spoke to Chief Parker about the beginning stages of his new proposed budget. Numbers are rolling out for the Hattiesburg Police Department's 2018-2019 fiscal year budget proposal.  WDAM caught up with Hattiesburg Police Chief Anthony Parker on the phone following his visit to city hall where he outlined that wish list for the city council. Chief Parker ...

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  • Forrest County accepting bids for school safe rooms

    Forrest County accepting bids for school safe rooms

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 8:26 PM EDT2018-07-19 00:26:24 GMT
    Plans for a safe room/storm shelter. (Photo source: Forrest County Board)Plans for a safe room/storm shelter. (Photo source: Forrest County Board)
    Plans for a safe room/storm shelter. (Photo source: Forrest County Board)Plans for a safe room/storm shelter. (Photo source: Forrest County Board)
    Eight schools in the Forrest County Public School District have been given the go-ahead to accept bids to build safe rooms on school campuses around the county. The rooms are designed to withstand high winds in the event of a tornado and can protect all of the students and staff at any of the schools to prevent loss of life due to a severe weather event. The effort carries an approximate  $1 million price tag for each safe room, with 90 percent of it being paid by FEMA. &...More >>
    Eight schools in the Forrest County Public School District have been given the go-ahead to accept bids to build safe rooms on school campuses around the county. The rooms are designed to withstand high winds in the event of a tornado and can protect all of the students and staff at any of the schools to prevent loss of life due to a severe weather event. The effort carries an approximate  $1 million price tag for each safe room, with 90 percent of it being paid by FEMA. &...More >>
  • Family gives new details about Doby murder in Covington County

    Family gives new details about Doby murder in Covington County

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 8:03 PM EDT2018-07-19 00:03:36 GMT
    Jessie Lee Doby lived in the New Hope Community in north Covington County. Photo credit WDAM.Jessie Lee Doby lived in the New Hope Community in north Covington County. Photo credit WDAM.

    Loved ones of a murdered Covington County man are speaking out about his death and his life.   

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    Loved ones of a murdered Covington County man are speaking out about his death and his life.   

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  • Collins fire chief begins 4th term as head of state fire association

    Collins fire chief begins 4th term as head of state fire association

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 7:49 PM EDT2018-07-18 23:49:42 GMT
    John Pope, chief of the Collins Fire Department, has been elected to a fourth consecutive term as president of the Mississippi Firefighters Association. Photo credit WDAM.John Pope, chief of the Collins Fire Department, has been elected to a fourth consecutive term as president of the Mississippi Firefighters Association. Photo credit WDAM.
    John Pope, chief of the Collins Fire Department, has been elected to a fourth consecutive term as president of the Mississippi Firefighters Association. Photo credit WDAM.John Pope, chief of the Collins Fire Department, has been elected to a fourth consecutive term as president of the Mississippi Firefighters Association. Photo credit WDAM.

    The chief of the Collins Fire Department is beginning his fourth consecutive term as head of the Mississippi Firefighters Association.  

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    The chief of the Collins Fire Department is beginning his fourth consecutive term as head of the Mississippi Firefighters Association.  

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  • Lamar County doctor offers West Nile protection tips

    Lamar County doctor offers West Nile protection tips

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 7:49 PM EDT2018-07-18 23:49:08 GMT
    The first human case of West Nile Virus is here, and it's a reminder that each year all Mississippians need to act fast to protect themselves from the disease.The first human case of West Nile Virus is here, and it's a reminder that each year all Mississippians need to act fast to protect themselves from the disease.
    The first human case of West Nile Virus is here, and it's a reminder that each year all Mississippians need to act fast to protect themselves from the disease.The first human case of West Nile Virus is here, and it's a reminder that each year all Mississippians need to act fast to protect themselves from the disease.

    According to the Mississippi State Department of Health the first human case of West Nile Virus is here, and it's a reminder that each year all Mississippians need to act fast to protect themselves from the disease.

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    According to the Mississippi State Department of Health the first human case of West Nile Virus is here, and it's a reminder that each year all Mississippians need to act fast to protect themselves from the disease.

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  • Richton Library creating technology class for senior citizens

    Richton Library creating technology class for senior citizens

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 7:43 PM EDT2018-07-18 23:43:25 GMT
    The Richton Library is in the process of creating a class for senior citizens to become more familiar with technology. (Photo source: WDAM)The Richton Library is in the process of creating a class for senior citizens to become more familiar with technology. (Photo source: WDAM)

      Wdam spoke with the Richton library where they are in the process of creating a class for senior citizens to become more familiar with high tech. The library is striving to be a tech-savvy environment where not only teens but senior citizens can keep up with the advancement of technology through their cell phones or computers. They plan to create classes for senior citizens to prepare them to keep up with the wave. "We would schedule once or twice a week for three weeks....

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      Wdam spoke with the Richton library where they are in the process of creating a class for senior citizens to become more familiar with high tech. The library is striving to be a tech-savvy environment where not only teens but senior citizens can keep up with the advancement of technology through their cell phones or computers. They plan to create classes for senior citizens to prepare them to keep up with the wave. "We would schedule once or twice a week for three weeks....

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  • Veterinarian called out during animal cruelty investigation speaks

    Veterinarian called out during animal cruelty investigation speaks

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 7:33 PM EDT2018-07-18 23:33:53 GMT
    Dr. Kimberly Martin with Animal Medical Center in Ellisville (Photo source: WDAM)Dr. Kimberly Martin with Animal Medical Center in Ellisville (Photo source: WDAM)

    A veterinarian called out during an animal cruelty investigation in Jones County is telling her side of the story. 

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    A veterinarian called out during an animal cruelty investigation in Jones County is telling her side of the story. 

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  • "Stuff the Bus" event to be held for Marion County students in need

    "Stuff the Bus" event to be held for Marion County students in need

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 6:46 PM EDT2018-07-18 22:46:34 GMT
    The Junior Auxiliary of Marion County is holding a "Stuff the Bus" event this Saturday at the Walmart in Columbia to gather donations such as school supplies, school uniforms and materials needed to fill backpacks. (Photo source: Junior Auxiliary)The Junior Auxiliary of Marion County is holding a "Stuff the Bus" event this Saturday at the Walmart in Columbia to gather donations such as school supplies, school uniforms and materials needed to fill backpacks. (Photo source: Junior Auxiliary)
    The Junior Auxiliary of Marion County is holding a "Stuff the Bus" event this Saturday at the Walmart in Columbia to gather donations such as school supplies, school uniforms and materials needed to fill backpacks. (Photo source: Junior Auxiliary)The Junior Auxiliary of Marion County is holding a "Stuff the Bus" event this Saturday at the Walmart in Columbia to gather donations such as school supplies, school uniforms and materials needed to fill backpacks. (Photo source: Junior Auxiliary)
    The Junior Auxiliary of Marion County is holding a "Stuff the Bus" event this Saturday at the Walmart in Columbia to gather donations such as school supplies, school uniforms and materials needed to fill backpacks for kids in all Marion County schools that may need them. "We're going to have a school bus park there with our banner on it, we're going to have balloons and two tents and will be easy to find," said Wendy Hammonds, Junior Auxiliary activ...More >>
    The Junior Auxiliary of Marion County is holding a "Stuff the Bus" event this Saturday at the Walmart in Columbia to gather donations such as school supplies, school uniforms and materials needed to fill backpacks for kids in all Marion County schools that may need them. "We're going to have a school bus park there with our banner on it, we're going to have balloons and two tents and will be easy to find," said Wendy Hammonds, Junior Auxiliary activ...More >>
  • Jackknifed semi cleared from I-59 exit ramp to Hwy. 98

    Jackknifed semi cleared from I-59 exit ramp to Hwy. 98

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 6:33 PM EDT2018-07-18 22:33:53 GMT
    The exit ramp was blocked for more than an hour Wednesday afternoon by a jackknifed 18-wheeler, which caused major traffic delays. (Photo source: Mississippi Department of Transportation)The exit ramp was blocked for more than an hour Wednesday afternoon by a jackknifed 18-wheeler, which caused major traffic delays. (Photo source: Mississippi Department of Transportation)

    Traffic is once again flowing on the Interstate 59 exit ramp to Highway 98 in Forrest County.

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    Traffic is once again flowing on the Interstate 59 exit ramp to Highway 98 in Forrest County.

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  • Ford recalls 550,000 vehicles over rollaway risk

    Ford recalls 550,000 vehicles over rollaway risk

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 5:41 PM EDT2018-07-18 21:41:40 GMT
    Wednesday, July 18 2018 5:41 PM EDT2018-07-18 21:41:40 GMT
    Ford is recalling more than 500,000 vehicles in North America to replace shifter cable bushings. (Source: FORD)Ford is recalling more than 500,000 vehicles in North America to replace shifter cable bushings. (Source: FORD)

    Ford is recalling more than 500,000 vehicles in North America to replace shifter cable bushings. 

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    Ford is recalling more than 500,000 vehicles in North America to replace shifter cable bushings. 

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  • Southern Miss football player honored for community service

    Southern Miss football player honored for community service

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 4:47 PM EDT2018-07-18 20:47:19 GMT
    Defensive back Picasso Nelson Jr. (No. 13) is one of 169 college football players from across the county to be nominated this year for their work off the field. (Photo source: WDAM)Defensive back Picasso Nelson Jr. (No. 13) is one of 169 college football players from across the county to be nominated this year for their work off the field. (Photo source: WDAM)

    A University of Southern Mississippi football player was honored as a nominee for the prestigious 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team for his volunteer work in the community.  Defensive back Picasso Nelson Jr. is one of 169 college football players from across the county to be nominated this year for their work off the field, an Allstate news release. The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team has been one of the most coveted community service awards in college football since 19...

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    A University of Southern Mississippi football player was honored as a nominee for the prestigious 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team for his volunteer work in the community.  Defensive back Picasso Nelson Jr. is one of 169 college football players from across the county to be nominated this year for their work off the field, an Allstate news release. The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team has been one of the most coveted community service awards in college football since 19...

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  • Contract awarded for border protection helicopters to be built in MS

    Contract awarded for border protection helicopters to be built in MS

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 4:13 PM EDT2018-07-18 20:13:35 GMT
    The seven Light Enforcement Helicopters will be produced at the Airbus plant in Columbus, according to a news release from Hyde-Smith. (Photo source: CBP.gov)The seven Light Enforcement Helicopters will be produced at the Airbus plant in Columbus, according to a news release from Hyde-Smith. (Photo source: CBP.gov)
    The seven Light Enforcement Helicopters will be produced at the Airbus plant in Columbus, according to a news release from Hyde-Smith. (Photo source: CBP.gov)The seven Light Enforcement Helicopters will be produced at the Airbus plant in Columbus, according to a news release from Hyde-Smith. (Photo source: CBP.gov)
    On Wednesday, U.S Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith applauded the award of a $45.9 million U.S. Department of Homeland Security procurement contract for custom and border protection helicopters that will be built in Mississippi.  The seven Light Enforcement Helicopters will be produced at the Airbus plant in Columbus, according to a news release from Hyde-Smith. “Customs and Border Protection will use these helicopters for law enforcement missions to secure our borders,” Hyd...More >>
    On Wednesday, U.S Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith applauded the award of a $45.9 million U.S. Department of Homeland Security procurement contract for custom and border protection helicopters that will be built in Mississippi.  The seven Light Enforcement Helicopters will be produced at the Airbus plant in Columbus, according to a news release from Hyde-Smith. “Customs and Border Protection will use these helicopters for law enforcement missions to secure our borders,” Hyd...More >>
  • Aircare, blood-clotting drug save man from death by donkey bite

    Aircare, blood-clotting drug save man from death by donkey bite

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 3:07 PM EDT2018-07-18 19:07:23 GMT
    Bobo bit his owner's calf so hard he almost bled to death; Source: UMMCBobo bit his owner's calf so hard he almost bled to death; Source: UMMC

    The two of them on July 8 marked the one-year anniversary of an experience that left a berserk Bobo acting like his world had ended. That could have been the fate of Bobo’s then-owner, Ray Gustafson of Eupora, if AirCare, Mississippi’s most advanced medical helicopter transport owned and operated by the University of Mississippi Medical Center, hadn’t responded with a powerful drug in its arsenal used to put the brakes on profuse bleeding.

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    The two of them on July 8 marked the one-year anniversary of an experience that left a berserk Bobo acting like his world had ended. That could have been the fate of Bobo’s then-owner, Ray Gustafson of Eupora, if AirCare, Mississippi’s most advanced medical helicopter transport owned and operated by the University of Mississippi Medical Center, hadn’t responded with a powerful drug in its arsenal used to put the brakes on profuse bleeding.

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  • Players of the Pine Belt - Lumberton senior C.K. Bowens

    Players of the Pine Belt - Lumberton senior C.K. Bowens

  • Laurel skate park's future uncertain

    Laurel skate park's future uncertain

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 2:48 PM EDT2018-07-18 18:48:19 GMT
    source: WDAMsource: WDAM
    source: WDAMsource: WDAM

    The plans to begin construction on a skate park in a portion of Daphne Park in Laurel have been put on hold due to insufficient funding.

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    The plans to begin construction on a skate park in a portion of Daphne Park in Laurel have been put on hold due to insufficient funding.

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  • New sewage repairs in Laurel

    New sewage repairs in Laurel

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 1:33 PM EDT2018-07-18 17:33:16 GMT
    source: WDAMsource: WDAM
    source: WDAMsource: WDAM

    About 50 residents living in the community surrounding Melon St in Ward 5 will be seeing improvements to their sewage system within a week. Mayor Johnny Magee said during Tuesday morning's city council meeting that he is pushing an emergency order to repair the sewer lines.  $110,000 will be put forward in the project to replace 355 ft of sewer lines.  "

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    About 50 residents living in the community surrounding Melon St in Ward 5 will be seeing improvements to their sewage system within a week. Mayor Johnny Magee said during Tuesday morning's city council meeting that he is pushing an emergency order to repair the sewer lines.  $110,000 will be put forward in the project to replace 355 ft of sewer lines.  "

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  • 'Armed and dangerous' suspects wanted in Walthall, Pike counties

    'Armed and dangerous' suspects wanted in Walthall, Pike counties

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 1:25 PM EDT2018-07-18 17:25:17 GMT

    Law enforcement officials in southwest Mississippi are asking for help identifying two suspects wanted in a pair of armed robberies in Walthall and Pike counties.

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    Law enforcement officials in southwest Mississippi are asking for help identifying two suspects wanted in a pair of armed robberies in Walthall and Pike counties.

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  • Conviction upheld in 2014 Hattiesburg murder

    Conviction upheld in 2014 Hattiesburg murder

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 9:11 AM EDT2018-07-18 13:11:01 GMT
    V'Nell Miskell (Photo source: Mississippi Department of Corrections)V'Nell Miskell (Photo source: Mississippi Department of Corrections)

    The Mississippi Court of Appeals upheld the murder conviction and sentence of a man found guilty in the 2014 shooting death of a Hattiesburg man. 

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    The Mississippi Court of Appeals upheld the murder conviction and sentence of a man found guilty in the 2014 shooting death of a Hattiesburg man. 

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  • Council approves pay increase for HPD dispatchers

    Council approves pay increase for HPD dispatchers

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 12:00 AM EDT2018-07-18 04:00:59 GMT
    The Hattiesburg City Council voted to give dispatchers in Hattiesburg Police Department a pay increase. WDAM looked at the numbers and where the money is coming from. (Photo source: WDAM)The Hattiesburg City Council voted to give dispatchers in Hattiesburg Police Department a pay increase. WDAM looked at the numbers and where the money is coming from. (Photo source: WDAM)

    WDAM cameras inside council chambers Tuesday night as the Hattiesburg City Council cast their votes. The council voted yes, to giving dispatchers within the Hattiesburg Police Department a pay increase. WDAM looked at the numbers and where the money is coming from. Councilman Carter Carroll said, "Dispatcher is a very important position and it needs to be someone with experience." Right now, the Hattiesburg Police Department has an extremely high turnover rate in that spe...

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    WDAM cameras inside council chambers Tuesday night as the Hattiesburg City Council cast their votes. The council voted yes, to giving dispatchers within the Hattiesburg Police Department a pay increase. WDAM looked at the numbers and where the money is coming from. Councilman Carter Carroll said, "Dispatcher is a very important position and it needs to be someone with experience." Right now, the Hattiesburg Police Department has an extremely high turnover rate in that spe...

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  • Newspaper publisher writes about giving ride to escaped murderer

    Newspaper publisher writes about giving ride to escaped murderer

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 5:17 PM EDT2018-07-17 21:17:23 GMT
    Officers from multiple agencies assisted in the arrest of Michael Floyd Wilson (Source: Jackson County Sheriff's Department)Officers from multiple agencies assisted in the arrest of Michael Floyd Wilson (Source: Jackson County Sheriff's Department)
    Officers from multiple agencies assisted in the arrest of Michael Floyd Wilson (Source: Jackson County Sheriff's Department)Officers from multiple agencies assisted in the arrest of Michael Floyd Wilson (Source: Jackson County Sheriff's Department)

    We're learning more about the first few hours of freedom for Michael Floyd Wilson following his prison escape almost two weeks ago. He hitchhiked his first ride from a local newspaper publisher.

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    We're learning more about the first few hours of freedom for Michael Floyd Wilson following his prison escape almost two weeks ago. He hitchhiked his first ride from a local newspaper publisher.

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  • Players of the Pine Belt - Lumberton senior C.K. Bowens

    Players of the Pine Belt - Lumberton senior C.K. Bowens

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 11:43 PM EDT2018-07-18 03:43:33 GMT
    Lumberton senior C.K. Owens. Courtesy: WDAMLumberton senior C.K. Owens. Courtesy: WDAM
    Lumberton senior C.K. Owens. Courtesy: WDAMLumberton senior C.K. Owens. Courtesy: WDAM

    Currently, Lumberton High School senior safety C.K. Bowens acts as a de facto coach-on-the-field for Coach Zach Jones’ defense. And if Jones’ has his way, Bowens will become a coach on his staff some day in the future. “Somebody’s fired,” Jones said only half-kidding. “He has a job because I would hire him in a minute. He just has a way of getting his point across and people listen. He’s just a natural leader.”

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    Currently, Lumberton High School senior safety C.K. Bowens acts as a de facto coach-on-the-field for Coach Zach Jones’ defense. And if Jones’ has his way, Bowens will become a coach on his staff some day in the future. “Somebody’s fired,” Jones said only half-kidding. “He has a job because I would hire him in a minute. He just has a way of getting his point across and people listen. He’s just a natural leader.”

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  • News 7 Investigation: Tornado victim's contractor troubles

    News 7 Investigation: Tornado victim's contractor troubles

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 11:40 PM EDT2018-07-18 03:40:56 GMT
    Now, out of money and living with her mother, Johnson says she feels ripped off. (Photo source: WDAM)Now, out of money and living with her mother, Johnson says she feels ripped off. (Photo source: WDAM)

    The tears first came back in January of 2017 when her Bennett Street home in Petal was destroyed by a tornado. The place she called home for 13 years was gone.

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    The tears first came back in January of 2017 when her Bennett Street home in Petal was destroyed by a tornado. The place she called home for 13 years was gone.

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  • Shad White sworn-in as State Auditor

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 9:02 PM EDT2018-07-18 01:02:37 GMT
    Shad White takes the oath of office as State Auditor (Source: WLBT)Shad White takes the oath of office as State Auditor (Source: WLBT)

    A new Mississippi State Auditor was sworn into office Tuesday morning at the State Capitol. Shad White, 32, replaces Stacey Pickering, who resigned the elected office to head the state Veterans Affairs Board. 

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    A new Mississippi State Auditor was sworn into office Tuesday morning at the State Capitol. Shad White, 32, replaces Stacey Pickering, who resigned the elected office to head the state Veterans Affairs Board. 

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  • Wisconsin family proves it's always a good time to give back

    Wisconsin family proves it's always a good time to give back

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 7:24 PM EDT2018-07-17 23:24:53 GMT
    They are helping R3SM finish a brand new home on Lilac Street in Hattiesburg for a family who lost everything in last year's tornado. (Photo source: WDAM)They are helping R3SM finish a brand new home on Lilac Street in Hattiesburg for a family who lost everything in last year's tornado. (Photo source: WDAM)
    They are helping R3SM finish a brand new home on Lilac Street in Hattiesburg for a family who lost everything in last year's tornado. (Photo source: WDAM)They are helping R3SM finish a brand new home on Lilac Street in Hattiesburg for a family who lost everything in last year's tornado. (Photo source: WDAM)

    The Gartmans' are a family of five from Wisconsin.

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    The Gartmans' are a family of five from Wisconsin.

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  • Hub City attorney sentenced for filing false tax return

    Hub City attorney sentenced for filing false tax return

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 7:08 PM EDT2018-07-17 23:08:52 GMT
    Longtime Hattiesburg attorney John Lee Jr. was sentenced Tuesday to six months in jail and a year of probation. (Photo source: Raycom News Network)Longtime Hattiesburg attorney John Lee Jr. was sentenced Tuesday to six months in jail and a year of probation. (Photo source: Raycom News Network)
    A South Mississippi grand jury indicted four Pine Belt residents for their alleged roles in a multi-million dollar scheme. (Photo source: Raycom News Network)A South Mississippi grand jury indicted four Pine Belt residents for their alleged roles in a multi-million dollar scheme. (Photo source: Raycom News Network)

    Longtime Hattiesburg attorney John Lee Jr. was sentenced Tuesday to six months in jail and a year of probation for filing a false statement on an income tax return.

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    Longtime Hattiesburg attorney John Lee Jr. was sentenced Tuesday to six months in jail and a year of probation for filing a false statement on an income tax return.

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  • Miss Hospitality contestants visit Forrest General Hospital

    Miss Hospitality contestants visit Forrest General Hospital

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 7:02 PM EDT2018-07-17 23:02:23 GMT
    Miss Hospitality contestants after they arrive at Forrest General. (Photo source: Forrest General)Miss Hospitality contestants after they arrive at Forrest General. (Photo source: Forrest General)

    Young women competing in the 2018 Mississippi Hospitality pageant visited Forrest General Hospital on Tuesday.  The contestants were welcomed by Breanne Gaubert, assistant director of Forrest General Marketing and Communications. Representative Missy McGee of House District 102 gave an encouraging presentation to the group of 32.  “I was chosen by the people of my city to represent them, and so were you," McGee said. "You were chosen to represent your ...

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    Young women competing in the 2018 Mississippi Hospitality pageant visited Forrest General Hospital on Tuesday.  The contestants were welcomed by Breanne Gaubert, assistant director of Forrest General Marketing and Communications. Representative Missy McGee of House District 102 gave an encouraging presentation to the group of 32.  “I was chosen by the people of my city to represent them, and so were you," McGee said. "You were chosen to represent your ...

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  • FDA warns of fake gov't warning letters sent to consumers

    FDA warns of fake gov't warning letters sent to consumers

    Friday, July 13 2018 10:25 AM EDT2018-07-13 14:25:23 GMT
    Tuesday, July 17 2018 6:47 PM EDT2018-07-17 22:47:22 GMT
    The FDA warns of fake letters sent to consumers who tried to buy drugs online or by phone; it may be part of a scam to get money. (Source: Raycom Media)The FDA warns of fake letters sent to consumers who tried to buy drugs online or by phone; it may be part of a scam to get money. (Source: Raycom Media)

    The FDA warns of fake letters sent to consumers who tried to buy drugs online or by phone; it may be part of a scam to get money.

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    The FDA warns of fake letters sent to consumers who tried to buy drugs online or by phone; it may be part of a scam to get money.

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  • Jones Co. man arrested, charged with aggravated domestic assault

    Jones Co. man arrested, charged with aggravated domestic assault

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 6:11 PM EDT2018-07-17 22:11:48 GMT
    Lyle Jefcoat was taken into custody in Jasper County. (Photo source: Jones County Sheriff's Dept.)Lyle Jefcoat was taken into custody in Jasper County. (Photo source: Jones County Sheriff's Dept.)

    The Jones County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help in locating a suspect wanted for aggravated assault.

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    The Jones County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help in locating a suspect wanted for aggravated assault.

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  • Mother charged with child abuse after baby test positive for drugs

    Mother charged with child abuse after baby test positive for drugs

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 6:02 PM EDT2018-07-17 22:02:04 GMT
    Sara Thigpen, 19, was taken into custody on Monday and had her bond set at $5,000. (Photo source: Jones County Sheriff's Dept.)Sara Thigpen, 19, was taken into custody on Monday and had her bond set at $5,000. (Photo source: Jones County Sheriff's Dept.)

    A Laurel woman was charged with child abuse after being accused of giving birth to a child that tested positive for drugs.  Sara Thigpen, 19, was taken into custody on Monday and had her bond set at $5,000, according to a Jones County Sheriff's Department press release.  Investigators received a law enforcement referral from Child Protective Services after the child reportedly tested positive for methamphetamine, amphetamine and marijuana, according to the sheriff's d...

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    A Laurel woman was charged with child abuse after being accused of giving birth to a child that tested positive for drugs.  Sara Thigpen, 19, was taken into custody on Monday and had her bond set at $5,000, according to a Jones County Sheriff's Department press release.  Investigators received a law enforcement referral from Child Protective Services after the child reportedly tested positive for methamphetamine, amphetamine and marijuana, according to the sheriff's d...

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  • Brooklyn man sentenced for sexually abusing child

    Brooklyn man sentenced for sexually abusing child

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 5:56 PM EDT2018-07-17 21:56:44 GMT
    Joseph Kyle Whisenant (Photo source: Forrest County Sheriff's Department)Joseph Kyle Whisenant (Photo source: Forrest County Sheriff's Department)

    A Brooklyn man was sentenced to prison Monday after pleading guilty to sexually abusing a child under the age of 10.

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    A Brooklyn man was sentenced to prison Monday after pleading guilty to sexually abusing a child under the age of 10.

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  • Ellisville man charged with sexual battery of minor

    Ellisville man charged with sexual battery of minor

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 5:51 PM EDT2018-07-17 21:51:01 GMT
    Claude Creel, of Ellisville, was charged with sexual battery. (Photo source: Jones Co. Sheriff's Dept.)Claude Creel, of Ellisville, was charged with sexual battery. (Photo source: Jones Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

    A Jones County man was charged with sexual battery after he was accused of inappropriately touching a minor.  Jones County Investigators received a report of a young girl being touched by 55-year-old Claude Creel, of Ellisville, according to a Jones County Sheriff's Department news release.

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    A Jones County man was charged with sexual battery after he was accused of inappropriately touching a minor.  Jones County Investigators received a report of a young girl being touched by 55-year-old Claude Creel, of Ellisville, according to a Jones County Sheriff's Department news release.

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  • Petal man sentenced to prison for child exploitation

    Petal man sentenced to prison for child exploitation

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 5:08 PM EDT2018-07-17 21:08:34 GMT
    Corie Kinabrew (Photo source: Forrest County Sheriff's Office)Corie Kinabrew (Photo source: Forrest County Sheriff's Office)
    Corie Kinabrew (Photo source: Forrest County Sheriff's Office)Corie Kinabrew (Photo source: Forrest County Sheriff's Office)

    A Petal man will spend at least 20 years behind bars after pleading guilty to child exploitation.

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    A Petal man will spend at least 20 years behind bars after pleading guilty to child exploitation.

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  • breaking

    Teens charged with murder of 75-year-old man

    Teens charged with murder of 75-year-old man

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 4:03 PM EDT2018-07-17 20:03:01 GMT

    Two teens are charged with murder in the death of a 75-year-old man in Covington County.

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    Two teens are charged with murder in the death of a 75-year-old man in Covington County.

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  • Volunteers wheel through the heat to deliver meals

    Volunteers wheel through the heat to deliver meals

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 3:33 PM EDT2018-07-17 19:33:40 GMT
    Christian Services is one of many organizers that participate in the government-funded Meals on Wheels program, but Executive Director Jim Prout said challenges appear during Summer Heat. (Photo source: Christian Services)Christian Services is one of many organizers that participate in the government-funded Meals on Wheels program, but Executive Director Jim Prout said challenges appear during Summer Heat. (Photo source: Christian Services)
    source: Christian Servicessource: Christian Services

    Christian Services, INC is one of many organizers that participate in the government funded Meals on Wheels program, however, Executive Director Jim Prout says challenges appear during Summer Heat. “It is getting hotter, it’s not getting any cooler during this Summer,"

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    Christian Services, INC is one of many organizers that participate in the government funded Meals on Wheels program, however, Executive Director Jim Prout says challenges appear during Summer Heat. “It is getting hotter, it’s not getting any cooler during this Summer,"

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  • Laurel Fire Chief asks for pay compensation for employees

    Laurel Fire Chief asks for pay compensation for employees

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 3:23 PM EDT2018-07-17 19:23:23 GMT
    The Laurel Fire Chief went before the Laurel City Council members to propose a pay compensation for his employees that are forced to work out of rank. (Photo source: WDAM)The Laurel Fire Chief went before the Laurel City Council members to propose a pay compensation for his employees that are forced to work out of rank. (Photo source: WDAM)
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    The Laurel Fire Chief came before Laurel City Council members to propose a pay compensation for his employees that are forced to work out of rank. 

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    The Laurel Fire Chief came before Laurel City Council members to propose a pay compensation for his employees that are forced to work out of rank. 

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  • Sheriff: Stricter animal cruelty laws needed in MS

    Sheriff: Stricter animal cruelty laws needed in MS

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 3:10 PM EDT2018-07-17 19:10:22 GMT
    Jones County Sheriff Alex Hodge stressed the need for stronger animal cruelty laws during a Monday press release after almost 100 animals were seized from a private property where they lived in deplorable conditions. (Photo source: Humane Society of U.S.)Jones County Sheriff Alex Hodge stressed the need for stronger animal cruelty laws during a Monday press release after almost 100 animals were seized from a private property where they lived in deplorable conditions. (Photo source: Humane Society of U.S.)

    Jones County Sheriff Alex Hodge stressed the need for stronger animal cruelty laws during a Monday press release after almost 100 animals were seized from a private property where they lived in deplorable conditions.  David and Mary Ellen Senne were arrested and made their initial court appearance Monday. Each is charged with one misdemeanor count of aggravated cruelty to a dog or cat. "This has probably been one of the most eye-opening cases for me personally and tho...

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    Jones County Sheriff Alex Hodge stressed the need for stronger animal cruelty laws during a Monday press release after almost 100 animals were seized from a private property where they lived in deplorable conditions.  David and Mary Ellen Senne were arrested and made their initial court appearance Monday. Each is charged with one misdemeanor count of aggravated cruelty to a dog or cat. "This has probably been one of the most eye-opening cases for me personally and tho...

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  • First Alert: Rain chances will be high all day

    First Alert: Rain chances will be high all day

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 3:02 PM EDT2018-07-17 19:02:16 GMT
    Showers will continue into the evening, so raincoats are a must. (Image source: WDAM)Showers will continue into the evening, so raincoats are a must. (Image source: WDAM)

    Tuesday morning started off mostly cloudy and mild with storms getting an early start. The WDAM First Alert Weather Team has been tracking storms in the viewing area throughout the day.

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    Tuesday morning started off mostly cloudy and mild with storms getting an early start. The WDAM First Alert Weather Team has been tracking storms in the viewing area throughout the day.

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  • Man killed in overnight Covington Co. crash identified

    Man killed in overnight Covington Co. crash identified

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 12:59 PM EDT2018-07-17 16:59:56 GMT
    Officials said Hager’s Toyota Tundra collided with a semi-truck carrying frozen food products around 11 p.m. (Photo source: WDAM)Officials said Hager’s Toyota Tundra collided with a semi-truck carrying frozen food products around 11 p.m. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Officials with Mississippi Highway Patrol have identified the man who was killed when his pickup truck collided with an 18-wheeler overnight in Covington County.

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    Officials with Mississippi Highway Patrol have identified the man who was killed when his pickup truck collided with an 18-wheeler overnight in Covington County.

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  • MS National Guard's 155th take charge of Operation Spartan Shield

    MS National Guard's 155th take charge of Operation Spartan Shield

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 12:08 PM EDT2018-07-17 16:08:08 GMT
    155th Armored Brigade Combat Team commander, Col. Doug Ferguson, and senior enlisted advisor Cmd. Sgt. Maj. John Beasley, uncase the brigade colors at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, July 15. (Photo source: Sgt. Brittany Johnson/155th Armored Brigade Combat Team)155th Armored Brigade Combat Team commander, Col. Doug Ferguson, and senior enlisted advisor Cmd. Sgt. Maj. John Beasley, uncase the brigade colors at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, July 15. (Photo source: Sgt. Brittany Johnson/155th Armored Brigade Combat Team)
    155th Armored Brigade Combat Team commander, Col. Doug Ferguson, and senior enlisted advisor Cmd. Sgt. Maj. John Beasley, uncase the brigade colors at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, July 15. (Photo source: Sgt. Brittany Johnson/155th Armored Brigade Combat Team)155th Armored Brigade Combat Team commander, Col. Doug Ferguson, and senior enlisted advisor Cmd. Sgt. Maj. John Beasley, uncase the brigade colors at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, July 15. (Photo source: Sgt. Brittany Johnson/155th Armored Brigade Combat Team)

    The Mississippi National Guard's 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team is now in charge of Operation Spartan Shield at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. And they're making history as the first National Guard BCT to ever have this mission. 

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    The Mississippi National Guard's 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team is now in charge of Operation Spartan Shield at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. And they're making history as the first National Guard BCT to ever have this mission. 

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  • Rugrats returning with new episodes, movie

    The Rugrats animated babies, top row left to right, Tommy Pickles, Angelica Pickles and Chuckie Finster are honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Thursday, June 28, 2001 at the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Source: APThe Rugrats animated babies, top row left to right, Tommy Pickles, Angelica Pickles and Chuckie Finster are honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Thursday, June 28, 2001 at the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. Source: AP

    Hold on to your diapers, 90's babies! A Nickelodeon favorite is returning to a screen near you. 

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    Hold on to your diapers, 90's babies! A Nickelodeon favorite is returning to a screen near you. 

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  • Players of the Pine Belt - Northeast Jones' Javier "FiFi" Magee

    Players of the Pine Belt - Northeast Jones' Javier "FiFi" Magee

  • Players of the Pine Belt - Northeast Jones' Javier "FiFi" Magee

    Players of the Pine Belt - Northeast Jones' Javier "FiFi" Magee

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 12:01 AM EDT2018-07-17 04:01:09 GMT
    Northeast Jones senior quarterback Javier "FiFi" Magee. Courtesy: WDAMNortheast Jones senior quarterback Javier "FiFi" Magee. Courtesy: WDAM
    Northeast Jones senior quarterback Javier "FiFi" Magee. Courtesy: WDAMNortheast Jones senior quarterback Javier "FiFi" Magee. Courtesy: WDAM

    Injuries midway through the 2017 football season thrust Northeast Jones High School’s Swiss-army-knife-of-a-player, Javier Magee, behind center as the Tigers’ starting quarterback. The experience was, to say the least, unsettling. “It was kind of hard,” said Magee, who is known by his nickname, “Fi Fi,” which for some reason lost in time, is spelled “Fa Fa.”

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    Injuries midway through the 2017 football season thrust Northeast Jones High School’s Swiss-army-knife-of-a-player, Javier Magee, behind center as the Tigers’ starting quarterback. The experience was, to say the least, unsettling. “It was kind of hard,” said Magee, who is known by his nickname, “Fi Fi,” which for some reason lost in time, is spelled “Fa Fa.”

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  • USM's Parker Shaunfield receives C-USA preseason award

    USM's Parker Shaunfield receives C-USA preseason award

  • USM's Parker Shaunfield receives C-USA preseason award

    USM's Parker Shaunfield receives C-USA preseason award

    Monday, July 16 2018 11:54 PM EDT2018-07-17 03:54:57 GMT
    Southern Miss placekicker Parker Shaunfield. Courtesy: WDAMSouthern Miss placekicker Parker Shaunfield. Courtesy: WDAM
    Southern Miss placekicker Parker Shaunfield. Courtesy: WDAMSouthern Miss placekicker Parker Shaunfield. Courtesy: WDAM

    Conference USA announced its preseason awards on Monday, and a Southern Miss Golden Eagle was among the honorees. Senior placekicker Parker Shaunfield was named the 2018 C-USA Preseason Special Teams Player of the Year. Shaunfield converted the first 89 extra-point attempts of his career – which is a USM record. A 2017 semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, Shaunfield converted 17-of-20 field goal attempts last season (85 percent).

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    Conference USA announced its preseason awards on Monday, and a Southern Miss Golden Eagle was among the honorees. Senior placekicker Parker Shaunfield was named the 2018 C-USA Preseason Special Teams Player of the Year. Shaunfield converted the first 89 extra-point attempts of his career – which is a USM record. A 2017 semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, Shaunfield converted 17-of-20 field goal attempts last season (85 percent).

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  • Proposition to decriminalize pot discussed at Hattiesburg town hall

    Proposition to decriminalize pot discussed at Hattiesburg town hall

    Monday, July 16 2018 11:49 PM EDT2018-07-17 03:49:11 GMT
    A proposition to decriminalize marijuana in the City of Hattiesburg was discussed at a town hall meeting at the Train Depot on Monday night. The meeting was hosted by Hattiesburg City Councilwoman Deborah Delgado. (Photo source: WDAM)A proposition to decriminalize marijuana in the City of Hattiesburg was discussed at a town hall meeting at the Train Depot on Monday night. The meeting was hosted by Hattiesburg City Councilwoman Deborah Delgado. (Photo source: WDAM)

    WDAM cameras inside a town hall meeting Monday night were the proposition of decriminalizing marijuana in the city of Hattiesburg was discussed. The meeting, hosted by Hattiesburg City Councilwoman Deborah Delgado. One guest speaker said to the crowd, "These cops will violently take you to jail, kidnap you and put you in a cage for having a little flower in your pocket that grows wild. That's weird to me." Laurinda Mariano-Chapman said, "I came to the meeting to unde...

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    WDAM cameras inside a town hall meeting Monday night were the proposition of decriminalizing marijuana in the city of Hattiesburg was discussed. The meeting, hosted by Hattiesburg City Councilwoman Deborah Delgado. One guest speaker said to the crowd, "These cops will violently take you to jail, kidnap you and put you in a cage for having a little flower in your pocket that grows wild. That's weird to me." Laurinda Mariano-Chapman said, "I came to the meeting to unde...

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  • Couple charged with animal cruelty were once active members of community

    Couple charged with animal cruelty were once active members of community

    Monday, July 16 2018 8:38 PM EDT2018-07-17 00:38:52 GMT
    The Jones County couple accused of aggravated cruelty to animals were active members of the Forrest County community in the past. (Photo source: WDAM)The Jones County couple accused of aggravated cruelty to animals were active members of the Forrest County community in the past. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Who are David and Mary Ellen Senne?  The Jones County couple accused of aggravated cruelty to animals were active members of the Forrest County community in the past.

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    Who are David and Mary Ellen Senne?  The Jones County couple accused of aggravated cruelty to animals were active members of the Forrest County community in the past.

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  • Mississippi's SNAP work requirement could be in jeopardy

    Mississippi's SNAP work requirement could be in jeopardy

    Monday, July 16 2018 8:29 PM EDT2018-07-17 00:29:32 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Should food stamp recipients be required to work? It is always a complicated and controversial question. It's also part of the complex federal farm bill that has many possible impacts on the magnolia state.

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    Should food stamp recipients be required to work? It is always a complicated and controversial question. It's also part of the complex federal farm bill that has many possible impacts on the magnolia state.

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  • Two charged in Jones County animal cruelty case

    Two charged in Jones County animal cruelty case

    Monday, July 16 2018 6:55 PM EDT2018-07-16 22:55:52 GMT

    The Jones County couple charged in an ongoing animal cruelty investigation have been released from jail on their own recognizance. 

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    The Jones County couple charged in an ongoing animal cruelty investigation have been released from jail on their own recognizance. 

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  • Woman accused of leaving 4 children in van while shopping

    Woman accused of leaving 4 children in van while shopping

    Monday, July 16 2018 6:42 PM EDT2018-07-16 22:42:04 GMT
    Amber Fairburn (Photo source: Columbia Police Department)Amber Fairburn (Photo source: Columbia Police Department)

    Columbia police arrested a woman Monday morning for allegedly leaving four children in a vehicle while she shopped inside Walmart.

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    Columbia police arrested a woman Monday morning for allegedly leaving four children in a vehicle while she shopped inside Walmart.

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  • 'Hotel Transylvania 3' tops charts, 'Skyscraper' stumbles

    'Hotel Transylvania 3' tops charts, 'Skyscraper' stumbles

    Sunday, July 15 2018 11:48 AM EDT2018-07-15 15:48:02 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 6:23 PM EDT2018-07-16 22:23:32 GMT
    (Sony Pictures Animation via AP). This image released by Sony Pictures Animation shows a scene from "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation."(Sony Pictures Animation via AP). This image released by Sony Pictures Animation shows a scene from "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation."
    "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" has checked into the No. 1 spot at the box office in its opening weekend and left the Dwayne Johnson action thriller, "Skyscraper," in the dust.More >>
    "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" has checked into the No. 1 spot at the box office in its opening weekend and left the Dwayne Johnson action thriller, "Skyscraper," in the dust.More >>
  • LPD searching woman wanted for auto burglary, credit card fraud

    LPD searching woman wanted for auto burglary, credit card fraud

    Monday, July 16 2018 6:22 PM EDT2018-07-16 22:22:45 GMT
    The woman faces potential charges for auto burglary and felony credit card fraud. (Photo source: LPD)The woman faces potential charges for auto burglary and felony credit card fraud. (Photo source: LPD)

    Laurel police need help identifying a woman that is accused of breaking into an unlocked car and using stolen credit cards.  LPD officers responded to Sandy Lane after reports of three auto burglaries to unlocked vehicles on Saturday at 4 p.m. Various items were reported stolen, and a short time later one of the credit cards stolen was used by a woman at Kroger on Highway 15 north, according to a Laurel Police Department news release.  The woman faces potent...

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    Laurel police need help identifying a woman that is accused of breaking into an unlocked car and using stolen credit cards.  LPD officers responded to Sandy Lane after reports of three auto burglaries to unlocked vehicles on Saturday at 4 p.m. Various items were reported stolen, and a short time later one of the credit cards stolen was used by a woman at Kroger on Highway 15 north, according to a Laurel Police Department news release.  The woman faces potent...

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  • Richton police officer participates in Lip Sync Challenge

    Richton police officer participates in Lip Sync Challenge

    Monday, July 16 2018 6:01 PM EDT2018-07-16 22:01:57 GMT
    In the video, McSwain lip synchs William McDowell's "I Give Myself Away," a popular worship song. (Photo source: Netta McSwain Facebook)In the video, McSwain lip synchs William McDowell's "I Give Myself Away," a popular worship song. (Photo source: Netta McSwain Facebook)

    A Richton police officer got spiritual with his rendition of the nationwide Lip Sync Challenge.  Police officers across the country have gone viral with their lip sync talents, and Richton Police Department Officer Jeremy McSwain debuted his on Monday in a video posted to Facebook. In the video, McSwain lip synchs William McDowell's "I Give Myself Away," a popular worship song.  You can watch McSwain's performance below: Netta McSwain  ...

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    A Richton police officer got spiritual with his rendition of the nationwide Lip Sync Challenge.  Police officers across the country have gone viral with their lip sync talents, and Richton Police Department Officer Jeremy McSwain debuted his on Monday in a video posted to Facebook. In the video, McSwain lip synchs William McDowell's "I Give Myself Away," a popular worship song.  You can watch McSwain's performance below: Netta McSwain  ...

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  • Columbia man in serious condition after dump truck overturns

    Columbia man in serious condition after dump truck overturns

    Monday, July 16 2018 5:24 PM EDT2018-07-16 21:24:31 GMT
    Mississippi Highway Patrolman Travis Luck said the driver was traveling west on Highway 590 when he ran off the road. (Photo source: WDAM)Mississippi Highway Patrolman Travis Luck said the driver was traveling west on Highway 590 when he ran off the road. (Photo source: WDAM)

    A Columbia man was injured after the dump truck he was driving ran off the road and overturned on Monday. Mississippi Highway Patrolman Travis Luck said the driver was traveling west on Highway 590 when he ran off the road. Luck identified the driver as 80-year-old John Henry Watts.  Watts was transported to Covington County Hospital by ambulance and is in serious condition, according to Luck.  Copyright WDAM 2018. All rights reserved. 

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    A Columbia man was injured after the dump truck he was driving ran off the road and overturned on Monday. Mississippi Highway Patrolman Travis Luck said the driver was traveling west on Highway 590 when he ran off the road. Luck identified the driver as 80-year-old John Henry Watts.  Watts was transported to Covington County Hospital by ambulance and is in serious condition, according to Luck.  Copyright WDAM 2018. All rights reserved. 

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  • Amazon site overwhelmed by glitches on Prime Day

    Amazon site overwhelmed by glitches on Prime Day

    Monday, July 16 2018 4:13 PM EDT2018-07-16 20:13:29 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 4:22 PM EDT2018-07-16 20:22:00 GMT

    The errors were noticeable on both mobile and desktop.

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    The errors were noticeable on both mobile and desktop.

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  • Players of the Pine Belt - Sumrall senior Solomon Landrum

    Players of the Pine Belt - Sumrall senior Solomon Landrum

  • One person injured in Hattiesburg shooting

    One person injured in Hattiesburg shooting

    Monday, July 16 2018 4:06 PM EDT2018-07-16 20:06:54 GMT
    Police responded to a report of a shooting on Grace Court off Edwards Street around 8 a.m.  (Photo source: WDAM)Police responded to a report of a shooting on Grace Court off Edwards Street around 8 a.m. (Photo source: WDAM)

    One person was injured in a Hattiesburg shooting Sunday morning.  Police responded to a report of a shooting on Grace Court off Edwards Street around 8 a.m. A man at the scene told officers he was grazed by a bullet, according to HOD spokesperson Ryan Moore.  The man was transported to a hospital, treated and released. Moore said his injuries were not life threatening. The victim said he was shot at multiple times by a black man in a red vehicle, but he would not provide ...

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    One person was injured in a Hattiesburg shooting Sunday morning.  Police responded to a report of a shooting on Grace Court off Edwards Street around 8 a.m. A man at the scene told officers he was grazed by a bullet, according to HOD spokesperson Ryan Moore.  The man was transported to a hospital, treated and released. Moore said his injuries were not life threatening. The victim said he was shot at multiple times by a black man in a red vehicle, but he would not provide ...

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  • Mother meets 6-year-old who received her son's kidney

    Mother meets 6-year-old who received her son's kidney

    Mother meets 6-year-old who received her son's kidney

    Monday, July 16 2018 2:38 PM EDT2018-07-16 18:38:24 GMT
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    It was an emotional day for two families as the gift of life was honored and remembered.

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    It was an emotional day for two families as the gift of life was honored and remembered.

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  • Third fox dies following Audubon Zoo jaguar attack

    Third fox dies following Audubon Zoo jaguar attack

    Many flocked to the Audubon Zoo Sunday to try and get a glimpse of Valerio the Jaguar. (Source: Audubon Zoo)Many flocked to the Audubon Zoo Sunday to try and get a glimpse of Valerio the Jaguar. (Source: Audubon Zoo)
    Many flocked to the Audubon Zoo Sunday to try and get a glimpse of Valerio the Jaguar. (Source: Audubon Zoo)Many flocked to the Audubon Zoo Sunday to try and get a glimpse of Valerio the Jaguar. (Source: Audubon Zoo)

    A third fox has died as a result of the Audubon Zoo jaguar attack that happened Saturday. 

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    A third fox has died as a result of the Audubon Zoo jaguar attack that happened Saturday. 

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  • Happening Today: Meeting to discuss decriminalization of pot in Hub City

    Happening Today: Meeting to discuss decriminalization of pot in Hub City

    Monday, July 16 2018 10:57 AM EDT2018-07-16 14:57:34 GMT
    Councilwoman Deborah Delgado presented her standing on decriminalizing possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana. (Photo source: WDAM)Councilwoman Deborah Delgado presented her standing on decriminalizing possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana. (Photo source: WDAM)

    A town hall meeting will be held Monday, July 16 to discuss the decriminalization of marijuana in Hattiesburg.

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    A town hall meeting will be held Monday, July 16 to discuss the decriminalization of marijuana in Hattiesburg.

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  • FIRST ALERT: T-Storms likely this afternoon, keep your rain coats handy

    FIRST ALERT: T-Storms likely this afternoon, keep your rain coats handy

    Monday, July 16 2018 8:52 AM EDT2018-07-16 12:52:31 GMT
    Rain chances will begin to fall off later towards the weekend, this will allow our highs to top out into the mid 90.; (Photo source: WDAM)Rain chances will begin to fall off later towards the weekend, this will allow our highs to top out into the mid 90.; (Photo source: WDAM)
    Rain chances will begin to fall off later towards the weekend, this will allow our highs to top out into the mid 90.; (Photo source: WDAM)Rain chances will begin to fall off later towards the weekend, this will allow our highs to top out into the mid 90.; (Photo source: WDAM)

    Good morning Pine Belt. We're starting off mild and humid this morning with temps in the mid-70s but we'll be warming up quickly.

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    Good morning Pine Belt. We're starting off mild and humid this morning with temps in the mid-70s but we'll be warming up quickly.

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  • Blood donations saved Leakesville mother and baby

    Blood donations saved Leakesville mother and baby

    Monday, July 16 2018 7:00 AM EDT2018-07-16 11:00:28 GMT
    "If you can give blood,. please do so, because you never know when it will save a life," Havard said. (Photo source: Cynthia Harvard)"If you can give blood,. please do so, because you never know when it will save a life," Havard said. (Photo source: Cynthia Harvard)
    "If you can give blood,. please do so, because you never know when it will save a life," Havard said. (Photo source: Cynthia Harvard)"If you can give blood,. please do so, because you never know when it will save a life," Havard said. (Photo source: Cynthia Harvard)

    Leakesville mom of three Cynthia Havard remembers the day her second child was born. She said they almost died.

    "It was just an excruciating pain and then just a lot of blood," Havard said. "They told me that they almost lost both of us."

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    Leakesville mom of three Cynthia Havard remembers the day her second child was born. She said they almost died.

    "It was just an excruciating pain and then just a lot of blood," Havard said. "They told me that they almost lost both of us."

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  • Average price of US gas slips a penny, to $2.94 a gallon

    Average price of US gas slips a penny, to $2.94 a gallon

    Sunday, July 15 2018 1:22 PM EDT2018-07-15 17:22:58 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 3:10 AM EDT2018-07-16 07:10:52 GMT
    The average price of regular-grade gasoline in the U.S. fell a penny a gallon over the past three weeks to $2.94.More >>
    The average price of regular-grade gasoline in the U.S. fell a penny a gallon over the past three weeks to $2.94.More >>
  • St. Joe product Gabe Watson eager to join USM basketball

    St. Joe product Gabe Watson eager to join USM basketball

  • St. Joe product Gabe Watson eager to join USM basketball

    St. Joe product Gabe Watson eager to join USM basketball

    Monday, July 16 2018 12:43 AM EDT2018-07-16 04:43:29 GMT
    Southern Miss freshman Gabe Watson. Courtesy: WDAMSouthern Miss freshman Gabe Watson. Courtesy: WDAM
    Southern Miss freshman Gabe Watson. Courtesy: WDAMSouthern Miss freshman Gabe Watson. Courtesy: WDAM

    After upsetting No. 1 seed Middle Tennessee in the Conference USA tournament, the outlook of Southern Miss basketball is trending upward. The addition of some talented freshman this fall only makes the future seem brighter. Two “Dandy Dozen” players join the Golden Eagles, Forest Hill’s Ladarius Marshall and Madison St. Joe’s Gabe Watson.

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    After upsetting No. 1 seed Middle Tennessee in the Conference USA tournament, the outlook of Southern Miss basketball is trending upward. The addition of some talented freshman this fall only makes the future seem brighter. Two “Dandy Dozen” players join the Golden Eagles, Forest Hill’s Ladarius Marshall and Madison St. Joe’s Gabe Watson.

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  • Players of the Pine Belt - Sumrall senior Solomon Landrum

    Players of the Pine Belt - Sumrall senior Solomon Landrum

    Monday, July 16 2018 12:26 AM EDT2018-07-16 04:26:21 GMT
    Sumrall senior defensive end Solomon Landrum. Courtesy: WDAMSumrall senior defensive end Solomon Landrum. Courtesy: WDAM
    Sumrall senior defensive end Solomon Landrum. Courtesy: WDAMSumrall senior defensive end Solomon Landrum. Courtesy: WDAM

    Sumrall senior defensive end Solomon Landrum is Coach Shannon White’s kind of football player. “He’s hard hat,” White said. “He’s blue collar. He’s football.” On a team returning its starting quarterback, a dynamic difference-maker at receiver and a cadre of ballcarriers in the backfield, White tapped the four-year starter as the Bobcats’ “Player of the Pine Belt.”

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    Sumrall senior defensive end Solomon Landrum is Coach Shannon White’s kind of football player. “He’s hard hat,” White said. “He’s blue collar. He’s football.” On a team returning its starting quarterback, a dynamic difference-maker at receiver and a cadre of ballcarriers in the backfield, White tapped the four-year starter as the Bobcats’ “Player of the Pine Belt.”

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  • Man shoots himself in hand after attempted robbery

    Man shoots himself in hand after attempted robbery

    Sunday, July 15 2018 10:38 PM EDT2018-07-16 02:38:44 GMT
    The Hattiesburg Police Department is investigating a shooting that took place just before 6 p.m. on Sunday at 5901 U.S. Highway 49  at Walmart. (Photo Source: Google Maps)The Hattiesburg Police Department is investigating a shooting that took place just before 6 p.m. on Sunday at 5901 U.S. Highway 49 at Walmart. (Photo Source: Google Maps)

    Authorities are questioning a man after they say he accidentally shot himself in the hand after an attempted robbery went awry on Sunday. The Hattiesburg Police Department responded to a shooting at 5901 U.S. Highway 49 at Walmart just before 6 p.m.  Upon arrival, officers say witnesses on the scene saw a white male approaching people in the parking lot asking for money. The victim told police that the unknown man tried to rob him just before he pulled out a gun and acciden...

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    Authorities are questioning a man after they say he accidentally shot himself in the hand after an attempted robbery went awry on Sunday. The Hattiesburg Police Department responded to a shooting at 5901 U.S. Highway 49 at Walmart just before 6 p.m.  Upon arrival, officers say witnesses on the scene saw a white male approaching people in the parking lot asking for money. The victim told police that the unknown man tried to rob him just before he pulled out a gun and acciden...

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  • Jasper County man wanted for burglary in custody

    Jasper County man wanted for burglary in custody

    Sunday, July 15 2018 8:47 PM EDT2018-07-16 00:47:25 GMT
    Trey Pickens is wanted for burglary and "questioning on another incident," according to the Jasper County Sheriff's Department. (Photo Source: WDAM)Trey Pickens is wanted for burglary and "questioning on another incident," according to the Jasper County Sheriff's Department. (Photo Source: WDAM)

    A man wanted in Jasper County is now in custody, according to authorities. The Jasper County Sheriff's Department posted to their Facebook on Sunday evening to thank followers for sharing their initial post of Trey Pickens--- wanted for burglary and "questioning in another incident."  Jasper County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi On July 13, the department asked for the public's help on Facebook in an effort to locate Pickens.  Jasper County Sheriff's D...

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    A man wanted in Jasper County is now in custody, according to authorities. The Jasper County Sheriff's Department posted to their Facebook on Sunday evening to thank followers for sharing their initial post of Trey Pickens--- wanted for burglary and "questioning in another incident."  Jasper County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi On July 13, the department asked for the public's help on Facebook in an effort to locate Pickens.  Jasper County Sheriff's D...

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  • Jasper County man wanted for burglary

    Jasper County man wanted for burglary

    Sunday, July 15 2018 12:36 PM EDT2018-07-15 16:36:22 GMT
    Trey Pickens is wanted out of Jasper County for burglary and questioning on another incident. (Photo Source: WDAM)Trey Pickens is wanted out of Jasper County for burglary and questioning on another incident. (Photo Source: WDAM)

    The Jasper County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help to find a wanted man. The department posted on their Facebook seeking help finding Trey Pickens.  Jasper County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi He is wanted for burglary and "questioning on another incident." Authorities urge anyone with information on the suspect to contact the sheriff's department at (601) 764- 2588.  Copyright 2018 WDAM. All rights reserved. 

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    The Jasper County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help to find a wanted man. The department posted on their Facebook seeking help finding Trey Pickens.  Jasper County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi He is wanted for burglary and "questioning on another incident." Authorities urge anyone with information on the suspect to contact the sheriff's department at (601) 764- 2588.  Copyright 2018 WDAM. All rights reserved. 

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  • FIRST ALERT: Heat advisory issued in parts of the Pine Belt

    FIRST ALERT: Heat advisory issued in parts of the Pine Belt

    Sunday, July 15 2018 12:35 PM EDT2018-07-15 16:35:30 GMT

    The National Weather Service in Jackson has issued a Heat advisory that is in effect until 7 p.m. tonight.

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    The National Weather Service in Jackson has issued a Heat advisory that is in effect until 7 p.m. tonight.

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  • Author of Emmett Till book gave FBI interview recordings

    Author of Emmett Till book gave FBI interview recordings

    Thursday, July 12 2018 10:46 PM EDT2018-07-13 02:46:56 GMT
    Sunday, July 15 2018 12:14 PM EDT2018-07-15 16:14:48 GMT
    (AP Photo, File). FILE - This undated photo shows Emmett Louis Till, a 14-year-old black Chicago boy, who was kidnapped, tortured and murdered in 1955 after he allegedly whistled at a white woman in Mississippi. The federal government has reopened its ...(AP Photo, File). FILE - This undated photo shows Emmett Louis Till, a 14-year-old black Chicago boy, who was kidnapped, tortured and murdered in 1955 after he allegedly whistled at a white woman in Mississippi. The federal government has reopened its ...
    A North Carolina author who wrote about the brutal slaying of Emmett Till says FBI agents called him not long after its 2017 publication to ask about his interview with a key witness who acknowledged lying.More >>
    A North Carolina author who wrote about the brutal slaying of Emmett Till says FBI agents called him not long after its 2017 publication to ask about his interview with a key witness who acknowledged lying.More >>
  • Two new principals hired in Perry County

    Two new principals hired in Perry County

    Saturday, July 14 2018 8:50 PM EDT2018-07-15 00:50:15 GMT
    Both Richton High School and Elaine Moser Elementary hired new principles. (Photo source: WDAM)Both Richton High School and Elaine Moser Elementary hired new principles. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Richton schools are just counting down the days until the first day of school. Both Richton High school and Elaine Moser elementary hired new principles. 

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    Richton schools are just counting down the days until the first day of school. Both Richton High school and Elaine Moser elementary hired new principles. 

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  • Marion County Pearl Harbor survivor celebrates 100th birthday

    Marion County Pearl Harbor survivor celebrates 100th birthday

    Saturday, July 14 2018 7:34 PM EDT2018-07-14 23:34:55 GMT
    U.S. Air Force officers Lt. Col. William Deitch (left) and Lt. Chris Hsu pose for a birthday photo with 100-year-old William Breland Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.U.S. Air Force officers Lt. Col. William Deitch (left) and Lt. Chris Hsu pose for a birthday photo with 100-year-old William Breland Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.
    U.S. Air Force officers Lt. Col. William Deitch (left) and Lt. Chris Hsu pose for a birthday photo with 100-year-old William Breland Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.U.S. Air Force officers Lt. Col. William Deitch (left) and Lt. Chris Hsu pose for a birthday photo with 100-year-old William Breland Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.

    A Marion County World War Two veteran who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor has reached a milestone in his life.

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    A Marion County World War Two veteran who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor has reached a milestone in his life.

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  • Hattiesburg: No shortage of things to do this weekend

    Hattiesburg: No shortage of things to do this weekend

    Saturday, July 14 2018 3:53 PM EDT2018-07-14 19:53:38 GMT
    The City of Hattiesburg says there is no shortage of things to do this weekend in Hub City. (Photo source: City of Hattiesburg Facebook)The City of Hattiesburg says there is no shortage of things to do this weekend in Hub City. (Photo source: City of Hattiesburg Facebook)

    The City of Hattiesburg says there is no shortage of things to do this weekend in Hub City. The city's Facebook page shared its weekend roundup on Friday with a list of events happening around the city.  You can view the full list with links to information about the event below: FRIDAY, JULY 13 Friday, Book Signing & Reading, at Main... Street Books, 5 p.m. Friday, Live Music: Allen Mann, at Conway's Pub, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Shake It Off Aromatherapy Class, at Greenhous...

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    The City of Hattiesburg says there is no shortage of things to do this weekend in Hub City. The city's Facebook page shared its weekend roundup on Friday with a list of events happening around the city.  You can view the full list with links to information about the event below: FRIDAY, JULY 13 Friday, Book Signing & Reading, at Main... Street Books, 5 p.m. Friday, Live Music: Allen Mann, at Conway's Pub, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Shake It Off Aromatherapy Class, at Greenhous...

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  • FIRST ALERT: Mother Nature offering little relief from heated temps

    FIRST ALERT: Mother Nature offering little relief from heated temps

    Saturday, July 14 2018 3:36 PM EDT2018-07-14 19:36:35 GMT

    Passing clouds here and there, but Mother Nature is offering little relief from the heat.

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    Passing clouds here and there, but Mother Nature is offering little relief from the heat.

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  • WDAM All-Star: JCJC alum Kelsha Loftin

    WDAM All-Star: JCJC alum Kelsha Loftin

  • Dew returning to JCJC as coach

    Dew returning to JCJC as coach

    Saturday, July 14 2018 12:15 AM EDT2018-07-14 04:15:38 GMT

    Tori Dew is coming back to Ellisville. The former Lady Bobcat softball standout will join Chris Robinson's staff as an assistant.

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    Tori Dew is coming back to Ellisville. The former Lady Bobcat softball standout will join Chris Robinson's staff as an assistant.

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  • WDAM All-Star: JCJC alum Kelsha Loftin

    WDAM All-Star: JCJC alum Kelsha Loftin

    Saturday, July 14 2018 12:09 AM EDT2018-07-14 04:09:49 GMT
    JCJC alum Kelsha Loftin begins her Ole Miss career in August. Courtesy: WDAMJCJC alum Kelsha Loftin begins her Ole Miss career in August. Courtesy: WDAM
    JCJC alum Kelsha Loftin begins her Ole Miss career in August. Courtesy: WDAMJCJC alum Kelsha Loftin begins her Ole Miss career in August. Courtesy: WDAM

    “Mendenhall, it’s a very small town,” said former JCJC outfielder Kelsha Loftin. “People you know and you see almost every day.” A town of just 2,500 people, Mendenhall is home to one high school. However, one would have to drive five minutes off campus to arrive where Loftin played high school softball. “Field No. 7” at the Mendenhall Sports Complex – a sandlot.

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    “Mendenhall, it’s a very small town,” said former JCJC outfielder Kelsha Loftin. “People you know and you see almost every day.” A town of just 2,500 people, Mendenhall is home to one high school. However, one would have to drive five minutes off campus to arrive where Loftin played high school softball. “Field No. 7” at the Mendenhall Sports Complex – a sandlot.

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  • Reeves: Accusations he put pressure on MDOT 'political in nature'

    Reeves: Accusations he put pressure on MDOT 'political in nature'

    Friday, July 13 2018 8:30 PM EDT2018-07-14 00:30:06 GMT
    Lt. Governor Tate Reeves speaks to the Area Development Partnership's Membership Appreciation Luncheon Friday. Photo credit WDAM.Lt. Governor Tate Reeves speaks to the Area Development Partnership's Membership Appreciation Luncheon Friday. Photo credit WDAM.

    Tate Reeves said again in Hattiesburg Friday that he did not try to influence the building of a state road near his neighborhood and he said reports that he did may have been politically motivated.  

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    Tate Reeves said again in Hattiesburg Friday that he did not try to influence the building of a state road near his neighborhood and he said reports that he did may have been politically motivated.  

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  • New Collins fire trucks improving firefighting capabilities

    New Collins fire trucks improving firefighting capabilities

    Friday, July 13 2018 8:25 PM EDT2018-07-14 00:25:36 GMT
    Collins Fire chief John Pope adjusts an assignment plate on the fire department's new Ladder Four truck Friday. Photo credit WDAM.Collins Fire chief John Pope adjusts an assignment plate on the fire department's new Ladder Four truck Friday. Photo credit WDAM.

    Some new fire trucks in Collins are helping that city maximize its firefighting capabilities, while minimizing the impact to taxpayers. 

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    Some new fire trucks in Collins are helping that city maximize its firefighting capabilities, while minimizing the impact to taxpayers. 

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  • Hattiesburg hosts field day at Vernon Dahmer Park

    Hattiesburg hosts field day at Vernon Dahmer Park

    Friday, July 13 2018 6:51 PM EDT2018-07-13 22:51:39 GMT
    The City of Hattiesburg hosted a field day for youth to close out their 6-week summer camp. (Photo source: WDAM)The City of Hattiesburg hosted a field day for youth to close out their 6-week summer camp. (Photo source: WDAM)

    It was all fun and games at Vernon Dahmer Park Friday.  The City of Hattiesburg hosted a field day for youth to close out their 6-week summer camp.  Students played games and iHeart Radio provided the tunes. 250 students attended the camp, which wraps up next week. "We wanted to have a day where we brought all of our kids together and allow them to just enjoy this beautiful park and enjoy some outdoor activities and kind of end year, the summer with a bang as we look...

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    It was all fun and games at Vernon Dahmer Park Friday.  The City of Hattiesburg hosted a field day for youth to close out their 6-week summer camp.  Students played games and iHeart Radio provided the tunes. 250 students attended the camp, which wraps up next week. "We wanted to have a day where we brought all of our kids together and allow them to just enjoy this beautiful park and enjoy some outdoor activities and kind of end year, the summer with a bang as we look...

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  • Hattiesburg's Rowan Class of '68 hosts 50th reunion

    Hattiesburg's Rowan Class of '68 hosts 50th reunion

    Friday, July 13 2018 4:56 PM EDT2018-07-13 20:56:30 GMT
    Hattiesburg’s Rowan High School Class of 1968 is hosting its 50th reunion this weekend with events centered mostly around the C.E. Roy Community Center. (Photo source: WDAM)Hattiesburg’s Rowan High School Class of 1968 is hosting its 50th reunion this weekend with events centered mostly around the C.E. Roy Community Center. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Hattiesburg’s Rowan High School Class of 1968 is hosting its 50th reunion this weekend with events centered mostly around the C.E. Roy Community Center. The class graduated during a pivotal time in our state's and nation's history for race relations and civil rights. 

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    Hattiesburg’s Rowan High School Class of 1968 is hosting its 50th reunion this weekend with events centered mostly around the C.E. Roy Community Center. The class graduated during a pivotal time in our state's and nation's history for race relations and civil rights. 

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  • Man charged in deadly Marion Co. wreck waives preliminary hearing

    Man charged in deadly Marion Co. wreck waives preliminary hearing

    Friday, July 13 2018 4:54 PM EDT2018-07-13 20:54:47 GMT
    The man charged in a Marion County crash that killed two men and injured a sheriff’s deputy waived his preliminary hearing. (Source: WDAM Staff)The man charged in a Marion County crash that killed two men and injured a sheriff’s deputy waived his preliminary hearing. (Source: WDAM Staff)

    The man charged in a Marion County crash that killed two men and injured a sheriff’s deputy waived his preliminary hearing.  

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    The man charged in a Marion County crash that killed two men and injured a sheriff’s deputy waived his preliminary hearing.  

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  • Good News: MS boy opens snowball stand to pay for college

    Good News: MS boy opens snowball stand to pay for college

    Friday, July 13 2018 12:47 PM EDT2018-07-13 16:47:44 GMT
    (Source: WDAM Staff)(Source: WDAM Staff)

    They call it the "coolest snow stand in town," and it sits right in the center of Moselle. Brady's Snow Shack gives you a friendly greeting and great flavors, but the sweet stand has a big purpose.

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    They call it the "coolest snow stand in town," and it sits right in the center of Moselle. Brady's Snow Shack gives you a friendly greeting and great flavors, but the sweet stand has a big purpose.

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  • News 7 Sunrise interview - The ADP luncheon

    News 7 Sunrise interview - The ADP luncheon

  • Moss Point officers spend their morning lending a helping hand

    Moss Point officers spend their morning lending a helping hand

    Friday, July 13 2018 9:55 AM EDT2018-07-13 13:55:13 GMT
    Officers responded to a call for a busted water pipe at the home of an elderly couple. (Photo source: Facebook)Officers responded to a call for a busted water pipe at the home of an elderly couple. (Photo source: Facebook)

    Moss Point police had no problem lending out a helping hand Thursday morning.

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    Moss Point police had no problem lending out a helping hand Thursday morning.

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  • HPD: Man injured in shooting

    HPD: Man injured in shooting

    Friday, July 13 2018 6:59 AM EDT2018-07-13 10:59:31 GMT
    The Hattiesburg Police Department is investigating a shooting that happened in the 900 block of Dabbs Street on Thursday. (Photo Source: WDAM)The Hattiesburg Police Department is investigating a shooting that happened in the 900 block of Dabbs Street on Thursday. (Photo Source: WDAM)

    The Hattiesburg Police Department is asking for the public's help after a shooting in the 900 block of Dabbs Street on Thursday just before 11 p.m.. Upon arrival, they found a unknown male with a gunshot wound to an unspecified part of his body.  

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    The Hattiesburg Police Department is asking for the public's help after a shooting in the 900 block of Dabbs Street on Thursday just before 11 p.m.. Upon arrival, they found a unknown male with a gunshot wound to an unspecified part of his body.  

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  • Hattiesburg home burglarized while husband deployed overseas

    Hattiesburg home burglarized while husband deployed overseas

    Thursday, July 12 2018 10:50 PM EDT2018-07-13 02:50:54 GMT
    Paige Fullilove said she received a phone call from her deployed husband that the back door was left open one night. (Photo source: WDAM)Paige Fullilove said she received a phone call from her deployed husband that the back door was left open one night. (Photo source: WDAM)

    A family was left with nothing after their home was broken into between Saturday and Sunday.

    Paige Fullilove said she received a phone call from her deployed husband, telling her that the back door was left open one night. Her husband is currently deployed overseas with the Air Force, but he checked an app on his phone and found out what was wrong.

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    A family was left with nothing after their home was broken into between Saturday and Sunday.

    Paige Fullilove said she received a phone call from her deployed husband, telling her that the back door was left open one night. Her husband is currently deployed overseas with the Air Force, but he checked an app on his phone and found out what was wrong.

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  • Hattiesburg to host 69th annual Miss Hospitality Competition

    Hattiesburg to host 69th annual Miss Hospitality Competition

    Thursday, July 12 2018 8:46 PM EDT2018-07-13 00:46:16 GMT
    The 69th annual Mississippi Miss Hospitality Competition will be hosted in Hattiesburg on July 20 and 21, beginning at 8 p.m. each night. (Photo source: Miss Hospitality)The 69th annual Mississippi Miss Hospitality Competition will be hosted in Hattiesburg on July 20 and 21, beginning at 8 p.m. each night. (Photo source: Miss Hospitality)

    The 69th annual Mississippi Miss Hospitality Competition will be hosted in Hattiesburg on July 20 and 21, beginning at 8 p.m. each night.  This is the 21st year that Hattiesburg has hosted the event.

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    The 69th annual Mississippi Miss Hospitality Competition will be hosted in Hattiesburg on July 20 and 21, beginning at 8 p.m. each night.  This is the 21st year that Hattiesburg has hosted the event.

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  • Animals rescued from 'heartbreaking' conditions on the road to recovery

    Animals rescued from 'heartbreaking' conditions on the road to recovery

    Thursday, July 12 2018 8:13 PM EDT2018-07-13 00:13:44 GMT
    Dozens of animals were seized from a 161-acre property on Lyons Ranch in Jones County on Wednesday. (Photo source: WDAM)Dozens of animals were seized from a 161-acre property on Lyons Ranch in Jones County on Wednesday. (Photo source: WDAM)

    As authorities continue to investigate an animal cruelty case involving around 100 dogs and cats in Jones County, The Humane Society of the United States is working to improve the health of the neglected animals.

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    As authorities continue to investigate an animal cruelty case involving around 100 dogs and cats in Jones County, The Humane Society of the United States is working to improve the health of the neglected animals.

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  • Merit Health Wesley offers alternative form of healing

    Merit Health Wesley offers alternative form of healing

    Thursday, July 12 2018 8:09 PM EDT2018-07-13 00:09:32 GMT

    Merit Health Wesley in Hattiesburg is spreading the word to the public that it is putting the "person" in personal care.

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    Merit Health Wesley in Hattiesburg is spreading the word to the public that it is putting the "person" in personal care.

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  • Foxworth man receives gift of life twice

    Foxworth man receives gift of life twice

    Thursday, July 12 2018 6:50 PM EDT2018-07-12 22:50:46 GMT
    Jeff Armstrong tells his story of being given the gift of life. (Photo source: WDAM)Jeff Armstrong tells his story of being given the gift of life. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Two years ago, a doctor told a Foxworth man he had two years to live. Now, two years later, Jeff Armstrong can tell his story of being given the gift of life.

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    Two years ago, a doctor told a Foxworth man he had two years to live. Now, two years later, Jeff Armstrong can tell his story of being given the gift of life.

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  • New District Ranger joins Chickasawhay Ranger District

    New District Ranger joins Chickasawhay Ranger District

    Thursday, July 12 2018 4:17 PM EDT2018-07-12 20:17:09 GMT
    Vinci Keeler began his role as leader of the northern district of the De Soto National Forest on June 11. (Photo source: U.S. Forest Services)Vinci Keeler began his role as leader of the northern district of the De Soto National Forest on June 11. (Photo source: U.S. Forest Services)
    Vinci Keeler began his role as leader of the northern district of the De Soto National Forest on June 11. (Photo source: U.S. Forest Services)Vinci Keeler began his role as leader of the northern district of the De Soto National Forest on June 11. (Photo source: U.S. Forest Services)
    The Chickasawhay Ranger District has a new District Ranger who oversees management of 150,000 acres of national forest land.  Vinci Keeler began his role as leader of the northern district of the De Soto National Forest on June 11, according to a U.S. Forest Service news release.  “The Chickasawhay Ranger District has a great reputation within the local community, with the state, and within the Forest Service,” Keeler in a statement. “It’s great to ...More >>
    The Chickasawhay Ranger District has a new District Ranger who oversees management of 150,000 acres of national forest land.  Vinci Keeler began his role as leader of the northern district of the De Soto National Forest on June 11, according to a U.S. Forest Service news release.  “The Chickasawhay Ranger District has a great reputation within the local community, with the state, and within the Forest Service,” Keeler in a statement. “It’s great to ...More >>
  • New Deputy District Ranger joins De Soto Ranger District

    New Deputy District Ranger joins De Soto Ranger District

    Thursday, July 12 2018 4:04 PM EDT2018-07-12 20:04:50 GMT
    Chandra Roberts began her assignment on June 10 and helps oversee management of 382,000 acres of national forest land. (Photo source: U.S. Forest Service)Chandra Roberts began her assignment on June 10 and helps oversee management of 382,000 acres of national forest land. (Photo source: U.S. Forest Service)

    The National Forests in Mississippi has a new Deputy District Ranger on the De Soto Ranger District. Chandra Roberts began her assignment on June 10 and helps oversee management of 382,000 acres of national forest land, according to a U.S. Forest Service news release.  “I look forward to working on the De Soto Ranger District,” Roberts said in a statement. “The De Soto is a great forest with many wonderful opportunities to showcase our multi-use forest managem...

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    The National Forests in Mississippi has a new Deputy District Ranger on the De Soto Ranger District. Chandra Roberts began her assignment on June 10 and helps oversee management of 382,000 acres of national forest land, according to a U.S. Forest Service news release.  “I look forward to working on the De Soto Ranger District,” Roberts said in a statement. “The De Soto is a great forest with many wonderful opportunities to showcase our multi-use forest managem...

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  • Bond set for Columbia man charged with molestation, child pornography

    Bond set for Columbia man charged with molestation, child pornography

    Thursday, July 12 2018 4:04 PM EDT2018-07-12 20:04:31 GMT
    David Stogner (Photo source: Columbia Police Department)David Stogner (Photo source: Columbia Police Department)

    David Stogner, 27, made his initial appearance before a Marion County judge on Thursday.

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    David Stogner, 27, made his initial appearance before a Marion County judge on Thursday.

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  • Rain chances slightly smaller this afternoon

    Rain chances slightly smaller this afternoon

    Thursday, July 12 2018 3:41 PM EDT2018-07-12 19:41:36 GMT
    It's going to be another warm and humid day across the Pine Belt. (Image source: WDAM)It's going to be another warm and humid day across the Pine Belt. (Image source: WDAM)
    It's going to be another warm and humid day across the Pine Belt. (Image source: WDAM)It's going to be another warm and humid day across the Pine Belt. (Image source: WDAM)

    It's going to be another warm and humid day across the Pine Belt. Temperatures rose into the low 90s by lunchtime and will top out in the mid-90s later on in the day. Heat indices will make it feel more like 100 outside.

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    It's going to be another warm and humid day across the Pine Belt. Temperatures rose into the low 90s by lunchtime and will top out in the mid-90s later on in the day. Heat indices will make it feel more like 100 outside.

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  • Jones County officials set to reopen bridge closed for two years

    Jones County officials set to reopen bridge closed for two years

    Thursday, July 12 2018 2:25 PM EDT2018-07-12 18:25:37 GMT
    Bogue Homa Creek Bridge on Swamp Road and Red Hill Crossing in Jones County was closed two years for for normal replacement of the bridge. (Photo Source: WDAM)Bogue Homa Creek Bridge on Swamp Road and Red Hill Crossing in Jones County was closed two years for for normal replacement of the bridge. (Photo Source: WDAM)
    Bogue Homa Creek Bridge on Swamp Road and Red Hill Crossing in Jones County was closed two years for for normal replacement of the bridge. (Photo Source: WDAM)Bogue Homa Creek Bridge on Swamp Road and Red Hill Crossing in Jones County was closed two years for for normal replacement of the bridge. (Photo Source: WDAM)

    After being closed for two years, the Bogue Homa Creek Bridge on Swamp Road and Red Hill Crossing in Jones County is set to reopen. According to officials, the bridge was closed for "normal bridge replacement." 

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    After being closed for two years, the Bogue Homa Creek Bridge on Swamp Road and Red Hill Crossing in Jones County is set to reopen. According to officials, the bridge was closed for "normal bridge replacement." 

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  • Build-A-Bear stops accepting guests for day-long deal nationwide due to safety concerns

    Build-A-Bear stops accepting guests for day-long deal nationwide due to safety concerns

    Build A Bear locations had to stop accepting guests due to safety concerns during their Pay Your Age event. Source: FOX 8Build A Bear locations had to stop accepting guests due to safety concerns during their Pay Your Age event. Source: FOX 8

    The company Build-A-Bear is having to stop accepting guests at their stores due to safety concerns after launching a day-long deal.  

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    The company Build-A-Bear is having to stop accepting guests at their stores due to safety concerns after launching a day-long deal.  

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  • Construction underway on new Seminary community center

    Construction underway on new Seminary community center

    Thursday, July 12 2018 12:23 PM EDT2018-07-12 16:23:13 GMT
    Construction of a new community center and voting precinct in Seminary will take about four months. Photo Credit WDAM.Construction of a new community center and voting precinct in Seminary will take about four months. Photo Credit WDAM.

    Work is progressing on a new community center and voting precinct in Seminary. Construction began just a few weeks ago. 

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    Work is progressing on a new community center and voting precinct in Seminary. Construction began just a few weeks ago. 

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  • Temple Baptist Church spreading hope through love boxes

    Temple Baptist Church spreading hope through love boxes

    Thursday, July 12 2018 12:20 PM EDT2018-07-12 16:20:57 GMT
    "We want to make sure they are loved, that they are not alone, that God has a plan and a purpose for them and we can minister to them in different ways." (Photo source: Temple Baptist Church Facebook)"We want to make sure they are loved, that they are not alone, that God has a plan and a purpose for them and we can minister to them in different ways." (Photo source: Temple Baptist Church Facebook)

    Love is something that Temple Baptist Church in Hattiesburg plans to spread during its outreach ministry event for young women with unplanned pregnancies.

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    Love is something that Temple Baptist Church in Hattiesburg plans to spread during its outreach ministry event for young women with unplanned pregnancies.

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  • Government reopens probe of Emmett Till slaying

    Government reopens probe of Emmett Till slaying

    Thursday, July 12 2018 12:17 PM EDT2018-07-12 16:17:38 GMT
    The Department of Justice announced they are re-opening the investigation into the death of Emmett Till. (Photo Source: A&E Biography)The Department of Justice announced they are re-opening the investigation into the death of Emmett Till. (Photo Source: A&E Biography)

    The federal government has reopened its investigation into the slaying of Emmett Till, the black teenager whose brutal killing in Mississippi shocked the world and helped inspire the civil rights movement more than 60 years ago.

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    The federal government has reopened its investigation into the slaying of Emmett Till, the black teenager whose brutal killing in Mississippi shocked the world and helped inspire the civil rights movement more than 60 years ago.

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  • City of Hattiesburg completes audit for fiscal year 2016

    City of Hattiesburg completes audit for fiscal year 2016

    Thursday, July 12 2018 12:15 PM EDT2018-07-12 16:15:31 GMT
    Hattiesburg City Council held a special called meeting on Wednesday evening where the council acknowledged the completion of the fiscal year 2016 audit. (Photo source: WDAM)Hattiesburg City Council held a special called meeting on Wednesday evening where the council acknowledged the completion of the fiscal year 2016 audit. (Photo source: WDAM)

    The Hattiesburg City Council held a special called meeting on Wednesday evening where the council acknowledged the completion of the fiscal year 2016 audit.

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    The Hattiesburg City Council held a special called meeting on Wednesday evening where the council acknowledged the completion of the fiscal year 2016 audit.

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  • Hinds County resident gets first West Nile Virus case of 2018

    Hinds County resident gets first West Nile Virus case of 2018

    Thursday, July 12 2018 11:56 AM EDT2018-07-12 15:56:49 GMT
    First case of west nile; Source: Raycom image bankFirst case of west nile; Source: Raycom image bank

    Today the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reported its first human case of West Nile virus in 2018. The case is in Hinds County. In 2017, Mississippi had 63 WNV cases and two deaths. 

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    Today the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reported its first human case of West Nile virus in 2018. The case is in Hinds County. In 2017, Mississippi had 63 WNV cases and two deaths. 

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  • 2018 SWAC Football Championship, 2019 basketball tournaments will be held in Birmingham

    2018 SWAC Football Championship, 2019 basketball tournaments will be held in Birmingham

    Thursday, July 12 2018 11:52 AM EDT2018-07-12 15:52:34 GMT
    Source: WLBT archivesSource: WLBT archives

    With the agreement, the 2018 Toyota SWAC Football Championship returns home to Legion Field, and the Bill Harris Arena – located adjacent to the Birmingham Crossplex -- will host the 2019 SWAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament.

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    With the agreement, the 2018 Toyota SWAC Football Championship returns home to Legion Field, and the Bill Harris Arena – located adjacent to the Birmingham Crossplex -- will host the 2019 SWAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament.

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  • Columbia HS hosting meet and greet for new principal Thursday

    Columbia HS hosting meet and greet for new principal Thursday

    Thursday, July 12 2018 11:36 AM EDT2018-07-12 15:36:37 GMT
    Columbia High School will host a meet and greet with the school's new principal, Braxton Stowe, Thursday evening at the school's cafeteria. (Photo source: Columbia HS Facebook)Columbia High School will host a meet and greet with the school's new principal, Braxton Stowe, Thursday evening at the school's cafeteria. (Photo source: Columbia HS Facebook)

    Columbia High School will host a meet and greet with the school's new principal, Braxton Stowe, Thursday evening at the school's cafeteria.  The event is meant to allow the public the opportunity to get to know the new principal. “Parents, students, Business leaders, community leaders, we have a great high school and we want to make it even better," Stowe said. "We are going to need all the support, people supporting us to be one of the best high schools in Miss...

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    Columbia High School will host a meet and greet with the school's new principal, Braxton Stowe, Thursday evening at the school's cafeteria.  The event is meant to allow the public the opportunity to get to know the new principal. “Parents, students, Business leaders, community leaders, we have a great high school and we want to make it even better," Stowe said. "We are going to need all the support, people supporting us to be one of the best high schools in Miss...

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  • UPDATE: Charges pending for 2 suspects in animal cruelty case

    UPDATE: Charges pending for 2 suspects in animal cruelty case

    Thursday, July 12 2018 11:25 AM EDT2018-07-12 15:25:54 GMT
    The Humane Society of the United States rescues cats and dogs in Jones County, MS on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (Photo source: Kevin Wolfe/AP Images for The HSUS)The Humane Society of the United States rescues cats and dogs in Jones County, MS on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (Photo source: Kevin Wolfe/AP Images for The HSUS)

    Authorities are investigating what’s being called a “large-scale animal cruelty situation” in Jones County. Maj. Jamie Tedford said charges are now pending against two suspects in the investigation.

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    Authorities are investigating what’s being called a “large-scale animal cruelty situation” in Jones County. Maj. Jamie Tedford said charges are now pending against two suspects in the investigation.

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  • YouTube aims to crack down on fake news, support journalism

    YouTube aims to crack down on fake news, support journalism

    Monday, July 9 2018 5:09 PM EDT2018-07-09 21:09:01 GMT
    Thursday, July 12 2018 6:40 AM EDT2018-07-12 10:40:54 GMT
    Google's YouTube says it is taking several steps to make news better on its platform, including supporting news organizations and cracking down on misinformation.More >>
    Google's YouTube says it is taking several steps to make news better on its platform, including supporting news organizations and cracking down on misinformation.More >>

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  • US general reviewing Trump's year-old Afghan war strategy

    US general reviewing Trump's year-old Afghan war strategy

    Thursday, July 19 2018 12:16 PM EDT2018-07-19 16:16:53 GMT
    Thursday, July 19 2018 1:34 PM EDT2018-07-19 17:34:55 GMT
    (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta). FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2016 file photo, U.S. Central Command Command Commander, U.S. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, speaks to reporters at the Pentagon. Votel said on Thursday that he has received no new guidance from the Pent...(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta). FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2016 file photo, U.S. Central Command Command Commander, U.S. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, speaks to reporters at the Pentagon. Votel said on Thursday that he has received no new guidance from the Pent...
    The general overseeing U.S. military operations in Afghanistan says he's taking a fresh look at the war strategy President Donald Trump announced nearly a year ago.More >>
    The general overseeing U.S. military operations in Afghanistan says he's taking a fresh look at the war strategy President Donald Trump announced nearly a year ago.More >>
  • Republicans block subpoena for Helsinki summit translator

    Republicans block subpoena for Helsinki summit translator

    Thursday, July 19 2018 11:07 AM EDT2018-07-19 15:07:53 GMT
    Thursday, July 19 2018 1:34 PM EDT2018-07-19 17:34:53 GMT
    Republicans on House intel panel block Dem move to subpoena Helsinki summit translator.More >>
    Republicans on House intel panel block Dem move to subpoena Helsinki summit translator.More >>
  • Michelle Obama joins nationwide voter registration effort

    Michelle Obama joins nationwide voter registration effort

    Thursday, July 19 2018 12:37 PM EDT2018-07-19 16:37:32 GMT
    Thursday, July 19 2018 1:34 PM EDT2018-07-19 17:34:51 GMT
    (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File). FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2017 file photo, former first lady Michelle Obama address the crowd during a conversation with poet Elizabeth Alexander at the second day of the Obama Foundation Summit, in Chicago.  The for...(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File). FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2017 file photo, former first lady Michelle Obama address the crowd during a conversation with poet Elizabeth Alexander at the second day of the Obama Foundation Summit, in Chicago. The for...
    Michelle Obama is lending her star power to a new nationwide effort to register voters for the November congressional elections.More >>
    Michelle Obama is lending her star power to a new nationwide effort to register voters for the November congressional elections.More >>
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