School buses keeping kids warm

Early in the morning, one thing that isn’t fun to battle is the cold breeze at the bus stop. One Petal School District bus driver, Patricia Gleason, keeps that in mind on her route every morning.

Hattiesburg launches new Safety Ambassador Program

Man assaulted in Hattiesburg parking lot

18-wheeler spills chemicals on I-59 in Jones Co., drivers asked to use caution

Mississippi Transportation Commission announces funding for 163 Emergency Road and Bridge Repair Fund projects

Singer Chris Brown released in Paris after rape complaint

Authorities searching for Stone County man missing over a week

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Supreme Court to allow Trump administration transgender military ban to go into effect

Mississippi lawmakers file bills to redesign controversial state flag

8-year-old survivor of quadruple homicide thanks deputies who saved her

Louisville boy, 10, takes his own life; his mother says he was bullied

R3SM continues its efforts to help 2017 tornado victims

Pine Belt civil rights leader remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  Perry County honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This year marks the 25th Martin Luther King Jr. Day program organized in the Richton community where they first marched in unity celebrating Dr. King’s life.

Traffic stop leads to Perry County drug arrest

A traffic stop in Perry County led to one woman being charged with drug possession on Monday morning.

Former newspaper building gets fresh start

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Mississippi Power spent the morning clearing out the space helping to start phase one of the renovation.

Report: NFL to consider making pass interference calls reviewable after NFC Championship non-call

The NFL’s rulemaking competition committee plan to give consideration this offseason to making pass interference calls subject to instant replay review

  Kamala Harris announces she will run for president

Pine Belt Strong: Two Years Later, remembering the 2017 tornado

MLK holiday offers stage for Democratic hopefuls

Shutdown goes on as Trump offer doesn’t budge Democrats

REPORT: NFL rule allows Commissioner Roger Goodell to reverse outcome of Saints-Rams game

Sec. 642: Saints fans launch petition, after Rams fans launched petition against ref

HPD: Endangered/missing children located

The Hattiesburg Police Department says two children initially believed to be in danger and/or missing are now safe.

Mother found passed out on top of 1-year-old charged after his death

The 33-year-old mother was charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

Suspect accused of killing 4, including baby, shot dead by deputies to save young girl

Deputies say when they arrived on scene, the man was attempting to kill a young girl, so they opened fire, killing him.

At 30-day mark, shutdown impasse remains over border funding

The criticism of his "compromise" from both Republicans and Democrats underscored Trump's boxed in-position as he tries to win at least some Democratic buy-in without alienating his base.

2 Wayne County families lose homes to fire

Two Wayne County families are left picking up the pieces after their homes were destroyed in a fire-one saying they woke up to the flames.

Saints fan tosses TV after heartbreaking missed call

We all may have felt like doing it, but one man actually did it.

Forrest County to open shelter against cold

Forrest County is opening its community shelter because of expected cold temperatures Sunday night.

Mother, her boyfriend arrested after toddler dies of ‘brutal blunt force trauma’

The suspects are both being held without bond on various charges related to the boy’s death, sexual abuse and child pornography.

Mexican pipeline explosion kills 73, leaves nightmare of ash

Video footage showed flames shooting high into the night sky and screaming people running from the explosion, some burning and waving their arms.

Accused child predator used ‘Fortnite’ to lure teen into sexual relationship, deputies say

Authorities say the suspect and a co-conspirator communicated with as many as 20 victims of child pornography through the popular online game “Fortnite.”

Name of pedestrian killed by vehicle released

A man is dead after being hit by a vehicle Saturday night in Hattiesburg.

Hattiesburg church hosts annual gumbo sale for mission projects

A Hattiesburg church is continuing a Super Bowl tradition that’s not about football.

Hattiesburg military museums preparing for busy 2019

The coming months will be a busy time for Hattiesburg’s military museums.

Mississippi Cornhole hosts regional tournament in Laurel

The Mississippi Cornhole league put on its first regional tournament in the Pine Belt Saturday.

Trooper escapes injury after flipping vehicle

Trooper escapes major injury after flipping vehicle on Highway 42 near Sumrall.

1,500 Southern Pine customers lose power

Severe weather leads to power outage Saturday for about 1,5000 Southern Pine Electric customers.

First Alert: All tornado warnings have expired

All tornado warnings in the WDAM viewing area have expired.

Jones’ rallies for OT win over East Central

Jones College pulls out overtime win against visiting East Central Community College Thursday night in Ellisville.

Tips for preventing winter house fires

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 890 people die in winter home fires each year.

Covington history group to present new research on first county seat

A Covington County organization dedicated to preserving local history is kicking off a year-long bicentennial celebration by presenting new research about and old county town.

Mississippi WIC funded through February amid shutdown

The Mississippi State Department of Health announced Friday that its special supplemental program for Women, Infants and Children will continue full operations through the end of February despite the federal government shutdown.

Severe storms possible Saturday morning, followed by much colder air

The double-deck-weather-maker is still expected to sweep across the Pine Belt during the day on Saturday.

Sony and RCA record labels sever ties with R. Kelly

The record labels have remained silent in light of mounting pressure following a documentary on the singer.

Good News: Nonprofit picks up home rebuild for alleged fraud victim

Two years ago, a tornado destroyed Lashonda Johnson’s home in Petal. A nonprofit organization is now stepping in to pick up the pieces for a victim of alleged fraud.

Sunbelt Federal Credit Union offers assistance during government shutdown

Sunbelt Federal Credit Union is offering assistance to those impacted by the ongoing federal government shutdown.

Inmate at Mississippi prison found dead from apparent hanging

An inmate at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility was found hanging in his cell Thursday evening.

Democrats said Russians tried to hack DNC after midterms

According to court documents, the Democratic National Committee said it was the subject of an attempted hack in the days after the 2018 midterm elections, probably by Russian intelligence.

Skier dies after avalanche in NM; 1 in critical condition

A skier has died and another is in critical condition after being buried by an avalanche in New Mexico.

ICE detained Marine with PTSD after incident

A judge ordered him released on his own recognizance, but authorities in Kent County, MI, turned him over to ICE instead. ICE held him for three days.

Disabled woman raped, impregnated in care facility in Florida, lawsuit says

The family says she was in no position to give consent because of her profound intellectual disabilities, a neurological disorder called Rett syndrome and other physical ailments. A multi-agency investigation has been launched into Pensacola Cluster, an intermediate-care facility.

Lucedale woman killed in crash on Hwy. 612

A Lucedale woman was killed Thursday afternoon in a car crash.

Breakdown: Why the moon will turn red

The only total lunar eclipse in 2019 is happening on Sunday January 20th, according to NASA. This lunar eclipse is called the “Super Blood Wolf Moon Eclipse.”

Teen with replica gun shot, killed by police

Authorities say officers in the city of Tempe reported a suspect burglarizing a car Tuesday and that he ran away holding what appeared to be a handgun.

Recall: Chicken nuggets may contain wood pieces

The company became aware of the situation after three consumer complaints were filed. There are no reports of related illnesses from the apparent contamination.

More choices for Generation Z, many skipping college for careers

To see how this national movement is affecting the Pine Belt, WDAM spoke with Lamar County Superintendent Tess Smith, whose school district ranks among the very best in Mississippi.

Hattiesburg economy continues to thrive despite business closures

In the past month, several businesses have closed in Hattiesburg. Some of those same stores were the people’s favorite.

MDOT offers tips for winter weather travelers

Winter Weather is making its way into the Pine Belt and MDOT is urging folks in our area to travel safely as the temperatures begin to drop.

USM ranked among nation’s top universities in leading research

The university is recognized as one of the nation’s leading research institutions by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

3 kilos of cocaine seized during Lamar Co. traffic stop

Several kilograms of cocaine were discovered during a traffic stop in Lamar County on Thursday morning, according to Sheriff Danny Rigel.

Weekend weather features possible severe storms and likely freezing cold

We have a double-decker weather forecast coming this weekend as an area of low pressure swings through with a strong cold front. That will bring a chance for storms on Saturday and then markedly colder conditions on Sunday and into Monday.

Man injured after crashing into fire unit in Jones County

A man was injured after he crashed into a Soso Fire unit Monday night in Jones County.

Conviction in 2014 botched robbery upheld

The Mississippi Supreme Court affirmed the conviction and sentence of a man who shot two people in a botched armed robbery of a Hattiesburg convenience store.

GM employees allege nooses, threats, and racist remarks in Ohio plant

One supervisor said ‘there was never a black person lynched who didn’t deserve it’ at a staff meeting, and was never reprimanded.

8 arrested in overnight gun, drug sting in Hattiesburg

Eight people were arrested and charged with a variety of crimes in an overnight gun and drug sting in Hattiesburg.

Teen flies to Australia to track down grandpa’s Vietnam War helmet missing for 50 years

Brayden Mott made it his missing to get his grandfather's helmet back, which had been missing for 50 years. He mowed lawns to earn airfare.

Government may have split up thousands more migrant families

"The total number and current status of all children separated from their parents or guardians ... is unknown," according to the report. It could be thousands more because family separations were taking place much earlier, during an influx that began in 2017, investigators found.

Up to 700 workers will possibly be affected by workforce cut at Canton Nissan

Shifts that are going to be eliminated are the shift that produces the NV van line and a shift that produces the Titan and Frontier trucks.

Mississippi woman dies while trying to rescue pets in fire

A Mississippi woman has died after she ran back into her burning home to try to rescue her two dogs.

Cohen paid to rig online polls in Trump’s favor, report says

Cohen paid the head of a small technology company between $12,000 to $13,000 for activities related to Trump’s campaign, things like trying unsuccessfully to manipulate two online polls in Trump’s favor

Amid shutdown, Secret Service agents absorb travel expenses while working without pay

With no paychecks in sight, many in the agency see bank accounts dwindling and short-term debt mounting, which itself creates a potential security threat and puts their jobs at risk.

Trump cancels Pelosi’s overseas trip after her request to postpone State of the Union address

The nation's two most powerful leaders appeared to be engaged in a game of constitutional one-upmanship as negotiations to end the monthlong partial government shutdown failed to produce results.

Hunting for Saints tickets? Watch out for scams

Attorney General Jeff Landry is warning New Orleans Saints fans to be cautious when trying to buy tickets to Sunday’s NFC Championship game.

Watchdog: Government may have separated many more children from migrant families

A report from the Health and Human Services inspector general's office finds that family separations were taking place before the spring of last year, when the administration announced its "zero tolerance" policy on the southwest border.

Giuliani: ‘I never said there was no collusion’ between Trump campaign, Russia

Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney, made the bombshell statement Wednesday, in an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo.

A bystander rendered aid at the scene of a fiery crash. Then someone took his truck.

That good Samaritan was on the scene to help the victims of a fiery crash, including the suspect.

2020 Democrats face a choice: Fight Trump or ignore him?

Possible Democratic candidates haven't hesitated to tangle with Trump. Sen. Sherrod Brown recalled that when Trump slammed him over the closure of a General Motors plant in his home state, he poked the president for seeking "an Ohio Democrat to blame" while the GOP held power in the state.

Healthcare facility where vegetative woman gave birth ordered to find new management

State regulators issued a letter ordering the facility to hire a third-party manager following visits that they say raised “several significant concerns.”

Mother burned when sippy cup exploded in her face, she says

An attorney says the company who makes the sippy cup doesn’t believe an explosion could have happened if the cup was being used properly and wants to do testing on it.