Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a "big puff of dust."More >>
The trucker was hauling drilling equipment when his load bumped against the steel framework over an Interstate 5 bridge. He looked in his rearview mirror and watched in horror as the span collapsed into the water behind him....More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:09 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:09:56 GMT
It is official, Boy Scouts of America must accept all male youth no matter their sexual orientation. On Thursday, more than 60-percent of the Boy Scouts of America's 14-hundred-members voted for theMore >>
It is official, Boy Scouts of America must accept all male youth no matter their sexual orientation.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:37 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:37:25 GMT
The City of Hattiesburg is increasing the sewer rates for Petal and some Lamar County customers who use their wastewater lagoon. Petal residents are concerned and voicing their opinions after finding outMore >>
Petal and Hattiesburg residents are voicing their opinions after finding out the City of Hattiesburg is increasing sewer rates. More >>
"They left, it's like, a loophole. A law is a law but there's always a way of going around it,"said Pastor Roberto Velez, of Laurel's predominantly Hispanic Peniel Christian Church of Monday's United States Supreme Court ruling that ruled it was constitutional to require police to find out if any person they stop is in the country illegally - as long as they have probable cause. This specific portion of the law has been nicknamed the "show-me-your-papers" provision.
"It does affect us, and what if all states follow suit?" asks Velez.
Show-me-your-papers styled laws have failed to pass in the Mississippi legislature multiple times, the most recent attempt passed the House but failed in the Senate in April. But Monday's decision gives anyone in Mississippi who looks Hispanic - citizen or not - reason to be on alert, Velez says.
"My concern? It's easy - who will define what probable cause is when they're stopped? How do you define it? I stopped him because he failed to yield, I stopped him because he failed to turn his signal light on. Or I stopped him because he was slightly brown, black hair, olive complexion, Hispanic and I had a hunch," said Velez.
"If we stop an individual most of the time it's fairly easy to determine if somebody is legal or not," said Laurel Police Department Captain Tommy Cox. "If you stop somebody for an infraction and they look Hispanic, can't provide you with a drivers license, any type of identification, anything other than maybe a work I. D., well then you gonna ask some further questions."
But even if the law passes in Mississippi saying police can police for illegal immigrants, Cox says more would need to be done for the community to feel an impact.
"The law sounds great, we don't want illegals here. But from our perspective, unless you put something in place to help us with deportation ... we don't have an airplane, there's not a Laurel Police bus that we can put people on and deport 'em."
Friday, May 24 2013 5:52 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:52:06 GMT
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. It included the laying of a wreath at a fallen officersMore >>
The eight Marion County law enforcement officers who've lost their lives in the line of duty were remembered in an annual ceremony Friday morning. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 4:45 PM EDT2013-05-24 20:45:22 GMT
First responders from in Laurel and Jones County were treated to Lunch Friday by the Wayne Farms Laurel facility. As part of National Emergency Service Week, for the last 12-years Wayne farms has hostedMore >>
First responders from in Laurel and Jones County were treated to lunch Friday by the Wayne Farms Laurel facility. More >>