Tuesday, June 18 2013 11:06 AM EDT2013-06-18 15:06:15 GMT
New details are emerging on the suspect and device found at Marion General Hospital Thursday. Columbia Police, Marion County investigators, ATF, MBI, and the highway patrol responded to a possible explosiveMore >>
Investigators from Columbia, Marion County, ATF, MBI, and the Highway patrol responded to a possible explosive device at Marion General Hospital on Thursday.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 8:49 AM EDT2013-06-18 12:49:53 GMT
Simpson County Sheriff's deputies are looking for two inmates who walked off a work detail crew early Monday morning. According to Simpson County Sheriff Kenneth Lewis, Simpson County Adult Detention CenterMore >>
Two Simpson County inmates who walked off a work detail site Monday morning have been recaptured.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 9:23 AM EDT2013-06-18 13:23:30 GMT
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her. Jayden Sink raised nearly $200 on Friday while she sold lemonadeMore >>
A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her.More >>
Monday, June 17 2013 11:24 AM EDT2013-06-17 15:24:53 GMT
Mississippi sheriffs can ban people from openly carrying guns into courthouses, according to state Attorney General, Jim Hood. Hood released a document in anticipation of the law that starts July 1 withMore >>
Mississippi sheriffs can ban people from openly carrying guns into courthouses, according to state Attorney General Jim Hood.More >>
MEMA officials are looking to remind people affected by Hurricane Isaac to watch out from contractor fraud.
The agency says it's important to not rush into choosing a contractor and careful research should be done into a contractor's credentials.
Before You Hire a Contractor:
Detail the work you need completed.
Try to obtain bids from at least three contractors.
Require a contractor to provide written references from previous clients. Contact the references to follow up.
Always require a written contract, and don't put more than 10 percent or $1,000 down, whichever is less.
Don't pay cash, and pay for work as it is completed. Do not pay the final balance until the work is completed to your satisfaction.
Ask contractors if they will be purchasing necessary permits and if the work will be inspected.
What Your Written Contract Should Include Before You Sign:
The contractor's complete information and license number.
A guarantee that the contractor carries liability insurance and has worker's compensation coverage.
A right to cancel clause. This should outline the time frame in which you can cancel the contract after signing and any penalties you may incur.
A detailed description of the work to be done, including specifics on materials.
The contract price.
A payment schedule, including payments made to subcontractors and suppliers.
Start dates and completion dates for all work, including a clause that allows you to withhold payment if work slows without good reason.
A statement of warranty on the work. Make sure the statement addresses guarantees on labor and materials.
A statement of all permits and variances required by your jurisdiction.
All instructions for cleanup, removal of debris and special instructions of the homeowner.
Homeowners can find more information on hiring a contractor at www.msboc.us, including a pre-screening checklist. Contact the Mississippi State Board of Contractors at 1- 800-880-6161 for more information.
If you are a victim of contractor fraud, notify the Mississippi State Board of Contractors in writing by completing the complaint form found online at www.msboc.us. The Attorney General's Office of Consumer Protection can investigate allegations of fraud or illegal practices by a Mississippi business. Contact them at 1-800-281-4418.
Tuesday, June 18 2013 7:45 PM EDT2013-06-18 23:45:53 GMT
With the possibility of a special legislative session on Medicaid just around the corner, the head of a Jackson-based, non-partisan think tank is reiterating his opposition to expanding that program. ForestMore >>
Forest Thigpen, the president of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, says expanding Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act would be a costly mistake for Mississippi.More >>
Tuesday, June 18 2013 3:32 PM EDT2013-06-18 19:32:20 GMT
The Hattiesburg Zoo officially opened its new Forrest General Animal Medical and Quarantine Facility Tuesday morning. The 4000-square-foot facility has five quarantine areas and a medical emergency treatmentMore >>
The Hattiesburg Zoo officially opened its new Forrest General Animal Medical and Quarantine Facility Tuesday morning. More >>