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 >>
If you live in Mississippi, there's a 25 percent chance you're living in poverty. That's according to numbers recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau.
"Mississippi families are having to do more with less and a lot of this has to do with the fact that economic conditions have continued to remain challenging," said Mississippi Economic Policy Director Ed Sivak.
Federally, the 2011 poverty line for a family of four is slightly more than $23,000 a year. Nationally that includes 46.2 million people. In the Magnolia State, nearly 130,000 families fall below that income level. That means almost 45 percent of Mississippians who filed tax returns didn't make enough money to pay income taxes.
"One of the things we need to look at is taking a balanced approach that included raising revenue instead of the cuts only approach that has been taken in the past," Sivak said.
That means taxes. Sivak says lawmakers need to look at the statewide picture to help reduce poverty.
"It's really important that we make these investments in a high quality education, affordable healthcare and affordable college tuition. These are going to be the types of investments that move families forward and they don't happen for free," Sivak said.
While taxes are a touchy subject at the state capitol, Sivak says it's time to bring up the possibility, especially since Mississippi's median household income comes in at $36,919. That's far below the national median of $50,502.
"We need to look at the fact that since 2001 median household incomes have dropped by $2,400. Mississippi families are doing more with less and that signals that we need to make the critical investments that move families forward," Sivak said.
Mississippi didn't rank the highest when it comes to the number of people living in poverty. States like New Mexico, Louisiana, South Carolina, Arkansas and Georgia had higher numbers.
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 >>