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 >>
Several dead dolphins have been found shot and mutilated in the Northern Gulf this week.
In addition to the shootings, detectives with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are reporting instances where the mammals have been stabbed and, in other cases, their jaws have been removed.
The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport is working with the NOAA in this case.
"We responded to one dolphin from Alabama that had its tail cut off. We responded to another dolphin this morning from Ship Island that had its lower jaw cut off," said IMMS Executive Director Moby Solangi. "In the last week, we had a dolphin with a bullet hole in it. Something is going on. I think its important that everyone understand that this is not only cruel, but its also illegal. You could face serious fines or even go to jail."
According to NOAA, the Marine Mammal Protection Act prohibits, with certain exceptions, the "take" of marine mammals. That means "harassment, hunting, capturing, killing or collecting," or the attempt to do so. Violations can result in a civil penalty up to $11,000 as well as criminal penalties up to $100,000 and imprisonment of up to a year or both.
"Solving these crimes is difficult for many reasons: it's a big ocean, marine mammals are consumed or decompose quickly in the water, and witnesses don't come forward or even exist," said Assistant Special Agent in Charge Paul Raymond. "It is important that we try because marine mammals are at the top of the food chain and, if their numbers are diminished, it could harm the ecosystem."
To report feeding or harassment of wild dolphins, call the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Enforcement Division at 1-800-853-1964.
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 >>