Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Thursday, April 10 2014 3:13 PM EDT2014-04-10 19:13:00 GMT
A Columbia doctor charged with sexual battery has taken his own life. Dr. Martin Ugwudike was found dead in his home in the Canebrake subdivision near Hattiesburg just before noon. Ugwudike, who hasMore >>
A Columbia doctor charged with sexual battery has taken his own life. More >>
By this time next week, Mississippians may no longer have access to public records identifying the private information of people with permits to carry a concealed weapon. Legislation in favor of this idea quickly passed through the House of Representatives with a 101 to 18 vote. The bill is now headed to the Senate.
It's your American right to defend yourself with a firearm. Now, Mississippi lawmakers want to help protect many licensed gun owners further, by keeping their private information private.
"Recently a Tupelo newspaper requested the public records of everybody in Lee County who has a conceal carry permit," said Republican Senator Will Longwitz (District 25).
The request came several weeks after a New York paper published the names and addresses of people with permits to carry a concealed weapon. Shortly after the publication, its reported that some of those people were burglarized. Senator Longwitz wants to help protect the privacy of all Mississippians who have permits to carry a concealed weapon.
"I've visited with a young mother whose husband is out of town a lot who wants to carry a weapon to protect herself and her children when he's not there, but she doesn't want people to know that she has valuables in her home," the Senator explained.
Democratic Representative David Myers (District 25) is one of the 18 Representatives who voted no for the proposed legislation.
"I think people have the right to know that their neighbor, you know, has the right to carry a concealed weapon," said Representative Myers.
Every five years Mississippi gun holders must re-new their permit and get a new background check. Within those five years, Representative Myers fears some people could get diagnosed with mental illness and slip through the cracks.
"You're supposed to lose your gun license; that's not happening," said Representative Myers.
Senator Longwitz said the Senate hopes to pass legislation that'll report mental disability court findings to the National Crime Database to weed out those who shouldn't have guns.
The Senator said the Senate should receive the proposed legislation as early as Thursday. With the Senate's approval, the bill could be on the Governor's desk for a signature by Monday. Governor Bryant said he does plan to sign the bill into law.
Sunday, April 20 2014 7:06 PM EDT2014-04-20 23:06:19 GMT
Southern Miss Athletics Press ReleaseHATTIESBURG, Miss. – Bradley Roney highlighted a five-run first inning with a three-run home run to lift Southern Miss to an 8-3 victory over Louisiana Tech here SundayMore >>
Bradley Roney highlighted a five-run first inning with a three-run home run to lift Southern Miss to an 8-3 victory over Louisiana Tech here Sunday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field and complete a three-game Conference USA sweep.More >>
Saturday, April 19 2014 9:01 PM EDT2014-04-20 01:01:26 GMT
Dozens of Petal residents and members of nearly one dozen Native-American tribes from six Southeastern states are engaging in an exchange of cultures for the first time in the Friendly City this weekend.More >>
Members of the Choctaw, Creek, Cherokee and other tribes are taking part in the 12th annual Golden Eagle Pow Wow.More >>
Saturday, April 19 2014 8:57 PM EDT2014-04-20 00:57:35 GMT
Hundreds of children and their parents got some early Easter presents at Dahmer Park Saturday morning during the 67th annual Community Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the City of Hattiesburg and the Lion'sMore >>
The event also featured games for the children. Kids could also have photos made with the Easter Bunny.More >>
Saturday, April 19 2014 8:21 PM EDT2014-04-20 00:21:52 GMT
Southern Miss Athletics Press ReleaseHATTIESBURG, Miss. – Matt Durst delivered a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth giving Southern Miss the only run they needed while Christian Talley and Ryan MiltonMore >>
Matt Durst delivered a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth giving Southern Miss the only run they needed while Christian Talley and Ryan Milton combined to shutout Conference USA foe Louisiana Tech for the second-straight day in a 1-0 decision here Saturday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.More >>
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