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 >>
Devastated and hurt are words people are using to describe the way they feel about the way the City of Hattiesburg looks after a tornado struck Sunday night. People in the community have come together to start the cleanup process. With news that no one was killed during the storm, residents are saying they are thankful the storm was not worse.
Some homes were spared and others were completely destroyed. Trees were knocked down and cars were tossed around. The tornado cut a 75 mile path through four counties.
The historic Ogletree House and the home of the president were damaged as Sunday night's tornado tore through the University of Southern Mississippi campus. In all, six buildings on campus will need repair; that's including the music building which has a "whole so big you can see right through it."
Parts of the USM campus are littered with debris. Tree limbs are down, crews are repairing broken power lines and students who stayed on campus for the Mardi gras holiday are now finding windows on their vehicles are blown out. In some cases, their cars are crushed.
"It's incredible, I'm amazed. Feels like a nightmare, I'm waiting to wake up," said Latifah Lowe.
Lowe says Sunday night she could barely make out just how much of Hattiesburg was damaged. When daylight came, she and her son were able to see just how things looked.
"This is my city. This is where I grew up, just kind of hurt me to see that," said Lowe.
For some, they say the sights are reminiscent of Hurricane Katrina. Now, just like then, the community has come together to get the city back in shape.
The tornado destroyed at least 300 home structures and closed 50 roads. Thousands are still without power. While several dozens were injured, Governor Phil Bryant says thankfully the state was spared of anything worse.
People were sending messages on Facebook and Twitter asking how they can help. City Councilman Dave Ware says he expected just a handful of helpers, but several dozen showed up at a local donut shop to find out where and how they could be used.
For those who are looking at their lives that have been leveled to piles of rubble, somehow they have found the strength to be thankful for what the tornado did not take.
There are still about 2,000 students on the USM campus. Only broken windows were reported at the residence halls. As for the rest of the city, the Mayor says they are okay and they will be back stronger than they were before.
The tornado that ripped through southern Mississippi on February 10, 2013 cut a 75 mile path through Marion, Forrest and Lamar Counties. About 200 homes and 100 apartments sustained storm damage.More >>
The tornado that ripped through southern Mississippi on February 10, 2013 cut a 75 mile path through Marion, Forrest and Lamar Counties. About 200 homes and 100 apartments sustained storm damage. At the height of the storm, 13,339 people lost power. Here are pictures sent in by residents in the area. More >>
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 >>