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 >>
For seven straight years now, Mississippi has led the nation in childhood obesity. On Friday, people who work with children joined forces in Biloxi to learn new strategies to fight the obesity epidemic. While they heard about disturbing trends linked to overweight children, there was also some encouraging news.
More than 100 people who are on the front lines in the battle against childhood obesity in Mississippi gathered at the Biloxi Civic Center. The participants work directly with children and they learned some simple steps to get youngsters up and moving.
"We're trying to do our part in getting the word out that this is a serious epidemic," said Deborah Colby, Gulf Coast Health Educators Executive Director.
The organization "Gulf Coast Health Educators" invited nurses, social workers, teachers, preschool employees, and youth organizations to the "Conquering Childhood Obesity Conference" in Biloxi. The topics focused on the link between obesity and depression, and the disturbing rise in diabetes among children.
"If we don't reverse the trend, one in three of these children will develop type-2 diabetes in their lifetime. And parents may actually outlive their kids and I don't think any parent wants to outlive their child," said Colby.
Speakers also shared ideas on ways to help motivate families to change their habits, and a McDonald's dietician discussed healthier choices on fast food menus. The Mississippi Department of Education also discussed the progress schools are making to help promote fitness, nutrition, and physical activity.
"There is a 13-percent decrease in childhood obesity in some grade students. So we're so fortunate to have great laws in place. We have great programs in place, and we just got to keep on telling the story," said Christine Philley, MDE School Health Administrator.
"I'm hoping through this and with WLOX's help and the media, we can get the community at large to understand the seriousness of the problem. Children do not outgrow weight problems, they only get worse," said Colby.
On Saturday, the city of Biloxi will co-host a "Childhood Obesity Family Day". Parents and children can learn about bullying, proper exercise, and how to prepare healthy meals. The event runs from 10 AM-2PM at the Biloxi Civic Center on Howard Avenue.
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 >>