For some, it may be hard to believe that nine years have passed since Hurricane Katrina made landfall and left major devastation in Louisiana and Mississippi. Most people will never forget where theyMore >>
Friday marks nine years since Hurricane Katrina made landfall, causing major devastation in Louisiana and Mississippi.More >>
Saturday, August 30 2014 2:50 PM EDT2014-08-30 18:50:22 GMT
An early morning fire has claimed the life of a Pine Belt woman. Forrest County Deputy Coroner Lisa Klem confirmed the death of a female victim, however the name is not being released pending notificationMore >>
An early morning fire has claimed the life of a Pine Belt woman.More >>
Thursday, August 28 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-08-28 13:33:06 GMT
SPARTANBURG COUNT, SC (WYFF) - Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office. DeputiesMore >>
Fifteen children living in a double-wide trailer were put into protective custody and seven adults were arrested, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 6:43 AM EDT2014-08-29 10:43:37 GMT
(WMC) – A protest is going on at Rosa Fort High School in Tunica, Mississippi where people are upset over the firing of a principal. There are more than 100 people marching from the school to the superintendent'sMore >>
More than 100 students are protesting the dismissal of their principal by walking out of school. More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 1:48 PM EDT2014-08-29 17:48:04 GMT
The Canton Public School District says that it is working diligently to contain the spread of scabies at several of its schools. The school district says they have informed parents that their childrenMore >>
The school district says they have informed parents that their children may have recently been exposed.
"Edward Snowden is a national hero and should be immediately issued a full, free, and absolute pardon for any crimes he has committed or may have committed related to blowing the whistle on secret NSA surveillance programs," the petition says.
The petition has until July 9 to reach 100,000 signatures, the number needed to be addressed by the Obama administration.
However, many in Congress are calling him everything but a hero.
"I think he's a defector or traitor - take your pick," said Rep. Peter King, R-NY, according to CNN. "What he's done is incredible damage to our country; it's going to put American lives at risk. I don't know how he can live with himself. A traitor is as good a term as any. I think he violated the Espionage Act."
Snowden was working at the Hawaii office of Booz Allen Hamilton, a private intelligence contractor that works for the National Security Administration, where he obtained top secret government material and released it to the news publication The Guardian.
The story broke on June 5, causing a major uproar in what many have described as the biggest intelligence leak in American history.
"I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong," Snowden said to The Guardian.
President Obama has defended the government surveillance program, saying the specific targets are not American citizens, but foreign nationals, and believes that specific "safeguards" put in place in the surveillance help his administration fight terrorism.
Snowden was last seen in a hotel in Hong Kong on Monday. The federal authorities are looking for him and his computer to investigate what other information he has obtained.
According to the Associated Press, Russia's Kommersant Daily reported that Moscow said it may provide asylum for Snowden. Other countries that Snowden might attempt to escape to include: China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, North Korea or Iceland - none of which have extradition agreements with the United States.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit with the Obama administration Tuesday, "asking the government to halt phone-tracking programs that collects the telephone records of millions of Americans," calling it "unconstitutional" and cites the heads of the NSA, FBI, the Department of Defense and the Department of Justice as violators of the First and Fourth Amendment, according to the Associated Press.
A Philadelphia couple has also filed a lawsuit, alleging the government singled them out for their criticism of the U.S. Army following the death of their son who was a Navy SEAL. They are claiming $3 billion in damages
Snowden's massive top-secret information leak comes at the same time as Army Pfc. Bradley Manning faces court martial in his information sharing to the website Wikileaks in 2010.
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Saturday, August 30 2014 6:49 PM EDT2014-08-30 22:49:00 GMT
Entergy Mississippi is reporting several hundred power outages in the Jackson area. According to Entergy's website at 4:20 p.m. Saturday at least 1,700 customers were without power. MSNewsNow Meteorologist HeatherMore >>
According to Entergy's website at 4:20 p.m. Saturday at least 1,700 customers were without power.More >>
Saturday, August 30 2014 6:23 PM EDT2014-08-30 22:23:24 GMT
Hercules, Inc. this week will begin replacing a sewer line beneath a street that runs along the east side of the plant. The work on Providence Street has been ordered by the Mississippi Dept. of EnvironmentalMore >>
The work on Providence Street has been ordered by the Mississippi Dept. of Environmental Quality, based on sampling in the sewer that was done four years ago.More >>
Saturday, August 30 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-08-30 21:41:27 GMT
Clinton Police have identified the vehicle they say was used as a get-away vehicle Friday night, after two Mississippi College students were robbed at gunpoint. Mark Jones, Director of CommunicationsMore >>
The vehicle is described as a small dark metallic red 4-door sedan with damage to the right front fender. More >>
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