Bok Homa Casino reopens to public Friday

The only casino in the Pine Belt is reopening its doors to the public.

  Casinos make masks mandatory for everybody

Miss. Lottery Corporation transfers millions in proceeds to the state

  Ready or not: Miss. Casinos to reopen Thursday

  Auditor: DHS misspending hurt poorest Mississippi families

SBA loans now available for Miss. agribusinesses affected by COVID-19 pandemic

How one Coast casino is helping process Mississippi’s unemployment claims

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Governor Reeves requests SBA economic disaster declaration for COVID-19

United Way to select $100K Payday Drawing winner March 16

U.S. Census Bureau holds job fair in Oak Grove

  Christmas Eve shoppers fill the Turtle Creek mall

  Pine Belt residents ready for scratch-off lottery tickets

U.S. Small Business Administration offers assistance in MS

  Lamar County couple recognized as Miss. Tree Farmers of the Year

Nestled on the outskirts of Sumrall in Lamar County, this tree farm is home to Henry and Kay Hudson. Passed down through the family, the whispering pines and gentle waters serve a much greater purpose.

  Financial aid strategist walks through breaking free of student loan debt

Wearing a cap and gown and crossing the stage at a university is a moment of pride that brings a sense of security of earning a spot in the workplace. Millions of Americans feel the career they enter will support them beginning life as an adult.

  WDAM Investigates: Pricing the pumps

While gas prices are seeing some decline, making sure you get the best price can be tricky. That’s because prices can be very different, which add up with each gallon.

  Regions opens mortgage division facility in Hattiesburg

Regions Bank has officially opened its mortgage division facility.

  Waynesboro voters pass 1% restaurant, bar and hotel tax

  Regions Bank opens branch in downtown Hattiesburg

  Students speak out on USM tuition increase

  CPAs urge taxpayers to be prepared for tax filing deadline

Sunbelt FCU to open new center in Hattiesburg

  WDAM Investigates: Cashing in on child care

  Craft beer sales on the rise statewide

The craft brewing industry continues to grow not only across the nation, but in the state of Mississippi as well.

  Side hustles on the rise, ride-sharing now on the list for Pine Belt

In Mississippi, the median household annual income is just over $40,000. It’s right at $16,000 less than the median income across the country, and it’s growing more and more common for people to pick up a side hustle to stay ahead.

  Kohler Engines hosts job fair after expansion announcement

Kohler Engines hosted a job fair at the Lake Terrace Convention Center Tuesday, just one week after it announced a major expansion of its manufacturing operation in Hattiesburg.

  Tax refunds may be delayed due to IRS backlog

A new report from the tax payer advocate service finds there’s a huge backlog at the IRS, which is translating into paperwork delays and taxpayers’ calls for helps going unanswered.

  USM hosts Economic Outlook Forum

Dozens of experts in the areas of banking, finance and academia gathered at the University of Southern Mississippi on Thursday for an annual Economic Outlook Forum for 2019.

State Auditor: Former city clerk stole $300K from Bay Springs

Approximately $300,000 was stolen from the City of Bay Springs after a city clerk got caught up in an international lottery scheme, according to State Auditor Shad White.

Wells Fargo nationwide outage affecting debit cards, online banking due to smoke at one of the bank’s facilities

Many customers report they cannot use their apps or debit cards.

  WDAM Investigates: Expensive taxpayer-bought equipment sits around

“The Mississippi Development Authority is in the process of selling the Stion equipment. We hope to complete that process soon.”

  Tax experts encourage filing before Feb. 15 in case of another shutdown

With the possibility of another government shutdown on February 15, tax experts suggest filing your returns no later than this week.

  New tax law creates changes during tax season

In the midst of a government shutdown, Tax Season officially begins on Monday, Jan. 28, but tax professionals say the shutdown should be the least of your worries.

  USM’s Small Business Development Center sees growth

It’s the American dream to see a vision, work and grind it out until you watch that vision come to fruition.

  WDAM Investigates: Scoring coaching supplements

Under the stadium lights, Friday nights in the Fall are largely reserved for football in the Pine Belt. All that action on the gridiron, has a lot of head coaches cashing in off the field.

Sunbelt Federal Credit Union offers assistance during government shutdown

Sunbelt Federal Credit Union is offering assistance to those impacted by the ongoing federal government shutdown.

  Feeding the Gulf Coast steps up during government shutdown

As the government shutdown enters into its third week, Feeding the Gulf Coast will provide food assistance for people affected by the government shutdown, personal crisis or disaster.

  Recovering financially from holiday spending

As we close out the year, the stress of the holidays slowly creeps behind us. But for many Americans, the stress of holiday spending lingers.

  WDAM Investigates: Unclaimed cash in Pine Belt

It's just a website or phone call away, money, waiting to be claimed by agencies in charge of spending your money.

Mississippi community learning centers receive $16.2 million in federal funds

Mississippi community learning centers receive $16.2 million in federal funds

  Credit card interest rates are rising sharply

Credit card interest rates are rising sharply and you can blame the fed’s recent interest rate hikes, according to a new review.

Tax forfeited properties in Laurel, Jones Co. to go up for sale

At Tuesday night‘s Laurel City Council meeting, Mayor Johnny McGee made an announcement that during the month of October, the Secretary of State’s Office will be holding a property sale for land located in the city as well as the county.

Hattiesburg council to consider tax abatements

City Council is expected to vote on tax abatements before month's end.

  Downtown Laurel attracts visitors from across the U.S.

Downtown laurel has gone through a transformation process which has added new businesses, stores and new restaurants to the area, making visitors stop for a quick bite to eat or a shopping spree.

  New Report: The high cost of being uninsured in MS

Recent data from the Urban Institute indicates that in 2015, 37.4 percent of non-elderly adults aged 18 to 64 in Mississippi reported past due medical debt, which is the highest rate in the nation.

Casinos get glimpse at MS sports book gamble

As the NFL gets ready to kick off the 2018 season tonight, new data from the Mississippi Gaming Commission gives us a peek at what sports books may mean for coast casinos.

  Convenience stores prepare for lottery’s impact

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant is expected to sign a bill that will bring a lottery to the state of Mississippi and store owners say they couldn’t be more excited for what’s coming their way.

Sports betting underway at Bok Homa Casino

Sports betting underway at Bok Homa Casino.

Sports betting books open at Bok Homa Casino

Sports wagering is now available at Bok Homa Casino!

4 ways to get a sale price when there isn't a sale

Before you pay full price for something, try these tactics

Chairman of Finance Committee breaks down lottery bill money

The State House passed a lottery bill on a close vote, 58 to 54.

Taxes could be increasing in Laurel

Laurel's City Clerk Finance Director Mary Ann Hess said the city will start its new fiscal year in a good position. However, to cover some of the city's needs, she said a millage increase is needed.

Hattiesburg council votes to appeal ruling in lawsuit filed by Kohler

The Hattiesburg City Council voted to appeal a Forrest County Circuit Court ruling by special-appointed Judge Larry Roberts regarding a lawsuit filed by small engine manufacturer Kohler against Forrest County and the city of Hattiesburg.

Hattiesburg Tourism Commission files complaint against its insurance company

The Hattiesburg Tourism Commission is taking steps to recover taxpayer dollars by filing a complaint against its insurance company and Shad White, the State Auditor of Mississippi.

State auditor calls for transparency

State Auditor Shad White emphasizes the need for transparency when it comes to spending tax dollars.

MS auditor claims some Hub City tourism commissioners misused taxpayer money

In August, the Office of the Mississippi State Auditor released a report on money owed to the state, and the amount in the Pine Belt is in the millions.

MS auditor releases report on money owed to state

The Office of State Auditor Shad White released a report detailing funds owed to the state by county and the amount in the Pine Belt is in the millions.

USM to hold forum on economic security March 4

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The University of Southern Mississippi will hold a community forum focusing on economic security on Friday, March 4 from noon - 2 p.m. at The Trent Lott National Center for Excellence