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.

  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

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  Craft beer sales on the rise statewide

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

  Kohler Engines hosts job fair after expansion announcement

  Tax refunds may be delayed due to IRS backlog

  USM hosts Economic Outlook Forum

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

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

  WDAM Investigates: Scoring coaching supplements

Sunbelt Federal Credit Union offers assistance during government shutdown

  Feeding the Gulf Coast steps up during government shutdown

  Recovering financially from holiday spending

  WDAM Investigates: Unclaimed cash in Pine Belt

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