Sen. Filliangane discusses bill allowing alcohol possession in Miss.

Earlier this week, Gov. Tate Reeves signed a bill that will make it legal to possess alcohol in every county in Mississippi.

  Camp Shelby museum to complete reopening process on July 4

  Safety tips to keep in mind before firing up grill this Fourth of July

MSDH reports 914 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths

  Mississippi Highway Patrol launches ‘Drive Right Mississippi’ initiative

  Health officials stress social distancing, masks during Fourth of July weekend

Fourth of July fireworks shows around Pine Belt

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  Columbia to host fireworks show on Fourth of July

Miss. House Representative tests positive for COVID-19

FCSO, Metro Crime Stoppers make multiple felony arrests

Massive American flag draped over Gatlinburg SkyBridge

  Casinos make masks mandatory for everybody

Sen. Hyde-Smith gives 2020 Independence Day message

  Sawmill Square Mall taking precautions to keep customers safe from COVID-19

The mall is doing what it can to keep customers safe during the pandemic.

  State Health Officer: ‘Things are getting worse very quickly'

Mississippi hospital capacity is being stretched as they work to juggle usual business plus COVID-19.

Tim’s Two Cents podcast with WDAM Vice President/General Manager Tim Walker

This week's Tim's Two Cents podcast will feature WDAM's Tim Doherty sitting down with new WDAM vice-president/general manager Tim Walker.

  VFW, caterer serve holiday meals to residents of Collins Veterans Home

A veterans organization and a local caterer teamed up Thursday to serve a holiday lunch to residents at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Collins.

  Law enforcement adapts to COVID-19 pandemic

  Miss. actress says retired flag means “it’s a better day” for state

  Jones County debris cleanup continues following Easter tornado

Former JSU president files lawsuit, says he is owed 110% of his $300K salary

  Laurel Police Department hosts ‘Fill a Truck’ to benefit Good Samaritan Center

  DMR budget uncertainty concerns some boaters ahead of holiday weekend

Edwards mayor shaken ‘to the core’ after police officer dies from COVID-19

Mayor Wallace says Sgt. Kelvin Mixon passed away Thursday afternoon.

Legislature allocates $275M of federal COVID-19 funds to rural broadband, distance learning

Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann announced Thursday the Mississippi Legislature has allocated $275 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to rural broadband expansion and K-12 learning initiatives.

Mississippi Gaming Commission orders that masks be worn in all casinos

The Mississippi Gaming Commission is requiring all players, spectators and guests to wear a mask inside Mississippi casinos starting Friday at 8 p.m.

Netflix deposits millions in Jackson based credit union

Jackson based Hope Credit Union receives a $10 million dollar deposit from Netflix to help bring economic opportunities to black communities in Mississippi.

MDES launches ‘ReStart MS’ to help employees return to work

MDES says the system was developed to assist the business community in transitioning employees, who were separated from their jobs due to COVID-19 back into the workforce.

870 new COVID-19 cases confirmed and 10 additional deaths reported in MS

A death was reported out of the Pine Belt as it comes from Greene County.

  29,684 cases of coronavirus identified by Miss. Dept. of Health; 1,103 deaths

The number of presumed positive coronavirus cases in Mississippi continues to rise.

NASCAR driver to race ‘Trump 2020’ vehicle sponsored by pro-Trump PAC

A political action committee working to help President Donald Trump is sponsoring a NASCAR driver’s vehicle starting this weekend.

HPD investigates deadly crash Thursday morning

One man was pronounced dead at the scene and there were no other injuries.

  State flags moved to Museum of Mississippi History

The three confederate flags are now in their permanent new home, the Museum of Mississippi History. The flags made their way in a motorcade just blocks away from the Capitol, with a host of dignitaries; notably missing from the ceremony, Governor Tate Reeves.

  COVID-19 hospitalizations, case averages in Mississippi reach all-time high

For weeks, amid steadily increasing coronavirus cases and a vulnerable health care system, Gov. Tate Reeves and the state’s health officer have been pleading with Mississippians to wear masks and practice social distancing.

Miss. governor signs into law banning abortion based on sex, race, genetic issues

It adds new limits in a state that already has some of the strictest abortion laws in the U.S.

Senate committee confirms appointment for MDHS executive director

The Mississippi Senate’s Public Health and Welfare Committee unanimously confirmed Gov. Tate Reeves’ appointment for executive director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services Wednesday.

  Mississippi state flag officially retired after 126 years

The Mississippi state flag was taken down from the State Capitol for the final time Wednesday afternoon.

  Sawmill Square Mall to host annual Fireworks Extravaganza

While many places are canceling Fourth of July celebrations due to COVID-19, Sawmill Square Mall will still be hosting it's 25th annual celebration.

  New fire chief for Laurel sworn in

The City of Laurel has a new fire chief. Leo Brown was sworn in by Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee during a ceremony Wednesday.

Ginn appointed colonel of Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol

Lt. Col. Randy Ginn will take over as colonel of the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol.

  Jones County election commissioner facing backlash for comment on social media

Jones County Beat 1 Election Commissioner Gail Welch is facing backlash for a comment she made on Facebook.

  Controversial prison reform bill passes legislature despite mixed reviews

Prison reform bill gets mixed reviews

  Worthy Stables providing healing through horses

Worthy Stables is a nonprofit focused on therapeutic horsemanship.

  FEMA discusses hurricane season changes amid COVID-19 crisis

The Atlantic hurricane season is already breaking records with several storms named so early this year. With parts of the U.S. battling the wrath of the coronavirus pandemic, experts urge you not to delay in preparing.

  Staffing agency hosts drive-thru job fair in Hattiesburg

A staffing agency hosted a drive-thru career fair Wednesday in Hattiesburg.

Hospitality flag makers add ‘In God We Trust’ to flag design

The group says the flag was designed intentionally not to bear words or seals.

  Officials planned to re-open Mississippi today. That did not happen.

For weeks, Reeves said, the plan was to fully re-open the state of Mississippi by July 1. That is no longer happening.

  PIB now offering daily flights to Houston instead of Dallas

Pine Belt residents will be traveling to a different Texas hub when they use the Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport.

One dead, one injured in vehicle crash on I-59 Wednesday

An early investigation showed that the vehicle lost control while going south and overturned in the median.

Suspect arrested in Hattiesburg auto burglary investigation

19-year-old Gauge Jordan, of Hattiesburg, was arrested around 3:45 a.m., after committing at least two auto burglaries.

653 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in MS, 9 deaths reported

A death was reported out of the Pine Belt as it comes from Wayne County.

Ovett man killed in weekend shooting; Richton man charged

A Richton man has been charged in the weekend shooting death of an Ovett man.

Gov. signs bill to end prohibition in Miss.

Governor Tate Reeves signed a bill that will effectively end prohibition in Mississippi.

  As the state flag comes down, Mississippi turns its eyes toward the future

The flag that has flown over the Magnolia State for over 125 years is officially retired. Now, state leaders and residents are looking towards the future.

  Former Ole Miss cheerleader who refused to carry Confederate flag reacts to new law

More often than not, it’s the young people who are the catalysts for change. That is the case now and it was the case 40-years ago when a simple act of defiance by an Ole Miss student set off a chain of events that led to the university disassociating itself with the confederate flag.

  Local players plot next move with MiLB season canceled

For the first summer since the league was founded in 1901, there will be no Minor League Baseball season.What seemed inevitable became official on Tuesday with President and CEO Pat O’Conner’s announcement.

  “Alternative Baseball” hopes to make way to Hattiesburg

A new baseball league could be making its way to the Pine Belt.Taylor Duncan’s Alternative Baseball Organization was founded in Atlanta, Georgia as a way to give teens/adults with autism and other disabilities the opportunity to play organized baseball.

  Wildlife biologist shares tips, facts about snake encounters

Wildlife biologist Colt Mooney explains there’s no reason to be afraid of snakes.

  Jones County sheriff addresses video circulating on social media

Jones County Sheriff Joe Berlin is addressing video that surfaced on social media, showing an incident between one of his captains and a resident.

  ‘I never thought I’d see the day that this would happen;’ Miss. actress celebrates state flag change

For years she fought for change even pledging not to work in Mississippi until the flag came down.

  Forrest County removes state flags as governor makes flag change official

Just as Gov. Tate Reeves signed the bill officially retiring the Mississippi state flag with a Confederate emblem on it, Forrest County removed the 1894 flags from county buildings.

  MDOT completing several Pine Belt road and bridge projects

The Mississippi Department of Transportation is working on millions of dollars worth of projects which state officials say are improving safety for motorists in the Pine Belt.

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith speaks on historic signing of law to change state flag

The bill officially removed the Mississippi state flag and called for the creation of a commission to design a new one.

  Laurel Police Department to hold ‘Fill-a-Truck’ food drive Thursday

The Laurel Police Department will hold a “Fill-a-Truck” food drive Thursday at Walmart to benefit the Good Samaritan Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen.

Lamar County libraries reopen to public

The Lamar County Library System is back open and is taking several measures against COVID-19.

  Geico, Wreck A Mended Collision team up for SUV donation

Geico and Wreck-A-Mended Collision teamed up to donate an SUV to a local nonprofit Tuesday.

  Masks, social distancing crucial to curb rising COVID-19 cases

COVID-19 case numbers continue to rise in Mississippi with the seven-day average for new cases at an all-time high.

Man charged in shooting at Hattiesburg convenience store

The Hattiesburg Police Department charged a Hub City man Tuesday man in a shooting at a convenience store last week.

  History Made: Gov. Reeves signs bill officially changing state flag

History was made Tuesday as Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves signed House Bill 1796 into law.

Man identified in Hattiesburg death investigation

The identity of a man whose death is being investigated by Hattiesburg police was released Tuesday.

  Miss. state flag sales spike at Beauvoir due to flag’s retirement

Now that the 1894 state flag, with its Confederate battle emblem, has retired, the old flag— supported by many— could be classified as a collector’s item, a piece of history.

Man charged in Hattiesburg shooting

The Hattiesburg Police Department charged a man Tuesday in a shooting from May 10.

  Sheriff: Oklahoma man shoots woman who tried to steal his Nazi flag

A 26-year-old Oklahoma woman was shot after authorities say she was dared to steal a Nazi flag from a man’s front yard.

680 COVID-19 cases confirmed in MS, 14 deaths reported

MSDH reported 680 COVID-19 cases and 14 additional deaths on Tuesday, bringing the state total to 27,247 cases and 1,073 deaths.

  Walmart removes ‘All Lives Matter’ merchandise from website

Walmart is no longer selling “All Lives Matter” merchandise on its website.

  Safety tips for shooting fireworks this Fourth of July

There are several things you need to keep in mind when celebrating with fireworks.

  Former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove reflects on seeing flag change vote 19 years after referendum vote

Former Governor Ronnie Musgrove and the Mississippi Economic Council react to the legislature's vote to change the state flag.

  Laurel mayor reflects on past with Mississippi flag

Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee says the state flag is just a painful reminder of his past and how the black community was treated.

  Grand Paradise Waterpark opens with COVID-19 precautions

Grand Paradise Waterpark in Collins is back open, but with several COVID-19 precautions.

  World War II Veteran Celebrates 100th Birthday

A World War II Veteran celebrated his 100th birthday Monday in the Pine Belt.

  Pine Belt lawmakers react to historic vote on state flag

The Mississippi House of Representatives voted 91-23 and the state Senate voted 37-14 in favor of changing the state flag.