Senate bill would allow optometrists to perform eye surgery, ophthalmologists warn of safety concerns

They believe that optometrists are not trained for the procedures that Senate Bill 2070 would allow them to perform if passed.

Man reported missing in Hattiesburg last seen Jan. 30

  Lamar County celebrates National Career and Technical Education month

  Mississippi governor announces impending closure of troubled Parchman unit as inmates are moved to another facility

  Purvis cheer team wins national championship

  Marion County continues preparation for Pearl River flooding

Newman released from hospital; Chastain to race Las Vegas

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State Board of Contractors offers tips to home owners affected by flooding to avoid scams

  Pine Belt Boy Scout administrators react to national BSA bankruptcy

Gov. Reeves holds press conference concerning impact of Pearl River flooding, progress at MDOC

Two employees shot to death outside Baptist Hospital

Hattiesburg launches Census campaign

Two suspects arrested in Dabbs Street shooting investigation

  Miss. airports receiving support in Airport Improvement Program

U.S. Department of Transportation will award $7.7 million to twelve Mississippi airports for safety and infrastructure use as the investment is a part of a $520.5 million national investment in airports across the country.

  Brother, father of slain Alcorn State student ask shooter to come forward: ‘Do the right thing’

“It hit home. I couldn’t sleep last night," Sheriff Edward Goods said. "And it’s going to be hard to sleep until we get everybody involved locked up.”

13-year-old missing Morton boy found safe

His step-mother shared the news on Facebook Tuesday evening.

Cory Godbolt’s sister testifies in day 4 of capital murder trial; Prosecutors seeking the death penalty

Another day of testimony is planned for Wednesday in the capital murder trial of Willie Cory Godbolt.

  Rep. Guest speaks at Covington County Chamber meeting

Weekend shooting in Pearl River County leaves 2 dead and 1 wounded

  61,000 Mississippians have flood insurance. Many flood victims are not among them.

  'We’re very thirsty for answers’: Anxious residents now trying to check on their flooded homes

  Zurik: City inspector signed off on Hard Rock Hotel work without proper certification

Suspect in custody after 2 Alcorn State students killed, 2 others injured in off-campus shooting

Bay St. Louis community, city leaders push for ‘justice’ over racially offensive doll

Bay St. Louis city leaders are calling for justice after a child was reportedly given a black doll with beads around its neck at last weekend’s Krewe of Nereids parade.

  Marion County families prepare for possible flooding

People in the Foxworth and Morgantown communities are getting sandbags, bricks and everything they need to keep themselves and their homes safe once the Pearl River floods later this week.

  WCU hosts Educators Rising Leadership Meeting for first time

Hundreds of high school students who are considering careers in education have participated in a two-day conference, held for the first time at William Carey University.

  Pearl River County residents keep close eye on river

While flooding on the pearl River continues in Jackson, those who live downstream are waiting and preparing for those floodwaters to head south.

  Laurel commits $4.5 million for recreation improvements

Laurel will issue bonds or take out a loan to fund recreation projects. The city will pay the loan back through its Recreation and Public Promotion Promotion Tax.

HPD investigating Dabbs Street shooting

Hattiesburg police are investigating a shooting that happened Monday afternoon on Dabbs Street.

$10 million investment bringing 100 jobs to Pascagoula

More jobs are coming to the Pascagoula area, thanks to a $10 million investment.

Runoff will decide special election for Richton alderman at-large

A runoff will determine the winner of the Tuesday special election for alderman at-large in Richton.

Computer science education bill introduced in Miss. Senate

A bill that would require Mississippi public schools to offer computer science to all elementary and high school students has been introduced in the Mississippi Senate.

Two Super Bowl LIV champs from Mississippi honored by the state senate

Two local Super Bowl LIV champions were honored Tuesday by the Mississippi Senate.

Sheriff’s Office: Man attempts to kidnap 14-year-old girl walking to school

The girl told detectives that a man in an SUV approached her with a gun and told her to get in his vehicle, Vincent said. She ran from him, but he caught up to her, got out of his vehicle and attempted to grab her. She was able to get away and immediately reported the incident to crossing guards.

Saints players react to Brees announcement on social media

Brees will be back for season No. 15 in New Orleans

Pearl River expected to reach ‘moderate’ flood stage in Marion Co.

The Pearl River is expected to reach moderate flood stage over the weekend.

  VIDEO: Puppies stranded on porch rescued from flood waters

They rescued a group of puppies off of the front porch of a home in north Jackson.

Drew Brees says he wants to return to the New Orleans Saints in Instagram post

Pro Bowl quarterback Drew Brees said he will return to the New Orleans Saints for the 2020 NFL season in an Instagram post on Feb. 18.

Sheriff: Car wanted in Jones Co. murder investigation spotted in Ga.

We’re told investigators are still working to track down the silver Toyota Camry.

Pearl River crested at 36.7′ in Jackson; MEMA and Governor Reeves give latest info

After his meeting, he will update on the city’s current situation and updated plan of action for the Pearl River flooding impacting Northeast Jackson communities.

  Cory Godbolt’s 12-year-old daughter takes the witness stand in his capital murder trial

Godbolt appeared to break down in tears when his 12-year-old daughter testified that he beat her.

Hamlin wins 3rd Daytona 500; Newman hospitalized ‘in serious condition’

The rain dampened the hyped season opener with a visit from President Trump that energized the sold-out crowd.

  Rising water shutting down roads, flooding acres of farmland in Simpson Co.

The water is now five feet in some areas, putting emergency officials on high alert.

  Sandersville family struggling since December tornado

Cleanup continues for many residents affected by tornadoes that struck the Pine Belt on Dec. 16.

  Police investigating after Facebook post shows doll hanging off beaded noose

A Facebook post on Sunday described a young girl who received a doll with a beaded noose around its neck and a mother furious at a potentially, racially motivated incident.

Victim identified in Jones County murder investigation

A woman found dead in her Jones County home Monday afternoon has been identified.

Hattiesburg CTE teachers job shadow at Forrest General Hospital

Teachers with the Hattiesburg High School Career and Technical Education program are spending the day job shadowing at Forrest General Hospital.

Governor declares spring severe weather preparedness week

Governor Tate Reeves has declared February 17-21 as Spring Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Mississippi.

  Reeves: Flooding possible in Marion County, Columbia this week

Gov. Tate Reeves said there is a possibility for flooding in Marion County and Columbia later this week.

  Rate Discrimination: Some insurance companies give better rates for customers with certain jobs, education

Drivers with less education or jobs that typically pay less may face higher car insurance rates, according to an industry insider.

Willie Cory Godbolt’s former wife takes the stand in day two of testimony

Testimony continued Sunday in the capital murder trial of Willie Cory Godbolt. He is accused of killing eight people, including a Lincoln County deputy in 2017. Seven of the victims were family members.

  Local animal rescue saves animals stranded by floodwaters

“One dog was super scared and on a tiny piece of a tree trunk. The other pup was almost neck high in water..”

  Awareness the focus of Miss. Severe Weather Preparedness Week

Mississippi Spring Severe Weather Preparedness Week is Feb. 17 through Feb. 21.

Woman accused of sneaking pills into Marion County Regional Correctional Facility

Tiana Nelson has been charged with introducing narcotics into a correctional facility

Hattiesburg Zoo collecting Mardi Gras beads for a good cause

Anyone looking to get rid of beads can simply drop them off at the zoo during normal business hours.

Mississippi Urban Search and Rescue Task Force assists people impacted by Pearl River flooding

Task force team members have deployed to Jackson and are on standby to help emergency crews.

  Floods put Mississippi capital in ‘precarious situation’

Authorities in Mississippi are bracing for the possibility of catastrophic flooding around the state capital of Jackson.

Missing Ala. man may have traveled through the Pine Belt

The Choctaw County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help finding 62-year-old Billy James McGrew.

USM sweeps 3-game series to open season

Southern Miss beat Murray State 8-7 on Sunday.

Local agencies provide update on rising Pearl River as crest slightly lowered

The river level, which surpassed 36.5 feet Sunday afternoon, is already the third-highest on record.

Richton woman killed in early morning crash

The crash happened on State Route 29 near Benndale Road around 5:30 a.m.

MEMA releases initial damage report from Pearl River flooding

At the time of the release, eighteen counties had submitted damage reports to MEMA.

NWS lowers anticipated Pearl River crest to 37.5’

Gov. Tate Reeves and MEMA will update the public after the Pearl River reached its 3rd highest point, 36.33 feet, in history.

Investigation underway after inmate found dead at CMCF in Rankin Co.

An inmate has been found dead at Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County.

University of Tenn. at Chattanooga to offer tuition discounts in 9 states

Students from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia would pay about $18,000 a year instead of about $26,000 a year as out-of-state students.

  Krewe of Blue Parade rolls through downtown Laurel

On Saturday night, Laurel hosted its 4th annual Krewe of Blue Mardi Gras Parade.

  Revelry 2020 in full swing at USM

The events will go on until Feb. 20.

  ‘It was like U-Haul city:’ Residents pack up and leave before flood waters arrive

Northeast Jackson residents evacuated and heeded the warnings to get out before the water got worse.

  Race raises funds for Petal charity

This year’s event raised about $30,000 for the Petal Children’s Task Force.

North Canton City Schools reveal contents found inside purse lost by student in 1957

Nearly nine months after a North Canton City Schools custodian found a purse missing since 1957, the school finally shared photos of what was found inside.

  Mississippi braces for flooding amid cresting river

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency Saturday amid fears the Pearl River at Jackson could reach its highest level in decades.

  9th annual Caerus Parade graced with perfect weather

Parade-goers in Hattiesburg were met with an absolutely perfect day Saturday.

Biloxi Shuckers to host National Anthem Tryout Feb. 29

Oh, say can you sing? The Shuckers want to know!

Gov. Tate Reeves declares state of emergency due to Pearl River flooding

The Pearl River is expected to reach a crest of 38 feet this weekend.

  Hawkins Elementary students plant trees for Arbor Day

On Valentine’s Day, the Hub City showed it’s love for trees.

  Southern Miss shuts out Murray State in baseball opener

Southern Miss pitchers held Murray State to one hit on their way to a 6-0 win to open up the 2020 baseball season Friday night.

  Laurel Police Dept. holds D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony

The Laurel Police Department held its annual D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony on Friday in the gym of Laurel Middle School.

  Family bond remains strong across ocean as coronavirus spreads

Snow Cheng grew up about 400 miles west Wuhan, China, which is being called the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. Now, Cheng lives in the quaint town of Sumrall with her family. As she and her husband take care of their baby girl, she worries about her family and friends half-way around the wor

  35th Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic Rodeo begins Friday night

The greatest show on dirt is in the Pine Belt for the 35th year Friday and Saturday night.

  WATCH: Drone video shows bloated Pearl River

WLBT sent its drone above the river and above the Ross Barnett Reservoir to get an overhead view of the elevated water levels.

  Students from USM’s DuBard school plant trees for Arbor Day

Students from the Dubard School for Language Disorders at the University of Southern Mississippi helped plant trees at the site of the old Jazz Station on campus as part of an annual Arbor Day celebration.