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  “Shop Petal First” campaign begins in Friendly City

The Petal-area Chamber of Commerce is hoping you’ll think of the “Friendly City” first when you do your holiday shopping and it’s offering some incentives to encourage you to do that.

  Annual Christmas shop local campaign begins Thursday in Covington County

Social Security Administration announces new online reporting form for scam calls

  Pine Belt vendors get ready for lottery sales

Amazon locating second consumer goods fulfillment center in North Mississippi, creating 500 jobs

Marion Co. Sheriff’s Office taking donations for Children’s Hospital

  Toyota of Hattiesburg raises funds for Alzheimer’s research

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  Bitter cold means bad news for exposed water pipes in Pine Belt

How to save energy during the winter months

  HPD, HFD partner with Edwards Street Fellowship Food Pantry ahead of holiday season

  Expert gives advice on building credit for kids

Nestle announces cookie dough recall

Blue trick-or-treat buckets bring autism awareness to Halloween

SFMO reminder to check smoke alarm as time changes this weekend

SFMO investigated 41 fire deaths in 2019, and 70% of those cases either didn't have a smoke alarm or had the smoke alarm was not working.

Warning about Facebook Messenger scams

A scammer will use a name you’re familiar with to trick you into opening something up.

Anxiety, panic disorder medication recalled over potential foreign substance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting the public about a recall of one lot of Alprazolam Tablets. The medication is being recalled due to the potential presence of a foreign substance.

  Superhero, Potter, Fortnite costumes big sellers at Hattiesburg costume store

Holiday shoppers have been visiting local costume shops recently looking for the right Halloween costume.

  Pine Belt vendors prepare for lottery

  Queen Bee: Saving Hives and Building Leaders

USDA offers funding for rural water project in Lamar Co.

Waitr launches Thanksgiving food drive campaign

  Turtle Creek Mall celebrates 25 years of business

Cooperative Energy dedicates new power plant at its Benndale Station

Deck the halls! Blue Bell releases Christmas Cookies Ice Cream

The ice cream company says it has increased production “to meet the unbelievable demand” for the flavor.

Mical Seafood, Inc. expands recall for tuna products sold in 23 states

A Florida seafood company expanded a recall for some of its tuna products because of the risk of scombroid fish poisoning.

Blue Bell recalling some Butter Crunch half gallons due to broken tool pieces

Blue Bell Ice Cream is recalling select lots of it’s Butter Crunch Ice Cream made at its Sylacauga plant because they contain pieces of a broken plastic tool according to the FDA.

  Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport looks for ways to boost boardings

Air travelers in recent years have had limited options when flying out of Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport.

  2nd “Education in Industry” at JC brings together students, industry leaders

Students, teachers and business leaders met in Jones County Tuesday, to exchange ideas about workforce development.

City of Ellisville lifts boil water notice

The boil water notice affected around 78 customers on the North side of Ellisville.

Tip Top Poultry recalls ready-to-eat chicken products due to listeria risk, USDA says

Tip Top Poultry is recalling its ready-to-eat chicken products because of possible listeria contamination.

Barrontown Utility Association issues boil water notice

A boil water notice has been issued for some Barrontown Utility customers.

FDA recalls multiple blood pressure medications for potential cancer risk

A total of five medications are on the list.

Learn how you can keep your kids safe during National Child Passenger Safety Week

The week is aimed at reducing the number of injuries and deaths among children in car crashes.

  WDAM Investigates: Busted, chipped and cracked

We all know there are hazards on the road, but perhaps the most annoying ones are the ones we don’t see, but hear, when it’s too late. If not taken care of, that chip gets bigger and starts cracking, all thanks to something like a rock, taking perfect aim at your once flawless windshield.

Fred’s files for bankruptcy, to shut down

Fred's, Inc. announced Monday that it filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.

  Covington residents to see drop in property taxes, car tag fees

There’s good news for Covington County taxpayers, as supervisors prepare to adopt a new fiscal budget next week.

  New schedule at PIB adds extra Dallas flight, cuts Chicago route

The Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport is no longer offering flights to Chicago.

  Second amendment sales tax holiday begins Friday

For three days beginning Friday, shoppers across the state who buy firearms and other hunting equipment will get a tax break.

5.7M kids water bottles recalled due to choking hazard

The recalled water bottles have a black spout base and a black spout cover. They were sold from April 2018 through June 2019.

KFC testing plant-based fried ‘chicken’

KFC is getting into the alternative-meat game.

Blue Bell releases new Salted Caramel Cookie ice cream

The new ice cream won't be around for long.

What temperature should you keep your AC on? AC repairman weighs in

Stay comfortable and save money by using these recommended settings for your central air.

Migraine medicine could lead to life-threatening infection; recall announced

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Thursday, August 15 that a medication used to treat migraines was being pulled from shelves because continued use could lead to serious, life threatening infections.

  New Shirley’s in Collins to open next Spring

A popular, family-owned business in Collins destroyed by arson a few months ago is being rebuilt.

RECALL ALERT: Dole baby spinach recalled over salmonella risk

Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. is voluntarily recalling a limited number of cases of baby spinach due to a possible salmonella risk, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Waitr coming to Laurel

Laurel residents will soon have access to Waitr for their dining needs.

Covington County hosts training for first online property tax auction

Covington County hosted free public training Thursday for residents who’ll be participating in the county’s first online annual property tax sale.

  Jasper County liquor sales referendum passes

The vote will allow the sale of liquor within the second district, mainly affecting those living in the city of Bay Springs as well as the Moss, Stringer, Louin and Montrose communities.

Phone and text scam reported in Pearl River County

The Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents of a scam that is targeting people in the area.

Powerball and Mega Millions coming to Mississippi in 2020

The MLC anticipates sales for both games to begin in the first quarter of 2020.

FCSO warns of phone scam targeting the area

The Forrest County Sheriff’s Office is sending out a warning about a phone scam targeting people in the area.

Recall issued for sleepers; infant deaths reported with similar products

A recall has been issued for infant bassinets after reports of infant deaths.

This company will pay you $1,000 to give up technology for a weekend

A company called SatelliteInternet.com is currently hiring someone to take a digital detox for two nights in Joshua Tree National Park in southern California. The chosen person will then report on their experience using a satellite internet connection on the third night.

Recall: Great Value Taco Seasoning sold at Walmart

Williams Foods LLC has initiated a voluntary recall including Great Value Mild Taco Seasoning Mix (sold at Walmart) and HEB Taco Seasoning Mix Reduced Sodium due to possible Salmonella contamination.

  Miss Tax Free Weekend begins

Turtle Creek Mall was packed full of shoppers getting the bang for their buck for day one of the state tax free weekend.

Those affected by Equifax data breach can now apply for compensation

Those affected by the Equifax data breach can be compensated up to $20,000.

  Tips for avoiding financial aid scams

Summer is winding down and a promising school year is right around the corner, but scammers are hard at work to cheat you out of your hard-earned money.

Bayer recalls 990 vials of drug that treats serious bleeding

Bayer is voluntarily recalling nearly 1,000 vials of a biological drug used to help prevent and control serious bleeding in patients with hemophilia A.

  Mississippi’s Tax Free Holiday to include school supplies

Mississippi’s tax-free holiday is right around the corner, and thanks to new legislation, another category will be included in the tax break.

Target unveils wheelchair-friendly costumes for kids

According to Target’s website, the full princess carriage and pirate ship collection are set to be released on Aug. 22.

Hummus sold at stores nationwide being recalled due to possible bacteria contamination

The products have been distributed nationwide and to United Arab Emirates.

Authorities warn of ‘Porch Pirates’ on Amazon Prime Days

Follow these key safety tips so you can prevent dreaded porch pirates.

Target to provide discounts for educators with Teacher Prep event

This week, teachers can save an extra 15% on select items at Target.

Change your flight reservations with no fees at these airlines ahead of TS Barry

The waivers will allow those with tickets to change their reservations without fees, as long as they do so by a certain deadline.

Flowers Foods issues voluntary recall on hamburger, hot dog buns

Flowers Foods, Inc. has issued a recall for hamburger and hot dog buns along with other foods from their bakery Tuesday.

Boil water notice issued for Pleasant Ridge Water customers in Laurel

A boil water notice has been issued for some Pleasant Ridge Water Association customers in the Laurel.

Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport offers direct flights to DFW

American Airlines will no longer be flying Pine Belt routes through Meridian. Instead, two nonstop flights to Dallas-Ft. Worth will be offered each day, except Saturdays.

RECALL ALERT: Toy Story 4 ‘Forky’ toy recalled for choking hazard

A plush toy depicting a character from Toy Story 4 is being recalled due to a choking hazard for young children.

Dress up like a cow and get free Chick-fil-A

Who doesn’t love free Chick-fil-A?

Children’s pajamas recalled for violating flammability standards, posing burn risk to kids

Several children’s pajama sets and pants have been recalled for not meeting federal flammability standards, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission reports.

  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.

Fisher-Price recalls over 70k infant sleepers due to risk of death

The company's newest recall marks its exit from selling inclined sleep products completely.

If you get a call asking for money from U.S. Marshals, it’s probably not legit

Scammers use many tactics to sound credible. They sometimes provide information like badge numbers, names of actual law enforcement officials and federal judges, and courthouse addresses.

Target offering teachers discounts on school supplies

Teachers can get a 15% discount on school supplies at Target.

  Auto techs give tips to keep your car running cool in the summer

You not only need to protect yourself from the affects of summer heat, you also need to protect your car.

Mississippi shrimpers say they’re at ‘spillway ground zero’

It’s barely a week into the 2019 shrimp season, and many of those who drop the nets for a living say this year may be one of the worst ever.

Get a free ice cream cone at Dairy Queen on Friday, June 21

You can get a regular or dipped cone at no cost along with any purchase on June 21.

La. restaurants face new rule for shrimp and crawfish

Locals say a new law will help protect the reputation of local seafood.

Waitr offering free deliveries for Father’s Day weekend

Get your dad his favorite restaurant meal even easier this Father's Day.

Perry County poulterer expanding processing plant

A Perry County poulterer will be expanding its Petal processing plant.

Public Service Commission, Secretary of State’s Office to implement new requirements to protect consumers from scams

The amendment is aimed at protecting consumers from scam callers soliciting Mississippians, through robo-calling or other means, and claiming they represent a legitimate organization.