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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.

Waitr coming to Laurel

Covington County hosts training for first online property tax auction

  Jasper County liquor sales referendum passes

Phone and text scam reported in Pearl River County

Powerball and Mega Millions coming to Mississippi in 2020

FCSO warns of phone scam targeting the area

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Recall issued for sleepers; infant deaths reported with similar products

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

Recall: Great Value Taco Seasoning sold at Walmart

  Miss Tax Free Weekend begins

Those affected by Equifax data breach can now apply for compensation

  Tips for avoiding financial aid scams

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

Target to provide discounts for educators with Teacher Prep event

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

Flowers Foods issues voluntary recall on hamburger, hot dog buns

Boil water notice issued for Pleasant Ridge Water customers in Laurel

Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport offers direct flights to DFW

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.

FDA issues recall of Kroger brand frozen berries over possible Hepatitis A contamination

The FDA has advised consumers to not eat and throw away frozen fruits from Kroger.

Dip in gas prices likely to continue under tariff threat

Analysts with GasBuddy.com predict the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded could fall below $2.

Johnsonville recalls over 95,000 pounds of ready to eat smoked sausage

Johnsonville intends to pull approximately 95,393 pounds of ready-to-eat jalapeño cheddar smoked sausage products from shelves.

Hundreds under boil water advisory in Jones County

Around 500 customers in the J.P. Utility District in Jones County are under a boil water advisory, the utility company announced Thursday afternoon.

Ford recalling Fusion, Ranger models due to transmission issues

Ford is expanding a recall that impacted over 500,000 vehicles in July 2018.

  WDAM Investigates: Contractor troubles

When James and Lisa Cowart found their new home in Perry County, they were hoping a remodel would be simple. More than $25,000 later, the remodel is far from done.

Child death prompts recall of dressers sold by Amazon, Target, Walmart

The dresser poses a serious tip-over and entrapment hazard if not properly anchored to a wall.

  Pine Belt Federal Credit Union opens Perry County branch

A bright, new business is drawing much attention in New Augusta.

Record number of “Shining Star” awards presented at annual tourism luncheon

Dozens of employees in the Hattiesburg hospitality industry were recognized for their outstanding work during an annual gathering Wednesday hosted by VisitHATTIESBURG

Mississippi tops Amazon’s list of fastest-growing small, medium-sized businesses

Amazon recently announced the top 10 states with the fastest-growing small and medium-sized businesses that are selling in Amazon’s stores.

BEWARE: Biloxi officer’s death brings out scammers

Biloxi Police say the only official donation account set up for Officer McKeithen is through Southern Coastal Credit Union.

2 million likes later, Wendy’s announces return of spicy nuggets

Thanks to Chance the Rapper, the world might once again be reunited with the highly sought-after spicy chicken nuggets

  Pine Belt mail center sees spike in Amazon packages

Local Mail center says it sees an increase in Amazon orders.

FCC warns consumers of ‘One Ring’ phone scams

The Federal Communications Commission is warning consumers of an ongoing robocall scam that could fool people into paying per-minute toll charges.

Free smoke alarm installation set for Saturday

Select Hattiesburg neighborhoods to receive free smoke alarms.

Blue Bell Cookie Cake ice cream hits store shelves

The limited-time flavor contains pieces of chocolate chip cookie cake with swirls of icing throughout.

Hattiesburg 1% tax referendum passes with 81% of vote

Hattiesburg residents headed to the polls on Tuesday to decide if the city should raise the restaurant, hotel and motel sales tax by 1 percent.

Parents can trade in unwanted car seats at Target’s annual event

The event starts Monday and will last through May 4.

Kohl’s starts ‘Military Monday’ discount

Members of the military and their families can enjoy a 15% discount at their local Kohl’s department store

SNAP recipients could order groceries online from Walmart, Amazon

Shoppers who are on food stamps might be able to order their groceries online.

Red Cross helping assess damage from the storm

Red Cross out helping assess storm damage.

Analysts predict gas prices to hit $3 by month’s end

Gas prices continue to race upward.

C Spire service restored after customers experience widespread cell phone outages across Mississippi

The largest privately held wireless carrier in the entire country issued a statement on Twitter saying they were aware of the outage and are working to resolve the issue.

Mississippi Power warns customers of scam calls

Mississippi Power warned customers on Tuesday after receiving several reports of scam calls targeting customers in the Hattiesburg, Laurel and Meridian areas.

  CPAs urge taxpayers to be prepared for tax filing deadline

The deadline to file your taxes is April 15, and accountants say taxpayers need to get on it or file an extension.

  Artificial sweetener found in gum, certain peanut butters can be deadly for dogs

Most dog owners have know not to feed their canine chocolate, but did you know that certain types of peanut butter can also poison your dog?

Crawfish ice cream? It’s a thing.

One Houston ice cream shop is taking things to the next level.

USDA issues $148.8 million loan for rural electric system upgrades in MS

U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith announced Tuesday that the USDA’s Rural Development has awarded a $148.8 million loan to a Hattiesburg-based rural electric partnership to finance system upgrades in 55 counties.

Hattiesburg Zoo named best zoo in state

Reader’s Digest named the Hattiesburg Zoo the best zoo in Mississippi.

Warning issued to parents for Fisher-Price baby product after reports of infant deaths

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Fisher-Price have issued a warning about the Rock 'n Play infant swing due to several reported deaths.

Entergy Mississippi releases statement on federal court decision in Mississippi lawsuit

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves on Thursday told lawyers that he'll issue a written ruling on returning the case to Hinds County Chancery Court by Friday.

Hunt’s Tomato Paste recalled over potential presence of mold

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is sounding the alarm about a recall of Hunt’s Tomato Paste No Salt Added six ounce cans due to the potential presence of mold.

Sunbelt FCU to open new center in Hattiesburg

Sunbelt Federal Credit Union announced the addition of a new center of operations in the Hub City.

  Hub City unveils ‘Safe Place for Online Transactions’

Hattiesburg city officials unveiled one of three new S.P.O.T locations that citizens can take advantage of.

  Hattiesburg council sets referendum for 1 percent restaurant, hotel sales tax increase

The Hattiesburg City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to set a referendum that would allow residents to decide if the city should raise the restaurant, hotel and motel sales tax by 1 percent.

  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.

Bump stocks will become illegal to own starting Tuesday

A national ban on bump stocks – attachments that essentially allow shooters to fire semi-automatic rifles continuously with one pull of the trigger – goes into effect at midnight.

Canned dog food recall expanded due to elevated vitamin D

Consumption can lead to potential health issues such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling and weight loss.

DG infant cough syrup recalled, can cause vomiting and diarrhea

The syrup has the potential to be contaminated with Bacillus cereus/Bacillus circulans.

More lots of blood pressure medications recalled due to impurity

43 lots in total have been recalled.

78,000 pounds of ground turkey recalled due to Salmonella Schwarzengrund concerns

Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever.

Auditors office returned over $50,000 to taxpayers in February

State Auditor Shad White announced on Tuesday that his office returned $52,780.09 to Mississippi taxpayers last month.

‘Do your children have any of these apps?’ Police warn of potential dangers

Police are warning parents about apps that could pose big risks. With icons that resemble cuddly-looking characters, colorful designs or educational-looking illustrations, it’s hard to know exactly what the apps are designed to do.

  Tax return impact for Pine Belt residents

The Internal Revenue Service said the average income tax refund is now trending above last year’s level.