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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.

SNAP recipients could order groceries online from Walmart, Amazon

Red Cross helping assess damage from the storm

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

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

Mississippi Power warns customers of scam calls

  CPAs urge taxpayers to be prepared for tax filing deadline

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

  Crawfish ice cream? It’s a thing.

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

Hattiesburg Zoo named best zoo in state

Target to offer coupon towards new car seat in exchange for your child’s old one

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

  Craft beer sales on the rise statewide

Bump stocks will become illegal to own starting Tuesday

Canned dog food recall expanded due to elevated vitamin D

DG infant cough syrup recalled, can cause vomiting and diarrhea

More lots of blood pressure medications recalled due to impurity

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.

Pillsbury flour recalled for possible salmonella contamination

Winn-Dixie announced a voluntary recall for for two codes of its Pillbury all-purpose flour for possible contamination of Salmonella.

Harley-Davidson is looking to attract younger customers with electric bikes

These vehicles max out at roughly 10 mph and cost between $649 and $699.

Some Arnold Line Water Association customers under boil water advisory

The Arnold Line Water Association has issued a boil water notice that affects about 100 customers in Hattiesburg.

  Charlotte Russe closing all its stores, going out of business effective immediately

In a statement, the company said its still in negotiations to sell its intellectual property.

  Debit-card ‘skimming’ vs. ‘shimming’: Everything you need to know to stay safe

Know what to look for with these two major credit and debit card scams.

  Asbestos found in some Claire’s makeup, FDA says

Claire's does not believe that affected products are still available for sale.

  WDAM Investigates: Credit scars

Whether it’s a house, a boat, a car, a credit card or even a job, if money is attached, so is your credit score. That number comes from your credit reports, which reflect your financial history. But that history could be wrong.

Little Caesars issues warning about fraudulent online coupons

The only thing the coupon will give you is a virus on your device.

  Don’t become a victim of identity theft during tax season

It is important you protect your identity during tax season as sensitive information is being distributed.

  Greer’s Food Tiger closure raises concerns in Heidelberg

People are sounding off about the closure of the only grocery store in Heidelberg.

Boil water notice issued for parts of Laurel

Pleasant Ridge Water Association has issued a boil for notice for portions of Laurel.

  Chicken and waffles pizza is the pie we never knew we needed, until now

They asked the people, and the people spoke.

  Tax refunds may be delayed due to IRS backlog

A new report from the tax payer advocate service finds there’s a huge backlog at the IRS, which is translating into paperwork delays and taxpayers’ calls for helps going unanswered.

  AG provides consumer alert regarding corn seed settlement program

Attorney General Jim Hood issued a consumer alert Wednesday to warn anyone who may have been misled regarding the “Corn Seed Settlement Program” during recent community events held in Jasper, Forrest and Pike counties.

Walmart hosts ‘Baby Savings Day’ this weekend

‘Baby Savings Day’ will take place on Saturday, Feb. 23, between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Auto insurance rates to decrease for State Farm customers in Mississippi

Motorists who have auto insurance with State Farm can expect to save a little money on their insurance in the coming months.

Jones County Sheriff’s Dept. warns of scam

The Jones County Sheriff’s Department is warning about a text message scam that is going around the Pine Belt.

  Report: Payless to file for bankruptcy, close all stores

Payless is planning to file for bankruptcy later this month and close all of its 2,300 stores, according to a report in Reuters, who cited people familiar with the matter.

  Chicken meals recalled because of undisclosed allergen

The recall includes happi foodi Bloody Mary Inspired Chicken, Southeast Grocers Brand Marsala Chicken and Southeast Grocers Brand Mediterranean Herb Chicken items produced from Aug. 7 through Oct.15, 2018.

Hooters giving away free boneless wings to singles on Valentine’s Day

Hooters is bringing back its “Shred Your Ex” promotion this Valentine’s Day.

Prentiss PD implements ‘safe zone’

The Prentiss Police Department joins hundreds of agencies across the country offering areas for their citizens to make exchanges safely.

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.

122,000 DeWALT drills recalled due to shock hazard

Affected models are DWD110 and DWD112.

  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.

Legislature could allow wine to be shipped into Mississippi

Two bills are under consideration in state legislative committees that would allow direct sales and shipment of wine to Mississippi residents.

PayPal is warning against email scam that’s working

The latest in hacker scams is focusing on people selling items online and use PayPal to send and receive payment.

  Bok Homa preparing for big weekend of sports betting

Sunday is going to be a big day for football and sports betting in Mississippi.

Survey: Chick-fil-A has best customer service in U.S.

In addition to their famous lemonade, Chick-fil-A has also garnered a reputation for its customer service.

UPDATE: Infant ibuprofen recall expands to include three additional lots

Several lots of liquid baby ibuprofen sold at Walmart, CVS and Family Dollar has been recalled due to the potential of overdose.

FaceTime bug lets iPhone users eavesdrop on people they’re calling without them answering

A bug in Apple’s FaceTime feature caused quite the stir on social media Monday, when users learned they could essentially eavesdrop on the people they’re calling and see through their front-facing camera, even if the other person hasn’t picked up the call.

Chick-fil-A is selling heart-shaped Chick-n-Minis boxes so cancel your fancy Valentine’s Day plans

For all of your valentines out there, listen up: take your significant other a box of Chick-fil-A Chick-n-Minis for Valentine’s Day this year.

  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.

  HOUSE BILL 366: Rural MS might get high-speed internet

House Bill 366 passed in the state Senate Wednesday and is now awaiting the governor's approval...it's a bill that would allow electric cooperatives to provide broadband internet service to rural customers.

  King Cakes bring more business to local bakeries

There are many different types of cakes and pastries that compete to be at the top but there’s only one cake that has the title of King.

$150k Powerball ticket sold in Slidell

A winning Powerball ticket was sold at Town Crier No. 17 at 604 Robert Road.

  Forrest County lowering utility costs in county buildings

The Forrest County Board of Supervisors is planning to save taxpayers' money as it works to reduce utility costs in the county.

Walmart wants to hire more truck drivers, and they’re increasing pay to do it

Walmart is looking to grow its trucking fleet by 900 drivers in 2019. Wednesday, the company announced an increase in driver wages in order to attract the best of the best.

McDonald’s offers free bacon on ANYTHING during Bacon Hour

Pick your jaw up off the floor, you’ll need it to eat the bacon.

Sunbelt Federal Credit Union offers assistance during government shutdown

Sunbelt Federal Credit Union is offering assistance to those impacted by the ongoing federal government shutdown.

  Hattiesburg economy continues to thrive despite business closures

In the past month, several businesses have closed in Hattiesburg. Some of those same stores were the people’s favorite.

Hunting for Saints tickets? Watch out for scams

Attorney General Jeff Landry is warning New Orleans Saints fans to be cautious when trying to buy tickets to Sunday’s NFC Championship game.

Mother burned when sippy cup exploded in her face, she says

An attorney says the company who makes the sippy cup doesn’t believe an explosion could have happened if the cup was being used properly and wants to do testing on it.

  Internet access expansion bill passes MS House

Legislation that would expand broadband access to rural Mississippians will head to the Senate after being passed by the Mississippi House of Representatives.

FDA recalls several brands of dry dog food following toxicity reports

The FDA has recalled several brands of dry dog food, and is alerting dog owners and veterinary professionals alike.

National Baptist Convention USA launches campaign to start federal credit union

The National Baptist Convention USA Inc. mid-winter meeting brings thousands to the Capital City for worship and business.

‘Is this the best a man can get?’: New Gillette ad challenges men to ‘be better’

Company officials say they have no plans to pull the ad in the face of some negative reaction.

Here’s why your Mississippi Power bill may be lower in February

The PSC just approved Mississippi Power's annual fuel filing, which will reduce the fuel portion of customers’ bills by three percent.

  Copper theft caused power outage for 2,500 Monday morning

Copper thieves caused 2,500 Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association customers to lose power for at least two hours Wednesday morning.

  WDAM Investigates: Work detail escapees

On any given day hundreds of inmates pick up trash along Mississippi roadsides or work on county and state property.

Millions could lose food assistance if government shutdown continues

Millions are at risk of losing food assistance amid the partial government shutdown.

Blue Bell releases Mardi Gras ice cream flavor

Blue Bell has announced it is set to release its Mardi Gras King Cake Ice Cream.

Scam alert for 2019: ‘Shimming’ is the new skimming

This method is similar to card skimmers, but a new technique targets the chip in your card that’s supposed to help prevent identity theft.

Short supply means high prices for mudbugs, at least for now

The law of supply and demand played out Friday when it came to crawfish. Very low supply meant very high prices, but that could be changing soon.

  Recovering financially from holiday spending

As we close out the year, the stress of the holidays slowly creeps behind us. But for many Americans, the stress of holiday spending lingers.