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    Police Find the Body of 17-year-old Katelyn Beard

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    JACKSON, Miss. - Authorities have found the body of 17-year-old Katelyn Beard.Katelyn was found on Darden Road Tuesday morning. More>>

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    Heavy Gator Tips Scales to Break MS Weight Record

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    If you'd like to teach this reporter a thing or two about gator hunting or you just want to give a comment, call 601-664-8839.Tipping the scales at 756 pounds, a Mississippi gator sets a new state record.On Saturday at 12:40 pm, MDWFP officials certified a new record weight for a male alligator taken by a hunter.The alligator was taken by permit holder, Robert Mahaffey of Brandon and his two assistants, according to a press release.It was harvested from an area of the Mississippi River in the... More>>

    Jones County Woman Found Dead In Woods

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    JONES CO., Miss - After about 4 hours of searching Jones County volunteers found the body of 31-year-old Ashley Clark about 600 feet away from her parents' home. According to officials, Clark went missing after wandering off around 10 a.m. Sunday. Family members told Lt.. David Ward of the Jones County Sheriff's Department that she could have been under the influence, "she said she might have been under the influence of some type of unknown substance."Officials say after waiting overnight for... More>>

    HIGHLIGHTS: Southern Miss Falls To Mississippi State, 49-0

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    Southern Miss Football Report…Aug. 31, 2014 Record 0-1, 0-0 C-USA Last Week L, 49-0, at Mississippi State (Davis Wade Stadium/Starkville, Miss./61,889) This Week Sept. 6, Alcorn State, 6 p.m. CT (Carlisle-Faulkner Field at Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, Miss., 36,000/Videostream through Southern Miss All-Access) Notes • The Golden Eagles opened their 98th football season by playing an in-state opponent for the first time since the 2009 season when they entertained Alcorn State to start the ... More>>

    Ball Security Issues Prove Costly For USM In Shutout Loss To MSU

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    Southern Miss Football Report…Aug. 31, 2014 Record 0-1, 0-0 C-USA Last Week L, 49-0, at Mississippi State (Davis Wade Stadium/Starkville, Miss./61,889) This Week Sept. 6, Alcorn State, 6 p.m. CT (Carlisle-Faulkner Field at Roberts Stadium, Hattiesburg, Miss., 36,000/Videostream through Southern Miss All-Access) Notes • The Golden Eagles opened their 98th football season by playing an in-state opponent for the first time since the 2009 season when they entertained Alcorn State to start the ... More>>

    HIGHLIGHTS: Hattiesburg Takes 93rd Rendition Of Crosstown Rivalry Over Laurel

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    On Friday Hattiesburg and Laurel squared off for the 93rd consecutive season, for the right to take home the coveted Little Brown Jug. The Tornadoes reclaimed the old whiskey jug from the Tigers at home last year, but this time it was Hattiesburg defending its home turf. The Tigers built an early 22-0 lead and never looked back, as they defeated the Tornadoes, 42-26. Both teams are now 1-1 overall on the young season. More>>

    HIGHLIGHTS: 2A Bassfield Knocks Off 4A Forrest Co. AHS

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    In a meeting of the 2A (Bassfield) and 4A (Forrest Co. AHS) high school football state champions from a year ago, it was the smaller of the two schools that came out with something to prove Friday night. The Yellowjackets used their bulldozer of a running back T-Rod Daniels early and often, as the senior scampered for two bruising touchdowns in the first half. Bassfield entered halftime leading 12-0, and ultimately won by a score of 24-7. More>>

    Friday Sports: Ole Miss Drops Boise State, 35-13 & Under The Helmet

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    By PAUL NEWBERRYAP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) - For much of the night, it was tough to watch. Mississippi hardly looked like the 18th-ranked team in the country. Boise State in no way resembled the program that used to beat the big boys with such regularity. The Rebels finally came around in the fourth quarter, pulling away to beat Boise State 35-13 in a sloppy season opener Thursday. Shaking off three first-half interceptions, Bo Wallace threw for 387 yards and four touchdowns - three of the... More>>

    Jones County Teens Charged With Manslaughter

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    MOSELLE, Miss. - Jones County Major Jamie Tedford tell us deputies responded to a call just off of Old River Road at around 9:20 Wednesday night. We're told deputies found 17-year-olds Alexander Crews and Timothy Meadows standing near a pick-up truck as the body of 44-year-old Timothy Williamson laid on the ground. According to Tedford, Crews' mother has some type of relationship with Williamson. Authorities say she was at the scene and made the call to 9-1-1. "The statement we had gotten was... More>>

    Local Restaurant Nine Years Post Katrina

    The Crescent City Grill The Crescent City Grill
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    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - If you travel on Hardy Street, chances are you'll spot a little piece of New Orleans...Cajun restaurant Crescent City Grill is known not just for it's pink color, but for what's on the menu."I've been a fan of New Orleans cuisine, and it's really kind of what I like to cook it's certainly what I like to eat, I had grown up my entire life going to New Orleans and eating," Restauratuer, Robert St. John explained.On this day nine years ago, Hurricane Katrina ripped through t... More>>

    Former Pine Belt Officer Indicted For Sex Crimes

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    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A former Lamar County Sheriff's Deputy and Hattiesburg Police sergeant is facing 6 indictments for sex crimes.According to the indictment, Averald Burnett allegedly committed sexual acts on a minor, who is also a member of his family. He's being charged with 4 counts of fondling, 2 counts of sexual battery, and an attempted sexual battery. Arraignment for Burnett is scheduled for September 8th at the Lamar County Circuit Court. Burnett served 22 years with the Hattiesburg... More>>

    HPSD Joins 13 School Districts In Lawsuit

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    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The word of the day is 'shall'.Former Governor Ronnie Musgrove announced today that 14 school districts have joined to file suit against the Mississippi legislator."Shall is not discretionary, it's mandatory," said Musgrove.The MAEP law states that legislature shall fully fund the program. That's what former Governor Ronnie Musgrove says binds the state to restore past funding and fully fund school districts for the future. "Our objective is to get as much money back for ... More>>

    Thursday Sports: USM Hires Hogue, Little Brown Jug & Under The Helmet

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Aug. 27, 2014 Hogue Announced as Southern Miss Head Softball Coach Wendy Hogue named the eighth head softball coach in school history HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Southern Miss Director of Athletics Bill McGillis officially announced the hiring of Wendy Hogue as the school’s head coach for its softball program Wednesday afternoon. Hogue joins the Golden Eagles after spending 10 years as the head softball coach of NAIA national power William Carey. “We have hired a first-cla... More>>

    Ruling For Dismissal Motion Comes Tomorrow

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    JONES COUNTY, Miss. - Justice has no timetable, familiar words from Senator Chris McDaniel on his, GOP runoff challenge for U.S. Senate.Today in court U.S. Senator Thad Cochran's legal team argued McDaniel simply waited too late contest the June 24 runoff."The facts are straight forward, the law is straight forward, but the other side has made plenty of arguments that I think the court wants to take into consideration," Cochran's Attorney, Mark Garriga said.Cochran's attorneys filed a motion ... More>>

    HPD Searching For Burglary Suspect

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    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Hattiesburg Police need your help tracking down a suspect who burglarized a local restaurant.It happened August 16th at the La Mexicana restaurant on Old Highway 42.The suspect is a black male with what appears to be a large tattoo on his left forearm and a smaller tattoo on the top of his left hand. He was seen driving off in a white minivan.It is possibly a dodge. If you have any information on the suspect, contact Hattiesburg Police oCrime Stoppersrs at (601) 582-STOP. More>>

    Jones County Assistant D.A. Retires

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    JONES COUNTY, Miss. - The Jones County Assistant District Attorney has announced that he is resigning.J. Ronald Parrish says, he is devoting the next two months to his Circuit Court Judge campaign."Its been my pleasure and privilege to be able to work with Tony over ten years now in this office we were able to come to restore a measure of dignity and effectiveness to our field," Parrish said.Parrish says, he enjoyed serving as Assistant District Attorney for almost 11 years, and hopes to cont... More>>

    WHLT 22 Televising Two Southern Miss Away Football Games

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    Hattiesburg, MS -- Fans of Southern Miss football who reside in the Pine Belt will now have the opportunity to watch two of the team's away games this season on WHLT 22. WHLT 22 acquired the rights to air the Saturday, October 4th game against Middle Tennessee State University at 11:00 am CST and the Saturday, October 18th game against North Texas at 6:00 pm CST. WHLT 22 coordinated with Sinclair Broadcast Group to broadcast the two Southern Miss games on the American Sports Network. “We... More>>

    Southern Miss Announces New Softball Coach Wendy Hogue

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Aug. 27, 2014 Hogue Announced as Southern Miss Head Softball Coach Wendy Hogue named the eighth head softball coach in school history HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Southern Miss Director of Athletics Bill McGillis officially announced the hiring of Wendy Hogue as the school’s head coach for its softball program Wednesday afternoon. Hogue joins the Golden Eagles after spending 10 years as the head softball coach of NAIA national power William Carey. “We have hired a first-cla... More>>

    Judge Sets $1.5 Million Bond

    Shelvin Jones, Forrest County Jail Shelvin Jones, Forrest County Jail
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    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Hattiesburg Police have taken into custody, the suspect in the Saturday morning aggravated assault.38-year-old, Shelvin Jones was arrested in the Palmers Crossing neighborhood around 8o'clockk this morning.According to police he is charged with the death of the mother of his children.22-year-old Eboni Newsome.Police say Newsome was taken to Wesley Medical Center this Saturday, after being beaten by Jones.She died Sunday from the injuries she sustained during the assault.J... More>>

    Purvis High Field House Fire Ruled as Arson

    Purvis High Field House Destroyed in the Fire Purvis High Field House Destroyed in the Fire
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    PURVIS, Miss. - A fire that that destroyed the Purvis High School field house has been ruled as arson, according to authorities. More>>

    MSU Offense, Defense Pose Challenges For Southern Miss; USM Basketball Releases Schedule

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    With USM's in-state clash with Mississippi State just four days away, the challenges associated with facing an SEC opponent on the road are becoming more and more evident. On offense MSU is led by junior quarterback Dak Prescott, who is the epitome of a dual threat signal caller. The Bulldogs then return a defense that ranked No. 18 in the nation in yards per game a year ago. Considering Nick Mullens is starting just his seventh game under center for Southern Miss, the Golden Eagles can expec... More>>

    Renter's Insurance For College Students

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    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Fall semester is about one week in for colleges in the Pine Belt, for students living off campus hat means furniture is all moved in. But most students don't have a back up plan if something was to happen to all of their belongings.That backup plan is renter's insurance."I really have no idea what renter's insurance is," says Ahmari Lablue, a sophomore at the University of Southern Mississippi.He and many other studentseither have no clue what renter's insurance is, or ha... More>>

    Homicide Suspect Gets $750,000 Bond

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    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A fight on Friday night leads to one dead and and one suspect is in police custody. Hattiesburg police responded to a fight in the 900 block of Dabbs Street around 11PM on Friday.Authorities say one man, identified as Carlos Yancey, died of a single gunshot wound.Later 60-year-old, Jerry Evans was booked for murder at Forrest County Jail.It is not clear if Evans has an attorney. More>>

    Eagle Dining at Southern Miss Introduces ‘Just Like Home Recipe Contest’

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    Eagle Dining is launching “Just Like Home Recipe Contest” for the 2014-2015 academic year.The contest allows faculty and staff to pick his or her favorite recipe from home and submit it to Eagle Dining. The top five finalists will be featured in a cookbook at the end of the Spring 2015 semester.Entrants will also have an opportunity to have recipe submissions prepared and served in The Fresh Food Company on the last Friday of each month.Southern Miss President Rodney D. Bennett initially shar... More>>

    Hattiesburg Burglary Suspect On Loose

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    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Hattiesburg police need your help identifying a suspect connected to a gas station auto burglary.Police say the man is believed to have been involved in an auto burglary, which happened last Wednesday.He is a black male, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall, and approximately 135 pounds.Authorities say the man left the scene in a white Dodge Magnum, with dark tint.If you have any information on the suspect, please contact the Hattiesburg Police Department. More>>

    Local Blood Shortage

    Local Blood Shortage Local Blood Shortage
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    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - According to United Blood Services 38 percent of Americans are eligible to give blood, but less than three percent actually donate."There is no substitute for blood, we can substitute a lot of things, but blood has to come from our area residents that care enough to give the gift of life," Senior Donor Recruiter, Beverly Clark said.Now the blood bank that services Forrest General Hospital and Wesley Medical Center has a declining supply of type O blood."When there's an ac... More>>

    Covington County Wreck Closes Highway

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    COVINGTON COUNTY, Miss. - Traffic on a major Highway is now moving at a steady pace following an early morning accident.Covington County emergency officials responded to a call of an 18-wheeler wreck on U.S. Highway 49 blocking both southbound lanes, causing a major traffic jam.“An 18-wheeler that hauls cattle ran off the shoulder of the road, tried to get her back onto the road jack-knifed and got the whole southbound lane of 49 shut down,” said Stann Smith, Covington County Sheriff.Authorit... More>>

    Under The Helmet: One-On-One Interview With USM's Todd Monken

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    In part six of WHLT's Under The Helmet series with the Southern Miss football team, WHLT's Jeff Haeger goes one-on-one with head coach Todd Monken. The second-year head man of the Golden Eagles discusses last year's five-touchdown win at UAB, renewing in-state rivalries, his breakout player of the year candidate and much more. More>>

    Monday Sports Recap: USM/MSU Preview & HS Football - Petal/Hattiesburg & North Forrest/Purvis

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    On Monday Southern Miss football coaches and players addressed the media in the team's first press conference of the new campaign. The Golden Eagles open up the 2014 season at Mississippi State, an in-state rivalry game that has not taken place in 24 years. Both players and coaches express their eagerness to take the field come Saturday.It was also a busy weekend for high school football around the Pine Belt, as several teams opened up their seasons under the lights on Friday and Saturday. On... More>>

    Hattiesburg Police Search For Murder Suspect

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    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - An aggravated assault on a Hattiesburg woman escalates to murder, and police are still looking for the suspect, Shelvin Jones, 38.It happened in the 500 block of Cox Street in thePalmer's Crossing neighborhood, early Saturday morning. According to police, EboniNewsome, 22,was found bruised and beaten in the street after an altercation with the father of her children. Nakiva Taylor, Newsome's best friend, says she knew something bad was going to happen from their last con... More>>

    Jones County Heat Related Death

    Jones County Heat Related Death

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    JONES COUNTY, Miss. - Jeanette Walker and her friend, 85-year-old, William Deavours went to scout land in Jones County.Walker says they spent hours on the property, before they realized they had locked their water and cell phones inside of the car in dangerously hot temperatures."This woman stumbled out of the woods and I asked her if she needed help and she said yes, and she said I need water I've been lost since 11 o'clock this morning," witness, Jessica Russell said.Jessica Russell was rid... More>>

    Jackson Prep Football Player Dies

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    JACKSON, Miss. - The Jackson Preparatory student athlete who was hospitalized after getting ill at Friday's football game has died. Walker Wilbanks, a lineman at Jackson Prep, was taken to the hospital during the school's season opener. More>>

    Laurel motorcyclist killed in wreck

    The Mississippi Highway Patrol says a 23-year-old Laurel man died when his motorcycle collided with a pickup near Petal. More>>

    Combined Thursday/Friday Preview: Hattiesburg/Petal 6A Showdown

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    The unusual Saturday game between Petal and Hattiesburg is a Class 6A showdown that will undoubtedly remind everyone that football is back.Although Hattiesburg is no longer in the same Region 3 that Petal and Oak Grove occupy, the intensity of this crosstown rivalry is still swirling around both locker rooms.Over at Hattiesburg the Tigers are rebounding from a first round playoff exit to Oak Grove, as well as a disappointing 4-8 overall record in 2013.The first of those losses actually came ... More>>

    City Worker Recovers After Tractor Accident

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    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A Hattiesburg city worker is admitted into the hospital following a lawn mower accident.The lawn mower's operator was cutting along an embankment on Lincoln road just before the Purple Heart bridge.Witnesses say the weight of the tractor on the slope caused the machine to flip on it's side missing a creek by inches.The city's Public Works General Manager, Allen McKinley describes what he saw at the scene of the accident."I saw the driver with an ambulance tending to him, ... More>>

    WHLT's Candace Coleman Challenges Hattiesburg Police Department's Jon Traxler in ALS Challenge

    WHLT's Candace Coleman accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Sarah Kennedy, and challenges HPD's Public Information Officer Jon Traxler, WHLT's Lauren Fluker, and Jeff Haeger!

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    Sarah Kennedy Does ALS Challenge In Honor Of Her Late Husband

    Sarah Kennedy Does ALS Challenge In Honor Of Her Late Husband Sarah Kennedy Does ALS Challenge In Honor Of Her Late Husband
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    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Sarah Kennedy lost her husband, Larry Kennedy, who was a former William Carey University President toALS 8years ago. He passed just 1 year after he was diagnosed with the nerve cell disease. "Larry's first symptoms were muscle weakness. He really diagnosed himself, but through a series of tests he was diagnosed with ALS," says Kennedy.The disease, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Some patients eventually develop full ... More>>

    Community Systems Breach Could Affect Wesley Patients

    Hospital Sytem Breach Could Affect Wesley Patients Hospital Sytem Breach Could Affect Wesley Patients
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    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - In a statement released Monday, Wesley representatives say personal information from patients could be in the hands of foreigners due to a systems hack.Information including social security numbers, birth dates, and addresses of some patients who were seen at practices and clinics affiliated with Wesley Health Systems over the past 5 years was transferred duringa cyber attack.With the threat of identity theft, some Wesley patients are worried about the hands that could ho... More>>

    Dupree Plans New Tactics For Collecting Fines

    Mayor Dupree has new plans to tackle fines owed to the city. Mayor Dupree has new plans to tackle fines owed to the city.
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    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - In a recent audit it's been found that the Hattiesburg Municipal Court has failed to collect over $20 million infines from citizens.Mayor Dupree says the city has been working on plans to gather these delinquent fines for quite some time.He also says Hattiesburg isn't the only city in the Pine Belt that has struggled with collecting unpaid fines from citizens, and new measures will soon be taken."We have one collection agency. We've added another collection agency, and we... More>>

    Southern Miss Studies Ambulances And Preterm Infants

    USM Researchers Study Ambulances and Preterm Infants USM Researchers Study Ambulances and Preterm Infants
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    The following is a press release from the University of Southern Mississippi.HATTIESBURG, Miss. - An ambulance is often viewed as a cocoon of safety, but for premature infants with very low birth weight (VLBW), this may not be the case. When needed, VLBW infants are transported to specialized care facilities. Ambulance use, although necessary, has jarring effects and loud noises that can cause physical stress, potentially leading to compromised health and development.“We want to create a smoo... More>>

    Hattiesburg Man Behind Bars

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    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A call to Hattiesburg Police landed one man in Forrest County Jail.25-year-old Daryel Crosby was awaken when police entered his home on a illegal drug call.Police asked Crosby if there were any other weapons and drugs where he, and his roommate lived and that's when Crosby told the cops he had a handgun.After HPD checked the weapon, they found it was stolen from Lamar County.Crosby was taken into custody and charged with possession of a stolen weapon. More>>

    Oak Grove Football Team Completes Ice Bucket Challenge

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    The Ice Bucket Challenge is a viral movement taking over social media, and spreading ALS awareness across the country.Wednesday it was the Oak Grove football team's turn to take a bath in the sub-freezing temperatures.The Warriors were actually not challenged by any one person, team or institution - it was an idea that originated from offensive line coach and run game coordinator Drew Causey.Head coach Nevil Barr quickly hopped on board."You know ALS is something that we need to find a cure f... More>>

    USM's Nick Mullens Continues Quick Development Under Center

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Aug. 19, 2014 Golden Eagles Finish Fall Camp Tuesday HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Southern Miss football team finished its 19-day fall camp here Tuesday with a two and a half hour morning practice at the Joe P. Park Practice Facility. The Golden Eagles, which open the season Saturday, Aug. 30, at Mississippi State, went in full pads for its final workout of camp and will begin transitioning into their weekly routine starting Thursday. Fall semester classes begin on Wednes... More>>

    GOP Primary Runoff Challenge Hits Court

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    JONES COUNTY, Miss. - Special appointed Judge Hollis McGehee presided over today's 'status hearing' filing a scheduling order for the Chris McDaniel versus Thad Cochran trial.Senator Cochran's defense attorneys say the hearing is bringing them closer to the end of this litigation."We look forward to Senator Cochran being proclaimed and confirmed as the nominee of the Republican party," said Mark Garriga, Cochran's Attorney.Mcdaniel's side says the purpose and focus of today's hearing are the ... More>>

    Governor won't seek removal of county prosecutor Video included

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    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that he would not seek the removal of the prosecutor overseeing the investigation into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, which has sparked more than a week of nightly clashes... More>>

    Bond Set For Stabbing Suspect

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    LAUREL, Miss. - A $150,000 bond has been set for a Laurel man after he allegedly stabbed another. A week after the stabbing, Traveon Fenderson, 21,turned himself in to Laurel Police and Jones County Deputies yesterday in the Hoy Community. He was charged with aggravated assault for stabbing a man on Lindsey Avenue, last Sunday.Fenderson's initial hearing wasyesterday, when he heard his bond. More>>

    Tuesday Sports Recap: USM Football, Softball, Baseball & Jamierra Faulkner

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Aug. 19, 2014 Golden Eagles Finish Fall Camp Tuesday HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Southern Miss football team finished its 19-day fall camp here Tuesday with a two and a half hour morning practice at the Joe P. Park Practice Facility. The Golden Eagles, which open the season Saturday, Aug. 30, at Mississippi State, went in full pads for its final workout of camp and will begin transitioning into their weekly routine starting Thursday. Fall semester classes begin on Wednesda... More>>

    Fireman Loses Home To Fire

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    SOSO, Miss. - For five years Terrence Pruitt has worked to save homes and families with the Ellisville Fire Department and today it was a different story."When I pulled up, I saw it was a fire in the bedroom and I called 9-1-1...and tried to put it out with the water hose, but I didn't have enough hose to reach around on that side," Pruitt said.Early this morning several fire units responded to a fire at a three bedroom home in Soso. The fire destroyed the house Pruitt called home for 16 year... More>>

    Purvis High: 'Restoration Blitz'

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    PURVIS, Miss. -The Purvis Tornadoes are dealing with an unexpected disaster, with their season opener just four days away, the coaches and players are quickly rebuilding after a fire to its field-house robbed the program of everything."It's tragic because we have so many memories, you know we've been in there since seventh grade and just losing everything is heartbreaking," said Wide Receiver, Cody Slade.On Saturday morning flames took to the Jack R. Craft Athletic Field house at Purvis High ... More>>

    HFD Welcomes New Assistant Chief

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    HARRISBURG, Miss. - The Hattiesburg Fire Department has appointed a new Assistant Fire Chief. Yesterday, Matt Saucierkicked off his first weekwith big goals for the department. "We've got a lot of improvements to make with the department. We're going to try to expand our man power."Saucier says the department has 12 positions open for firefighters, and they'll be soon be starting the process to fill those positions."A lot of business takes place here, a lot more thanI thought it would be to ... More>>

    Pine Belt To Receive New Bike Park

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    PETAL, Miss. - A new bike park is coming to the Pine Belt. Construction for the park along the Leaf River is expected to begin in September. The new trail will run near Chain Park on Eighth Street. It will include terrain for mountain bikes, cyclo-cross andaBMX pump track. The plan is to leave as many trees around the area as possible. Officials say an archery range is also a possible feature. Valerie Wilson with the Petal Chamber of Commerce says, "This is going to give our people just the ... More>>

    According to the Community Health System website, the company owns, leases, or operates 206 hospitals in 29 states.

    Community Health Systems Hack May Affect 12 Mississippi Hospitals

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    Community Health Systems - which operates a dozen Mississippi hospitals - announced Monday that information on 4.5 million patient had been stolen in a data breach. According to the Community Health System website, the company owns, leases, or operates 206 hospitals in 29 states. More>>

    No welfare cut for kids if parent tests for drugs

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    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi children would not lose welfare if a parent's benefits are cut off because of a positive test for illegal drugs. That's according to rules set by the state Department of Human Services. The state's welfare drug-testing law was supposed to take effect July 1, but that was delayed after advocates for low-income families said the agency originally proposed administrative rules that were harsher than the law itself. The agency has revised its rules to line up wit... More>>

    Locals Show Support For Operation Ferguson Outside Hattiesburg Police Department

    Hattiesburg Locals Show Support For Operation Ferguson Outside Hattiesburg Police Department Hattiesburg Locals Show Support For Operation Ferguson Outside Hattiesburg Police Department
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    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - In reaction to the death of Ferguson, Missouri teen Mike Brown and events happening in the aftermath, some Hattiesburg citizens held a peaceful protest in support of a national movement. About a dozen protestors in stood outside the Hattiesburg Police Department for hours to bring attention to police brutality. According to Hattiesburg organizer Lauren Quesinberry, the movement called Operation Ferguson has spread via social networks by a group called Anonymous Press. “We... More>>

    Plane Crashes In Stone County Thursday Night

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    WIGGINS, Miss. - A single-engine plane in route to Mobile, Alabamacrashed last night in Wiggins. Three texas men were aboard. It happened last night on Oil Well Road around 6 p.m.An eye-witness who lives steps from the crash sayshe was in the right place at the right time. Willie Holmes remained humble when asked if he felt like a hero after rescuing a man from a crashed plane leaking fuel. "I just thank God that he's alive and the rest of them are alive. Because when you look at where they c... More>>

    Suspected Petal Burglar Behind Bars

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    PETAL, Miss. - A man in connection with a rash of commercial burglaries is in police custody.Petal police say Deon Magee, of Hattiesburg was arrested following a traffic stop.Officers tell us they spotted a vehicle on the side of a business in a wooded area.According to police, when they pulled Magee over he had stolen property in the car.Surveillance video was also given to police of Magee in the act.Magee is awaiting bond in Forrest County Jail. More>>

    NFL Youth Program Hits Petal

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    PETAL, Miss. - Tomorrow the National Football League's youth program hits the city of Petal.The NFL's 'Punt, Pass, and Kick' initiative makes it's way to Petal High School tomorrow at 8:30AM.The program focuses on teaching kids ages 6-15, the fundamentals of football, in a non-contactenvironmentt.PPK is one of the oldest and largest grassroots initiatives promoting healthy competition for boys and girls."When we are deemed the most obese state in the union, what a great and fun way to promote... More>>

    Southern Miss. Move In

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    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - School is back in session for most students, but for Southern Miss scholars, the move in period started today.Today's heavy traffic around the southern miss campus marks the official move in day for freshmen and scholarship students.A part of Fourth Street and the Highway 49 service-road was closed for student drop off and unloading.University Police say they expect roughly 1,500 students to make their way to the campus this weekend.Many of this year's students say move i... More>>

    Eyes in the Skies, Drones in Mississippi

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    RAYMOND, Miss. - Flying up and out of sight, you can barely even hear it once it's up in the air. Unmanned aircraft systems also known as drones are being more and more popular with consumers. More>>

    Three Injured in Stone County Plane Crash

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    A small plane crashed in Stone County Thursday evening sending three people to the hospital. Officials say the plane crashed just after 6 p.m. off Oil Well Road. Sheriff Mike Farmer with the Stone County Sheriff's Department tells us the pilot said he lost power in the plane, and after hitting a few tree tops, he managed to land it.We're told the three men aboard the plane were taken to Forrest General Hospital in Hat... More>>

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    The following isa press release from the Campaign for Southern Equality.HATTIESBURG, Miss. – On August 13th, same-sex couples in eight counties across Mississippi will record their out-of-state marriage licenses at their local Chancery Court offices. Organized by the Campaign for Southern Equality, this statewide day of action for marriage equality will involve local couples recording their licenses in Amite, Desoto, Hancock, Harrison, Hinds, Lafayette, Lamar and Pearl River counties.Charlene... More>>

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    Lumberton Police Arrest Man Accused Of Beating Ex And Daughter

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