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  • Second suspect arrested and charged with murder in Clifton St. homicide

    Second suspect arrested and charged with murder in Clifton St. homicide

    Friday, April 20 2018 1:49 PM EDT2018-04-20 17:49:26 GMT
    Wendell Gadis; Source: JPDWendell Gadis; Source: JPD

    Jackson Police have made an arrest in the fatal shooting death of 24-year-old, Eric Hawkins, that happened April 4 on Clifton Street. During the course of the investigation, a second suspect had been identified.

    Jackson Police have made an arrest in the fatal shooting death of 24-year-old, Eric Hawkins, that happened April 4 on Clifton Street. During the course of the investigation, a second suspect had been identified.

  • HPD releases new details in capital murder of Deborah McGee

    HPD releases new details in capital murder of Deborah McGee

    Friday, April 20 2018 12:35 PM EDT2018-04-20 16:35:33 GMT
    Andrew Presley (Photo source: HPD)Andrew Presley (Photo source: HPD)

    Hattiesburg police have released new details in the capital murder investigation of 63-year-old Deborah McGee.

    Hattiesburg police have released new details in the capital murder investigation of 63-year-old Deborah McGee.

  • Renew Our Rivers cleanup weekend starts on Deer Island

    Renew Our Rivers cleanup weekend starts on Deer Island

    Friday, April 20 2018 12:22 PM EDT2018-04-20 16:22:35 GMT
    If you visit Deer Island this weekend you'll see a much cleaner landscape thanks to employees from Mississippi Power.  (Photo source: WLOX)If you visit Deer Island this weekend you'll see a much cleaner landscape thanks to employees from Mississippi Power.  (Photo source: WLOX)

    If you visit Deer Island this weekend you'll see a much cleaner landscape thanks to employees from Mississippi Power. 

    If you visit Deer Island this weekend you'll see a much cleaner landscape thanks to employees from Mississippi Power. 

  • Federal Red Snapper season dates announced

    Federal Red Snapper season dates announced

    Friday, April 20 2018 10:50 AM EDT2018-04-20 14:50:13 GMT
    For-hire vessels with federal permits will be able to fish for Red Snapper for 51 days beginning June 1.  (Photo source: WLOX)For-hire vessels with federal permits will be able to fish for Red Snapper for 51 days beginning June 1.  (Photo source: WLOX)
    For-hire vessels with federal permits will be able to fish for Red Snapper for 51 days beginning June 1.  (Photo source: WLOX)For-hire vessels with federal permits will be able to fish for Red Snapper for 51 days beginning June 1.  (Photo source: WLOX)

    For-hire vessels with federal permits will be able to fish for Red Snapper for 51 days beginning June 1. 

    For-hire vessels with federal permits will be able to fish for Red Snapper for 51 days beginning June 1. 

  • Memorial planned for Moss Point man who died in motorcycle crash

    Memorial planned for Moss Point man who died in motorcycle crash

    Friday, April 20 2018 10:45 AM EDT2018-04-20 14:45:06 GMT
    Cornelius Barnes, 42, died in a motorcycle accident Wednesday in Moss Point. (Source: Facebook)Cornelius Barnes, 42, died in a motorcycle accident Wednesday in Moss Point. (Source: Facebook)

    The man who died Wednesday in a motorcycle crash in Jackson County has been identified. 

    The man who died Wednesday in a motorcycle crash in Jackson County has been identified. 

  • WLOX Editorial:  Taxpayers need to hold lawmakers accountable

    WLOX Editorial:  Taxpayers need to hold lawmakers accountable

    Friday, April 20 2018 10:24 AM EDT2018-04-20 14:24:53 GMT

    There is a plan being circulated at the highest levels of Mississippi state government to cut state income taxes. At first mention, many would certainly be in favor of cutting any tax. But as always there's a catch. Mississippi Speaker of the House Phillip Gunn wants to swap the income tax cut for an increase in the state fuel tax; raising what we pay at the pump by 8 cents per gallon over the next four years.

    There is a plan being circulated at the highest levels of Mississippi state government to cut state income taxes. At first mention, many would certainly be in favor of cutting any tax. But as always there's a catch. Mississippi Speaker of the House Phillip Gunn wants to swap the income tax cut for an increase in the state fuel tax; raising what we pay at the pump by 8 cents per gallon over the next four years.

  • 3 On Your Side Special Report: Moving the Zoo?

    3 On Your Side Special Report: Moving the Zoo?

    Friday, April 20 2018 10:16 AM EDT2018-04-20 14:16:33 GMT
    Current zoo entrance (Source: WLBT)Current zoo entrance (Source: WLBT)

    The announcement that the Jackson Zoo could soon be moving out of West Jackson has been met with both excitement and concern. The mayor has come out against it, but the zoo's director says the only other choice is to shut down. We take a closer look at what's behind the move and what's next.

    The announcement that the Jackson Zoo could soon be moving out of West Jackson has been met with both excitement and concern. The mayor has come out against it, but the zoo's director says the only other choice is to shut down. We take a closer look at what's behind the move and what's next.

  • I-20 back open after 18-wheeler fire shuts down WB lanes

    I-20 back open after 18-wheeler fire shuts down WB lanes

    Friday, April 20 2018 10:09 AM EDT2018-04-20 14:09:22 GMT
    Debris on I-20 shuts down traffic; Source: WLBTDebris on I-20 shuts down traffic; Source: WLBT

    Debris on the interstate is causing all westbound lanes to be shut down on I-20 WB past Exit MS 18 at Exit 40A.  

    Debris on the interstate is causing all westbound lanes to be shut down on I-20 WB past Exit MS 18 at Exit 40A.  

  • Espy files qualifying papers for U. S. Senate run

    Espy files qualifying papers for U. S. Senate run

    Friday, April 20 2018 7:51 AM EDT2018-04-20 11:51:20 GMT

    Jackson attorney Mike Espy filed qualifying papers in his bid to replace outgoing U-S Senator Thad Cochran. He said his experience on Capitol Hill as a former congressman and Secretary of Agriculture as well as his statewide political background make him uniquely qualified.

    Jackson attorney Mike Espy filed qualifying papers in his bid to replace outgoing U-S Senator Thad Cochran. He said his experience on Capitol Hill as a former congressman and Secretary of Agriculture as well as his statewide political background make him uniquely qualified.

  • State Supreme Court blocks Ridgeland Costco development

    State Supreme Court blocks Ridgeland Costco development

    Friday, April 20 2018 7:45 AM EDT2018-04-20 11:45:36 GMT
    Source: WikiCommonsSource: WikiCommons

    This is a developing story. We will update this as more information becomes available. 

    This is a developing story. We will update this as more information becomes available. 

  • Smithsonian Director visits the two Mississippi museums

    Smithsonian Director visits the two Mississippi museums

    Friday, April 20 2018 7:44 AM EDT2018-04-20 11:44:51 GMT

    The two Mississippi museums hosted a very distinguished guest Thursday. Lonnie Bunch, the Smithsonian's director of African American History and Culture took a private tour of both museums today. 

    The two Mississippi museums hosted a very distinguished guest Thursday. Lonnie Bunch, the Smithsonian's director of African American History and Culture took a private tour of both museums today. 

  • Ridgeland residents react to MS Supreme Court ruling on Costco rezoning

    Ridgeland residents react to MS Supreme Court ruling on Costco rezoning

    Friday, April 20 2018 3:12 AM EDT2018-04-20 07:12:45 GMT

    Members of a Ridgeland neighborhood advocacy group are reacting to the Mississippi Supreme Court's ruling on a rezoning case.

    Members of a Ridgeland neighborhood advocacy group are reacting to the Mississippi Supreme Court's ruling on a rezoning case.

  • Jackson Mayor hosts crime and justice summit

    Jackson Mayor hosts crime and justice summit

    Friday, April 20 2018 12:43 AM EDT2018-04-20 04:43:35 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Mayor Chokwe Lumumba hosted the city's first Crime and Justice Summit Thursday night. The goal was to create a relationship between the police department, his office, and members of the community. 

    Mayor Chokwe Lumumba hosted the city's first Crime and Justice Summit Thursday night. The goal was to create a relationship between the police department, his office, and members of the community. 

  • Up & Coming Heavyweight fighter Michael Hunter will be the main event at IP Casino on Saturday

    Up & Coming Heavyweight fighter Michael Hunter will be the main event at IP Casino on Saturday

    Friday, April 20 2018 12:12 AM EDT2018-04-20 04:12:12 GMT

    The spotlight will shine on 8 pro bouts at the IP Casino beginning Saturday night at 7.   The main event features an up & coming heavyweight fighter.

    The spotlight will shine on 8 pro bouts at the IP Casino beginning Saturday night at 7.   The main event features an up & coming heavyweight fighter.

  • Offering solutions to make spring break weekend more welcoming

    Offering solutions to make spring break weekend more welcoming

    Thursday, April 19 2018 11:04 PM EDT2018-04-20 03:04:17 GMT
    The City of Biloxi estimated around 30,000 visitors came to the city for spring break weekend in 2018. (Photo source: WLOX)The City of Biloxi estimated around 30,000 visitors came to the city for spring break weekend in 2018. (Photo source: WLOX)
    The City of Biloxi estimated around 30,000 visitors came to the city for spring break weekend in 2018. (Photo source: WLOX)The City of Biloxi estimated around 30,000 visitors came to the city for spring break weekend in 2018. (Photo source: WLOX)

    Many gathered at a community meeting to think of ways to make spring break weekend more welcoming on Thursday.

    Many gathered at a community meeting to think of ways to make spring break weekend more welcoming on Thursday.

  • New skatepark headed to Laurel

    New skatepark headed to Laurel

    Thursday, April 19 2018 10:55 PM EDT2018-04-20 02:55:55 GMT
    Design of the new skatepark headed to Laurel (Photo source: city of Laurel.)Design of the new skatepark headed to Laurel (Photo source: city of Laurel.)

    A portion of Laurel's Daphne Park will soon be transformed into a skater's paradise. "We are taking bids for the skatepark that's going to be built in Daphne Park," Mayor Johnny Magee said. Boards shredding Pascagoula's Skatepark on the coast is an example of what you will see in the coming months in Laurel. "I'm really excited about it," local business owner Sean Stewart said.  Stewart said he is ecstatic to see the city and mayor behind th...

    A portion of Laurel's Daphne Park will soon be transformed into a skater's paradise. "We are taking bids for the skatepark that's going to be built in Daphne Park," Mayor Johnny Magee said. Boards shredding Pascagoula's Skatepark on the coast is an example of what you will see in the coming months in Laurel. "I'm really excited about it," local business owner Sean Stewart said.  Stewart said he is ecstatic to see the city and mayor behind th...

  • Regions on track to open new mortgage center by spring 2019

    Regions on track to open new mortgage center by spring 2019

    Thursday, April 19 2018 10:55 PM EDT2018-04-20 02:55:22 GMT
    Crews work on the foundation of the new Regions Mortgage Operations Center in West Hattiesburg Thursday. Photo credit WDAM.Crews work on the foundation of the new Regions Mortgage Operations Center in West Hattiesburg Thursday. Photo credit WDAM.

    Construction of the new Regions Bank Mortgage Operations Center in West Hattiesburg is progressing on schedule, according to Regions' South Mississippi Area president Greg Garraway. 

    Construction of the new Regions Bank Mortgage Operations Center in West Hattiesburg is progressing on schedule, according to Regions' South Mississippi Area president Greg Garraway. 

  • Pascagoula Mayor says DOD or Congress should include funding for city when awarding contracts

    Pascagoula Mayor says DOD or Congress should include funding for city when awarding contracts

    Thursday, April 19 2018 10:50 PM EDT2018-04-20 02:50:46 GMT
    The sign heading in to Pascagoula. (Photo source: WLOX)The sign heading in to Pascagoula. (Photo source: WLOX)

    Pascagoula Mayor Dane Maxwell is in our nation's capital this week meeting with department heads. He said he thinks the Department of Defense or Congress should foot the bill for Pascagoula's aging infrastructure and some public departments.

    Pascagoula Mayor Dane Maxwell is in our nation's capital this week meeting with department heads. He said he thinks the Department of Defense or Congress should foot the bill for Pascagoula's aging infrastructure and some public departments.

  • Man killed in Pearl River County car crash

    Man killed in Pearl River County car crash

    Thursday, April 19 2018 10:49 PM EDT2018-04-20 02:49:13 GMT
    Officials say the victim was a 71-year-old man from Moundville, Alabama. (Photo Source: File)Officials say the victim was a 71-year-old man from Moundville, Alabama. (Photo Source: File)
    Officials say the victim was a 71-year-old man from Mandeville, Alabama. (Photo Source: File)Officials say the victim was a 71-year-old man from Mandeville, Alabama. (Photo Source: File)
    A man was pronounced dead after a single car accident in Pearl River County.  On April 19, Mississippi Highway Patrol investigated a fatal crash on I-59 around 7:30 p.m.  The victim was identified as a 71-year-old male from Moundville, AL. He was reportedly traveling north on I-59 in a 2003 Toyota Tundra. Officials say the Toyota went off of the right side of the road, overturned and collided with trees. The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the ...
    A man was pronounced dead after a single car accident in Pearl River County.  On April 19, Mississippi Highway Patrol investigated a fatal crash on I-59 around 7:30 p.m.  The victim was identified as a 71-year-old male from Moundville, AL. He was reportedly traveling north on I-59 in a 2003 Toyota Tundra. Officials say the Toyota went off of the right side of the road, overturned and collided with trees. The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the ...
  • Thousands of disabled children and adults take a thrilling ride during Horses for Handicapped

    Thousands of disabled children and adults take a thrilling ride during Horses for Handicapped

    Thursday, April 19 2018 10:43 PM EDT2018-04-20 02:43:50 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    For children and adults with disabilities, a horseback ride is a rare treat. But this week thousands filled the state fairgrounds for an adventurous thrill during Horses for Handicapped.

    For children and adults with disabilities, a horseback ride is a rare treat. But this week thousands filled the state fairgrounds for an adventurous thrill during Horses for Handicapped.

  • Lemoyne Plaza businesses back up and running after tornado

    Lemoyne Plaza businesses back up and running after tornado

    Thursday, April 19 2018 9:08 PM EDT2018-04-20 01:08:30 GMT
    Five days after a tornado tore through Lemoyne Plaza in St. Martin, more signs of progress are being made from those who suffered damage. (Photo source: WLOX)Five days after a tornado tore through Lemoyne Plaza in St. Martin, more signs of progress are being made from those who suffered damage. (Photo source: WLOX)
    Five days after a tornado tore through Lemoyne Plaza in St. Martin, more signs of progress are being made from those who suffered damage. (Photo source: WLOX)Five days after a tornado tore through Lemoyne Plaza in St. Martin, more signs of progress are being made from those who suffered damage. (Photo source: WLOX)

    Five days after a tornado tore through Lemoyne Plaza in St. Martin, more signs of progress are happening from those who suffered damage. 

    Five days after a tornado tore through Lemoyne Plaza in St. Martin, more signs of progress are happening from those who suffered damage. 

  • Richland Police Chief believes meat-stealing duo had plans to resell

    Richland Police Chief believe Meat-Stealing Duo had plans to resell

    Thursday, April 19 2018 8:49 PM EDT2018-04-20 00:49:20 GMT
    John Newell and Burnell Hamlin...Source Richland PDJohn Newell and Burnell Hamlin...Source Richland PD

    Richland Police Chief W.R. James says 63-year-old John Newell went into the Kroger store off Highway 49 south and took out with him an undisclosed amount of meat. A meat heist Chief James says Newell pulled off with the help of 68-year-old Burnell Hamlin.

    Richland Police Chief W.R. James says 63-year-old John Newell went into the Kroger store off Highway 49 south and took out with him an undisclosed amount of meat. A meat heist Chief James says Newell pulled off with the help of 68-year-old Burnell Hamlin.

  • Hancock County community demanding safer road outlets

    Hancock County community demanding safer road outlets

    Thursday, April 19 2018 8:06 PM EDT2018-04-20 00:06:48 GMT
    Residents of White Cypress Lakes say the dam in the lake is damaged, and is creating a hazard to the only remaining passage out of their neighborhood.Residents of White Cypress Lakes say the dam in the lake is damaged, and is creating a hazard to the only remaining passage out of their neighborhood.
    Residents of White Cypress Lakes say the dam in the lake is damaged, and is creating a hazard to the only remaining passage out of their neighborhood.Residents of White Cypress Lakes say the dam in the lake is damaged, and is creating a hazard to the only remaining passage out of their neighborhood.

    Residents of the White Cypress Lakes community in Hancock County are angry.

    Residents of the White Cypress Lakes community in Hancock County are angry.

  • Action Report: Handyman takes money, leaves disabled vet without a working shower

    Action Report: Handyman takes money and leaves a disabled Veteran without a working shower

    Thursday, April 19 2018 7:46 PM EDT2018-04-19 23:46:57 GMT
    James Taylor, an Army veteran, feels taken advantage of after a shoddy contracting job. (Photo Source: WLOX)James Taylor, an Army veteran, feels taken advantage of after a shoddy contracting job. (Photo Source: WLOX)

    An Army veteran says he hired a handyman to build a roll-in shower in his home. He started the job, but hasn't been back to finish.
     

    An Army veteran says he hired a handyman to build a roll-in shower in his home. He started the job, but hasn't been back to finish.
     

  • Poplarville to hold special election after alderwoman resigns

    Poplarville to hold special election after alderwoman resigns

    Thursday, April 19 2018 7:34 PM EDT2018-04-19 23:34:12 GMT
    The city made a Facebook post Wednesday alerting resident of a special election to fill a vacancy for the city’s Board of Alderman. (Photo source: Facebook)The city made a Facebook post Wednesday alerting resident of a special election to fill a vacancy for the city’s Board of Alderman. (Photo source: Facebook)
    The city made a Facebook post Wednesday alerting resident of a special election to fill a vacancy for the city’s Board of Alderman. (Photo source: Facebook)The city made a Facebook post Wednesday alerting resident of a special election to fill a vacancy for the city’s Board of Alderman. (Photo source: Facebook)
    City leaders in Poplarville experienced some changes over the past week. The city made a Facebook post Wednesday alerting resident of a special election to fill a vacancy for the city’s Board of Alderman. According to the post, Alderwoman Margaret Smith resigned in an executive session April 10. City of Poplarville, Mississippi The special election will be May 22. Copyright 2018 WLOX. All rights reserved.
    City leaders in Poplarville experienced some changes over the past week. The city made a Facebook post Wednesday alerting resident of a special election to fill a vacancy for the city’s Board of Alderman. According to the post, Alderwoman Margaret Smith resigned in an executive session April 10. City of Poplarville, Mississippi The special election will be May 22. Copyright 2018 WLOX. All rights reserved.
  • Hattiesburg Circle hosts 'Fuel Up Night' for Oak Grove

    Hattiesburg Circle hosts 'Fuel Up Night' for Oak Grove

    Thursday, April 19 2018 7:26 PM EDT2018-04-19 23:26:21 GMT
    The Circle K on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg hosted a "Fuel Up Night" for Oak Grove High School Thursday. (Photo source: WDAM)The Circle K on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg hosted a "Fuel Up Night" for Oak Grove High School Thursday. (Photo source: WDAM)
    The Circle K on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg hosted a "Fuel Up Night" for Oak Grove High School Thursday. (Photo source: WDAM)The Circle K on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg hosted a "Fuel Up Night" for Oak Grove High School Thursday. (Photo source: WDAM)
    The Circle K on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg hosted a "Fuel Up Night" for Oak Grove High School Thursday. The national chain pledged 10 cents from every gallon of gas sold from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. It's all part of the company's "Fueling Our Schools" fundraising campaign. Free food and drinks were also on hand to those who stopped by. "We are thrilled to know that people in our community are reaching out to support our schools and give back," said ...
    The Circle K on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg hosted a "Fuel Up Night" for Oak Grove High School Thursday. The national chain pledged 10 cents from every gallon of gas sold from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. It's all part of the company's "Fueling Our Schools" fundraising campaign. Free food and drinks were also on hand to those who stopped by. "We are thrilled to know that people in our community are reaching out to support our schools and give back," said ...
  • NWS confirms 5 tornadoes touched down in South MS Saturday

    NWS confirms 5 tornadoes touched down in South MS Saturday

    Thursday, April 19 2018 7:05 PM EDT2018-04-19 23:05:43 GMT

    The National Weather Service office out of New Orleans has completed damage surveys on four tornadoes that touched down in South Mississippi Saturday. 

    The National Weather Service office out of New Orleans has completed damage surveys on four tornadoes that touched down in South Mississippi Saturday. 

  • Bay St. Louis firefighter severely injured in motorcycle accident

    Bay St. Louis firefighter severely injured in motorcycle accident

    Thursday, April 19 2018 6:26 PM EDT2018-04-19 22:26:12 GMT
    Chief Monty Strong with the Bay St. Louis Fire Department said the firefighter was traveling on his motorcycle on his way to work when he collided with another vehicle. (Photo source: Bay St. Louis Fire Department)Chief Monty Strong with the Bay St. Louis Fire Department said the firefighter was traveling on his motorcycle on his way to work when he collided with another vehicle. (Photo source: Bay St. Louis Fire Department)

    A Bay St. Louis firefighter was badly injured in an accident Wednesday around 6:45 a.m. 

    A Bay St. Louis firefighter was badly injured in an accident Wednesday around 6:45 a.m. 

  • Jackson Elementary will stay open for the 2018-19 school year

    Jackson Elementary will stay open for the 2018-19 school year

    Thursday, April 19 2018 6:01 PM EDT2018-04-19 22:01:40 GMT
    Jackson Elementary School in Pascagoula (Photo source: WLOX)Jackson Elementary School in Pascagoula (Photo source: WLOX)

    Jackson Elementary School will not be closing for the 2018-2019 school year. City officials met with leaders of the Pascagoula Gautier School District Thursday to discuss drainage issues on the school’s campus cited by the school district earlier this week. “We were happy to sit down today with the school district officials, for the first time, to discuss the drainage issues they are experiencing on the campus of Jackson Elementary,” said Assistant City Manager Fran...

    Jackson Elementary School will not be closing for the 2018-2019 school year. City officials met with leaders of the Pascagoula Gautier School District Thursday to discuss drainage issues on the school’s campus cited by the school district earlier this week. “We were happy to sit down today with the school district officials, for the first time, to discuss the drainage issues they are experiencing on the campus of Jackson Elementary,” said Assistant City Manager Fran...

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  • Craighead Co. health inspections for April 13-20

    Craighead Co. health inspections for April 13-20

    Friday, April 20 2018 12:47 PM EDT2018-04-20 16:47:45 GMT
    (Source: AP Graphics Bank)(Source: AP Graphics Bank)
    (Source: AP Graphics Bank)(Source: AP Graphics Bank)

    Check out this week's Craighead County health inspections before you make your weekend plans.

    Check out this week's Craighead County health inspections before you make your weekend plans.

  • 3rd arrest announced in AR nightclub shooting

    3rd arrest announced in AR nightclub shooting

    Friday, April 20 2018 9:11 AM EDT2018-04-20 13:11:38 GMT
    Cordero Ragland (Source: Shelby County Jail)Cordero Ragland (Source: Shelby County Jail)
    Cordero Ragland (Source: Shelby County Jail)Cordero Ragland (Source: Shelby County Jail)

    The Little Rock Police Department announced a third arrest in the mass shooting at a nightclub in July 2017.

    The Little Rock Police Department announced a third arrest in the mass shooting at a nightclub in July 2017.

  • Sheriff's department to get new cars

    Sheriff's department to get new cars

    Thursday, April 19 2018 11:46 PM EDT2018-04-20 03:46:03 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The Clay County Quorum Court approved the purchase of two new vehicles for the sheriff's department.

    The Clay County Quorum Court approved the purchase of two new vehicles for the sheriff's department.

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