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  • School threats under investigation by Mississippi Homeland Security

    School threats under investigation by Mississippi Homeland Security

    Thursday, February 22 2018 3:23 AM EST2018-02-22 08:23:31 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    On a day when thousands of people converged on Florida's Capitol to urge legislators to pass tougher gun laws, we are getting word that Mississippi law enforcement agencies backed by Homeland Security are investigating multiple reports of school threats. 

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    On a day when thousands of people converged on Florida's Capitol to urge legislators to pass tougher gun laws, we are getting word that Mississippi law enforcement agencies backed by Homeland Security are investigating multiple reports of school threats. 

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  • Renovations to Smith Park nearing completion

    Renovations to Smith Park nearing completion

    Thursday, February 22 2018 3:06 AM EST2018-02-22 08:06:29 GMT

    Renovations to Smith Park in Downtown Jackson are nearing completion. Ben Allen, president of Downtown Jackson Partners said the park is expected to reopen in April.

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    Renovations to Smith Park in Downtown Jackson are nearing completion. Ben Allen, president of Downtown Jackson Partners said the park is expected to reopen in April.

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  • Jackson Police investigate an officer-involved shooting

    Jackson Police investigate an officer-involved shooting

    Thursday, February 22 2018 2:56 AM EST2018-02-22 07:56:44 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    A man is fighting for his life after being shot by Jackson Police. The officer-involved shooting happened on Deer Park Street.

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    A man is fighting for his life after being shot by Jackson Police. The officer-involved shooting happened on Deer Park Street.

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  • Trooper school prepares cadets for active shooters

    Trooper school prepares cadets for active shooters

    Thursday, February 22 2018 2:21 AM EST2018-02-22 07:21:54 GMT

    Cadets at the Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Academy are just weeks away from graduating, but what they are training for this week is something instructors say they didn't have to practice 20 years ago.

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    Cadets at the Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Academy are just weeks away from graduating, but what they are training for this week is something instructors say they didn't have to practice 20 years ago.

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  • UMMC physicians creating models to reduce opioid addiction

    UMMC physicians creating models to reduce opioid addiction

    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:46 AM EST2018-02-22 06:46:39 GMT

    Doctors at the University of Mississippi Medical Center are working to prevent and reduce Opioid addiction. Medical experts say an average of half a million Opioid pills are dispensed daily by doctors in Mississippi.

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    Doctors at the University of Mississippi Medical Center are working to prevent and reduce Opioid addiction. Medical experts say an average of half a million Opioid pills are dispensed daily by doctors in Mississippi.

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  • Trucking goes high tech for safety

    Trucking goes high tech for safety

    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:28 AM EST2018-02-22 06:28:41 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Technology that is making passenger cars safer is now being implemented into the trucking industry.

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    Technology that is making passenger cars safer is now being implemented into the trucking industry.

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  • 3 On Your Side Investigates: Overdosed and Underreported?

    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:03 AM EST2018-02-22 06:03:33 GMT

    Nearly 64,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Most of those came from opioid abuse.

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    Nearly 64,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Most of those came from opioid abuse.

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  • Fox 40 Special Report: Young Mississippi

    Fox 40 Special Report: Young Mississippi

    Thursday, February 22 2018 12:58 AM EST2018-02-22 05:58:38 GMT
    Fox 40 Special Report: Young Mississippi - Source: Fox 40Fox 40 Special Report: Young Mississippi - Source: Fox 40

    Initially, seven Clinton High School seniors were asked to take their cell phones and tour the Mississippi Civil Right's Museum.

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    Initially, seven Clinton High School seniors were asked to take their cell phones and tour the Mississippi Civil Right's Museum.

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  • Police Chief: No threat found at North Gulfport Middle School

    Police Chief: No threat found at North Gulfport Middle School

    Thursday, February 22 2018 12:53 AM EST2018-02-22 05:53:48 GMT
    (Photo Source: Facebook)(Photo Source: Facebook)

    Gulfport's police chief is wanting to ease concerns for parents with children that attend North Gulfport Middle School after rumors started spreading about a potential school threat.

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    Gulfport's police chief is wanting to ease concerns for parents with children that attend North Gulfport Middle School after rumors started spreading about a potential school threat.

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  • Jackson residents stranded after road repair

    Jackson residents stranded after road repair

    Thursday, February 22 2018 12:33 AM EST2018-02-22 05:33:52 GMT

    The people who live on Wallace Street and Willie Avenue are going to need to find other living arrangements because currently, they are unable to get into their homes. Residents came home during the afternoon to a mound of mud with water running through it blocking their dead-end street. 

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    The people who live on Wallace Street and Willie Avenue are going to need to find other living arrangements because currently, they are unable to get into their homes. Residents came home during the afternoon to a mound of mud with water running through it blocking their dead-end street. 

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  • Hattiesburg pastor reacts to passing of Billy Graham

    Hattiesburg pastor reacts to passing of Billy Graham

    Thursday, February 22 2018 12:03 AM EST2018-02-22 05:03:54 GMT
    Pastor Jeff Clark of Hattiesburg's Venture Church. Photo credit WDAM.Pastor Jeff Clark of Hattiesburg's Venture Church. Photo credit WDAM.

    A Hub City minister is reacting to the death of the Rev. Billy Graham, the most widely-heard Christian evangelist in history.   He died Wednesday morning at his home in Montreat, North Carolina at the age of 99.  Pastor Jeff Clark of Hattiesburg's Venture Church said Graham was a humble man of integrity who would be missed. "Billy Graham is who all of us wanted to be like," said Clark, who once saw Graham in person while he was a seminary student in Dallas ...

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    A Hub City minister is reacting to the death of the Rev. Billy Graham, the most widely-heard Christian evangelist in history.   He died Wednesday morning at his home in Montreat, North Carolina at the age of 99.  Pastor Jeff Clark of Hattiesburg's Venture Church said Graham was a humble man of integrity who would be missed. "Billy Graham is who all of us wanted to be like," said Clark, who once saw Graham in person while he was a seminary student in Dallas ...

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  • New film documents life of civil rights pioneer Clyde Kennard

    New film documents life of civil rights pioneer Clyde Kennard

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 11:45 PM EST2018-02-22 04:45:47 GMT
    A new documentary about Clyde Kennard called, "Measure of Progress: The Clyde Kennard Story," premiered at the Lake Terrace Convention Center Wednesday night. Photo credit WDAM.A new documentary about Clyde Kennard called, "Measure of Progress: The Clyde Kennard Story," premiered at the Lake Terrace Convention Center Wednesday night. Photo credit WDAM.

    A new documentary about Hattiesburg civil rights pioneer Clyde Kennard premiered at the Lake Terrance Convention Center Wednesday night.   "Measure of Progress: The Clyde Kennard Story" documents Kennard's attempts at enrolling at the University of Southern Mississippi in the 1950's when it was a segregated Mississippi Southern College. He was turned down several times and ultimately was sent to prison on trumped up charges.  He died of cancer after be...

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    A new documentary about Hattiesburg civil rights pioneer Clyde Kennard premiered at the Lake Terrance Convention Center Wednesday night.   "Measure of Progress: The Clyde Kennard Story" documents Kennard's attempts at enrolling at the University of Southern Mississippi in the 1950's when it was a segregated Mississippi Southern College. He was turned down several times and ultimately was sent to prison on trumped up charges.  He died of cancer after be...

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  • Bobby Hall not backing down from controversial comments

    Bobby Hall not backing down from controversial comments

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 11:25 PM EST2018-02-22 04:25:17 GMT
    Bobby Hall leads Biloxi through a fall practice in 2017 (WLOX Sports File)Bobby Hall leads Biloxi through a fall practice in 2017 (WLOX Sports File)

    Former Biloxi head coach Bobby Hall did not back down from his controversial comments on the state of football on the Coast. 

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    Former Biloxi head coach Bobby Hall did not back down from his controversial comments on the state of football on the Coast. 

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  • Major road repairs coming to Ridgeland

    Major road repairs coming to Ridgeland

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 11:02 PM EST2018-02-22 04:02:42 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    The city of Ridgeland will start to see some major street improvements soon. 

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    The city of Ridgeland will start to see some major street improvements soon. 

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  • Remembering the life and legacy of Billy Graham

    Remembering the life and legacy of Billy Graham

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 10:59 PM EST2018-02-22 03:59:27 GMT
    Source: Billy Graham Evangelistic Assoc.Source: Billy Graham Evangelistic Assoc.

    The Reverend Billy Graham was known as "America's Pastor" and ministered to millions of people across the world. He passed away Wednesday morning at his home in North Carolina, at the age 99.

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    The Reverend Billy Graham was known as "America's Pastor" and ministered to millions of people across the world. He passed away Wednesday morning at his home in North Carolina, at the age 99.

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  • Wiggins police address alleged threat at Stone High School

    Wiggins police address alleged threat at Stone High School

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 10:53 PM EST2018-02-22 03:53:24 GMT
    (Photo Source: Pixabay)(Photo Source: Pixabay)

    The Wiggins Police Department released a statement regarding a perceived threat to Stone High School in Wiggins. 

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    The Wiggins Police Department released a statement regarding a perceived threat to Stone High School in Wiggins. 

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  • Laurel to undergo $5 million water and sewer project

    Laurel to undergo $5 million water and sewer project

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 10:12 PM EST2018-02-22 03:12:32 GMT
    The City of Laurel is planning a $5 million water and sewer project to improve aging infrastructure. (Photo source: WDAM)The City of Laurel is planning a $5 million water and sewer project to improve aging infrastructure. (Photo source: WDAM)

    The City of Laurel undergoing a $5 million water and sewer project. WDAM looked at what's happening. Mayor Johnny Magee said, "The problem is Laurel is over 100 years old and the water and sewer lines are about the same age." Caving in and sprouting leaks, Mayor Johnny Magee said it's time for an infrastructure revamp in the city.  Magee said, "We are going to redo the water and sewer lines all the way from the flagpole on Central Avenue about two and a half mil...

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    The City of Laurel undergoing a $5 million water and sewer project. WDAM looked at what's happening. Mayor Johnny Magee said, "The problem is Laurel is over 100 years old and the water and sewer lines are about the same age." Caving in and sprouting leaks, Mayor Johnny Magee said it's time for an infrastructure revamp in the city.  Magee said, "We are going to redo the water and sewer lines all the way from the flagpole on Central Avenue about two and a half mil...

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  • Hattiesburg man reported missing in New Orleans found safe

    Hattiesburg man reported missing in New Orleans found safe

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 10:03 PM EST2018-02-22 03:03:57 GMT
    New Orleans police said Johnny Gatlin came into NOPD Police station with his missing flyer in hand and in good health. (Photo source: NOPD)New Orleans police said Johnny Gatlin came into NOPD Police station with his missing flyer in hand and in good health. (Photo source: NOPD)
    A Hattiesburg man reported missing after visiting New Orleans for Mardi Gras has been found safe.  New Orleans police said Johnny Gatlin, 57, came into NOPD Police station with his missing flyer in hand and in good health.  His family picked him up in New Orleans. Copyright WDAM 2018. All rights reserved. More >>
    A Hattiesburg man reported missing after visiting New Orleans for Mardi Gras has been found safe.  New Orleans police said Johnny Gatlin, 57, came into NOPD Police station with his missing flyer in hand and in good health.  His family picked him up in New Orleans. Copyright WDAM 2018. All rights reserved. More >>
  • Jackson Police investigating officer-involved shooting

    Jackson Police investigating officer-involved shooting

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 8:05 PM EST2018-02-22 01:05:54 GMT

    Jackson Police are working a shooting at the intersection of Deer Park and Dalton Streets, and it involved a police officer. A male suspect has been injured but his condition is not known. A second suspect who fired at officers is still at large.

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    Jackson Police are working a shooting at the intersection of Deer Park and Dalton Streets, and it involved a police officer. A male suspect has been injured but his condition is not known. A second suspect who fired at officers is still at large.

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  • Lamar Co. Sheriff's Department upgrades gloves for safety concerns

    Lamar Co. Sheriff's Department upgrades gloves for safety concerns

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 7:47 PM EST2018-02-22 00:47:32 GMT
    Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said his department has purchased a new type of gloves for his officers to wear to protect against dangers like fentanyl. (Photo source: WDAM)Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said his department has purchased a new type of gloves for his officers to wear to protect against dangers like fentanyl. (Photo source: WDAM)
    With law enforcement's growing concern over the dangers of fentanyl, the Lamar County Sheriff’s Department is taking precautions. Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said his department has purchased a new type of gloves for his officers to wear. “We received an intelligence bulletin from the department of health a couple months ago that the normal latex gloves that we use for searching vehicles, searching individuals, probably would not be a good barrier for a lot of ...More >>
    With law enforcement's growing concern over the dangers of fentanyl, the Lamar County Sheriff’s Department is taking precautions. Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said his department has purchased a new type of gloves for his officers to wear. “We received an intelligence bulletin from the department of health a couple months ago that the normal latex gloves that we use for searching vehicles, searching individuals, probably would not be a good barrier for a lot of ...More >>
  • Shooting tragedy response inspires classroom lesson at Gulfport High

    Shooting tragedy response inspires classroom lesson at Gulfport High

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 7:20 PM EST2018-02-22 00:20:17 GMT
    Teacher Hardy Thames, left, helps a student with research on a gun bill to be presented.Teacher Hardy Thames, left, helps a student with research on a gun bill to be presented.

    Gulfport High School students are learning about the law-making process by writing bills that would address gun laws.

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    Gulfport High School students are learning about the law-making process by writing bills that would address gun laws.

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  • Harrison County Court declares remains of condo project as “blighted”

    Harrison County Court declares remains of condo project as “blighted”

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 7:08 PM EST2018-02-22 00:08:16 GMT
    The property's owner has until the beginning of March to appeal the court's order. (Photo Source: WLOX)The property's owner has until the beginning of March to appeal the court's order. (Photo Source: WLOX)

    Henderson Point residents frustrated by the remains of a stalled condo project are excited by news that the property may finally come down.

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    Henderson Point residents frustrated by the remains of a stalled condo project are excited by news that the property may finally come down.

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  • Man charged with capital murder after Jackson Co. infant death

    Man charged with capital murder after Jackson Co. infant death

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 7:02 PM EST2018-02-22 00:02:40 GMT
    Michael Harris has been charged with capital murder after the death of a 7-month-old left in his care. (Photo Source: WLOX)Michael Harris has been charged with capital murder after the death of a 7-month-old left in his care. (Photo Source: WLOX)

    An Ocean Springs baby is dead and his mom's boyfriend has been charged with capital murder. 

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    An Ocean Springs baby is dead and his mom's boyfriend has been charged with capital murder. 

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  • Ridgeland police searching for man wanted for credit card fraud

    Ridgeland police searching for man wanted for credit card fraud

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 6:54 PM EST2018-02-21 23:54:32 GMT
    Unidentified suspect wanted for credit card fraud. Source: Ridgeland Police DepartmentUnidentified suspect wanted for credit card fraud. Source: Ridgeland Police Department

    Ridgeland Police are searching for a man wanted for credit card fraud.

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    Ridgeland Police are searching for a man wanted for credit card fraud.

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  • Victim shot after barbecue in East Biloxi

    Victim shot after barbecue in East Biloxi

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 6:40 PM EST2018-02-21 23:40:11 GMT
    (Source: File)(Source: File)

    Police are looking for information about a shooting that left a person injured Tuesday night in Biloxi. 

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    Police are looking for information about a shooting that left a person injured Tuesday night in Biloxi. 

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  • Man charged with capital murder following death of 7-month-old

    Man charged with capital murder following death of 7-month-old

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 6:05 PM EST2018-02-21 23:05:12 GMT
    Michael Donovan Harris, 27, is charged with capital murder in the death of a 7-month-old boy. Photo: JCSOMichael Donovan Harris, 27, is charged with capital murder in the death of a 7-month-old boy. Photo: JCSO

    An Ocean Springs baby is dead and his mother's boyfriend is charged with capital murder. 

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    An Ocean Springs baby is dead and his mother's boyfriend is charged with capital murder. 

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  • Bright Idea: City focuses on improvements to help make Hattiesburg safer

    Bright Idea: City focuses on improvements to help make Hattiesburg safer

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 6:01 PM EST2018-02-21 23:01:37 GMT
    Since November, city council has approved nearly a dozen requests from Mayor Toby Barker for new lighting contracts to add or improve fixtures around the Hub City. (Photo source: WDAM)Since November, city council has approved nearly a dozen requests from Mayor Toby Barker for new lighting contracts to add or improve fixtures around the Hub City. (Photo source: WDAM)

    The City of Hattiesburg is hoping the future of the community is brighter, and safer. 

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    The City of Hattiesburg is hoping the future of the community is brighter, and safer. 

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  • Housing employee files federal sexual harassment lawsuit

    Housing employee files federal sexual harassment lawsuit

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 5:45 PM EST2018-02-21 22:45:44 GMT
    Harrell is still working at the Region 8 Housing Authority and told WLOX News Now she endures daily harassment because of her allegations. (Photo source: WLOX)Harrell is still working at the Region 8 Housing Authority and told WLOX News Now she endures daily harassment because of her allegations. (Photo source: WLOX)

    An employee of the Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII has filed a federal sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit. Philana Harrell accuses executive director Jessie Billups of making unwanted sexual advances.

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    An employee of the Mississippi Regional Housing Authority VIII has filed a federal sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit. Philana Harrell accuses executive director Jessie Billups of making unwanted sexual advances.

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  • Carey ‘steals’ 13-6 victory over Vermont St. Joe’s

    Carey ‘steals’ 13-6 victory over Vermont St. Joe’s

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 5:35 PM EST2018-02-21 22:35:04 GMT

    William Carey University banged out 13 hits and swiped 12 bases Tuesday to overwhelm visiting College of St. Joseph’s of Vermont 13-6 at Milton Wheeler Field. 

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    William Carey University banged out 13 hits and swiped 12 bases Tuesday to overwhelm visiting College of St. Joseph’s of Vermont 13-6 at Milton Wheeler Field. 

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  • CASA BR organization seeks volunteers

    CASA BR organization seeks volunteers

    Thursday, February 22 2018 5:29 AM EST2018-02-22 10:29:16 GMT
    (Source: WAFB)(Source: WAFB)

    Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, is looking to recruit more volunteers.

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    Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, is looking to recruit more volunteers.

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  • No. 22 LSU routs UNO, 14-6

    No. 22 LSU routs UNO, 14-6

    Thursday, February 22 2018 5:13 AM EST2018-02-22 10:13:32 GMT

    Paul Mainieri's Tigers avoided the worst start for LSU Baseball in 40 years, rallying from a 3-0 first inning deficit to rout the UNO Privateers 14-6 at Alex Box Stadium Wednesday night.

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    Paul Mainieri's Tigers avoided the worst start for LSU Baseball in 40 years, rallying from a 3-0 first inning deficit to rout the UNO Privateers 14-6 at Alex Box Stadium Wednesday night.

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  • Coast Connections: Matt Riser

    Coast Connections: Matt Riser

    Thursday, February 22 2018 12:23 AM EST2018-02-22 05:23:33 GMT
    Picayune and PRCC product Matt Riser leads a practice at Southeastern Louisiana (WLOX Sports)Picayune and PRCC product Matt Riser leads a practice at Southeastern Louisiana (WLOX Sports)

    Our Coast Connections series continues with Matt Riser, and the story of how one Picayune native made a life-long connection at PRCC that helped make him one of the biggest up-and-coming head coaches in all of NCAA Baseball. 

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    Our Coast Connections series continues with Matt Riser, and the story of how one Picayune native made a life-long connection at PRCC that helped make him one of the biggest up-and-coming head coaches in all of NCAA Baseball. 

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  • Slideshow: Greene Co. Feb. 18-24 mug shots

    Slideshow: Greene Co. Feb. 18-24 mug shots

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 11:53 PM EST2018-02-22 04:53:34 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 12:00 AM EST2018-02-22 05:00:02 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    A photo gallery of mug shots from the Greene County Sheriff's Office.

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    A photo gallery of mug shots from the Greene County Sheriff's Office.

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  • PBM's discussed during meeting at Capitol

    PBM's discussed during meeting at Capitol

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 11:06 PM EST2018-02-22 04:06:00 GMT
    Wednesday, February 21 2018 11:30 PM EST2018-02-22 04:30:16 GMT
    Pharmacists and supporters went to the old Arkansas Supreme Court chamber in the state Capitol Wednesday to ask for legislation dealing with pharmacy benefit managers. (Source: KARK)Pharmacists and supporters went to the old Arkansas Supreme Court chamber in the state Capitol Wednesday to ask for legislation dealing with pharmacy benefit managers. (Source: KARK)

    A group of pharmacists spent their Wednesday at the state Capitol in Little Rock, battling for changes in drug reimbursement rates as lawmakers plan for a possible special session on the matter. 

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    A group of pharmacists spent their Wednesday at the state Capitol in Little Rock, battling for changes in drug reimbursement rates as lawmakers plan for a possible special session on the matter. 

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  • Brookland School District prepares for major tournament

    Brookland School District prepares for major tournament

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 10:29 PM EST2018-02-22 03:29:11 GMT
    Wednesday, February 21 2018 11:02 PM EST2018-02-22 04:02:35 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The Brookland School District is preparing for possible parking issues during the basketball 4-A State Tournament that expected to attract more than 10,000 people to the Bearcat Arena.

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    The Brookland School District is preparing for possible parking issues during the basketball 4-A State Tournament that expected to attract more than 10,000 people to the Bearcat Arena.

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