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22 hurt in parachute training at Mississippi military base

At least 22 soldiers have been injured as hundreds parachuted onto a Mississippi military base during a night training exercise. U.S. Army spokesman John Pennell told WDAM-TV that the paratroopers were among 650 soldiers jumping from C-130 planes Wednesday night. Some were blown off course from their intended landing zone and into a stand of pine trees. Several became entangled ...

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William Carey University, Millsaps College form teacher preparation partnership

In an effort to prepare future teachers, William Carey University and Millsaps College have agreed to a new partnership that will enable Millsaps students to earn teacher licensure after graduation. Participating Millsaps students will complete teacher preparation coursework and student teaching through William Carey University during their senior year and, if they meet all licensure requirements,  will be recommended by ...

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Ineligible Mississippi county candidate continues campaign

A Mississippi man who was disqualified from running for a seat on the county board of supervisors is still campaigning and requesting funding. The Hattiesburg American reports 30-year-old Derrian Moye is ineligible to run for the Forrest County Board of Supervisors because he pleaded guilty to a felony forgery charge in 2008. However, Moye is still asking for contributions to ...

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No arrest for first-time weed possession in Hattiesburg

The Hattiesburg City Council says it won’t arrest first-time offenders in possession of an ounce or less of marijuana. News outlets report Hattiesburg City Council unanimously passed the regulation Tuesday, saying first-time offenders will receive a citation instead of jail time.Marijuana remains illegal in Mississippi, but Mayor Toby Barker says this ordnance helps modernize the city’s approach to drug policy. ...

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Official fell behind on property tax payments after tornado

A county supervisor in Mississippi says he fell behind on property tax payments after his business was damaged by a tornado. Forrest County Supervisor Burkett Ross is part owner of Southern Lanes bowling alley in Petal and the former skating rink next door. He tells the Hattiesburg American that the bowling alley was closed for more than 100 days after ...

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Kidnapped girl found, Mississippi man arrested in Alabama

A south Mississippi man has been arrested in Alabama after officials say he kidnapped his 6-year-old niece. Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel tells local news outlets that 28-year-old Jared Slade was arrested in Birmingham on Thursday, apparently sleeping on the side of the road. The girl was discovered walking around the neighborhood and Rigel says her guardian will pick her ...

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Workers protest Hattiesburg call center conditions, seek union

Workers of a Hattiesburg, Mississippi, business are calling for better wages and the creation of a union.WDAM-TV reports several Maximus workers protested outside the call center Thursday as corporate officials met inside the site. The organizing director of Communication Workers of America, Sedjerick Lee, says unionization could lead to better pay. The workers’ current baseline pay is $10.60 per hour. ...

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Mississippi reports 6 more West Nile virus cases for 2018

The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming six more cases of West Nile virus, bringing the state’s 2018 total to 13 so far. Two new cases were reported in Hinds County. Reporting single cases were Adams, Forrest, Marion and Oktibbeha counties. Seven previous cases were reported in Copiah, Hinds, Itawamba and Pearl River counties. Mississippi reported 63 West Nile ...

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Hattiesburg Clinic starts work on facilities  

By JACK WEATHERLY The Hattiesburg Clinic broke ground Wednesday for two facilities at its Tatum Park campus, located off Veterans Memorial Highway, Highway 11, in Hattiesburg. One is a two-story, 57,221-square-foot orthopedics and sports medicine building that will house clinical practice space for 14 orthopedic providers, a 9,000-square-foot physical therapy suite, community conference center and an imaging suite. The facility ...

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