The coast's newest supermarket opened its doors in Diamondhead. Rouses Market made company history when the Louisiana based chain opened its first store in Mississippi built from the ground up. More >> State conservationists announced details of a "Gulf of Mexico Initiative" that aims to improve water quality in the Jourdan River watershed. Gathered along the banks of a waterway that leads into the river, they said the program is aimed at helping area farmers adopt "best management practices" to reduce nutrient runoff and pollution of area waterways.More >> Bay St. Louis leaders want to change the look of two Katrina monuments at the I-10 and Highway 603 intersection. The 15 by 28 foot concrete slabs mark Katrina's storm surge, but officials say it is doing a lot more than just that.More >> A microbrewery that started with a Christmas homebrew kit is getting a $740,000 interest-free expansion loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture via the local electric co-op. It's part of a $3 million plan to boost production at Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co. from 10,000 to 50,000 barrels a year.More >> The new Hancock North Central Elementary School will be like no other in Mississippi. As the first K-12 school in the state to go completely green, it will set the standard in building safer, healthier schools.More >> Ever heard of using food as a tactic to generate even more food? Well, that's exactly what Kory's Cajun Country Club did Saturday. Various teams fired up their grills for a fundraiser for the Hancock County Food Pantry.More >> Atlantis will soar into history Friday, marking the end of an era for NASA's shuttle program. As many as a million people are expected to witness the last launch live in Florida. Or you can also watch it on the big screen at Stennis Space Center. Stennis and the shuttle program go back 29 years. Those who visited the center Thursday say they will be watching and reminiscing.More >> At just 24-years-old Whitney Henderson is making the trek from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Anaheim, California on an inspiring mission to raise money for charity and also learn a little about herself.More >> New district lines in Hancock County mean changes for more than 6,000 voters. The County's redistricting plan was approved by the U.S. Justice Department following the release of the latest census figures. Al Showers takes a look at the impact new boundary lines will have on the voters.More >> Vicksburg police say they believe the shooting death of an 11-year-old boy from the Mississippi Gulf Coast was an accident. Lt. Bobby Stewart tells The Vicksburg Post that Christian B. Jordan, of Kiln, was shot in the chest Monday with a .22-caliber handgun while sitting with a friend in Christian's father's pickup outside a barbecue restaurant.More >> Extremely dry conditions across South Mississippi have prompted another coast county to issue a burn ban. Hancock County is the latest county to institute this ban.More >> The civil air patrol is one of the best kept secrets of the US Air Force, but the patrol wants to get the word out and get more people involved. Michelle Lady reports.More >> American Medical Response unveiled its newest life saving tool in Hancock County on Thursday. It's a rural responder truck designed to get to patients even before an ambulance can arrive. Al Showers has the story.More >> It's one of the most important industries in the State: tourism has a $5.5 billion economic impact in Mississippi according to state tourism leaders. In recent years, the industry on the Coast has taken a hit from Katrina, then the down turn in the national economy and most recently the BP oil spill. As Al Showers reports, leaders in Hancock County tell us why they have reason for optimism for a good summer tourism season.More >> A citizens group in Hancock County says merging the Bay-Waveland School District with the Hancock County School District would save millions and improve education. But as WLOX News found out, it's not an easy sell.More >> Retired Colonel Henry Cook was in court Tuesday with lawyers representing the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Cook served as National Commander for the group just a few years ago, but was kicked out after he questioned spending he said was of no benefit to veterans. Now, he's taking the organization to court.More >> A four-year-old girl died Tuesday night when her home caught on fire in Hancock County. Keyleigh Jenkins's parents and friends could hear her screaming trapped inside a burning trailer. Although they tried desperately, they couldn't get past the flames to save her.More >> "Chalk one up for the good guys." That's the sentiment of many people in Jourdan River Shores after a good Samaritan helped capture two burglary suspects.More >> Several segments of roadways in Hancock County have been named official Mississippi Scenic Byways. One will draw drivers to the natural beauty of the beachfront, while the "Byways to Space " will wind through the Stennis Buffer Zone.More >> Officials in Hancock County are praising a man who stopped two suspected burglars in their tracks, and held them at gunpoint until deputies arrived. Hancock County Sheriff Steve Garber said Paul Boswell became suspicious when he noticed two men he didn't recognize at a friend's house in Jordan River Shores.More >> Eastbound traffic was at a crawl on I-10 near Diamondhead around noon Wednesday. The right lane was closed for about three miles from the Diamondhead exit to the Harrison County line.More >> A lack of social workers to handle a growing number of case loads for the Department of Human Services (DHS) in Hancock County is far beyond the critical point. That's according to the Hope Haven Children's Services Director. The DHS office has been under staffed since Hurricane Katrina and just last week it lost three more social workers. As Al Showers reports, that leaves only six to oversee more than 200 cases.More >> The American Red Cross quickly responded to help the tornado victims in Greene County. Now, the organization needs your help. With many summer programs getting underway and hurricane season ahead, the Red Cross wants to be prepared for any emergency. On Tuesday, the South Mississippi chapter hosted its first major volunteer outreach program.More >> After waiting nearly five and a half years, Hancock County residents are about to get a permanent home to conduct county business. The new $10 million County Governmental Annex Building on Highway 90 in Bay St. Louis is just about ready to open.More >> A young boy, injured in a boating accident in Hancock County died and two other passengers on the boat he was in sustained injuries. Six passengers from the other boat also suffered injuries. According to the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) two recreational boats collided head-on in Rotten Bayou near the Jourdon River north of I-10 in Hancock County on Saturday.More >> An accident on Interstate 10 in Harrison County has traffic backed up for miles. The accident happened near the DeLisle exit in the eastbound lanes.More >> Hancock County singing sensation Michael Grimm is making good on a promise to his grandparents "to build them a new home." Grimm made that promise during an appearance on the TV show "America's Got Talent," where he eventually won the program's million dollar prize. Grimm and his grandparents broke ground on the home in Diamondhead Monday.More >> When's the last time you heard of a government agency saving millions of dollars? That was the goal of NASA's Shared Services Center when it opened five years ago at Stennis Space Center in Hancock County.More >> Two inmates died Wednesday morning on Interstate 10 when the prisoner transport van they were riding in collided with an 18-wheeler. It happened shortly after 3am in Hancock County, near the Louisiana state line.More >> After more than six decades, a Diamondhead man now knows about the father who died in World War II. Jeff Lawson reports on this Project Homefront.More >> Wednesday's storms snapped trees, blew down signs and damaged homes in Hancock County's Kiln community. The Silver Creek Acres area was one of the hardest hit.More >> The rain clouds parted just long enough Saturday for the Krewe of Diamondhead to roll in Hancock County. The family friendly event that features costumed walkers and elaborately decorated golf carts, as well as larger floats pulled by 18 wheelers.More >> Bullying has always been a problem for kids. But thanks to the internet and cell phones, today's bullies can follow you online and spread hate and rumors faster than ever. It's wrong. It's illegal. And sometimes it's deadly. Mississippi's Attorney General is telling high school students that if they threaten or harass people online, there are consequences.More >> An ongoing WLOX News investigation has found changes in record keeping promised at the West Hancock Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department have never materialized.More >> March 1st was the qualifying deadline for candidates running for local and statewide offices this year. Party primaries are Aug. 2. The general election is Nov. 8.More >> After a long journey home, the members of Coast Guard Port Security Unit 308 will get a long awaited homecoming Sunday afternoon. The unit, based at Stennis, just returned from a deployment to the Middle East in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.More >> The high that Hancock County is riding after a million dollar marketing campaign may be short lived. Tourism leaders say everyone from casinos to restaurants enjoyed the fruits of having plenty of advertising dollars. But now that the BP money is spent, it's back to business as usual.More >> A man who reportedly once confessed to killing a Hancock County woman pleaded not guilty at his Thursday morning arraignment. A trial date for Timothy Nelson Evans is set for August 22.More >> How would you like your boss to do your job, even if it was only for one day? That is exactly what Diamondhead golf professional Hoppy Smith agreed to do recently.More >> When BP gave Hancock County tourism $995,000 to lure visitors back to town, the county created a Magnolia Bucks program. And according to Hancock County tourism director Beth Carriere, the results were sweet music at cash registers.More >> Mississippians planning a run for county or statewide office have two weeks left to qualify for this year's elections. Candidates have until March 1st to file their paperwork.More >> There was a wall breaking ceremony held at Hancock Medical Center in Bay St. Louis Tuesday. This starts a $25 million post Katrina restoration project.More >> Sunday, February 27th will be a busy day for "America's Got Talent" Winner Michael Grimm. He'll be back home to serve as Grand Marshal in the Krewe of Nereids Parade in Waveland. Then that night, he's giving a free concert for all his hometown fans at the Silver Slipper Casino.More >> NASA's Stennis Space Center was the test site Monday for a new rocket engine that will power a rocket carrying cargo to the International Space Station. Krystal Allan explains how the test signals a new direction for Stennis and space exploration.More >> Brandi Favre's preliminary hearing on meth charges has been rescheduled. Favre, the sister of Minnesota Vikings Quarterback Brett Favre, was not required to come to court Tuesday morning.More >> Stennis Space Center celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 14 mission with a Moon Tree planting on the grounds of the Infinity Science Center Thursday. Moon Trees were made famous by the late Apollo 14 astronaut Stuart Roosa, who carried a variety of seeds with him on his lunar mission. Roosa's close relatives hope his legacy will inspire a new generation of space explorers.More >> Attorney General Jim Hood is applauding a federal judge's order that Gulf Coast Claims Administrator Ken Feinberg stop saying he's working independently of BP. Now he's asking anyone with inside information on the claims process to contact his office.More >> Steven Palazzo made his first visit Tuesday to NASA's Stennis Space Center since being elected to Congress. The purpose of his trip was to better familiarize himself with the rocket motor engine test facility and the job it does for our nation's space program. Al Showers tagged along on his VIP tour.More >> The man at the center of a high profile murder case in Hancock County has asked the State Supreme Court to over-turn his 2010 conviction.More >> As the space shuttle program is coming to an end, leaders in Hancock County are anxious to see what role Stennis Space Center will play in NASA's new missions. For nearly 50 years, the space center has been a vital part of the economy. Thursday, the director of Stennis offered business leaders some reassurances. Al Showers has the story.More >> A $10 million shortfall doesn't worry backers of the Hancock County's Infinity Science Center, but they are looking for new ways to raise the money. Infinity has the funds in place to complete the building, but still needs money to outfit it with interactive exhibits. As Al Showers Reports, the science center is counting on infinite generosity of the community.More >> An Ocean Springs law firm has filed a class action lawsuit against Cable One alleging violations of federal anti-trust laws. Cable One has denied the allegations in court papers and has asked the court to dismiss the case. Doug Walker talks with one of the attorneys behind the lawsuit about what it means to customers.More >> All of the key ingredients that go into fine, hand crafted beer are coming together inside a series of vats at Lazy Magnolia Brewery in Hancock County.More >> The younger sister of football great Brett Favre was arrested Wednesday, along with four others, at the site of a meth lab in Diamondhead. Hancock County narcotics agents discovered the active meth lab inside a condo unit in the heart of the normally quiet, upscale community. And while the discovery may be a surprise to many, it wasn't to neighbors.More >> Wildfires that threatened homes in Hancock County are under control. In all, about 300 acres burned. The Bayside Fire Department responded to the Oak Street area just before 1:00 Saturday afternoon for one fire that was spreading near homes.More >> Hancock County saw a political shake-up this week when four county leaders jumped ship to the Republican Party. The move has Democrats scrambling to minimize the political damage.More >> Wednesday marked the dawn of a new era in politics for South Mississippi. Republican Steven Palazzo was sworn in as Mississippi's new 4th District congressman.More >> The military insurance company USAA will no longer write wind and hail policies in Harrison, Hancock and Jackson Counties. It means 1550 policy holders will now have to get wind coverage from the state windpool, at a much higher cost.More >> Hank Holcomb likes to drive his golf cart to church or the country club in his Mississippi Gulf Coast community of Diamondhead. He says he uses the cart on private roads but doesn't venture out on public roads because that's not legal in Mississippi.More >> A Hancock County woman who owns an Arabian camel says her exotic pet isn't vicious, just a little rambunctious. But officials with the sheriff's department say two people were recently attacked by the animal. As Al Showers reports, one of those alleged attacks resulted in the camel being tased by a deputy.More >> There's still help for people looking to repair their hurricane-damaged homes. The Neighborhood Home Program is offering up to $75,000 to help people recover from Hurricane Katrina. But the time to get that help is quickly coming to a close.More >> Fourth District Congressman Gene Taylor's time in Washington ends in just a few days when Congressman-elect Stephen Palazzo is sworn into office. Congressman Taylor sat down with Jeff Lawson to reflect on his 21 years in public office, and what the future holds for him personally.More >> Longtime District Attorney Cono Caranna announced Wednesday that he's retiring at the end of his seventh term in office. In November, Caranna will have served as District Attorney for Harrison, Hancock and Stone Counties for 26 years. His current term ends in early January 2012.More >> The Mississippi Coast Audubon Society is participating in Audubon's annual Christmas Bird Count. Birders participating in the count will be sent to different locations in Hancock County to count and document various species of birds.More >> The shrimp-eating snowy egret featured on 13 Mississippi Gulf Safe seafood billboards across the Coast will be affectionately known as Elvis. The winning entry was submitted by both Conner Smothers, 12, of Diamondhead and by Tyler Fulmer, 11, of Biloxi.More >> In South Mississippi one local veteran is speaking out about the leaks, saying the culprits are pure traitors. Colonel Henry Cook told Jessica Bowman this has turned into a very dangerous situation for citizens and soldiers.More >> Kids under 12 could win big. The Seafood Marketing Program is looking for a creative name for the shrimp-eating egret featured on the new Gulf Safe Mississippi Seafood billboards, which are located along U.S. I-10, U.S. 90 and U.S. 49 in the three coastal counties.More >> Between traffic jams and airport security checks, holiday travel can be a hassle no matter how you do it. Elizabeth Vowell asked the experts for their best advice to make it a little easier.More >> A Wednesday morning house fire on Diamondhead Drive East appears to be under control, according to firefighters on the scene.More >> Housing advocates are urging people to take advantage of the new Neighborhood Home Program before time runs out. With the deadline approaching, several social service agencies are trying to reach thousands of people who either face obstacles in applying for the grant or don't think they qualify. For many, this program is their last chance to get funding for repairs.More >> Loraine Ladner uses her mother's recipe to make coconut pies during the holiday. That recipe is apparently quite tasty, because this morning on Good Morning Mississippi, Ladner became South Mississippi's "Pie Champion."More >> Michael Grimm performed Friday night in his hometown. The Waveland native became a millionaire when he won America's Got Talent and he's using that new found fame to boost tourism in Hancock County. Jessica Bowman caught up with a fan who traveled over 1,000 miles to see him perform.More >> The Hancock County man who won the latest season of America's Got Talent is back home this weekend. Michael Grimm has been on a whirlwind tour since winning the top prize on the popular TV show. Friday morning, Grimm entertained students at his alma mater, Hancock High School.More >> Five flags now fly high over the multi-million dollar Infinity project under construction in Hancock County. The flags symbolize that the interactive science center has reached its tallest point in construction. Al Showers reports.More >> NASA is teaming up with students at 17 high schools in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee to design and develop hardware and software models and products for use in America's space program.More >> The ongoing issue over making Diamondhead a city was back in court Tuesday. This time, it was an hour long hearing to settle a "technicality" in the case. Judge Billy Bridges sided with incorporation supporters in finding that "proof of publication" was indeed included in the original court files. That portion of documents somehow never was forwarded to the supreme court, which is hearing the appeal.More >> South Mississippians still struggling to recover from Hurricane Katrina are already lining up to apply for new federal housing assistance. Applications are due by January 31, 2011 and must be filed at a Neighborhood Home Program Outreach Center.More >> Tickets are still available for this weekend's concerts on Mississippi's West Coast featuring country music star Martina McBride and Hancock County's America's Got Talent winner Michael Grimm.More >> Still undecided about who to vote for Tuesday? Visit our 2010 Election Center to learn more about the candidates, and hear where they stand on the issues most important to South Mississippians.More >> "Magnolia Money" is having a major financial impact on the economy in Hancock County. Magnolia Money is basically cash given to the Hancock County Tourism Bureau from BP to draw tourists back to the county to mitigate the loss of business during the oil spill crisis. As Al Showers found out, shop owners say the plan has their cash registers ringing loudly.More >> Though a lot of the oil from the DeepWater Horizon rig explosion that washed ashore has been cleaned up, hundreds of coast residents are still feeling the impact of the Coastal Crisis that began 184 days ago.More >> Business confidence on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is on the rebound. That's according to the latest CEO & Business Owner Confidence Survey released Tuesday.More >> A Waveland church wants to make sure no Hancock County families are going hungry during these tough economic times. Waveland United Methodist Church will soon open the county's first soup kitchen. The church will provide hot meals for anyone in need. And church leaders say the need is greater than most folks would imagine.More >> The Jackson County Sheriff's Department is spear-heading an effort to form a tri-county task force with one goal: take down child predators. Sheriffs from Jackson, Harrison, and Hancock counties are laying the groundwork with help from the Internet Crimes Against Children program.More >> Highway 603 in Hancock County is now brighter and safer to travel at night. Wednesday night, Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame flipped the switch on 135 new street lights along a six mile stretch of the roadway from I-10 to Highway 90.More >> The future of rocket testing at in South Mississippi will focus on private space missions, along with NASA's agenda. President Barack Obama plans to alter NASA's mission to include commercial space transportation. And that's just the course leaders at Stennis Space Center say they've plotted for years. The director says flexibility equals survival.More >> Authorities have recovered thousands of dollars in home appliances stolen from properties in Hancock and Harrison counties. Now, investigators are looking for the man they say is the mastermind of the theft ring - 41-year-old Larry Baum of Hancock County.More >> Hancock County's America's Got Talent winner Michael Grimm is teaming up with country music star Martina McBride for a special concert weekend to promote tourism on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Organizers are also hoping to add a huge welcome home celebration for Michael Grimm as he returns home following his nationwide tour for NBC's concert appearances.More >> Stennis Space Center's director tells WLOX News the congressional vote to extend the space shuttle program another year will not have an effect on Stennis.More >> FEMA funding will pay for work to make Biloxi fire stations stronger to withstand hurricanes. The fire department will receive the last of $1.16 million in Hazard Mitigation Grant funds to put new roofs on three fire stations.More >> A Slidell man who was in Hancock County to celebrate his birthday and watch a Saints game with family and friends died Sunday. Monday morning, divers found the body of 41-year-old Charles Trotter in the Jourdan River. Witnesses said before he was swept away, he was able to get his two kids to safety.More >> Some memories of Hurricane Katrina can fade over time. This week, the Mississippi Department of Transportation is working on a project to help us, and future generations, remember just how high Katrina's storm surge reached in Hancock County. Trang Pham-Bui has details about two Gateway Katrina Monuments.More >> Congressman Gene Taylor spent Monday morning checking out coastal restoration work in Hancock County. The Congressman took a boat tour of work underway. It includes building and restoring new fishing reefs.More >> It's been bounced from six different locations over the past five years, but soon, work will begin on a permanent home for the Hancock County Emergency Operations Center. Bids on the $3.5 million building are being accepted right now. Al Showers has a look at what the facility that serves as Hancock County's lifeline during disasters will look like.More >> It may only be the beginning of Fall, but the Salvation Army is already thinking about Christmas. The organization is now taking applications for its holiday assistance programs like the Angel Tree.More >> A new alliance out of Hancock County, is working to help small businesses thrive. The Magnolia Business Alliance was just awarded a $600,000 federal grant as part of a new pilot program to create jobs and economic development.More >> The Hancock County Tourism Development Bureau launched a new motor coach program to promote overnight stays paying up to $1,500 traveling allowance, plus $250 per night to qualified operators.More >> He's a local boy who is trying to take his talent to the top. Michael Grimm of Hancock County started as one of 100,000 contestants on the television show America's Got Talent. Now, he's one of the four finalists in the competition that ends this week. Grimm's success has people all over Hancock County beaming with pride, including his grandparents who raised him. Al Showers talked with them on Monday.More >> You can now see what grade your child's school district received on last year's state tests. In the latest Accountability Ratings, many school districts along the coast excelled or showed growth, while others are on the verge of failing.More >> The Hancock County Tourism Development Bureau launched a new tourism promotion this month giving qualified travelers free $25 Magnolia Money shopping vouchers to spend at participating retailers.More >> The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a $495,000 grant to Hancock Medical Center. The grant will help with construction and medical equipment costs for the hospital that was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina.More >> August 29, 2005 category 3 Hurricane Katrina made landfall near Hancock County. Damage stretched more than 150 miles along the coast and more than 75 miles inland leaving behind the worst damage in Hancock County.More >> The Mississippi Coast tourism industry is still trying to get back to where it once was. Wednesday's announcement that BP will give $3 million to help fund coastal activities will go a long way toward that goal.More >> Mississippi Gulf Coast tourism groups received a $3 million boost for tourism Wednesday from BP to counter the impact of the Gulf Oil Spill.More >> Diamondhead resident James Seglund is grateful and amazed at what thousands of volunteers have done here. To honor the generosity and kindness that came from around the globe, Seglund is leading a fund-raising effort to build a monument to the Katrina volunteers.More >> One South Mississippi couple found a sweet solution to recover from Katrina. The Beach House Snow Ball stand in Gulfport is serving up more than just a cool treat.More >> Results of the MCT-2 and the high school Subject Area Tests were released Friday morning. The state standardized test scores will help determine each district's performance rating, ranging from Star to Failing. As Assignment Education Reporter Trang Pham-Bui tells us, Pass Christian, Long Beach, and several other local school districts are examples of academic excellence.More >> The defense attorney for convicted murdered Leo Laurent believes the jury that found him guilty of his wife's killing could have been swayed by courtroom observers. That jury tampering allegation is one of two charges filed in a motion that requests the court to order a new trial for Laurent.More >> A Hancock County attorney is taking legal action to force the county to fix the acoustics at the renovated courthouse. Jimmy McGuire filed a motion after a judge declared a mistrial last week in a case because jurors simply could not hear the attorneys or witnesses.More >> FEMA has given final approval to eight federal grants worth more than $18.1 million to support Katrina recovery projects in the three coastal counties. The work had stalled because a federal disaster relief fund ran low on money.More >> Emergency managers across South Mississippi are watching the Gulf closely. The Tropical Depression 5 churning the gulf will bring strong winds, rain and high tides to the coast Thursday and Friday.More >> The Department of Marine Resources has issued a stop order for new equipment or projects paid for through BP grants. For the next 30 days, DMR will review where efforts are before the grant program is discontinued on September 8.More >> Police say the man who committed suicide after attempting to rob a Slidell Louisiana fast food restaurant was a member of the Louisiana National Guard ordered to assist with the oil spill.More >> Help cooling your home could be one phone call away. Gulf Coast Community Action is offering help to low income South Mississippians.More >> If you go shopping today or tomorrow for back-to-school clothes, most likely you will be able to save on the sales tax. Mississippi's tax free holiday begins today and runs through Saturday. See if the items on your shopping list qualify.More >> Diamondhead leaders dedicated a new fire station Thursday. It's the second fire house for the rapidly growing community. The station is located in the northeast corner of the community on Golf Club Drive. As Al Showers reports, growth is just part of why Diamondhead needed to expand fire services.More >> Some of BP's money went to promote tourism in the state which suffered greatly because of the nationwide perception that our beaches were drenched in oil. Overcoming that perception has been particularly tough on Smaller Coastal communities like Bay St. Louis and Waveland. Al Showers explains from Hancock County.More >> Hancock County leaders learned Tuesday, BP will soon begin taking boom out of South Mississippi waters. The news came at the daily briefing at the Emergency Operations office. As Al Showers reports, some Hancock County leaders say their sensitive marshes will still need protection.More >> Summer's winding down as the countdown to the school year begins. The countdown is also underway for the upcoming sales tax holiday. Shoppers are already out scoping items to bag for back-to-school bargains. As Krystal Allan reports, stores and shoppers are prepping for a busy weekend of business and buying.More >> For residents in low lying areas, any tropical activity can quickly turn into flooding. That's why all three coastal counties are offering sands bags, and urging folks to take precautions now.More >> Two people are dead after a drive home from a summer vacation turned tragic Thursday night. Five people were in a Toyota Four Runner traveling west on Interstate 10 when one of their tires blew out near the Louisiana state line.More >> Hancock County supervisors say unforeseen expenses related to the oil cleanup are starting to escalate. They say the county received $2 million in BP money to carry that burden. Board President Rocky Pullman said it's not possible to predict every expense ahead of time, and there's been a lot of budget adjusting.More >> Hancock Medical Center wants to bring more doctors to the area who offer specialized services. The hospital lost several doctors after hurricane Katrina. Leaders now hope by having office space available to them they can attract more specialty practice physicians. Al Showers reports.More >> Oil is reaching marshes in Hancock County. Officials said this could potentially be lethal for wildlife there. Crews were hard at work placing different types of booms in the marsh areas to try and stop the oil from going any farther than it already is. Jessica Bowman reports from Waveland to continue our Coastal Crisis Coverage.More >> Leo Laurent has been found guilty of murder in the death of his wife Brandi Laurent.
A $5 million federal grant will Mississippi provide employment assistance for workers who are laid off because of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The grant will be applied to George, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Pearl River and Stone counties in Mississippi.More >> Heavy rain across South Mississippi has brought street flooding, making driving dangerous.More >> A crime scene investigator told jurors Tuesday that Brandi Laurent could not have been killed in the way her husband described to authorities. Prosecutors showed a tape of Leo Laurent as he lead investigators through the trailer where his wife, Brandi, died.More >> Students at Stennis Space Center's Astro STARS camp learned about underwater robotics Tuesday in an exercise with the Navy.More >> A controversial plan to contain oil offshore is sparking debate among leaders in Hancock County. The Coventry plan calls for 40-foot tall pilings to run across the Bay of St. Louis, just south of the Railroad Bridge, with a canvas type of material on both sides of the pilings.More >> Testimony began Monday in murder trial of a Hancock County man accused of killing his wife. Prosecutors called five witnesses to the stand to testify in the trial of Leo Laurent.More >> The Hancock County Emergency Operations Center has kept a close eye on developments in the Gulf since the oil leak disaster began 57 days ago. EOC went into emergency mode immediately to make sure everything that could possible be done gets done to keep oil from reaching Hancock County's shoreline. As Al showers found out, that work to protect against the coastal crisis is getting recognition from around the Gulf States.More >> The astronauts scheduled to fly on NASA's final space shuttle mission spent Friday at Stennis Space Center in Hancock County. It was the Endeavour astronauts' chance to recognize the people at Stennis for their part in shuttle history.More >> Scientific research isn't the only thing BP is funding. As Hancock County reporter Al Showers found out, some local charitable organizations have also received some financial support from BP.More >> The oil spill's impact on tourism is evident across the Gulf Coast region. But the outlook isn't all negative. On the west end of the state, the spill could be pushing more regional visitors into Mississippi.More >> Cleaner, greener school busses will roll in Hancock County next fall. Monday, crews began installing devices on the diesel busses to drastically reduce emissions.More >> It's election day for South Mississippi republicans to choose a congressional candidate to run against Gene Taylor in the November 2nd election. Early turnout is very light. The two names on GOP primary ballots are State Representative Steven Palazzo and Petal resident Joe Tegerdine.More >> Thousands of feet of protective booms are stretched across Mississippi's waters in case oil should reach our shoreline. So, what is being done to make sure boaters stay safe and the booms stay put this busy weekend? Jessica Bowman reports from Hancock County.More >> Mississippi's Budget woes could mean some mental health facilities in the state may have to close their doors. Earlier this year, lawmakers fought a proposal by Governor Haley Barbour to close four state mental health hospitals and six crisis centers as a cost saving measure. Al Showers talks with a county leader who says the loss of even one mental health facility in the state will be one to many.More >> Officers stop crime and save lives. That and much more is true about five officers the Hancock-West Harrison County Kiwanis Club honored as Police Officers of the Year.More >> Accused killer Leo Laurent could be released from jail by the end of the day. Laurent's bail was set at $1 million, but recently reduced to $200,000.More >> Tuesday, the SBA is opening four Business Recovery Centers in South Mississippi to help small businesses and most private non-profit organizations affected by the Deepwater BP Oil Spill.More >> The U.S. Small Business Administration on Friday granted Mississippi's request for economic injury disaster loan assistance to help businesses on the Gulf coast recover from financial impacts of the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill.More >> Mississippi Gulf Coast tourism leaders say they'll ask from BP for $7.5 million a month to market our area to a national audience following the oil spill. The request extends until after the clean up and then some. Meanwhile, plans for a regional campaign are already moving ahead.More >> State tourism leaders have unveiled their latest plan to draw more visitors to the Magnolia State. It's a Culinary and Agri-Tourism Trail. The goal is to provide a guide to let visitors know about the tasty food found in Mississippi and what they can see and do in the state's agriculture industry.More >> The Harrison County Sheriff's Department responded to an accident at 3:39 Thursday morning in Pass Christian. Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove told WLOX it was a single car crash on Firetower Road about 4/10 of a mile north of Lowboy Road.More >> BP is holding another training session for Mississippi fishermen and boaters who want to participate in the "Vessel of Opportunity" program, this time in Bay St. Louis. Thursday's four-hour training session starts at 1pm at Hollywood Casino.More >> The Department of Marine Science at USM is working with the federal government on tracking the oil spill in the Gulf.More >> As the oil slick moves closer, volunteers are already mobilizing to help with the cleanup. The WLOX newsroom has been flooded with calls from people who want join in, and some of the people coordinating volunteer efforts say they've received an overwhelming response. Sylvia Hall shows us several ways you can help.More >> An environmental company out of Homa Louisiana is staging a major loading operation at Henderson Point. Friday, they will deploy 10,500 feet of oil containment booms that will extend across the Bay of St. Louis from Henderson Point to Bay St. Louis, around the Bay Waveland Yacht Club, at the Jordan River, and at Bayou Caddy.More >> The deadline to register to vote for the June 1st primaries is Saturday noon.More >> Stennis International Airport in Hancock County is headquarters for an ongoing effort to help clean-up the big oil slick in the gulf. Marine Spill Response Corporation has an operations base at Stennis. That group, funded by the oil industry, is loading planes with oil dispersant chemical, which is then dropped on the slick to help clean it up.More >> Some Diamondhead residents say they come home to a traffic nightmare almost daily. During peak traffic hours, they say it's nearly impossible to get to the Hancock County community off Interstate 10. Al Showers reports on what's being done to fix the problem.More >> Forty years ago, Apollo 13 blasted off to the moon. Onboard was Biloxi native Fred Haise, a lunar module pilot. Later today at John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Haise will be on hand for an event marking this 40th anniversary.More >> About 25 percent of Hancock County High School students don't graduate. School district leaders are taking action, in hopes of cutting the dropout rate. On Friday, they asked hundreds of eighth graders to make a commitment to stay in school.More >> The trial for accused murderer Leo Laurent had been delayed until June. Laurent is accused of killing his wife, Brandi, in August 2007 and burying her body not far from their Hancock County home. Laurent's trial was scheduled to begin Monday.More >> President Obama's plan for NASA to focus on deep space exploration means workers at Stennis Space Center could continue doing what they do best: testing the engines that make space travel possible. Jessica Bowman has more from Hancock County.More >> A Hancock County contractor says the tough economy has him nearly begging for work. Brent Scelson has placed the equivalent of a "Will Work For Food" sign on his truck hoping to drum up business.More >> It's been nearly two months since the Marsha Barbour Resource and Community Center opened on Kiln-Delisle Road. The people who use the center are grateful it's here.More >> Accidents, fires and medical emergencies are all events when you would need to dial 911. To help you, the people on the other end of the phone must stay alert and act fast. The job of a dispatcher is often a stressful and thankless job. Al Showers has more.More >> A vision for a state-of-the-art educational center and tourist attraction in Hancock County is one step closer to coming out of the ground. Tuesday, dozens of people gathered to mark the start of construction on the new Infinity Science Center. Trang Pham-Bui tells us why this latest milestone is being called "an unbelievable moment."More >> Hancock County's version of the hit television show "The Biggest Loser" ended Monday night with a final weigh-in. There were a total of 216 contestants vying for the title, including our own Hancock County Reporter Al Showers.More >> A Hancock County man scheduled to go on trial for murder will get six more months to prepare his case. Michael Burks is accused of the July 2007 shooting death of Gary Joiner.More >> Attorney Brian Alexander will continue to represent accused killer Leo Laurent. Alexander was in court Friday asking to be taken off the case, and to have Laurent undergo a psychiatric examMore >> Mississippi's two U.S. Senators have filed a bill to protect future of manned space exploration and Hancock County's role in NASA's Constellation Program.More >> A Hancock County Sheriff's deputy confirmed what the family of Wenda Holling said before: the 70-year-old woman was strangled. That information came out at a preliminary hearing Friday morning in Hancock County Justice Court.More >> Leo Laurent is set to stand trial for his wife's murder next month. But his lawyer wants off the case, saying his client is undermining his own defense.More >> The Infinity Science Center in Hancock County could be open by August 2011. Thursday, the Infinity Board of Directors awarded a $15 million construction contract to Roy Anderson Corp.More >> A Diamondhead woman was trying to do the right thing when she reported a suspected case of child abuse. Michelle Williams said she thought her name could be kept secret when she called the MDHS anonymous abuse hotline to report her suspicions. But she soon learned that wasn't the case at all.More >> The 2010 Census forms will hit mailboxes around South Mississippi this week. There are just ten questions total, but you do have to answer questions about everyone living in your household. The Census Bureau wants to stress the process is simple, and will take less than ten minutes.More >> The traveling office of the Southern District Public Service Commissioner is on the coast this week. Tuesday, the office was staffed at the Diamondhead Community Center. This week, two Hancock County cities will have mobile offices.More >> When WLOX News ran a story Saturday night about a military plane sitting on the shoulder of I-10, it caught Mike Young's attention. He immediately realized that was the plane he flew on during his time with the Tennessee Air National Guard.More >> A group called Concerned Citizens of Diamondhead held a meeting Thursday night to explain why they oppose incorporating the Hancock County community. The meeting drew people on both sides of the issue.More >> A Hancock County woman is carefully watching the developments in Chile. Joycelyn Everman was born and raised Santiago. She said ever since the earthquake struck her homeland, she hasn't been able to pull herself away from the TV.More >> A Kiln man will spend more than seven years behind bars for sending obscene photos to minors. Aaron Brensike, 64, was ordered Wednesday to serve 87 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release. He must also pay a $12,500 fine and to forfeit two computers.More >> The man who reportedly confessed to killing a Hancock County woman is now charged with her murder. Timothy Evans appeared in front of a Hancock County judge Friday morning, just days after he was arrested in Florida. Investigators believe the 52-year-old killed his landlord, Wenda Holling, in January, then dumped her body in a wooded area off Highway 67.More >> Timothy Nelson Evans, 52, is now charged with the murder of 70-year-old Wenda Holling. He's being held on a million dollar bond. Evans was back in Hancock County Friday morning after being extradited from Florida.More >> Timothy Evans (Photo Source: Columbia County Sheriff's Office) On Wednesday, Columbia County Sheriff's Office Deputies and Detectives in Florida along with the U.S. Marshals Service captured a man who is considered a person of interest in a Hancock County murder. Deputy Sheriff's and Deputy Marshals found Timothy Nelson Evans at the Driftwood Motel and took him into custody without incident at approximately 4:30 pm.More >> It's Reading Week for students who attend colleges and universities in Canada. Reading Week is similar to Spring Break. Instead of spending the week at home, Al Showers reports on some Canadian college students helping out in Hancock County.More >> Check out these pictures from Mardi Gras 2010, and upload your own at MyWLOX.com!More >> Work is about to begin on a new jail in Hancock County to replace the one destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. The 100,000 square foot complex will actually house three county law enforcement operations, including the jail, Justice Court, and the Sheriff's Department.More >> Stennis Space Center leaders on Wednesday affirmed their confidence as NASA's lead rocket engine testing facility, despite President Obama's proposal to cut funding for space exploration to the moon.More >> Monday, President Barack Obama unveiled his $3.8 trillion budget with an emphasis on job creation. The Obama plan includes more than $1.2 trillion in deficit spending. It also calls for some cuts, including NASA's $100 billion plan to return astronauts to the Moon through the Constellation program. That could be bad news for South Mississippi.More >> With South Mississippi awash in Saints fever, a coast businessman decided to build a few customized golf carts to see if Saints fans liked them. As Jeff Lawson reports, he was stunned by what he found out.More >> Hancock County Sheriff's investigators have yet to name a suspect in the death of 70-year-old Wenda Holling. But, they say she likely knew her killer. Holling, who was missing for several weeks, was found Tuesday in a wooded area on Turan Road off Highway 67 in Harrison County.More >> The Katrina Devastated Pearlington Community took another major step forward in its recovery efforts thanks to students from Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto, California. Hancock County reporter Al Showers has the story.More >> Harrison County investigators say an autopsy got underway on a body found in Harrison County around 6:30 Tuesday evening. A county road crew found the body a little after 3:30 pm just west of Mississippi 67.More >> Those opposed to Diamondhead becoming a city are appealing to the state's highest court, and they're being represented by two of the court's former justices.More >> It should be no surprise that for the Favres, it's family first. Despite watching and cheering the Saints for decades, when it comes to Sunday's game, they're backing Brett.More >> The astronauts from the most recent space shuttle mission stopped by Stennis Space Center Tuesday to thank employees for all their hard work on the space shuttle engines.More >> Personnel from the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (NMOC), based at Stennis Space Center (SSC), are helping relief get to the devastated people of Haiti. Operation Unified Response involves 11,000 military personnel. Most of the Stennis-based personnel taking part are conducting hydrographic surveys of ports of interest around Haiti.More >> Students at Hancock High face a loyalty dilemma this week: Should they cheer for the "Who Dats" or the hometown hero this Sunday? Steve Phillips asked that question at the high school Tuesday where he found the admiration for hometown hero Brett Favre runs deep. But the love for the Saints runs even deeper.More >> Hancock County investigators are releasing new pictures of the wreckage from Friday's plane crash. Pilot Randy Botts and Karl Smith were both killed when the plane went down off of Caesar-Necaise Road Friday afternoon.More >> Saints fans in the Kiln are facing one of their toughest cheering decisions ever. Do they pull for the black and gold Sunday, or hometown favorite Brett Favre and his Vikings? Al Showers spent the day in the Kiln, Favre's hometown, and a mecca for Favre fans for years.More >> Hancock County Coroner Norma Stiglet says both victims, 56-year-old Randy Botts and 23-year-old Karl Smith, have undergone autopsies and died from multiple injuries due to blunt force. Jessica Bowman has more on this story.More >>