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  • WLOX Editorial: Sports betting in Mississippi

    WLOX Editorial: Sports betting in Mississippi

    Thursday, May 17 2018 12:39 PM EDT2018-05-17 16:39:39 GMT

    Legal sports betting is on the way to Mississippi. A federal law that outlawed sports betting everywhere except for a few states including Nevada was just struck down by the U.S.Supreme Court; and rightfully so. Whether you agree or not with any kind of gambling, the old law was plain unfair to other states.

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    Legal sports betting is on the way to Mississippi. A federal law that outlawed sports betting everywhere except for a few states including Nevada was just struck down by the U.S.Supreme Court; and rightfully so. Whether you agree or not with any kind of gambling, the old law was plain unfair to other states.

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  • WLOX Editorial: Now is the time to prepare

    WLOX Editorial: Now is the time to prepare

    Wednesday, May 16 2018 6:57 PM EDT2018-05-16 22:57:32 GMT

    Mississippi Emergency Management hits the nail on the head in reference to the 2018 Hurricane season. "It only takes one." Each year we watch the tropics and for the most part, South Mississippi remained untouched over the past several years. Even when Hurricane Nate hit us last year, the damage was minimal and there were no deaths in Mississippi related to the storm.

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    Mississippi Emergency Management hits the nail on the head in reference to the 2018 Hurricane season. "It only takes one." Each year we watch the tropics and for the most part, South Mississippi remained untouched over the past several years. Even when Hurricane Nate hit us last year, the damage was minimal and there were no deaths in Mississippi related to the storm.

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  • WLOX Editorial: We expect a lot from the American medical community

    WLOX Editorial: We expect a lot from the American medical community

    Wednesday, May 9 2018 11:41 AM EDT2018-05-09 15:41:30 GMT

    In less time than it takes you to get ready for work each day, another person will die of an opioid overdose. On average four to five Americans die every hour in this epidemic. There is no doubt that the prescription medications that are designed to relieve human suffering are far too often killing people. People who often become addicted, overdose and die. Now we hear of major efforts to limit the prescriptions, to better train doctors, pharmacists and patients. 

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    In less time than it takes you to get ready for work each day, another person will die of an opioid overdose. On average four to five Americans die every hour in this epidemic. There is no doubt that the prescription medications that are designed to relieve human suffering are far too often killing people. People who often become addicted, overdose and die. Now we hear of major efforts to limit the prescriptions, to better train doctors, pharmacists and patients. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Mississippi drivers need to step up and do the right thing

    WLOX Editorial: Mississippi drivers need to step up and do the right thing

    Wednesday, May 9 2018 11:32 AM EDT2018-05-09 15:32:51 GMT

    Americans' love of automobiles is an ongoing affair. Why wouldn't it be? When we get behind the wheel of a car, we can go anywhere the road will take us, any time we want to go. Autos get us to and from work and school or hundreds of miles for a vacation. It's truly travel freedom. 

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    Americans' love of automobiles is an ongoing affair. Why wouldn't it be? When we get behind the wheel of a car, we can go anywhere the road will take us, any time we want to go. Autos get us to and from work and school or hundreds of miles for a vacation. It's truly travel freedom. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Signs of renewal in downtown Biloxi

    WLOX Editorial: Signs of renewal in downtown Biloxi

    Sunday, May 6 2018 8:16 PM EDT2018-05-07 00:16:25 GMT

    There's a new effort to revitalize downtown Biloxi and draw people and business back to the Vieux Marche. The new effort starts with converting Howard Avenue from a one-way street to two-way traffic. The street has seen many conversions and attempts to infuse new lifeblood.

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    There's a new effort to revitalize downtown Biloxi and draw people and business back to the Vieux Marche. The new effort starts with converting Howard Avenue from a one-way street to two-way traffic. The street has seen many conversions and attempts to infuse new lifeblood.

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  • WLOX Editorial: Pay attention and return home safely

    WLOX Editorial: Pay attention and return home safely

    Wednesday, May 2 2018 11:32 AM EDT2018-05-02 15:32:24 GMT

    Boating in South Mississippi is a way of life for so many. It's hard to beat life on the water. But far too often what starts out as a fun day on the water ends with a damaged boat, people injured or even death. 

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    Boating in South Mississippi is a way of life for so many. It's hard to beat life on the water. But far too often what starts out as a fun day on the water ends with a damaged boat, people injured or even death. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Good news for Port of Gulfport

    WLOX Editorial: Good news for Port of Gulfport

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 5:53 PM EDT2018-04-25 21:53:59 GMT

    The Port of Gulfport is already receiving imports from South America, and now a company based in Asia, specifically Istanbul, Turkey is negotiating to add a multimillion dollar terminal operation to the port.   

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    The Port of Gulfport is already receiving imports from South America, and now a company based in Asia, specifically Istanbul, Turkey is negotiating to add a multimillion dollar terminal operation to the port.   

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  • WLOX Editorial: This tax plan can work

    WLOX Editorial: This tax plan can work

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 5:47 PM EDT2018-04-25 21:47:49 GMT

    Taxes can be a big part of business expenses. Such a big part it can be make or break, success or out of business. Long term business tax relief is now being offered in what the government calls "Qualified Opportunity Zones." 

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    Taxes can be a big part of business expenses. Such a big part it can be make or break, success or out of business. Long term business tax relief is now being offered in what the government calls "Qualified Opportunity Zones." 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Taxpayers need to hold lawmakers accountable

    WLOX Editorial: Taxpayers need to hold lawmakers accountable

    Monday, April 23 2018 1:04 PM EDT2018-04-23 17:04:10 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.

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    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.

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  • WLOX Editorial: Substantial growth is on the way

    WLOX Editorial: Substantial growth is on the way

    Tuesday, April 17 2018 7:34 PM EDT2018-04-17 23:34:44 GMT

    The planned enhancements for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard are good news for Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, good news for the country and for South Mississippi. Substantial growth is on the way.  

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    The planned enhancements for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard are good news for Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, good news for the country and for South Mississippi. Substantial growth is on the way.  

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  • WLOX Editorial: We applaud MGCCC on its Collegiate Academy

    WLOX Editorial: We applaud MGCCC on its Collegiate Academy

    Wednesday, April 11 2018 11:46 AM EDT2018-04-11 15:46:55 GMT

    There is a new program designed to make it faster and easier for young people to get jobs. The new Collegiate Academy at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College allows high school students to work on their associate's degree while they are still in high school.   

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    There is a new program designed to make it faster and easier for young people to get jobs. The new Collegiate Academy at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College allows high school students to work on their associate's degree while they are still in high school.   

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  • WLOX Editorial: Just passing a test is not everything

    WLOX Editorial: Just passing a test is not everything

    Wednesday, April 11 2018 11:39 AM EDT2018-04-11 15:39:15 GMT

    Who among us wouldn't want to do well on a test? It's a great feeling to be able to announce to family and friends that you "aced" a test. But just acing or passing the test isn't everything. To do you any good, you should be able to put the information on the test to good use in life. 

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    Who among us wouldn't want to do well on a test? It's a great feeling to be able to announce to family and friends that you "aced" a test. But just acing or passing the test isn't everything. To do you any good, you should be able to put the information on the test to good use in life. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Gulfport development springing up

    WLOX Editorial: Gulfport development springing up

    Monday, April 9 2018 12:55 PM EDT2018-04-09 16:55:45 GMT

    Some say when it comes to annual renewal, forget New Year's. It's really Spring that inspires us to begin anew. There is a lot of "new" springing up when it comes to construction in Gulfport.

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    Some say when it comes to annual renewal, forget New Year's. It's really Spring that inspires us to begin anew. There is a lot of "new" springing up when it comes to construction in Gulfport.

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  • WLOX Editorial: Airport growth sign of good things

    WLOX Editorial: Airport growth sign of good things

    Thursday, April 5 2018 4:59 PM EDT2018-04-05 20:59:07 GMT

    After 6 years of slowly declining use of the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, the number of passengers flying in and out of the airport is increasing. 

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    After 6 years of slowly declining use of the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, the number of passengers flying in and out of the airport is increasing. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Governor was right to veto bill

    WLOX Editorial: Governor was right to veto bill

    Wednesday, March 28 2018 11:51 AM EDT2018-03-28 15:51:08 GMT

    The state was just about to enact a law that could have had the effect of stopping some people from reporting child abuse or neglect. The new law would have required anyone reporting abuse to provide their own name, address and phone number. 

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    The state was just about to enact a law that could have had the effect of stopping some people from reporting child abuse or neglect. The new law would have required anyone reporting abuse to provide their own name, address and phone number. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: It's time for our state lawmakers to do the right thing

    WLOX Editorial: It's time for our state lawmakers to do the right thing

    Wednesday, March 28 2018 11:44 AM EDT2018-03-28 15:44:43 GMT

    Our state legislature pushed to the last minute a proposed agreement on spending $750 million in BP settlement money for economic damages on the coast. Then the last minute came and went Monday night and still we have no plan. Coast civic and business leaders originally fought to keep all the money here since the coast is where the damage occurred from the 2010 oil disaster.

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    Our state legislature pushed to the last minute a proposed agreement on spending $750 million in BP settlement money for economic damages on the coast. Then the last minute came and went Monday night and still we have no plan. Coast civic and business leaders originally fought to keep all the money here since the coast is where the damage occurred from the 2010 oil disaster.

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  • WLOX Editorial: Thank you for keeping us safe

    WLOX Editorial: Thank you for keeping us safe

    Wednesday, March 14 2018 12:30 PM EDT2018-03-14 16:30:26 GMT

    The fact that Americans are in harm's way every day in the Middle East doesn't make the headlines like it did when the number of troops was greater than today. But it sure hits home when friends and neighbors head into the danger zones. More than 4,000 Mississippi National Guard soldiers will soon be deployed overseas. 

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    The fact that Americans are in harm's way every day in the Middle East doesn't make the headlines like it did when the number of troops was greater than today. But it sure hits home when friends and neighbors head into the danger zones. More than 4,000 Mississippi National Guard soldiers will soon be deployed overseas. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Fighting for education, so we don't have to fight crime

    WLOX Editorial: Fighting for education, so we don't have to fight crime

    Wednesday, March 14 2018 12:23 PM EDT2018-03-14 16:23:08 GMT

    The top crime fighter in Jackson County contends the best way to fight crime is to fight for early childhood education. Sheriff Mike Ezell contends Pre-K education will help guide children at an early age to learning right from wrong and that there is a better way than living a life of crime. We agree with the sheriff. 

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    The top crime fighter in Jackson County contends the best way to fight crime is to fight for early childhood education. Sheriff Mike Ezell contends Pre-K education will help guide children at an early age to learning right from wrong and that there is a better way than living a life of crime. We agree with the sheriff. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Quality of Life

    WLOX Editorial: Quality of Life

    Tuesday, March 6 2018 11:43 AM EST2018-03-06 16:43:37 GMT

    Far too often, when Mississippi is compared to the rest of the United States, we don't rank very high on the list. But a recent report suggests in some ways Mississippi is among the best states in which to live. The best states list put Mississippi at number six in the country on quality of life. According to the study a person's quality of life is measured by both the natural environment, in which the state ranks well, and social environment. 

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    Far too often, when Mississippi is compared to the rest of the United States, we don't rank very high on the list. But a recent report suggests in some ways Mississippi is among the best states in which to live. The best states list put Mississippi at number six in the country on quality of life. According to the study a person's quality of life is measured by both the natural environment, in which the state ranks well, and social environment. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: More people need to step up

    WLOX Editorial: More people need to step up

    Wednesday, February 28 2018 12:15 PM EST2018-02-28 17:15:36 GMT

    It's a small town of less than 15,000 people with a crime problem. But people are showing up. Showing up to town hall style meetings and looking for solutions to crime that led to four homicides in the first five weeks of the year. 

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    It's a small town of less than 15,000 people with a crime problem. But people are showing up. Showing up to town hall style meetings and looking for solutions to crime that led to four homicides in the first five weeks of the year. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: You could win a home, you will help save lives

    WLOX Editorial: You could win a home, you will help save lives

    Tuesday, March 6 2018 11:35 AM EST2018-03-06 16:35:01 GMT

    The South Mississippi St. Jude Dream Home construction is complete. It's the half million dollar home that St Jude is giving away. You can tour the Dream Home every weekend from now through April 1. The Saturday hours are nine to five. Sunday hours are noon to five.  The home is in West Gulfport in the Oak Shadow neighborhood, just off the beach. 

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    The South Mississippi St. Jude Dream Home construction is complete. It's the half million dollar home that St Jude is giving away. You can tour the Dream Home every weekend from now through April 1. The Saturday hours are nine to five. Sunday hours are noon to five.  The home is in West Gulfport in the Oak Shadow neighborhood, just off the beach. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Glad to see sea life attractions taking shape

    WLOX Editorial: Glad to see sea life attractions taking shape

    Tuesday, March 20 2018 5:41 PM EDT2018-03-20 21:41:24 GMT

    After years of talking and planning, the Mississippi Gulf Coast is well on its way to developing not one, but two, venues to get up-close and personal with sea life. Just opened is Ocean Adventures, part of the Institute of Marine Mammal Studies. 

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    After years of talking and planning, the Mississippi Gulf Coast is well on its way to developing not one, but two, venues to get up-close and personal with sea life. Just opened is Ocean Adventures, part of the Institute of Marine Mammal Studies. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Tax credits would help foster care

    WLOX Editorial: Tax credits would help foster care

    Tuesday, March 20 2018 5:32 PM EDT2018-03-20 21:32:35 GMT

    There are 5,000 Mississippi children in foster care in our state. The need for homes and care continues to grow.  A proposal in the state legislature will give additional tax breaks to those who help, whether through becoming foster parents or those who donate to charities that serve foster kids. The plan is to create a dollar for dollar state tax credit up to $1,000 for donations to charities that serve foster kids.

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    There are 5,000 Mississippi children in foster care in our state. The need for homes and care continues to grow.  A proposal in the state legislature will give additional tax breaks to those who help, whether through becoming foster parents or those who donate to charities that serve foster kids. The plan is to create a dollar for dollar state tax credit up to $1,000 for donations to charities that serve foster kids.

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  • WLOX Editorial: Arming teachers is a big decision for our state

    WLOX Editorial: Arming teachers is a big decision for our state

    Wednesday, February 28 2018 12:13 PM EST2018-02-28 17:13:56 GMT

    The Parkland Florida School shooting rampage left 17 dead and leaves us wondering what to do to protect our children in school. The failure of authorities when there were so many complaints in advance that he may attack the school and then the failure of the deputy at the school to confront the shooter leaves us thinking; we have to do  more. 

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    The Parkland Florida School shooting rampage left 17 dead and leaves us wondering what to do to protect our children in school. The failure of authorities when there were so many complaints in advance that he may attack the school and then the failure of the deputy at the school to confront the shooter leaves us thinking; we have to do  more. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Center of Hope needed in South Mississippi

    WLOX Editorial: Center of Hope needed in South Mississippi

    Wednesday, November 15 2017 5:10 PM EST2017-11-15 22:10:44 GMT

    There is a continuing and growing need to deal with the homeless in South Mississippi. The work of so many providing food and temporary shelter is already helping many, but it is not enough. Now the Salvation Army with the help of BP restoration funds from the state, is taking a much bigger step to deal with the need. 

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    There is a continuing and growing need to deal with the homeless in South Mississippi. The work of so many providing food and temporary shelter is already helping many, but it is not enough. Now the Salvation Army with the help of BP restoration funds from the state, is taking a much bigger step to deal with the need. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: 8-year-old hero

    WLOX Editorial: 8-year-old hero

    Monday, October 9 2017 10:01 PM EDT2017-10-10 02:01:32 GMT

    As we rush through the hours and days of our lives, working, going to school, caring for our families, we sometimes don't realize the impact we and the events around us have on our children. Sometimes we may think they are not paying attention, and at other times their actions amaze us and cause us to take pause. One of those children is 8-year-old Lilly Bice.  

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    As we rush through the hours and days of our lives, working, going to school, caring for our families, we sometimes don't realize the impact we and the events around us have on our children. Sometimes we may think they are not paying attention, and at other times their actions amaze us and cause us to take pause. One of those children is 8-year-old Lilly Bice.  

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  • WLOX Editorial: Stopping storm price gougers

    WLOX Editorial: Stopping storm price gougers

    Wednesday, September 13 2017 4:16 PM EDT2017-09-13 20:16:50 GMT

    The overwhelming response to those in need for both Hurricane Harvey in Texas and now Irma in Florida has been great. People giving of their time, their money, and yes at times their blood, sweat, and tears. But there always seems to be a few who want to take advantage of a bad situation.   

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    The overwhelming response to those in need for both Hurricane Harvey in Texas and now Irma in Florida has been great. People giving of their time, their money, and yes at times their blood, sweat, and tears. But there always seems to be a few who want to take advantage of a bad situation.   

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  • WLOX Editorial: We salute America's storm heroes

    WLOX Editorial: We salute America's storm heroes

    Wednesday, August 30 2017 6:11 PM EDT2017-08-30 22:11:23 GMT

    Many Americans are in a tough spot this week. And thousands of people have come to their aid. The chaos created by Hurricane Harvey is being defeated by the tremendous outpouring of unselfish and heroic acts of friends, neighbors, and strangers. Once again, our faith in humanity, our faith in Americans is restored. 

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    Many Americans are in a tough spot this week. And thousands of people have come to their aid. The chaos created by Hurricane Harvey is being defeated by the tremendous outpouring of unselfish and heroic acts of friends, neighbors, and strangers. Once again, our faith in humanity, our faith in Americans is restored. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Patience is a virtue, especially when driving

    WLOX Editorial: Patience is a virtue, especially when driving

    Tuesday, August 1 2017 11:18 AM EDT2017-08-01 15:18:39 GMT

    Many strive to be good citizens with solid virtues most of the time. Patience, self-control; virtues most would say are worth pursuing. But there are times when we rush and seem to forget that patience is a virtue, especially when driving.  

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    Many strive to be good citizens with solid virtues most of the time. Patience, self-control; virtues most would say are worth pursuing. But there are times when we rush and seem to forget that patience is a virtue, especially when driving.  

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  • WLOX Editorial: It looks like this was a bad deal

    WLOX Editorial: It looks like this was a bad deal

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 5:32 PM EDT2017-07-19 21:32:10 GMT

    The state of Mississippi loaned GreenTech Automotive, an electric auto company, 4.9 million tax dollars. The reason? Seed money to create 350 new jobs.    

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    The state of Mississippi loaned GreenTech Automotive, an electric auto company, 4.9 million tax dollars. The reason? Seed money to create 350 new jobs.    

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  • WLOX Editorial: Cruisin' investment worth the return

    WLOX Editorial: Cruisin' investment worth the return

    Wednesday, July 12 2017 2:04 PM EDT2017-07-12 18:04:28 GMT

    "Our little car show has grown up a good bit," that's what Cruisin' the Coast Executive Director Woody Bailey recently told Harrison County Supervisors. He's right. Twenty-one years into it and this fall event draws huge crowds to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to celebrate our continuing love affair with antique and classic cars.  

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    "Our little car show has grown up a good bit," that's what Cruisin' the Coast Executive Director Woody Bailey recently told Harrison County Supervisors. He's right. Twenty-one years into it and this fall event draws huge crowds to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to celebrate our continuing love affair with antique and classic cars.  

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  • WLOX Editorial: Red tape won out over animal's life

    WLOX Editorial: Red tape won out over animal's life

    Wednesday, July 12 2017 1:49 PM EDT2017-07-12 17:49:30 GMT

    Twenty-five years ago, the Marine Mammal Protection act was amended to formally name NOAA's National Marine Fisheries service the lead agency in dealing with stranded marine mammals including dolphins. The agency has a lot of programs that promote the safety of all marine mammals which are protected species. But recent action, or lack of action by the federal agency led to the death of a dolphin. 

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    Twenty-five years ago, the Marine Mammal Protection act was amended to formally name NOAA's National Marine Fisheries service the lead agency in dealing with stranded marine mammals including dolphins. The agency has a lot of programs that promote the safety of all marine mammals which are protected species. But recent action, or lack of action by the federal agency led to the death of a dolphin. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Drive safely this holiday weekend

    WLOX Editorial: Drive safely this holiday weekend

    Friday, June 30 2017 4:30 PM EDT2017-06-30 20:30:07 GMT

    Last year at this time, a record number 43 million Americans traveled over the Independence Day holiday. This year, the number is even higher at 44.2 million, traveling 50 miles or more. 

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    Last year at this time, a record number 43 million Americans traveled over the Independence Day holiday. This year, the number is even higher at 44.2 million, traveling 50 miles or more. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: The secret is out

    WLOX Editorial: The secret is out

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 4:18 PM EDT2017-06-21 20:18:52 GMT

    The Mississippi Coast is getting some well-deserved attention from a national fashion and lifestyle magazine. Vogue paints a positive picture of cities along the coast from Bay St. Louis to Ocean Springs.  

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    The Mississippi Coast is getting some well-deserved attention from a national fashion and lifestyle magazine. Vogue paints a positive picture of cities along the coast from Bay St. Louis to Ocean Springs.  

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  • WLOX Editorial: Criminals escaping is serious business

    WLOX Editorial: Criminals escaping is serious business

    Wednesday, June 21 2017 4:16 PM EDT2017-06-21 20:16:10 GMT

    Two inmates escaped from the Washington County Regional Correctional Facility.Then the sheriff fired six people and suspended two others.Some people may consider the firings a little harsh and not politically correct. But Sheriff Milton Gaston says the June 2nd escape was an employee's fault.  

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    Two inmates escaped from the Washington County Regional Correctional Facility.Then the sheriff fired six people and suspended two others.Some people may consider the firings a little harsh and not politically correct. But Sheriff Milton Gaston says the June 2nd escape was an employee's fault.  

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  • WLOX Editorial: Clean and resilient, a great honor for four coast harbors

    WLOX Editorial: Clean and resilient, a great honor for four coast harbors

    Wednesday, June 14 2017 5:57 PM EDT2017-06-14 21:57:47 GMT

    There's a new flag flying over Long Beach Harbor. A flag for which Long Beach should be proud. Harbor construction standards and clean procedures have won it the designation "Clean and Resilient" by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.   

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    There's a new flag flying over Long Beach Harbor. A flag for which Long Beach should be proud. Harbor construction standards and clean procedures have won it the designation "Clean and Resilient" by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.   

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  • WLOX Editorial: This week celebrate our freedom

    WLOX Editorial: This week celebrate our freedom

    Wednesday, June 14 2017 6:00 PM EDT2017-06-14 22:00:41 GMT

    This is National Flag week. While many people are flying the American Flag this week, Flag Day and Flag Week are widely unnoticed by many others across America. Flag week commemorates the adoption of the official United States Flag 240 years ago. 

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    This is National Flag week. While many people are flying the American Flag this week, Flag Day and Flag Week are widely unnoticed by many others across America. Flag week commemorates the adoption of the official United States Flag 240 years ago. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Finally righting a wrong

    WLOX Editorial: Finally righting a wrong

    Wednesday, June 7 2017 3:31 PM EDT2017-06-07 19:31:38 GMT

    Mississippi lawmakers are finally righting a wrong. Last year the state swept state accounts into one bigger account. The sweep took money intended for the Point Cadet Leasing fund. 

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    Mississippi lawmakers are finally righting a wrong. Last year the state swept state accounts into one bigger account. The sweep took money intended for the Point Cadet Leasing fund. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: State lawmakers need to fix this

    WLOX Editorial: State lawmakers need to fix this

    Wednesday, June 7 2017 3:12 PM EDT2017-06-07 19:12:47 GMT

    This week general elections were held across the state. Like they always do, precinct workers got to the polls early and opened for 12 hours. And we elected city leaders. But there were plenty of voting precincts open where there were no contested races. 

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    This week general elections were held across the state. Like they always do, precinct workers got to the polls early and opened for 12 hours. And we elected city leaders. But there were plenty of voting precincts open where there were no contested races. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: It's your choice

    WLOX Editorial: It's your choice

    Tuesday, May 30 2017 11:48 AM EDT2017-05-30 15:48:41 GMT

    On Tuesday for the third time this year, poll workers across South Mississippi will get up early. They will arrive at their designated assignments. They will be ready to check voter lists. For 12 hours, or longer they will make sure that every single registered voter who wants to vote in municipal elections, gets that opportunity.

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    On Tuesday for the third time this year, poll workers across South Mississippi will get up early. They will arrive at their designated assignments. They will be ready to check voter lists. For 12 hours, or longer they will make sure that every single registered voter who wants to vote in municipal elections, gets that opportunity.

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  • WLOX Editorial: Opioid epidemic

    WLOX Editorial: Opioid epidemic

    Thursday, June 1 2017 4:02 PM EDT2017-06-01 20:02:22 GMT

    Opioid abuse is a serious health issue. Drug overdose is the leading cause of injury death in the United States. Drugs like Oxycontin, Vicodin, Percocet, morphine, and heroin are driving factors in the increase in deaths. Many addicts get prescriptions from friends or family who are legitimately receiving these prescriptions. Sadly, many people don't realize by providing these legally prescribed drugs they are enabling the addiction. 

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    Opioid abuse is a serious health issue. Drug overdose is the leading cause of injury death in the United States. Drugs like Oxycontin, Vicodin, Percocet, morphine, and heroin are driving factors in the increase in deaths. Many addicts get prescriptions from friends or family who are legitimately receiving these prescriptions. Sadly, many people don't realize by providing these legally prescribed drugs they are enabling the addiction. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Forming and running a new city will not be easy

    WLOX Editorial: Forming and running a new city will not be easy

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 12:08 PM EDT2017-05-23 16:08:54 GMT

    There's a community just west of Hattiesburg called Bellevue. Bellevue is not an incorporated city, but some of the people who live there want to incorporate. They are proposing a 15 square mile area as the new city of Bellevue with a mayor and aldermen to run things. 

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    There's a community just west of Hattiesburg called Bellevue. Bellevue is not an incorporated city, but some of the people who live there want to incorporate. They are proposing a 15 square mile area as the new city of Bellevue with a mayor and aldermen to run things. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Special invitation

    WLOX Editorial: Special invitation

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 12:00 PM EDT2017-05-23 16:00:07 GMT

    You are invited to volunteer for a very special task this Saturday. It's a task to honor veterans whose final resting place is Biloxi National Cemetery. You can help place 23,000 flags on graves as part of Memorial Day observances.   

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    You are invited to volunteer for a very special task this Saturday. It's a task to honor veterans whose final resting place is Biloxi National Cemetery. You can help place 23,000 flags on graves as part of Memorial Day observances.   

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  • WLOX Editorial: Have a hurricane season plan

    WLOX Editorial: Have a hurricane season plan

    Monday, May 22 2017 12:48 AM EDT2017-05-22 04:48:08 GMT

    Hurricane season is almost here for the Atlantic Basin. June 1st begins the time of year when we watch the tropics closely for any sign of tropical development that could eventually affect the Mississippi Coast.

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    Hurricane season is almost here for the Atlantic Basin. June 1st begins the time of year when we watch the tropics closely for any sign of tropical development that could eventually affect the Mississippi Coast.

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  • WLOX Editorial: Remembering fallen officers

    WLOX Editorial: Remembering fallen officers

    Thursday, May 18 2017 12:13 PM EDT2017-05-18 16:13:57 GMT

    This week, we honor Police officers who have died in the line of duty. It is important that we take the time to remember those who have lost their lives while protecting our communities. Police officers must have a very high standard of accountability for a job that can turn fatal.  

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    This week, we honor Police officers who have died in the line of duty. It is important that we take the time to remember those who have lost their lives while protecting our communities. Police officers must have a very high standard of accountability for a job that can turn fatal.  

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  • WLOX Editorial: Keep kids out of hot cars

    WLOX Editorial: Keep kids out of hot cars

    Monday, May 15 2017 3:23 PM EDT2017-05-15 19:23:30 GMT

    As we head once again into the warmer weather, it is worth reminding parents and caregivers to never leave small children in cars. The result can be horrific. They can die of heat stroke. On average a child dies of heat stroke in a vehicle every 9 days. Often in these cases, parents get busy and distracted and just plain forget that the child is in the car.  

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    As we head once again into the warmer weather, it is worth reminding parents and caregivers to never leave small children in cars. The result can be horrific. They can die of heat stroke. On average a child dies of heat stroke in a vehicle every 9 days. Often in these cases, parents get busy and distracted and just plain forget that the child is in the car.  

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  • WLOX Editorial: Golden Age Games

    WLOX Editorial: Golden Age Games

    Thursday, May 11 2017 9:39 PM EDT2017-05-12 01:39:23 GMT

    South Mississippi this week hosted the National Veterans Golden Age Games. About 800 vets 55 and older came to the Coast to compete. 

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    South Mississippi this week hosted the National Veterans Golden Age Games. About 800 vets 55 and older came to the Coast to compete. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Natural gas production helps local economy

    WLOX Editorial: Natural gas production helps local economy

    Sunday, May 7 2017 7:25 PM EDT2017-05-07 23:25:49 GMT
    The huge increase in Natural Gas production in the United States continues to pay big dividends for energy independence for America and profit for American Companies. South Mississippi is getting in on the action with the planned construction of a 450-million-dollar production facility it will convert gas to liquid. Then it will be sold and shipped to Caribbean nations. The huge growth in tonnage through the port of Gulfport means millions in state and local tax dollars. The shippin...More >>
    The huge increase in Natural Gas production in the United States continues to pay big dividends for energy independence for America and profit for American Companies. South Mississippi is getting in on the action with the planned construction of a 450-million-dollar production facility it will convert gas to liquid. Then it will be sold and shipped to Caribbean nations. The huge growth in tonnage through the port of Gulfport means millions in state and local tax dollars. The shippin...More >>
  • WLOX Editorial: SeaOne deal will help grow our economy

    WLOX Editorial: SeaOne deal will help grow our economy

    Wednesday, May 3 2017 12:29 PM EDT2017-05-03 16:29:14 GMT

    The huge increase in natural gas production in the United States continues to pay big dividends for energy independence for America and profit for American Companies. South Mississippi is getting in on the action with the planned construction of a $450 million production facility that will convert gas to liquid. 

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    The huge increase in natural gas production in the United States continues to pay big dividends for energy independence for America and profit for American Companies. South Mississippi is getting in on the action with the planned construction of a $450 million production facility that will convert gas to liquid. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Listen to the people

    WLOX Editorial: Listen to the people

    Wednesday, May 3 2017 11:45 AM EDT2017-05-03 15:45:37 GMT

    This week the people spoke. Voters went to the polls and decided who they want to lead area cities over the next four years. The people speak again in two weeks for those in runoffs and again on June 6 for those facing opposition in the June 6 general elections. Many races are now decided.

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    This week the people spoke. Voters went to the polls and decided who they want to lead area cities over the next four years. The people speak again in two weeks for those in runoffs and again on June 6 for those facing opposition in the June 6 general elections. Many races are now decided.

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  • WLOX Editorial: Judges should always be fair and impartial

    WLOX Editorial: Judges should always be fair and impartial

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 3:55 PM EDT2017-04-26 19:55:47 GMT

    A North Mississippi judge was publicly reprimanded for improperly intervening in favor of a landlord against a tenant. We agree with the Mississippi Supreme Court's action. The high court said the County Justice Court Judge improperly advised the landlord to increase the amount she sought from about $500 to seven times that amount, $3,500.  

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    A North Mississippi judge was publicly reprimanded for improperly intervening in favor of a landlord against a tenant. We agree with the Mississippi Supreme Court's action. The high court said the County Justice Court Judge improperly advised the landlord to increase the amount she sought from about $500 to seven times that amount, $3,500.  

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