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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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  • WLOX Editorial: MS Department of Education needs checks and balances

    WLOX Editorial: MS Department of Education needs checks and balances

    Thursday, April 27 2017 6:04 AM EDT2017-04-27 10:04:06 GMT

    We recently learned that the Mississippi Department of Education misspent tens of millions of dollars.The department had to cut after school grants to repay federal money that was spent on programs for which they were not approved. Audits revealed the problem. 

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    We recently learned that the Mississippi Department of Education misspent tens of millions of dollars.The department had to cut after school grants to repay federal money that was spent on programs for which they were not approved. Audits revealed the problem. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: New seat belt law will help save lives

    WLOX Editorial: New seat belt law will help save lives

    Wednesday, April 19 2017 4:20 PM EDT2017-04-19 20:20:53 GMT

    For 50 years, the number of deaths on America's roads was trending downward. Now in the past couple of years that trend has reversed. Last year 40,000 people died on the roads. 4.6 million survived, but were seriously injured.

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    For 50 years, the number of deaths on America's roads was trending downward. Now in the past couple of years that trend has reversed. Last year 40,000 people died on the roads. 4.6 million survived, but were seriously injured.

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  • WLOX Editorial: Thank you Mayor Guice

    WLOX Editorial: Thank you Mayor Guice

    Wednesday, April 19 2017 1:32 PM EDT2017-04-19 17:32:55 GMT

    The Mississippi Gulf Coast lost a long time leader and public servant who by all accounts loved Biloxi. Danny Guice, Sr. passed away at age 92 leaving behind a history of public service that helped Biloxi though some of its toughest history. 

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    The Mississippi Gulf Coast lost a long time leader and public servant who by all accounts loved Biloxi. Danny Guice, Sr. passed away at age 92 leaving behind a history of public service that helped Biloxi though some of its toughest history. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Glad to see MS Aquarium plans moving forward

    WLOX Editorial: Glad to see MS Aquarium plans moving forward

    Wednesday, April 12 2017 11:40 AM EDT2017-04-12 15:40:04 GMT

    That state of the art Aquarium for Gulfport talked about for the past three years is becoming more than just talk. Ground has been broken and work has begun.   

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    That state of the art Aquarium for Gulfport talked about for the past three years is becoming more than just talk. Ground has been broken and work has begun.   

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  • WLOX Editorial: South MS is a tourism community that welcomes all

    WLOX Editorial: South MS is a tourism community that welcomes all

    Wednesday, April 12 2017 11:47 AM EDT2017-04-12 15:47:06 GMT

    South Mississippi is a tourism community that rolls out the welcome mat to everyone. So, when tens of thousands of people come here on a beautiful weekend and enjoy our shoreline, we have a lot to be proud of. But the just completed spring break party had a few hiccups that need to be fixed.   

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    South Mississippi is a tourism community that rolls out the welcome mat to everyone. So, when tens of thousands of people come here on a beautiful weekend and enjoy our shoreline, we have a lot to be proud of. But the just completed spring break party had a few hiccups that need to be fixed.   

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  • WLOX Editorial: Fake news, you have the power to stop it

    WLOX Editorial: Fake news, you have the power to stop it

    Tuesday, April 4 2017 11:58 AM EDT2017-04-04 15:58:53 GMT

    Fake news - The label is a new one. We used to call it tabloid or yellow journalism. For decades, we found it on the shelves of supermarkets. While scandalous and often amusing, many of us would never pass it along as factual.  But with the arrival of social media, many people pass along lies. 

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    Fake news - The label is a new one. We used to call it tabloid or yellow journalism. For decades, we found it on the shelves of supermarkets. While scandalous and often amusing, many of us would never pass it along as factual.  But with the arrival of social media, many people pass along lies. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Sick children biggest Dream Home winners

    WLOX Editorial: Sick children biggest Dream Home winners

    Tuesday, April 4 2017 11:50 AM EDT2017-04-04 15:50:44 GMT

    This Sunday, we will find out who wins a new home. The 2,600 square foot home with a beach view is valued at $430,000. It's on Oak Shadows Drive in West Gulfport.  

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    This Sunday, we will find out who wins a new home. The 2,600 square foot home with a beach view is valued at $430,000. It's on Oak Shadows Drive in West Gulfport.  

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  • WLOX Editorial: Social media education puts kids on the right path

    WLOX Editorial: Social media education puts kids on the right path

    Monday, March 27 2017 5:50 PM EDT2017-03-27 21:50:56 GMT

    Once you post it, it's out there forever. That's the message from the Gulfport School District. Social media is a huge part of lives across our society. We are glad to see the school district educating students on social media.  

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    Once you post it, it's out there forever. That's the message from the Gulfport School District. Social media is a huge part of lives across our society. We are glad to see the school district educating students on social media.  

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  • WLOX Editorial: Highway projects will enhance economic growth in South Mississippi

    WLOX Editorial: Highway projects will enhance economic growth in South Mississippi

    Monday, March 27 2017 5:53 PM EDT2017-03-27 21:53:29 GMT

    Our state is hoping to capitalize on President Donald Trump's promise to improve infrastructure asking for seven billion dollars for four big highway projects. Three of them are in South Mississippi and could certainly help with economic growth.   The biggest project would be a new limited access highway from the coast to the capital.  Another project would widen I10 to six lanes from Vancleave to the Alabama line.  A third project would be a new thoroughfare bet...

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    Our state is hoping to capitalize on President Donald Trump's promise to improve infrastructure asking for seven billion dollars for four big highway projects. Three of them are in South Mississippi and could certainly help with economic growth.   The biggest project would be a new limited access highway from the coast to the capital.  Another project would widen I10 to six lanes from Vancleave to the Alabama line.  A third project would be a new thoroughfare bet...

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  • WLOX Editorial: You can't vote if you are not registered

    WLOX Editorial: You can't vote if you are not registered

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 6:47 PM EDT2017-03-22 22:47:18 GMT

    Do you ever wonder who is in charge of local police and fire staffing in your neighborhood? Who decides pay and benefits for police officers and fire fighters. Who sets zoning law for of a piece of property down the street or around the corner? Who decides city regulatory fees, business licenses, street maintenance, storm drainage, flood control, water, sewer, garbage pick-up, code enforcement? Many of these activities and services touch our lives regularly. 

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    Do you ever wonder who is in charge of local police and fire staffing in your neighborhood? Who decides pay and benefits for police officers and fire fighters. Who sets zoning law for of a piece of property down the street or around the corner? Who decides city regulatory fees, business licenses, street maintenance, storm drainage, flood control, water, sewer, garbage pick-up, code enforcement? Many of these activities and services touch our lives regularly. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: New law requires transparency, and that is good

    WLOX Editorial: New law requires transparency, and that is good

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 6:39 PM EDT2017-03-22 22:39:04 GMT

    The business of forfeiture of drug money and property to police agencies just got a little more transparent to the public and we view that as a good thing. The Mississippi state legislature is now requiring the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics to maintain a public website that tracks all such forfeitures taken through civil court proceedings. 

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    The business of forfeiture of drug money and property to police agencies just got a little more transparent to the public and we view that as a good thing. The Mississippi state legislature is now requiring the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics to maintain a public website that tracks all such forfeitures taken through civil court proceedings. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Good tourism news

    WLOX Editorial: Good tourism news

    Wednesday, March 15 2017 4:54 PM EDT2017-03-15 20:54:32 GMT

    Good news this week on tourism for the Mississippi Gulf Coast. 2016 saw an 8% increase in overall visitation over 2015. We are glad to see the growth. 

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    Good news this week on tourism for the Mississippi Gulf Coast. 2016 saw an 8% increase in overall visitation over 2015. We are glad to see the growth. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Roads and bridges in Mississippi need improvement

    WLOX Editorial: Roads and bridges in Mississippi need improvement

    Wednesday, March 15 2017 4:38 PM EDT2017-03-15 20:38:40 GMT

    The Mississippi Economic Council says 2,300 bridges are restricted from carrying the legal weight for which they were designed. And just last week, one state legislator announced recent safety inspections will result in the closure of 100 bridges.  

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    The Mississippi Economic Council says 2,300 bridges are restricted from carrying the legal weight for which they were designed. And just last week, one state legislator announced recent safety inspections will result in the closure of 100 bridges.  

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  • WLOX Editorial: Lawmakers should take a stand against physical abuse

    WLOX Editorial: Lawmakers should take a stand against physical abuse

    Wednesday, March 8 2017 4:18 PM EST2017-03-08 21:18:43 GMT

    Mississippi lawmakers once again find themselves in a difficult position. They have to vote on a bill to make it a little easier to get a divorce. Clearly this is a sticky issue. Our elected officials don't want to be seen as; anti-marriage or pro-divorce. But the state is already in the legal marriage and legal divorce business, like it or not. 

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    Mississippi lawmakers once again find themselves in a difficult position. They have to vote on a bill to make it a little easier to get a divorce. Clearly this is a sticky issue. Our elected officials don't want to be seen as; anti-marriage or pro-divorce. But the state is already in the legal marriage and legal divorce business, like it or not. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Our pledge to you

    WLOX Editorial: Our pledge to you

    Wednesday, March 8 2017 4:13 PM EST2017-03-08 21:13:34 GMT

    This week's horrific train bus accident in downtown Biloxi that claimed lives and injured so many is painful for us all.Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims. Our praise goes to the people who responded and helped; including civilians and 1st responders; in Biloxi and nearby communities and to every hospital on the coast whose staffs are still treating those who are hurting.  

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    This week's horrific train bus accident in downtown Biloxi that claimed lives and injured so many is painful for us all.Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims. Our praise goes to the people who responded and helped; including civilians and 1st responders; in Biloxi and nearby communities and to every hospital on the coast whose staffs are still treating those who are hurting.  

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  • WLOX Editorial: Thank you to all who helped

    WLOX Editorial: Thank you to all who helped

    Wednesday, March 1 2017 11:45 AM EST2017-03-01 16:45:10 GMT

    Insured damages from tornadoes that struck the Hattiesburg and Petal area in January could reach $100 million. So far, insurance companies are paying out tens of millions of dollars in claims.  And the federal government is stepping in with grants and loans.  But there are still plenty of people who still need help. 

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    Insured damages from tornadoes that struck the Hattiesburg and Petal area in January could reach $100 million. So far, insurance companies are paying out tens of millions of dollars in claims. And the federal government is stepping in with grants and loans. But there are still plenty of people who still need help. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: We thought the State Legislature would do the right thing

    WLOX Editorial: We thought the State Legislature would do the right thing

    Wednesday, March 1 2017 11:43 AM EST2017-03-01 16:43:36 GMT

    We thought the Mississippi State Legislature was going to do the right thing when it comes to spending the money coming to the state in the BP Oil disaster settlement. Now it's all up in the air and there is no bill and no guidance on where the money goes.  

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    We thought the Mississippi State Legislature was going to do the right thing when it comes to spending the money coming to the state in the BP Oil disaster settlement. Now it's all up in the air and there is no bill and no guidance on where the money goes.  

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  • WLOX Editorial: Fair business

    WLOX Editorial: Fair business

    Wednesday, February 22 2017 12:24 PM EST2017-02-22 17:24:16 GMT

    Right now, companies with online sales in Mississippi and no physical presence here don't have to collect sales tax. We view this as an unfair advantage for out of state companies to offer the same products as local companies at a lower cost because they don't collect and contribute the 7% sales tax to the state. 

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    Right now, companies with online sales in Mississippi and no physical presence here don't have to collect sales tax. We view this as an unfair advantage for out of state companies to offer the same products as local companies at a lower cost because they don't collect and contribute the 7% sales tax to the state. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Be prepared

    WLOX Editorial: Be prepared

    Wednesday, February 22 2017 12:15 PM EST2017-02-22 17:15:20 GMT

    You have probably heard us and others talk about Severe Weather Preparedness this week. We hope this doesn't go in one ear and out the other. South Mississippi has already had its share of winter thunderstorms and tornadoes this year. But Spring also brings the likelihood of tornadic weather.

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    You have probably heard us and others talk about Severe Weather Preparedness this week. We hope this doesn't go in one ear and out the other. South Mississippi has already had its share of winter thunderstorms and tornadoes this year. But Spring also brings the likelihood of tornadic weather.

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  • WLOX Editorial: File your tax return early to avoid being scammed

    WLOX Editorial: File your tax return early to avoid being scammed

    Thursday, February 16 2017 2:19 PM EST2017-02-16 19:19:28 GMT

    Most of you work hard all year and pay your taxes all year. Most even pay more income taxes than they are required. And when income tax filing time comes around, you file, and get a check back from the government. 

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    Most of you work hard all year and pay your taxes all year. Most even pay more income taxes than they are required. And when income tax filing time comes around, you file, and get a check back from the government. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Be Mardi Gras aware

    WLOX Editorial: Be Mardi Gras aware

    Wednesday, February 15 2017 11:33 AM EST2017-02-15 16:33:49 GMT

    Carnival season is in full swing in South Mississippi. We have Mardi Gras balls, parades, all kinds of throws, costumes and all those king cakes.  Thousands upon thousands of people are taking part in the celebration and fun. That's what it's supposed to be. 

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    Carnival season is in full swing in South Mississippi. We have Mardi Gras balls, parades, all kinds of throws, costumes and all those king cakes.  Thousands upon thousands of people are taking part in the celebration and fun. That's what it's supposed to be. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: It's about time

    WLOX Editorial: It's about time

    Wednesday, February 8 2017 5:33 PM EST2017-02-08 22:33:42 GMT

    For the past two years, death investigations in south Mississippi have often been delayed for the lack of a forensic pathologist in this part of the state. When Dr. Paul McGarry died in January 2015, he was not replaced.  Since then, hundreds of bodies were taken to Jackson for autopsy slowing the process. 

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    For the past two years, death investigations in South Mississippi have often been delayed for the lack of a forensic pathologist in this part of the state. When Dr. Paul McGarry died in January 2015, he was not replaced.  Since then, hundreds of bodies were taken to Jackson for autopsy slowing the process. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: What's good for the coast, is good for the state too

    WLOX Editorial: What's good for the coast, is good for the state too

    Wednesday, February 8 2017 5:31 PM EST2017-02-08 22:31:33 GMT

    It looks like the state legislature is going to do the right thing when it comes to money coming to the state from BP. BP will pay Mississippi $750 million over 17 years for economic damages caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil disaster in the Gulf. 

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    It looks like the state legislature is going to do the right thing when it comes to money coming to the state from BP. BP will pay Mississippi $750 million over 17 years for economic damages caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil disaster in the Gulf. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Proposed left lane law a bad idea

    WLOX Editorial: Proposed left lane law a bad idea

    Wednesday, February 1 2017 3:25 PM EST2017-02-01 20:25:00 GMT

    It's against the law to drive continuously in the left lane on Interstate Highways. Now there's a state proposal to fine drivers who spend too much time in the left lane of other state roads. We think this is a bad idea.    

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    It's against the law to drive continuously in the left lane on Interstate Highways. Now there's a state proposal to fine drivers who spend too much time in the left lane of other state roads. We think this is a bad idea.    

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  • WLOX Editorial: Thank you to everyone helping MS tornado victims

    WLOX Editorial: Thank you to everyone helping MS tornado victims

    Wednesday, February 1 2017 3:18 PM EST2017-02-01 20:18:00 GMT

    Even before the skies cleared from the recent devastating tornadoes in Hattiesburg and Petal, people from near and far poured in to help the victims of the storms. And every day since then, good people continue to help those in need either by helping with the cleanup, or donating money and goods. The relief just doesn't stop.   

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    Even before the skies cleared from the recent devastating tornadoes in Hattiesburg and Petal, people from near and far poured in to help the victims of the storms. And every day since then, good people continue to help those in need either by helping with the cleanup, or donating money and goods. The relief just doesn't stop.   

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  • WLOX Editorial: Voting measures much needed

    WLOX Editorial: Voting measures much needed

    Monday, January 30 2017 2:02 PM EST2017-01-30 19:02:48 GMT

    Mississippi is one of the few states with severe limits on when you can vote early. You have to swear that you will be out of town on election day. Finally, there is a move on at the state capital to allow early voting 14 days before an election. No excuse required. We agree with this move. 

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    Mississippi is one of the few states with severe limits on when you can vote early. You have to swear that you will be out of town on election day. Finally, there is a move on at the state capital to allow early voting 14 days before an election. No excuse required. We agree with this move. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Tornado victims need your help

    WLOX Editorial: Tornado victims need your help

    Monday, January 30 2017 2:02 PM EST2017-01-30 19:02:06 GMT

    Storms claimed the lives of at least 19 people in Mississippi and Georgia last weekend. Dozens more are hurting. Four of those killed were our neighbors in the Hattiesburg area. More than a thousand homes are damaged in Mississippi and lives turned upside down. Of course, the people here in South Mississippi are not strangers to natural disaster. And already many of you are helping. 

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    Storms claimed the lives of at least 19 people in Mississippi and Georgia last weekend. Dozens more are hurting. Four of those killed were our neighbors in the Hattiesburg area. More than a thousand homes are damaged in Mississippi and lives turned upside down. Of course, the people here in South Mississippi are not strangers to natural disaster. And already many of you are helping. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: It's a matter of public safety

    WLOX Editorial: It's a matter of public safety

    Wednesday, January 18 2017 2:55 PM EST2017-01-18 19:55:29 GMT

    The Mississippi Highway patrol staffing has fallen to a level some consider critical. 25% of the state trooper positions are vacant. That's about 160 positions. The problem is a required state trooper school has not been approved by the state legislature, therefore normal attrition has left the highway patrol with a shortage of troopers. 

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    The Mississippi Highway patrol staffing has fallen to a level some consider critical. 25% of the state trooper positions are vacant. That's about 160 positions. The problem is a required state trooper school has not been approved by the state legislature, therefore normal attrition has left the highway patrol with a shortage of troopers. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Help St. Jude Children's Research Hospital help children battle cancer

    WLOX Editorial: Help St. Jude Children's Research Hospital help children battle cancer

    Wednesday, January 18 2017 2:41 PM EST2017-01-18 19:41:04 GMT

    Wouldn't it be great if there was a place dedicated to curing sick children for free because the money came from people like you? Well there is such a place. It is St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. At St. Jude medical bills are always paid, but this does not happen easily.

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    Wouldn't it be great if there was a place dedicated to curing sick children for free because the money came from people like you? Well there is such a place. It is St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. At St. Jude medical bills are always paid, but this does not happen easily.

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  • WLOX Editorial: Be frugal

    WLOX Editorial: Be frugal

    Wednesday, January 11 2017 12:07 PM EST2017-01-11 17:07:24 GMT

    Each year as the State Legislative Session gets underway, the biggest chore at hand is setting a new annual spending budget that begins in July. But before that, at this halfway point in the state's current fiscal year, lawmakers can change the current spending plan. 

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    Each year as the State Legislative Session gets underway, the biggest chore at hand is setting a new annual spending budget that begins in July. But before that, at this halfway point in the state's current fiscal year, lawmakers can change the current spending plan. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Good move to have all school superintendents appointed

    WLOX Editorial: Good move to have all school superintendents appointed

    Wednesday, January 11 2017 11:57 AM EST2017-01-11 16:57:24 GMT

    Last year the State Legislature enacted a law making all 144 of the state's public school superintendents appointed instead of elected beginning in the year 2020. The 55 previously elected will be hired by local school boards. We agree with that move.  

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    Last year the State Legislature enacted a law making all 144 of the state's public school superintendents appointed instead of elected beginning in the year 2020. The 55 previously elected will be hired by local school boards. We agree with that move.  

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  • WLOX Editorial: We urge our legislators to spend their time wisely

    WLOX Editorial: We urge our legislators to spend their time wisely

    Wednesday, January 4 2017 7:01 PM EST2017-01-05 00:01:26 GMT

    The annual Mississippi State Legislative Session is underway in Jackson.  As our state turns 200 years old this year, lawmakers are struggling with how to come up with a $6 billion budget.  

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    The annual Mississippi State Legislative Session is underway in Jackson.  As our state turns 200 years old this year, lawmakers are struggling with how to come up with a $6 billion budget.  

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  • WLOX Editorial: Our heroes

    WLOX Editorial: Our heroes

    Wednesday, January 4 2017 7:08 PM EST2017-01-05 00:08:01 GMT

    Our first responders are heroes every day. They keep us safe on the roads and in our homes.  And they are there for us in instances of heavy rainfall, river flooding and street flooding.  All issues many dealt with this week. 

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    Our first responders are heroes every day. They keep us safe on the roads and in our homes.  And they are there for us in instances of heavy rainfall, river flooding and street flooding.  All issues many dealt with this week. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Time to set new goals and resolutions

    WLOX Editorial: Time to set new goals and resolutions

    Tuesday, December 27 2016 5:53 PM EST2016-12-27 22:53:41 GMT

    Remember last year at this time when you resolved and promised to yourself some very specific accomplishments for 2016. Some of you likely over achieved. But for others, as we look back, the level of achievement may not be quite what we imagined.  

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    Remember last year at this time when you resolved and promised to yourself some very specific accomplishments for 2016. Some of you likely over achieved. But for others, as we look back, the level of achievement may not be quite what we imagined.  

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  • WLOX Editorial: Return of passenger train service would bring a nice economic boost

    WLOX Editorial: Return of passenger train service would bring a nice economic boost

    Tuesday, December 27 2016 5:43 PM EST2016-12-27 22:43:42 GMT

    Passenger train service is moving a little closer to reality now with federal grants of $1.1 million announced for passenger stations in Pascagoula, Biloxi, Gulfport and Bay St. Louis.  An Amtrak study suggests more than 150,000 passengers may use the passenger service between Orlando and New Orleans with stops in South Mississippi.

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    Passenger train service is moving a little closer to reality now with federal grants of $1.1 million announced for passenger stations in Pascagoula, Biloxi, Gulfport and Bay St. Louis.  An Amtrak study suggests more than 150,000 passengers may use the passenger service between Orlando and New Orleans with stops in South Mississippi.

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  • WLOX Editorial: Acts of kindness contribute to holiday cheer

    WLOX Editorial: Acts of kindness contribute to holiday cheer

    Tuesday, December 27 2016 5:46 PM EST2016-12-27 22:46:16 GMT

    Shopping, travel, family gatherings, the lights, the decorations - all contribute to the holiday cheer. But what may be the biggest part of that cheer is so many acts of kindness here in South Mississippi. 

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    Shopping, travel, family gatherings, the lights, the decorations - all contribute to the holiday cheer. But what may be the biggest part of that cheer is so many acts of kindness here in South Mississippi.

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  • WLOX Editorial: Munro is one of America's best

    WLOX Editorial: Munro is one of America's best

    Wednesday, December 21 2016 11:31 AM EST2016-12-21 16:31:26 GMT

    74 years ago, a contingent of Marines was trapped on Guadalcanal facing annihilation. A painting illustrates a group of small boats evacuating the Marines. The man who volunteered to lead  the five Higgins boats and positioned himself and his boats in harm’s way to cover the withdrawal, was a signalman 1st class in the United States Coast Guard. Still two weeks from his 23rd birthday, Douglas A. Munro went above and beyond the call of duty. 

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    74 years ago, a contingent of Marines was trapped on Guadalcanal facing annihilation. A painting illustrates a group of small boats evacuating the Marines. The man who volunteered to lead  the five Higgins boats and positioned himself and his boats in harm’s way to cover the withdrawal, was a signalman 1st class in the United States Coast Guard. Still two weeks from his 23rd birthday, Douglas A. Munro went above and beyond the call of duty. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Thank you for your hard work and dedication

    WLOX Editorial: Thank you for your hard work and dedication

    Wednesday, December 14 2016 1:28 PM EST2016-12-14 18:28:57 GMT

    A recent celebration in Ocean Springs deserves acknowledgment. The celebration was not for a birthday or anniversary; nor for a milestone or scoring achievement. At least not in the traditional way. This celebration was for being among the best for a very important job. 

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    A recent celebration in Ocean Springs deserves acknowledgment. The celebration was not for a birthday or anniversary; nor for a milestone or scoring achievement. At least not in the traditional way. This celebration was for being among the best for a very important job. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Plan conservatively for state tax collections and spending

    WLOX Editorial: Plan conservatively for state tax collections and spending

    Wednesday, December 14 2016 1:26 PM EST2016-12-14 18:26:09 GMT

    As our state's elected leaders put together a plan for spending tax dollars next year, they are faced with the prospect of raising taxes or spending less. We agree with the current plan of spending less. 

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    As our state's elected leaders put together a plan for spending tax dollars next year, they are faced with the prospect of raising taxes or spending less. We agree with the current plan of spending less. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Be generous and wise

    WLOX Editorial: Be generous and wise

    Wednesday, December 7 2016 12:38 PM EST2016-12-07 17:38:14 GMT

    This is the season for giving. And people in Mississippi are among the most giving in the nation when it comes to charity. Unfortunately, there are those who would take advantage of our giving nature and solicit money for their own personal gain. But we should not let that deter our generosity.  

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    This is the season for giving. And people in Mississippi are among the most giving in the nation when it comes to charity. Unfortunately, there are those who would take advantage of our giving nature and solicit money for their own personal gain. But we should not let that deter our generosity.  

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  • WLOX Editorial: To Jamie Richardson, well done

    WLOX Editorial: To Jamie Richardson, well done

    Wednesday, December 7 2016 12:37 PM EST2016-12-07 17:37:43 GMT

    Jamie Richardson of Gulfport is a world record holder. Not for speed, or weight lifting, or the fame that comes from the most home runs or touchdowns. But for endurance, and even then, not for a running a marathon. His endured because of his dedication to a very worthwhile cause: The Salvation Army. Jamie rang a bell 150 hours straight; for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign. 

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    Jamie Richardson of Gulfport is a world record holder. Not for speed, or weight lifting, or the fame that comes from the most home runs or touchdowns. But for endurance, and even then, not for a running a marathon. He endured because of his dedication to a very worthwhile cause: The Salvation Army. Jamie rang a bell 150 hours straight; for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Moss Point residents deserve better

    WLOX Editorial: Moss Point residents deserve better

    Wednesday, November 30 2016 3:11 PM EST2016-11-30 20:11:06 GMT

    The good people of Moss Point Mississippi deserve better. It appears the people are the victims of poor accountability from local government. For years, many customers have not paid their water bills and nothing was done about it. As each month rolled by, no bill was paid, service was not cut off and still they never paid. Apparently the problem is so big that the city has a more than $3 million deficit. 

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    The good people of Moss Point Mississippi deserve better. It appears the people are the victims of poor accountability from local government. For years, many customers have not paid their water bills and nothing was done about it. As each month rolled by, no bill was paid, service was not cut off and still they never paid. Apparently the problem is so big that the city has a more than $3 million deficit. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Volunteer and honor those who died serving our country

    WLOX Editorial: Volunteer and honor those who died serving our country

    Wednesday, November 30 2016 3:03 PM EST2016-11-30 20:03:51 GMT

    As you enjoy this wonderful holiday season, we hope you will take time to remember the sacrifice of our veterans.One way you can show your support is to help with the laying of wreaths this Saturday at the Biloxi National Cemetery. 

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    As you enjoy this wonderful holiday season, we hope you will take time to remember the sacrifice of our veterans.One way you can show your support is to help with the laying of wreaths this Saturday at the Biloxi National Cemetery. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: It's time we pay attention to our highways and bridges

    WLOX Editorial: It's time we pay attention to our highways and bridges

    Monday, November 28 2016 12:04 PM EST2016-11-28 17:04:56 GMT

    Many of the Bridges and state highways in Mississippi can't hold up to the traffic and weights for which they were designed. How many? More than 900 bridges and almost 25 thousand miles of state roads. Thirty years ago, our state saw a need and built more than a thousand miles of new four lane roads designed as a boost to the economy. Now the Mississippi Economic Council says it's time for another boost. 

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    Many of the bridges and state highways in Mississippi can't hold up to the traffic and weights for which they were designed. How many? More than 900 bridges and almost 25,000 miles of state roads. Thirty years ago, our state saw a need and built more than a thousand miles of new four lane roads designed as a boost to the economy. Now the Mississippi Economic Council says it's time for another boost. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Thanksgiving represents what is good in our country

    WLOX Editorial: Thanksgiving represents what is good in our country

    Monday, November 21 2016 4:49 PM EST2016-11-21 21:49:36 GMT

    In 1621 the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony and the native American Indians celebrated the first Thanksgiving. Since then, we have latched onto everything associated with that day. We have 33 places named Plymouth, four places called Turkey Creek and we even call seven places Cranberry. Thanksgiving is big business. 

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    In 1621 the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony and the native American Indians celebrated the first Thanksgiving. Since then, we have latched onto everything associated with that day. We have 33 places named Plymouth, four places called Turkey Creek and we even call seven places Cranberry. Thanksgiving is big business. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Be thankful we can have open political debate

    WLOX Editorial: Be thankful we can have open political debate

    Thursday, November 17 2016 11:50 AM EST2016-11-17 16:50:54 GMT

    Whether or not you like the current President. Or whether or not you like the President- elect, our form of government, democratically electing our leaders shines as a beacon across the world.  A beacon that guides and gives hope to others in the world who aspire to be like us. When it comes to elections, and policy, the debate in America has been vigorous, to say the least.  

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    Whether or not you like the current President. Or whether or not you like the President- elect, our form of government, democratically electing our leaders shines as a beacon across the world.  A beacon that guides and gives hope to others in the world who aspire to be like us. When it comes to elections, and policy, the debate in America has been vigorous, to say the least.  

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  • WLOX Editorial: Sewer and storm drain issues must be addressed

    WLOX Editorial: Sewer and storm drain issues must be addressed

    Thursday, November 17 2016 6:04 AM EST2016-11-17 11:04:06 GMT

    The often questionable quality of the water in the Mississippi Sound along our beaches is no secret. Water quality advisories are posted far too often. It seems to be clear that the problem is in what runs off and is dumped into the sound. Now comes news this week that $60 million dollars from the BP settlement will be spent targeting water quality improvement. 

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    The often questionable quality of the water in the Mississippi Sound along our beaches is no secret. Water quality advisories are posted far too often. It seems to be clear that the problem is in what runs off and is dumped into the sound. Now comes news this week that $60 million dollars from the BP settlement will be spent targeting water quality improvement. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Woman turns tables on thief

    WLOX Editorial: Woman turns tables on thief

    Wednesday, November 9 2016 2:35 PM EST2016-11-09 19:35:19 GMT

    In suburban New Orleans, on the the West bank of the Mississippi River in the town of Harvey, Louisiana, a woman done wrong turned the tables on a thief who stole her fanny pack, her driver's license, her sunglasses and her iPhone. The victim was not willing let it go. She tracked her phone with an app to the thief's home and called police. 

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    In suburban New Orleans, on the the West bank of the Mississippi River in the town of Harvey, Louisiana, a woman done wrong turned the tables on a thief who stole her fanny pack, her driver's license, her sunglasses and her iPhone. The victim was not willing let it go. She tracked her phone with an app to the thief's home and called police. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: This is just plain unfair

    WLOX Editorial: This is just plain unfair

    Thursday, November 10 2016 3:45 PM EST2016-11-10 20:45:57 GMT

    A federal court case bans states from collecting sales tax from companies with online sales if they don't have a physical presence in the state. This is just plain unfair. Why should on line companies have this financial advantage over the businesses in Mississippi? 

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    A federal court case bans states from collecting sales tax from companies with online sales if they don't have a physical presence in the state. This is just plain unfair. Why should on line companies have this financial advantage over the businesses in Mississippi? 

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  • WLOX Editorial: We hope it happens

    WLOX Editorial: We hope it happens

    Wednesday, November 2 2016 4:38 PM EDT2016-11-02 20:38:30 GMT

    More than two years ago we were all happy to hear the announcement that Holiday Inn Resort would be the anchor tenant for the redevelopment of Centennial Plaza on Highway 90 in Gulfport. Holiday Inn would be the cornerstone for other businesses that would surely follow. The announcement came for the old VA property. Then nothing happened.

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    More than two years ago we were all happy to hear the announcement that Holiday Inn Resort would be the anchor tenant for the redevelopment of Centennial Plaza on Highway 90 in Gulfport. Holiday Inn would be the cornerstone for other businesses that would surely follow. The announcement came for the old VA property. Then nothing happened.

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  • WLOX Editorial: Honor those who have served

    WLOX Editorial: Honor those who have served

    Wednesday, November 2 2016 4:16 PM EDT2016-11-02 20:16:09 GMT

    Numerous Veterans Day events are happening on the coast to celebrate our military veterans. There are parades and ceremonies that are fitting tributes to those who have served. That group is some 40,000 strong in South Mississippi, part of 21 million across the country.  

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    Numerous Veterans Day events are happening on the coast to celebrate our military veterans. There are parades and ceremonies that are fitting tributes to those who have served. That group is some 40,000 strong in South Mississippi, part of 21 million across the country.  

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  • WLOX Editorial: Be careful this Halloween

    WLOX Editorial: Be careful this Halloween

    Wednesday, October 26 2016 3:59 PM EDT2016-10-26 19:59:49 GMT

    It's Halloween time again. In neighborhoods across America, children will don costumes and hit the streets going door to door announcing to home dwellers "trick or treat."  For the little ones there are no real tricks, only treats.  Some experts estimate that one quarter of all candy sold annually in the U.S. is purchased at Halloween. 

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    It's Halloween time again. In neighborhoods across America, children will don costumes and hit the streets going door to door announcing to home dwellers "trick or treat."  For the little ones there are no real tricks, only treats.  Some experts estimate that one quarter of all candy sold annually in the U.S. is purchased at Halloween. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: We need more non-casino entertainment

    WLOX Editorial: We need more non-casino entertainment

    Wednesday, October 26 2016 3:59 PM EDT2016-10-26 19:59:11 GMT

    Mississippi Secretary of state Delbert Hosemann appears to be standing in the way of a plan for Margaritaville to develop vacant land for an amusement park. The reason? It's not a casino. The state stands to gain more tidelands land lease dollars from a casino than from a family oriented facility.

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    Mississippi Secretary of state Delbert Hosemann appears to be standing in the way of a plan for Margaritaville to develop vacant land for an amusement park. The reason? It's not a casino. The state stands to gain more tidelands land lease dollars from a casino than from a family oriented facility.

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  • WLOX Editorial: For the future of our state, we must do better in educating our young people

    WLOX Editorial: For the future of our state, we must do better in educating our young people

    Monday, October 24 2016 12:20 PM EDT2016-10-24 16:20:57 GMT

    School funding is a hot bed of controversy in our state. Now, state legislative leaders are moving to revamp the formula on funding for Mississippi Public Schools; hiring a New Jersey nonprofit firm to study the current formula and make recommendations. 

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    School funding is a hot bed of controversy in our state. Now, state legislative leaders are moving to revamp the formula on funding for Mississippi Public Schools; hiring a New Jersey nonprofit firm to study the current formula and make recommendations. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Do not sit this election out

    WLOX Editorial: Do not sit this election out

    Thursday, October 13 2016 11:31 AM EDT2016-10-13 15:31:03 GMT

    This country was founded when our forefathers declared independence and freedom. Freedom from outside rule and a declaration that the people would elect their own representatives to govern this nation. Two hundred forty years later, we now face a presidential election in which a lot of people are not happy with who is running for office and may be thinking about sitting out this election.

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    This country was founded when our forefathers declared independence and freedom. Freedom from outside rule and a declaration that the people would elect their own representatives to govern this nation. Two hundred forty years later, we now face a presidential election in which a lot of people are not happy with who is running for office and may be thinking about sitting out this election.

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  • WLOX Editorial: Gift from God

    WLOX Editorial: Gift from God

    Thursday, October 13 2016 11:47 AM EDT2016-10-13 15:47:42 GMT

    You don't have to look very far to find people living in sub-par or even dilapidated homes. Homes with people living in conditions they cannot afford to fix or leave behind for better housing. 

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    You don't have to look very far to find people living in sub-par or even dilapidated homes. Homes with people living in conditions they cannot afford to fix or leave behind for better housing. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: D'Iberville is promoting an environment of pride

    WLOX Editorial: D'Iberville is promoting an environment of pride

    Wednesday, October 5 2016 6:12 PM EDT2016-10-05 22:12:53 GMT

    I don't know who first said, "You never get a second chance to make a first impression," but it's a good point, not just for people, but also for places, cities, and regions. When we take pride in the cleanliness of streets and highways, we make a good impression whether it's the first impression or ongoing impressions.

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    I don't know who first said, "You never get a second chance to make a first impression," but it's a good point, not just for people, but also for places, cities, and regions. When we take pride in the cleanliness of streets and highways, we make a good impression whether it's the first impression or ongoing impressions.

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  • WLOX Editorial: If Mississippi decides to create a state lottery, the justification has to be education funding

    WLOX Editorial: If Mississippi decides to create a state lottery, the justification has to be education funding

    Wednesday, October 5 2016 4:47 PM EDT2016-10-05 20:47:35 GMT

    Mississippi is languishing at or near the bottom of far too many lists when it comes to education achievement. Supporters of implementing a state run lottery with the revenue going to education got a brief moment of hope this week. Governor Phil Bryant said he is willing to discuss creating a lottery for Mississippi. But in the same breath, he said he is opposed to dedicating the revenue for education or other specific areas.  

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    Mississippi is languishing at or near the bottom of far too many lists when it comes to education achievement. Supporters of implementing a state run lottery with the revenue going to education got a brief moment of hope this week. Governor Phil Bryant said he is willing to discuss creating a lottery for Mississippi. But in the same breath, he said he is opposed to dedicating the revenue for education or other specific areas.  

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  • WLOX Editorial: Make time to register to vote and then vote election day

    WLOX Editorial: Make time to register to vote and then vote election day

    Wednesday, September 28 2016 12:33 PM EDT2016-09-28 16:33:22 GMT

    Mississippi has the distinction of having 1.8 million registered voters. That's means 80 percent of its voting age population is registered to vote. On the flip side, that also means more than 400,000 people who are of voting age are not registered to vote.  

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    Mississippi has the distinction of having 1.8 million registered voters. That's means 80 percent of its voting age population is registered to vote. On the flip side, that also means more than 400,000 people who are of voting age are not registered to vote.  

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  • WLOX Editorial: Welcome cruisers

    WLOX Editorial: Welcome cruisers

    Wednesday, September 28 2016 12:24 PM EDT2016-09-28 16:24:09 GMT

    It's the time of year again on the Mississippi Coast when we feel like we have stepped back in time.  It's Cruisin' the Coast 2016 as thousands of antique cars, Classic cars and hot rods pack the coast streets and highways.  

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    It's the time of year again on the Mississippi Coast when we feel like we have stepped back in time.  It's Cruisin' the Coast 2016 as thousands of antique cars, Classic cars and hot rods pack the coast streets and highways.  

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  • WLOX Editorial: What you should do now to keep your pet safe

    WLOX Editorial: What you should do now to keep your pet safe

    Thursday, September 22 2016 10:37 AM EDT2016-09-22 14:37:23 GMT

    We all know how important pets are to families. A lost or missing animal can be like losing a member of the family. The humane society says one in three pets get lost from their owners and 80% are never found. 

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    We all know how important pets are to families. A lost or missing animal can be like losing a member of the family. The humane society says one in three pets get lost from their owners and 80% are never found. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: If you see something, say something

    WLOX Editorial: If you see something, say something

    Thursday, September 22 2016 10:45 AM EDT2016-09-22 14:45:26 GMT

    Recent events in New York and New Jersey are a sobering reminder for all of us to be watchful. Homemade devices made into bombs injured dozens of people. Fortunately, the man believed responsible was tracked down, wounded and is now in custody. 

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    Recent events in New York and New Jersey are a sobering reminder for all of us to be watchful. Homemade devices made into bombs injured dozens of people. Fortunately, the man believed responsible was tracked down, wounded and is now in custody. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Don't make me call your mother

    WLOX Editorial: Don't make me call your mother

    Wednesday, September 14 2016 5:14 PM EDT2016-09-14 21:14:25 GMT

    Remember when the threat of "don't make me call your mother" struck fear and caused you to straighten up. A woman recently used a modern day version of that method to find out who used her stolen identity to steal money and even post bail for someone she didn't know. 

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    Remember when the threat of "don't make me call your mother" struck fear and caused you to straighten up. A woman recently used a modern day version of that method to find out who used her stolen identity to steal money and even post bail for someone she didn't know. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: If you can't be on time, then be early

    WLOX Editorial: If you can't be on time, then be early

    Wednesday, September 14 2016 5:16 PM EDT2016-09-14 21:16:45 GMT

    Rush hour by definition means traffic is at its peak. Drivers pack the roads headed to or from work or school. Many rushing to get there on time. There's nothing wrong with being on time. That is, unless your rush puts lives in danger.  

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    Rush hour by definition means traffic is at its peak. Drivers pack the roads headed to or from work or school. Many rushing to get there on time. There's nothing wrong with being on time. That is, unless your rush puts lives in danger.  

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  • WLOX Editorial: Thank you Cajun Navy

    WLOX Editorial: Thank you Cajun Navy

    Wednesday, September 7 2016 2:51 PM EDT2016-09-07 18:51:08 GMT

    When tens of thousands of homes flooded in Louisiana a few weeks ago, it was the people who helped. Neighbors in fishing boats rescuing and rescuing and rescuing, starting in their communities and then going to wherever they heard people needed a ride to safety.

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    When tens of thousands of homes flooded in Louisiana a few weeks ago, it was the people who helped. Neighbors in fishing boats rescuing and rescuing and rescuing, starting in their communities and then going to wherever they heard people needed a ride to safety.

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  • WLOX Editorial: Elected boards should keep the doors open to the people

    WLOX Editorial: Elected boards should keep the doors open to the people

    Wednesday, September 7 2016 3:12 PM EDT2016-09-07 19:12:08 GMT

    The Moss Point Board of Aldermen did the only thing it could do. The board fired Police Chief Art McClung. This action followed the news media discovery that Chief McClung was pulled over for speeding in Pascagoula back in July and apparently admitted to police he had been drinking. The chief faces no criminal changes. Instead the officers took him home. 

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    The Moss Point Board of Aldermen did the only thing it could do. The board fired Police Chief Art McClung. This action followed the news media discovery that Chief McClung was pulled over for speeding in Pascagoula back in July and apparently admitted to police he had been drinking. The chief faces no criminal changes. Instead the officers took him home. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Early childhood education is a key ingredient to a successful future

    WLOX Editorial: Early childhood education is a key ingredient to a successful future

    Wednesday, August 31 2016 1:44 PM EDT2016-08-31 17:44:48 GMT

    Biloxi's current Pre-K funding comes from a Kellogg Foundation Grant, which if not extended, runs out next spring. That's for 60 children.  We are glad to see the state increasing funding by $1 million for more pre-kindergarten classes in Mississippi. But there still will not be enough money to go around. Local school systems must compete with one another for the new state Pre-K funding. 

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    Biloxi's current Pre-K funding comes from a Kellogg Foundation Grant, which if not extended, runs out next spring. That's for 60 children.  We are glad to see the state increasing funding by $1 million for more pre-kindergarten classes in Mississippi. But there still will not be enough money to go around. Local school systems must compete with one another for the new state Pre-K funding. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: It is your duty to serve as a juror

    WLOX Editorial: It is your duty to serve as a juror

    Wednesday, August 31 2016 1:46 PM EDT2016-08-31 17:46:29 GMT

    Other than the occasional invitation or thank you note we don't often find much in the U.S. Postal mail box we are really that happy about. All those advertising flyers and offers get the occasional glance on the way to the trash can. The bills; not welcomed, but kept and paid. Then there's a summons for jury duty. 

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    Other than the occasional invitation or thank you note we don't often find much in the U.S. Postal mail box we are really that happy about. All those advertising flyers and offers get the occasional glance on the way to the trash can. The bills; not welcomed, but kept and paid. Then there's a summons for jury duty. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Citizen input is a good thing

    WLOX Editorial: Citizen input is a good thing

    Wednesday, August 24 2016 4:40 PM EDT2016-08-24 20:40:53 GMT

    There is an effort in Ocean Springs to change the form of local government. Some would like to see the administrative power removed from the mayor and aldermen and given to a hired city manager. The result would likely be that the mayor and aldermen would be policy makers and the hired professional, the manager, would implement policy and run the city.  

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    There is an effort in Ocean Springs to change the form of local government. Some would like to see the administrative power removed from the mayor and aldermen and given to a hired city manager. The result would likely be that the mayor and aldermen would be policy makers and the hired professional, the manager, would implement policy and run the city.  

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  • WLOX Editorial: Thank you Jerry O'Keefe

    WLOX Editorial: Thank you Jerry O'Keefe

    Wednesday, August 24 2016 3:32 PM EDT2016-08-24 19:32:57 GMT

    Thank you: Words that come to mind when talking about the late Jerry O'Keefe. We have a lot for which to thank Jerry O'Keefe.  We thank him for his public service in the state legislature and as Mayor of Biloxi. We thank him for his outstanding military service to this country as a World War II fighter pilot who distinguished himself as an ace. We thank him for his vision and millions of dollars in donations to get the Ohr-O'Keefe museum built.  

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    Thank you: Words that come to mind when talking about the late Jerry O'Keefe. We have a lot for which to thank Jerry O'Keefe.  We thank him for his public service in the state legislature and as Mayor of Biloxi. We thank him for his outstanding military service to this country as a World War II fighter pilot who distinguished himself as an ace. We thank him for his vision and millions of dollars in donations to get the Ohr-O'Keefe museum built.  

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  • WLOX Editorial: Government actions should be open to the public

    WLOX Editorial: Government actions should be open to the public

    Wednesday, August 17 2016 6:28 PM EDT2016-08-17 22:28:14 GMT

    Recently the Bay St. Louis Council forced the shutdown of a video camera that was live streaming on the internet a city council budget planning session. The next day the council acknowledged a State Attorney General opinion which showed they were wrong. The camera can stay on for anyone to see and hear the business of the Bay St Louis city government. 

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    Recently the Bay St. Louis Council forced the shutdown of a video camera that was live streaming on the internet a city council budget planning session. The next day the council acknowledged a State Attorney General opinion which showed they were wrong. The camera can stay on for anyone to see and hear the business of the Bay St Louis city government. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Remember, it could have been us

    WLOX Editorial: Remember, it could have been us

    Wednesday, August 17 2016 6:19 PM EDT2016-08-17 22:19:42 GMT

    It could have been us. In reality, it almost was us. We got several inches of rain in South Mississippi last week when a tropical weather system was over us. Fortunately for us, this weather system drifted about 100 miles to the west.   

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    It could have been us. In reality, it almost was us. We got several inches of rain in South Mississippi last week when a tropical weather system was over us. Fortunately for us, this weather system drifted about 100 miles to the west.   

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  • WLOX Editorial: Plan now

    WLOX Editorial: Plan now

    Wednesday, August 10 2016 11:22 AM EDT2016-08-10 15:22:16 GMT

    The recent problems with Delta Airlines' computers that crippled the airline for hours and created scheduling problems for days is a sobering reminder of just how dependent we are on technology. As we enter the heart of the hurricane season, August to October, when the vast majority of major hurricanes occur, we need to make sure we are prepared in case a storm interrupts our dependency on technology effecting everything.

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    The recent problems with Delta Airlines' computers that crippled the airline for hours and created scheduling problems for days is a sobering reminder of just how dependent we are on technology. As we enter the heart of the hurricane season, August to October, when the vast majority of major hurricanes occur, we need to make sure we are prepared in case a storm interrupts our dependency on technology effecting everything.

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  • WLOX Editorial: Go blue

    WLOX Editorial: Go blue

    Wednesday, August 10 2016 10:46 AM EDT2016-08-10 14:46:34 GMT

    Blue became a more prominent color this week as many people showed their appreciation of police officers by displaying the color blue. A local organization, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Blue Team was founded in order to support our police.  

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    Blue became a more prominent color this week as many people showed their appreciation of police officers by displaying the color blue. A local organization, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Blue Team was founded in order to support our police.  

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  • WLOX Editorial: Everyone needs to be involved to make our communities safe

    WLOX Editorial: Everyone needs to be involved to make our communities safe

    Monday, August 8 2016 12:34 PM EDT2016-08-08 16:34:40 GMT

    When a Hattiesburg nurse was stabbed to death in a motel room in St. Martin, surveillance pictures of a suspect were distributed to the media. Soon an arrest was made because people recognized the man in the surveillance pictures and informed police. 

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    When a Hattiesburg nurse was stabbed to death in a motel room in St. Martin, surveillance pictures of a suspect were distributed to the media. Soon an arrest was made because people recognized the man in the surveillance pictures and informed police. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: How could you?

    WLOX Editorial: How could you?

    Wednesday, July 27 2016 8:29 PM EDT2016-07-28 00:29:06 GMT

    To the thieves who took the Christmas decorations used in Gulfport's Harbor Lights Winter Festival; How could you stoop so low as to steal something designed to bring joy to so many people at Christmas time?  If you have any understanding whatsoever of the Christmas spirit, give back the stolen Christmas decorations. 

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    To the thieves who took the Christmas decorations used in Gulfport's Harbor Lights Winter Festival; How could you stoop so low as to steal something designed to bring joy to so many people at Christmas time?  If you have any understanding whatsoever of the Christmas spirit, give back the stolen Christmas decorations. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Not everyone can teach, but you can help

    WLOX Editorial: Not everyone can teach, but you can help

    Sunday, July 24 2016 3:54 PM EDT2016-07-24 19:54:03 GMT

    Early childhood education is one of the best ways to positively impact young lives, particularly, the lives of many who are less fortunate. Early education can move young people from the less fortunate to strong, happy and productive citizens.  

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    Early childhood education is one of the best ways to positively impact young lives, particularly, the lives of many who are less fortunate. Early education can move young people from the less fortunate to strong, happy and productive citizens.  

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  • WLOX Editorial: Let's find someone different from ourselves and shake their hand

    WLOX Editorial: Let's find someone different from ourselves and shake their hand

    Wednesday, July 20 2016 12:30 PM EDT2016-07-20 16:30:02 GMT

    Our country is dealing with a wide array emotion from anxiety and fear to uncertainty, anger and despair. Our neighbors in Baton Rouge are hurting. In an interview on WAFB, our Raycom Media sister TV station, former Baton Rouge Police Chief Jeff LeDuff offered this challenge, "This is what I want Baton Rouge to do today. I want every person in Baton Rouge to find somebody who's different, to look like you and I. 

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    Our country is dealing with a wide array of emotions from anxiety and fear to uncertainty, anger and despair. Our neighbors in Baton Rouge are hurting. In an interview on WAFB, our Raycom Media sister TV station, former Baton Rouge Police Chief Jeff LeDuff offered this challenge, "This is what I want Baton Rouge to do today. I want every person in Baton Rouge to find somebody who's different, to look like you and I. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Gamers be aware

    WLOX Editorial: Gamers be aware

    Tuesday, July 12 2016 7:56 PM EDT2016-07-12 23:56:48 GMT

    For so many people, video gaming has replaced outdoor recreation. Now, a new twist in gaming has taken the nation by storm and sent people outside. Pokemon Go combines the mobile screen with the real world sending people on quests in their neighborhoods finding virtual Pokemon characters. 

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    For so many people, video gaming has replaced outdoor recreation. Now, a new twist in gaming has taken the nation by storm and sent people outside. Pokemon Go combines the mobile screen with the real world sending people on quests in their neighborhoods finding virtual Pokemon characters. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Thank you teachers

    WLOX Editorial: Thank you teachers

    Tuesday, July 12 2016 7:43 PM EDT2016-07-12 23:43:17 GMT

    New teachers in the Pascagoula-Gautier School district recently took a course on shaking those 1st day jitters when school starts back next month.  We may wonder why a teacher would be nervous. After all, they are in charge of the classroom. They have the authority over those students. But maybe the best teachers are always a little nervous; because they are in charge.  In charge of helping to shape young people into productive citizens.  

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    New teachers in the Pascagoula-Gautier School district recently took a course on shaking those 1st day jitters when school starts back next month.  We may wonder why a teacher would be nervous. After all, they are in charge of the classroom. They have the authority over those students. But maybe the best teachers are always a little nervous; because they are in charge.  In charge of helping to shape young people into productive citizens.  

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  • WLOX Editorial: Before you post, think

    WLOX Editorial: Before you post, think

    Tuesday, July 5 2016 3:33 PM EDT2016-07-05 19:33:18 GMT

     In recent weeks, there have been several tragedies and scary situations involving children. Without knowing all of the circumstances and many times relying on hearsay, gossip and unreliable sources, people quickly criticize the parents, businesses, officials and whomever else they think is at fault. The internet and especially social media, is filled with inaccuracies and hateful comments.

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     In recent weeks, there have been several tragedies and scary situations involving children. Without knowing all of the circumstances and many times relying on hearsay, gossip and unreliable sources, people quickly criticize the parents, businesses, officials and whomever else they think is at fault. The internet and especially social media, is filled with inaccuracies and hateful comments.

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  • WLOX Editorial: Do what you can to help West Virginia flood victims

    WLOX Editorial: Do what you can to help West Virginia flood victims

    Tuesday, July 5 2016 3:24 PM EDT2016-07-05 19:24:47 GMT

    Flooding hit West Virginia recently at a level only expected maybe once every thousand years. 23 people were killed. Hundreds upon hundreds of homes were destroyed and thousands of people were left homeless. The property losses will reach into the hundreds of millions. This kind of disaster is unfortunately very familiar to the people of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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    Flooding hit West Virginia recently at a level only expected maybe once every thousand years. 23 people were killed. Hundreds upon hundreds of homes were destroyed and thousands of people were left homeless. The property losses will reach into the hundreds of millions. This kind of disaster is unfortunately very familiar to the people of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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  • WLOX Editorial: Drive safe on the 4th and always

    WLOX Editorial: Drive safe on the 4th and always

    Tuesday, July 5 2016 3:26 PM EDT2016-07-05 19:26:10 GMT

    One in eight Americans is expected to travel this Independence Day weekend. That's 43 million travelers with 36 million on the highways. AAA reports the record travel due to continuing lower gas prices and improved personal finances.  We are glad to see so many able to enjoy the holiday weekend. That's a lot of cars on the road at the same time, which is bound to mean slow go from time to time depending on where you are headed. 

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    One in eight Americans is expected to travel this Independence Day weekend. That's 43 million travelers with 36 million on the highways. AAA reports the record travel due to continuing lower gas prices and improved personal finances.  We are glad to see so many able to enjoy the holiday weekend. That's a lot of cars on the road at the same time, which is bound to mean slow go from time to time depending on where you are headed. 

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