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  • Editorial: Taking a chance on the St. Jude Dream Home gives sick children a fighting chance

    Editorial: Taking a chance on the St. Jude Dream Home gives sick children a fighting chance

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 11:12 PM EST2018-01-18 04:12:08 GMT

    SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - We often told you about good work of St Jude Children's hospital. Here we go again.  Sick children are treated for free at St. Jude. The treatments are not cheap.  It is top notch care for the little ones. But the reason, they can offer the care at no cost for the children is because of giving.  One of the ways to give is to buy a $100 dollar ticket for a dream home giveaway. A three bedroom 2 and half bath, 29 hundre...

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    SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - We often told you about good work of St Jude Children's hospital. Here we go again.  Sick children are treated for free at St. Jude. The treatments are not cheap.  It is top notch care for the little ones. But the reason, they can offer the care at no cost for the children is because of giving.  One of the ways to give is to buy a $100 dollar ticket for a dream home giveaway. A three bedroom 2 and half bath, 29 hundre...

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  • WLOX Editorial: Glad to see FEMA disaster assistance rule changed

    WLOX Editorial: Glad to see FEMA disaster assistance rule changed

    Tuesday, January 9 2018 5:03 PM EST2018-01-09 22:03:14 GMT

    It took a Supreme Court ruling to correct what we consider the mistreatment of churches by the Federal government. Until recently, even though churches were considered religious nonprofit organizations, they were not eligible for FEMA assistance grants.  

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    It took a Supreme Court ruling to correct what we consider the mistreatment of churches by the Federal government. Until recently, even though churches were considered religious nonprofit organizations, they were not eligible for FEMA assistance grants.  

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  • WLOX Editorial: It's time for Mississippi to have a lottery

    WLOX Editorial: It's time for Mississippi to have a lottery

    Tuesday, January 9 2018 4:52 PM EST2018-01-09 21:52:49 GMT

    Mississippi and Alabama are among only a few states with no state lottery. The likelihood of a lottery passing our state legislature this year seems to be greater than ever. 

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    Mississippi and Alabama are among only a few states with no state lottery. The likelihood of a lottery passing our state legislature this year seems to be greater than ever. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Early voting needed in Mississippi

    WLOX Editorial: Early voting needed in Mississippi

    Wednesday, January 3 2018 12:27 PM EST2018-01-03 17:27:24 GMT

    Mississippi continues to be 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. A proposal to change that failed to make it through the state legislature last year.  

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    Mississippi continues to be 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. A proposal to change that failed to make it through the state legislature last year.  

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  • WLOX Editorial: State lawmakers need to fund fixing our roads and bridges

    WLOX Editorial: State lawmakers need to fund fixing our roads and bridges

    Wednesday, January 3 2018 12:20 PM EST2018-01-03 17:20:06 GMT

    Year after year we hear our state and local leaders talk about the demise of the state's roads and bridges. And year after year, there is never enough money to make significant headway on the problem.  

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    Year after year we hear our state and local leaders talk about the demise of the state's roads and bridges. And year after year, there is never enough money to make significant headway on the problem.  

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  • WLOX Editorial: There is nothing wrong with setting lofty goals

    WLOX Editorial: There is nothing wrong with setting lofty goals

    Tuesday, December 19 2017 11:15 AM EST2017-12-19 16:15:18 GMT

    It's that time of year that most will reset, rethink where they are in their lives and most will resolve to do better.  And inevitably 80 percent of the New Year's resolutions will fail by February. But you could  look at it this way; If February is the month for failure, there's a great chance of success for your resolution at least through January. 

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    It's that time of year that most will reset, rethink where they are in their lives and most will resolve to do better.  And inevitably 80 percent of the New Year's resolutions will fail by February. But you could  look at it this way; If February is the month for failure, there's a great chance of success for your resolution at least through January. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: You have an important job

    WLOX Editorial: You have an important job

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 11:58 AM EST2017-12-13 16:58:29 GMT

    Did you know that just 27 people who agree, can control millions and million dollars in tax money and major pieces of legislation in the state of Mississippi? Laws or spending measures can live and die on the votes of those 27 people. It's simple. Twenty-seven is a majority in the 52 member state senate.  

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    Did you know that just 27 people who agree, can control millions and million dollars in tax money and major pieces of legislation in the state of Mississippi? Laws or spending measures can live and die on the votes of those 27 people. It's simple. Twenty-seven is a majority in the 52 member state senate.  

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  • WLOX Editorial: Let's hope

    WLOX Editorial: Let's hope

    Tuesday, December 19 2017 11:07 AM EST2017-12-19 16:07:56 GMT

    The seemingly never ending east Biloxi infrastructure improvement project is having a hard time living up to the "improvement" part of the title. The years of torn up roads, for blocks and blocks of east Biloxi has many people asking when will the actual improvement come.  I

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    The seemingly never ending east Biloxi infrastructure improvement project is having a hard time living up to the "improvement" part of the title. The years of torn up roads, for blocks and blocks of east Biloxi has many people asking when will the actual improvement come.  I

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  • WLOX Editorial: Leave a little early and have patience this holiday season

    WLOX Editorial: Leave a little early and have patience this holiday season

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 11:50 AM EST2017-12-13 16:50:08 GMT

    Christmas, it is the season to be jolly. The season to be happy and giving. The season to get some days off from work. But we don't think anyone would disagree that as much as anything, 'tis the season to be driving and heavy traffic. It seems that everybody is on the streets as we count down the days for Christmas shopping. 

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    Christmas, it is the season to be jolly. The season to be happy and giving. The season to get some days off from work. But we don't think anyone would disagree that as much as anything, 'tis the season to be driving and heavy traffic. It seems that everybody is on the streets as we count down the days for Christmas shopping. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Our congratulations to Ingalls and its employees

    WLOX Editorial: Our congratulations to Ingalls and its employees

    Monday, December 4 2017 7:00 PM EST2017-12-05 00:00:26 GMT

    The future appears bright for Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula and that is good news for South Mississippi. The Union Ship workers just passed a four year contract extension. With years of Navy and coast guard shipbuilding contracts in the pipeline, this keeps Jackson County's economy on solid footing. Ingalls is the largest industrial employer in the state with more than eleven thousand people on the payroll. 

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    The future appears bright for Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula and that is good news for South Mississippi. The Union Ship workers just passed a four year contract extension. With years of Navy and coast guard shipbuilding contracts in the pipeline, this keeps Jackson County's economy on solid footing. Ingalls is the largest industrial employer in the state with more than eleven thousand people on the payroll. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Consider shopping locally this holiday season

    WLOX Editorial: Consider shopping locally this holiday season

    Monday, December 4 2017 6:53 PM EST2017-12-04 23:53:57 GMT

    There is optimism for retailers as always in the holiday shopping season. The National Retail Federation believes holiday sales for the 2017 holiday season will increase 3.6% to 4% over 2016 sales.   

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    There is optimism for retailers as always in the holiday shopping season. The National Retail Federation believes holiday sales for the 2017 holiday season will increase 3.6% to 4% over 2016 sales.   

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  • WLOX Editorial: Bullets don't make decisions

    WLOX Editorial: Bullets don't make decisions

    Wednesday, November 29 2017 4:04 PM EST2017-11-29 21:04:18 GMT

    Bullets don't have a conscience. They don't have remorse. They see no consequence. They cannot un-fire themselves. Bullets barrel straight ahead to hurt or kill whomever is in their path. They don't stop even if a child gets in the way. Bullets don't make decisions. To put it short, they are mindless projectiles hurling through the air at, at around 700 miles per hour or more. 

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    Bullets don't have a conscience. They don't have remorse. They see no consequence. They cannot un-fire themselves. Bullets barrel straight ahead to hurt or kill whomever is in their path. They don't stop even if a child gets in the way. Bullets don't make decisions. To put it short, they are mindless projectiles hurling through the air at, at around 700 miles per hour or more. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Consider adding one more name to your holiday list

    WLOX Editorial: Consider adding one more name to your holiday list

    Wednesday, November 29 2017 3:57 PM EST2017-11-29 20:57:55 GMT

    The shopping season is in full swing. The stores are busy and bargains are everywhere. As you compile your list of family and friends for whom you will buy Christmas presents, we would like to suggest you add a name to your list. That name -- Toys for Tots.  

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    The shopping season is in full swing. The stores are busy and bargains are everywhere. As you compile your list of family and friends for whom you will buy Christmas presents, we would like to suggest you add a name to your list. That name -- Toys for Tots.  

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  • WLOX Editorial: Holiday shoppers beware

    WLOX Editorial: Holiday shoppers beware

    Monday, November 20 2017 6:38 PM EST2017-11-20 23:38:19 GMT

    Decorative lights are popping up everywhere. Christmas shopping is in full swing. And plans are being made for visiting family and friends near and far. We are definitely in the heart of the Holiday Season. 

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    Decorative lights are popping up everywhere. Christmas shopping is in full swing. And plans are being made for visiting family and friends near and far. We are definitely in the heart of the Holiday Season. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Giving thanks

    WLOX Editorial: Giving thanks

    Monday, November 20 2017 6:30 PM EST2017-11-20 23:30:23 GMT

    To many of us, Thanksgiving is a time of gathering with family and friends. Maybe one of the few times in the year when we see one another. A time for a big family meal, watching a parade, or a football game. For others, Thanksgiving in many ways is a day like any other day. 

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    To many of us, Thanksgiving is a time of gathering with family and friends. Maybe one of the few times in the year when we see one another. A time for a big family meal, watching a parade, or a football game. For others, Thanksgiving in many ways is a day like any other day. 

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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: Register to vote in special election

    WLOX Editorial: Register to vote in special election

    Wednesday, November 15 2017 5:04 PM EST2017-11-15 22:04:20 GMT

    There is a special election coming up December 19 for the State Senate seat in Harrison County vacated by newly Appointed Appeals Court Judge Sean Tindell. Three people have their names on the ballot. Dan Carr, Joel Carter and Ron Meyers have qualified to seek the office. 

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    There is a special election coming up December 19 for the State Senate seat in Harrison County vacated by newly Appointed Appeals Court Judge Sean Tindell. Three people have their names on the ballot. Dan Carr, Joel Carter and Ron Meyers have qualified to seek the office. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: The problem is real

    WLOX Editorial: The problem is real

    Wednesday, November 8 2017 2:01 PM EST2017-11-08 19:01:35 GMT

    The merciless mass shooting at a Texas church is again pushing the need for better mental health treatment to the forefront and rightfully so. You don't have to look far even in our own community to find those who constantly deal the people who have mental health issues.  

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    The merciless mass shooting at a Texas church is again pushing the need for better mental health treatment to the forefront and rightfully so. You don't have to look far even in our own community to find those who constantly deal the people who have mental health issues.  

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  • WLOX Editorial: Thank our veterans

    WLOX Editorial: Thank our veterans

    Wednesday, November 8 2017 1:57 PM EST2017-11-08 18:57:17 GMT

    Saturday, November 11th, is Veterans Day.  November 11th was originally designated as Armistice Day to celebrate the end of World War I and to recognize those fought in that war to end all wars.  

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    Saturday, November 11th, is Veterans Day.  November 11th was originally designated as Armistice Day to celebrate the end of World War I and to recognize those fought in that war to end all wars.  

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  • WLOX Editorial: Property owners should be able to say 'No' to the government

    WLOX Editorial: Property owners should be able to say 'No' to the government

    Wednesday, November 1 2017 11:44 AM EDT2017-11-01 15:44:20 GMT

    If you have dirt for sale and someone wants your dirt, then it would make sense they would have to pay a price to which both agree. But just because that would make sense, doesn't mean it's always the case. 

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    If you have dirt for sale and someone wants your dirt, then it would make sense they would have to pay a price to which both agree. But just because that would make sense, doesn't mean it's always the case. 

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  • WLOX Editorial: Peter Anderson Festival has a positive impact on South Mississippi

    WLOX Editorial: Peter Anderson Festival has a positive impact on South Mississippi

    Thursday, November 2 2017 1:05 PM EDT2017-11-02 17:05:09 GMT

    The town of Ocean Springs will see a dramatic transformation this weekend. That transformation is the tremendous swell of people growing from about 18,000 to about 150,000 people. While that may seem unmanageable, the town welcomes the crowds to the 39th annual Peter Anderson Festival. This is a great event for Ocean Springs and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. 

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    The town of Ocean Springs will see a dramatic transformation this weekend. That transformation is the tremendous swell of people growing from about 18,000 to about 150,000 people. While that may seem unmanageable, the town welcomes the crowds to the 39th annual Peter Anderson Festival. This is a great event for Ocean Springs and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. 

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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: Time for Mississippi to do the same

    WLOX Editorial: Time for Mississippi to do the same

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 11:32 AM EDT2017-07-26 15:32:26 GMT

    This Friday and Saturday is the state of Mississippi's annual sales tax holiday. It's a chance to save 7% on clothing and shoes. This is a good thing, it gives parents an opportunity to save money on back to school clothes. 

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    This Friday and Saturday is the state of Mississippi's annual sales tax holiday. It's a chance to save 7% on clothing and shoes. This is a good thing, it gives parents an opportunity to save money on back to school clothes. 

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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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  • 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: 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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