Excitement building for a big music weekend in Gulfport

It's WLOX News Director Brad Kessie. Our sports director A.J. Giardina just got back from the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame induction ceremony.  The class of 2012 included Saints owner Tom Benson. A.J. talked with Mr. Benson today about his induction, and about his beloved football team.  Why isn't Drew Brees signed to a long-term deal?  Can the Saints get past bounty gate and win the Super Bowl?  A.J. tells us what Benson thinks on WLOX News at 10:00.

We'll also have the latest details on the arrest of the alleged highway sniper in north Mississippi.  We learned this morning James Willie got arrested Tuesday in Tunica County on a rape charge.  During that arrest, investigators found a gun that seemed similar to the one used to kill two motorists.  Those investigators ran tests.  And they tell the media the tests concluded the gun matched the bullets used in the two killings.  I encourage you to check out WLOX.com for continuing coverage of the highway sniper case.

Can you feel the excitement building in Gulfport?  The second Gulfport Music Festival just started.  And with Nelly, Vanilla Ice and Maroon 5 all scheduled to perform this weekend, you know it's going to be quite a party.  Terrance Friday has Gulfport Music Festival duty tonight.  He'll check out the acts on WLOX News at 6:00, on WLOX News at 6:30 (our CBS newscast), and on WLOX News at 10;00.

Get ready to sail back in time this weekend.  Boats of all shapes, sizes and ages will be on display at the 19th Annual Billy Creel Memorial Gulf Coast Wooden Boat Show.  Trang Pham-Bui went to Biloxi today to see how the restored beauties pay homage to our maritime heritage.

I'll end my final newsletter of the week with a "scoop". Jimmy Buffett's own Facebook page broke one of the casino industry's worst kept secrets today. Buffett will perform Tuesday when his Biloxi casino opens.  Jimmy's performance at the Margaritaville Biloxi sneak peek event will be broadcast on Radio Margaritaville.  Buffett sings at 5:00.  The casino opens to the public Tuesday night at 8:00.

Have a great weekend.