Alcohol-related deaths going down in Mississippi

It's WLOX News Director Brad Kessie. Fewer drunk drivers are causing deadly accidents in Mississippi. Gov. Bryant made that announcement today during a news conference in Jackson. Mississippi once ranked seventh in alcohol-related fatalities. Now, we're number 20.

"I appreciate the work of the Mississippi Highway Patrol and our state's police officers and deputies for their efforts to protect motorists by reducing the number of fatalities caused by abuse of alcohol and other substances," the governor said.

You'll hear from Gov. Bryant on WLOX News at 10:00.

His news conference got us to do our own number crunching. We contacted every law enforcement agency in the three coastal counties. This year, area police have made more than 2,000 DUI arrests. You know what that means? It means an average of 10 suspected drunk drivers go to a South Mississippi jail each day.

Welcome home 1108th! Gulfport's helicopter repair unit is back from a nearly one year deployment in Afghanistan. Steve Phillips covered the welcome home ceremony. He saw plenty of hugs, plenty of smiles, and plenty of tears. You'll see the same thing on WLOX News at 6:00.

You know what? There's a chance somebody who lives in your neighborhood might become the nation's next multi-millionaire. Tonight's Powerball drawing is worth more than $320 million. It's the fourth largest jackpot ever. And that fact had plenty of South Mississippians dashing over to Louisiana to buy tickets. You'll see some of those people when you flip over to CBS and watch WLOX News at 6:30.

If you have a ticket, good luck.

Have a great night!