Thursday, May 23 2013 5:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:38:18 GMT
The picture of a George County dog set on fire is disturbing. Authorities say the circumstances surrounding how fire consumed the dog are shocking. According to George County Sheriff Dean Howell, 20-year-oldMore >>
Socks, the dog reportedly burned this week by his owner, has died. That word comes from a George County Sheriff's deputy. Socks succumbed to injuries suffered after 20-year-old Brandon Pierce allegedly set his dog on fire Tuesday night. The suspect told deputies he torched the dog because he "wanted to help the dog go to heaven."More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:15 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:15:57 GMT
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night. Several WLOX viewers called our newsroom to tell us about it. One person called whileMore >>
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:25 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:25:10 GMT
The search is on in north Picayune for two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee. Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were last seen leaving a mobile home on Pea Ridge Road in Picayune.More >>
Two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee were captured around 6:30 Thursday morning according to Pearl River Sheriff's Department. According to Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison, Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were caught at the corner of Ozona Richardson Road and Richardson Road just after sunrise. That's the same general area authorities had searched Wednesday and early Thursday morning.More >>
An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday - she lost.More >>
An 87-year-old grandmother took on billionaire Donald Trump. And on Thursday, she lost.More >>
JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -
If you live in Mississippi, there's a twenty five percent chance you're living in poverty. That's according to numbers recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau.
"Mississippi families are having to do more with less and a lot of this has to do with the fact that economic conditions have continued to remain challenging," said Mississippi Economic Policy Director Ed Sivak.
Federally, the 2011 poverty line for a family of four is slightly more than $23,000 a year. Nationally that includes 46.2 million people. In the magnolia state, nearly 130,000 families fall below that income level. That means almost 45 percent of Mississippians who filed tax returns didn't make enough money to pay income taxes.
"One of the things we need to look at is taking a balanced approach that included raising revenue instead of the cuts only approach that has been taken in the past," said Sivak.
That means taxes. Sivak says lawmakers need to look at the statewide picture to help reduce poverty.
"It's really important that we make these investments in a high quality education, affordable healthcare and affordable college tuition. These are going to be the types of investments that move families forward and they don't happen for free," said Sivak.
While taxes are a touchy subject at the state capitol, Sivak says it's time to bring up the possibility, especially since Mississippi's median household income comes in at $36,919. That's far below the national median of $50,502.
"We need to look at the fact that since 2001 median household incomes have dropped by $2,400. Mississippi families are doing more with less and that signals that we need to make the critical investments that move families forward."
Mississippi didn't rank the highest when it comes to the number of people living in poverty. States like New Mexico, Louisiana, South Carolina, Arkansas and Georgia had higher numbers.
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