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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:19 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:19:04 GMT
Don't panic. It's normal. That's what pest control specialists are saying about the swarms of termites spotted across south Mississippi. After receiving calls and posts from many of our WLOX viewers concernedMore >>
Don't panic. It's normal. That's what pest control specialists are saying about the swarms of termites spotted across south Mississippi.More >>
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
With sales, deals and one time offers, retailers across the state are preparing for a surge of shoppers this holiday season, especially as many stand to make up to 50 percent of their profit in just about a month.
"TVs are huge and PlayStation three," said one store associate.
While hot ticket items mean great gifts and personal gains, it's a different type of gain for the state's budget. It means sales tax.
"Retail and wholesale trade account for 15 percent of the economy so it's really a critical time of the year," said state senior economist Marianne Hill.
Hill says nationally holiday sales are expected to be a little more than four percent higher than last year. In Mississippi that percent is expected to be a little lower, but Hill says it's still a good growth rate.
"Now we know that it might not be quite as rapid a growth rate as we were hoping for but on the other hand consumer confidence is very high at the moment," said Hill.
That's good economic news in a state where dollars are having to be stretched at the state capitol. Hill says that consumer confidence is driving more and more folks to take out debt in order to buy more.
"It has a very positive multiplier effect but consumers have to be careful that they don't overdo it," said Hill.
While the state is still coming out of an economic slump, Hill says there's no sign the state will be returning to those feeble conditions. With spending now in an upswing from years ago, the hope is to stay on track.
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