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 >>
Mark Jimerson works at Hinds Community College, and just graduated from the college with a 2-year degree in secondary education. His full Pell Grant eligibility will continue as he goes on to Jackson State University.
He's lucky, because 3,000 other students across the state found out in the Fall they weren't eligible for all the grant money they were used to.
"It's gonna really put a strain on them because they're gonna have to take out a payment plan or find some other way to pay for school," Jimerson says.
Over the summer, Congress adjusted Pell Grant requirements. The grants used to be available for a student for up to 18 semesters. The number has dropped to 12. Also, a family making $32,000 per year used to get full Pell Grant eligibility for students. That yearly income maximum has dropped to $23,000. In other words, a student in a family making more than $23,000 yearly will not get as much Pell Grant money as in years past.
A recent study by the Education Policy Center at The University of Alabama shows that enrollment declined at 14 of the 15 community colleges in Mississippi over the fall, due to the Pell Grant adjustments.
During a news conference at Hinds Community College, we asked why a student would need more than 12 semesters, or six years, of college anyway.
"Nationally, 65 percent of community college students are part time. And most of them are working more than 30 hours a week," said Stephen Katsinas, Director of the Education Policy Center.
Pell Grants are considered the cornerstone form of financial aid for colleges in Mississippi.
Community college officials from across the state plan to visit Washington D.C. In February to try to stifle any more Pell Grant changes.
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