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 2:25 PM EDT2013-05-23 18:25:50 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 >>
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-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 >>
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) -
One lawmaker described it as thorough and exhaustive nearly twelve hours of dispute over a charter school bill. It finally passed the house after midnight by a vote of 64 to 55.
"We examined issues from transportation to intent," said Republican House of Representatives Member Brad Mayo (District 12).
For Representative Mayo, charter schools have the power to transform the lives of children trapped in poor performing schools.
"This gives them the chance to reform a school in their district or to open a new school in their district," explained Representative Mayo.
Among many provisions, House Bill 369 allows charter schools in districts not excelling academically.
Democratic Representative Alyce Clarke (District 69) isn't a fan for charter schools. Representative Clarke said she supports studies showing charter schools don't always work. She also believes if the state had fully funded education in the past, charter schools wouldn't be necessary.
"We have good public schools and I'd like to see us improve our public schools, make our public schools better," Representative Clarke told WLBT News.
During the on-going House debate, every amendment, but one was defeated. The undefeated amendment stops for profit groups from establishing a charter school.
Last week, the state Senate passed its version of charter school legislation. Senate Education Committee Chairman, Senator Gray Tollison said the passage is a move in the right direction.
"Nearly a third of third graders can't read at grade level, we've got to change that and this is one tool in the toolbox," said Senator Tollison.
Before this charter school legislation makes it to a conference committee it will have to go through the Senate for approval. The Senate could have the bill as early as next week.
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