Thursday, May 23 2013 3:58 PM EDT2013-05-23 19:58:59 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 >>
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) -
It's referred to as the 'Anti-Bloomberg Bill,' in reference to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's attempt to ban oversized drinks with a high sugar content. The bill's co-author, senator Melanie Sojourner says government shouldn't have a say in what people choose to eat or drink.
"I'm just a strong believer in that personal choice and less government," said Sojourner, a republican from Natchez.
Under the bill, local governments, like cities would be prohibited from trying to pass laws on food or drinks because of nutritional value, or lack of.
"We have a state department of health and this is an area that they regulate and I felt like that's where we needed to draw the line," said Sojourner.
Some groups in opposition say that line is blurry and the bill could jeopardize health-focused programs already in place and initiatives like restaurant menu labeling.
"It is incredibly overreaching," said Katherine Bryant, with the American Heart Association. "This bill was really put on the fast track and was discovered really late in the process the harm it would do."
Bryant says while the intentions of the bill may be good, they could be outweighed by negative impacts. In a state with poor health rankings, Bryant says local leaders should have the ability to at least guide healthier choices.
"We're at a point where we can not afford to gamble with the health and wellness of our state," said Bryant.
While Bryant says it's more of a reactionary bill and not thought out, lawmakers overwhelmingly disagree. The bill has already cleared both legislative chambers and is just one signature away from becoming law. The association is teaming up with the American Cancer Society and The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi asking Governor Phil Bryant to veto the bill. Although the governor is expected to sign it, Bryant hopes groups, like her's, can be brought in to the discussion.
"Let's pull everybody to the table and let's really do some education. Let's do some research," said Bryant.
With the bill now in the hands of the governor, Sojourner says the message is for Mississippians to be responsible for themselves.
"The bottom line is for me, this comes down to a personal freedom," said Sojourner.
Late Thursday afternoon Governor Bryant weighed in on the debate saying the bill will not add to the state's health problems, like obesity. He says he will indeed sign it when he gets the chance.
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