Family of man shot by Gulfport officer in 2020 to file federal lawsuit

The family of a man who was shot and killed by a Gulfport police officer last year say they are now preparing to file a civil rights lawsuit in federal court.

  Several people rescued from South Mississippi floodwaters, including 12 from vacation home

  IMMS releases 5 rehabbed Kemp’s Ridley Sea turtles in Pass Christian

Gulfport woman accused of setting multiple fires, burglarizing home

  216 new COVID-19 cases, 12 new deaths Friday in Mississippi

  COVID-19 in Mississippi: 216 new cases reported Fri.

Alabama prosecutors want inmate stimulus checks to go to crime victims

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Earthquake recorded near Blanchard, La.

  River Road in Pascagoula, Moss Point back open road collapse near bridge

  Texas family rescued from D’Iberville house surrounded by rising water

South Mississippi river flooding forecasts

  Vancleave father wants radar on roads after daughter almost dies in accident

  Millions in federal dollars help boost Mississippi’s broadband expansion

  Turkey Creek flooding brings out lingering disputes in Gulfport

It’s a familiar problem for Forrest Heights Missionary Baptist Church. Rising water from Turkey Creek threatening to flood the church.

Hattiesburg Zoo to open new giraffe exhibit May 15

The Hattiesburg Zoo has announced the date it will open a major new exhibit that will have some very tall tenants.

Federal government extending tax deadline day to May 17

If you can’t file state and federal returns by May 17, an extension will give you until October 15.

  Businesses have to close down to clean up after Pascagoula flooding

Businesses along Market Street had to shut down and clean up after still another flooding event. Sandbags and closed-for business signs stood ready.

  Mississippi official defends own comment about ‘woke’ voters

Miss. Black Caucus calls for Gov. Reeves to rescind declaration of Confederate Heritage Month

‘I feel like I’m drowning,’ mother of missing crewmember waits for answers

Couple charged with robbery, assault of victims during road rage incident

  Coast restaurant group offering sign-on bonus, $12 an hour for new employees

Divers to examine capsized lift boat off La. coast

Louisiana man killed in Pearl River County crash

A Louisiana man is dead after a crash on Interstate 59 in Pearl River County Wednesday morning.

Instagram post leads to Little River man’s arrest for alleged role in deadly Capitol riots

A Little River man is now accused of participating in one of the most infamous days in U.S. history when thousands of people stormed the U.S. Capitol.

Brett Favre says politics are ruining sports; protests are ‘more turmoil than good’

Favre, in a recent interview on The Andrew Klavan Show, says politics are ruining sports and that most people are tuning out because of it.

  410 new COVID-19 cases, 6 new deaths Thursday in Mississippi

There were 40 new cases and no new deaths reported in South Mississippi on Thursday.

#HBCUSTEMgrad: Black woman becomes first person in La. to earn degree in cybersecurity

A Black woman at Grambling University is making history.

  Crawfish Music Festival moving ahead rain or shine

Inclement weather limited attendance for the first night, however, event organizers and vendors remain optimistic about the days ahead.

  LIST: Road closures due to flooding impacting South Mississippi

With rain continuing to fall across South Mississippi, a flash flooding watch remains in effect for the area. Several roads are closed across the Gulf Coast.

  Flash flood watch in effect across South Mississippi

A flash flood watch is in effect for all of South Mississippi, with heavy rain and torrential rainfall expected to continue throughout Thursday morning.

LIST: School districts announce closures, delays for Thursday due to flooding

With more rain expected, some school districts are making the decision not to have classes on Thursday.

Body found in Miss. River identified as missing LSU student

Officials confirm the body found in the Mississippi River in Reserve, La. on Tuesday, April 13 is that of missing LSU student Kori Gauthier.

  Mississippi Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Initiative 65 challenge

The ballot initiative process that got medical marijuana on the ballot and eventually in the state constitution is in question.

  VIDEO: Dr. Fauci, Dr. Webb speak on vaccine concerns regarding hesitancy, J&J pause

WLOX spoke with Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Cameron Webb, who both serve on the White House COVID-19 Response Team, about the J&J vaccine.

  Veterans group home established in Long Beach

A safe place that veterans can call home, that’s the goal of Equal Steps Veterans Home in Long Beach.

‘We might lose her’ - Video from shrimp boat shows terrifying conditions off La. coast around the same time Seacor Power capsized

Video shared by shrimp boat captain Aaron Callais shows the terrifying conditions in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana’s southeastern coast during the afternoon of Tuesday, April 13, around the same time another vessel, Seacor Power, capsized.

  Key parts of Biloxi’s $355 million infrastructure project now complete

With heavy rain showers, some residents who live in East Biloxi are relieved now that millions of dollars worth of infrastructure work is complete.

Lift Boat Disaster: What Happened?

What happened to the lift boat off the coast of Grand Isle?

MDOC commissioner taps new superintendent for state’s largest prison

Former CMCF superintendent to head up private and regional facilities under MDOC purview.

  ‘If the mission is complete, why not pull out?’ Coast veteran with two tours in Afghanistan supports decision to withdraw

If President Joe Biden’s plan works, all troops will be brought back from Afghanistan by Sept. 11.

MDOT helping schedule free rides to vaccine sites

MDOT is supporting a statewide initiative that helps residents to schedule free rides to local COVID-19 vaccination sites.

2 Oxford men arrested for using a minor to sell sex

Both men were charged with procuring sexual servitude of a minor.

  D’Iberville Middle School gym gets emergency repair funds

That gym roof damaged by a storm at D’Iberville Middle School has undergone some temporary repairs, but now it looks like a permanent fix could be on the way.

1 crewmember dead; Lafourche Parish officials asking for help searching for remaining 12

Officials are asking for all marine operators to assist in the search for at least a dozen workers after a lift boat capsized off the coast of Port Fourchon on Tuesday afternoon.

Parents can schedule online COVID-19 appointments for 16 or 17-year-olds in Miss.

The Mississippi State Department of Health says parents can now make vaccination appointments for teens at the department’s free drive-through sites.

  275 new COVID-19 cases, 3 new deaths Wednesday in Mississippi

There were 38 new cases and no new deaths reported in South Mississippi on Wednesday.

Miss. Supreme Court to hear challenge to Initiative 65 Wed.

Oral arguments begin Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

  ‘Young, healthy’ South Mississippi man suffers stroke hours after receiving J&J vaccine

When the news broke about the pause of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine Tuesday, one Coast family was already living with a tragedy they believe was caused by the vaccine.

  Drivers urged to use caution as sand, water covers parts of Highway 90

Strong winds across South Mississippi Tuesday evening and overnight into Wednesday morning are causing issues for drivers on Highway 90.

CDC updates guidance for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces

The CDC recently changed its guidance for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

  Local pharmacies bombarded with questions, concerns about J&J vaccine

With concerns over blood clots following the vaccine, many people called pharmacies across the Coast to change their vaccination appointment or to cancel altogether.

State, federal agencies now investigating murder of 41-year-old Picayune man

State and federal agencies are assisting in the investigation of a murder that is believed to be gang-related in Picayune.

LSU student dies after trying to save boy from rip current in Florida

An LSU student died and two Nicholls State University students were hurt after trying to save a young boy from a rip current in the Gulf of Mexico during a spring break trip in Florida.

  Psychologist discusses signs of autism, tips for parents

For Autism Awareness month, Dr. Dannell Roberts tells what to look for and how parents can help children with autism.

  Pause on J&J vaccine not expected to have drastic impact on vaccination rates in Miss.

None of the cases of J&J complications have been identified in Mississippi.

Experts say roughly 15 to 18 million children in US are nearsighted

Doctors say myopia’s impact on children has increased over the past one to two years.

  Ingalls’ new president looks to sustain growth for the future

As the president of Ingalls, Kari Wilkinson faces a challenging role, leading Ingalls Shipbuilding into the future by securing new shipbuilding contracts and growing the workforce.

  Miss. Bureau of Narcotics warns of counterfeit drugs circulating in Pine Belt

The Hattiesburg District Office of the Bureau of Narcotics suspects at least eight overdose deaths from the last 50 days.

LSU police awaiting word on body found in St. John Parish

LSU police are working with authorities in St. John the Baptist Parish to determine whether a body found in the Mississippi River in that parish is tied to the case of missing LSU student Kori Gauthier.

Suspect arrested after reported sexual assault of teenager, say authorities

Nery Alexander Garcia was arrested by Harrison County Sheriff’s deputies on one charge of sexual battery.

CORRECTION: COVID death in Miss. was not vaccine-related

[This article is correcting a previous error by WLBT.]

Court date set for mother and son allegedly involved in largest embezzlement scheme in state history

The duo will be tried as co-conspirators, according to the Hinds Co. District Attorney's Office.

  Flint Creek hopes to make a splash during 40th anniversary summer

It started back in 1982, and 40 years later, Flint Creek’s Watertown USA is ready for its anniversary celebration.

42K J&J vaccines administered in Miss., MSDH encourages ‘pause,’ not fear

The lion share of the J&J vaccines have been administered in clinics, MSDH says.

Gulfport murder suspect arrested after fleeing the county

A murder suspect wanted for the shooting death of a 20-year-old Gulfport man is behind bars in North Mississippi.

  317 new COVID-19 cases, 23 new deaths Tuesday in Mississippi

There were 56 new cases and 2 new deaths reported in South Mississippi on Tuesday.

Will Smith’s ‘Emancipation’ to film in New Orleans after pulling from Georgia over voting law

"New Orleans is a welcoming city," a city spokesperson said.

Eyebrow threading, doing makeovers no longer requires occupational licensing

The legislation takes effect immediately.

  Turkey Creek named one of America’s most endangered rivers of 2021 in new report

Gulfport’s Turkey Creek has been named the 10th most endangered rivers by the nonprofit American Rivers.

  Businesses still struggling to find people to work despite high unemployment numbers

Millions of people remain out of work, but businesses everywhere are struggling to hire people. It’s an issue that’s affecting several industries, especially restaurants and bars.

Sen. McDaniel says ‘to hell with the NCAA’ after potential boycott over trans legislation

U.S. Senator Roger Wicker called the statement from the NCAA “unbelievable” while McDaniel described it as a “woke stance.”

  U.S. Department of Commerce investing $2,000,000 in South Mississippi tourism

The tourism industry is set to get its own shot in the arm after COVID-19. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration is awarding $2,000,000 of CARES Act Recovery Assistance Grant money to Coastal Mississippi.

  Traffic stops under heightened scrutiny following incidents in other states

Traffic stops are under the microscope after recent incidents in Virginia and Minnesota.

  Veterans Avenue pier proposal heading to court over dispute with local, state officials

The Secretary of State’s office filed suit against the project, saying the land was subject to a Tidelands lease with the state.

Biloxi police investigating body found in water

Biloxi police are on the scene under the Interstate 110 bridge after a body was found in the water.

  Mississippi Coast Coliseum making comeback with more events after COVID-19 cancels many

Monday was a busy day for the Coliseum as it prepares for the 28th Annual Crawfish Festival, just one of many events returning to the location.

Easter tornadoes, which killed 14 in Mississippi, remembered one year later

This week marks the one year anniversary of the deadly Easter tornadoes of 2020.

  NCAA suggests states with transgender ban will not host championships

The NCAA Board of Governors is speaking out against recent legislation banning transgender athletes from participating in sports.

Mississippi receives D+ in White House’s infrastructure report

The White House says Mississippi and Alabama’s current infrastructures are poor.

New study estimates three times more Red Snapper in Gulf of Mexico

In a first-of-its-kind study, scientists across the Gulf Coasts found an estimated 110 million Red Snapper in the Gulf of Mexico, compared to previous federal estimates of 36 million.