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      • MS elementary school named after Jefferson Davis to be renamed after President Obama

        MS elementary school named after Jefferson Davis to be renamed after President Obama

        Wednesday, October 18 2017 7:45 PM EDT2017-10-18 23:45:59 GMT
        Source: Google mapsSource: Google maps

        A Jackson elementary school is going to be renamed after former president Barack Obama. Davis Magnet IB Elementary School has been renamed Barack Obama IB Elementary School. 

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        A Jackson elementary school is going to be renamed after former president Barack Obama. Davis Magnet IB Elementary School has been renamed Barack Obama IB Elementary School. 

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      • Naked man facing charges for invading home of Hinds Co. deputy

        Naked man facing charges for invading home of Hinds Co. deputy

        Wednesday, October 18 2017 7:12 PM EDT2017-10-18 23:12:29 GMT
        Source: Raycom Image BankSource: Raycom Image Bank

        Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason says the home invasion happened at the home of a deputy located on Willow Run Drive in South Jackson.

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        Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason says the home invasion happened at the home of a deputy located on Willow Run Drive in South Jackson.

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      • Friendship Oak branch removal begins Thursday

        Friendship Oak branch removal begins Thursday

        Wednesday, October 18 2017 6:51 PM EDT2017-10-18 22:51:09 GMT
        Chainsaws will begin nibbling away at the beloved Friendship Oak on Thursday morning.  (Photo source: WLOX)Chainsaws will begin nibbling away at the beloved Friendship Oak on Thursday morning. (Photo source: WLOX)

        Chainsaws will begin nibbling away at the beloved Friendship Oak on Thursday morning. The majestic Live Oak tree is a centerpiece of the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

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        Chainsaws will begin nibbling away at the beloved Friendship Oak on Thursday morning. The majestic Live Oak tree is a centerpiece of the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

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      • Hattiesburg radiologist takes the fear out of mammograms

        Hattiesburg radiologist takes the fear out of mammograms

        Wednesday, October 18 2017 6:45 PM EDT2017-10-18 22:45:54 GMT

        According to the American Cancer Society, many women with breast cancer have no symptoms. That is why, Merit Health Wesley's Women's Center Staff Radiologist, Dr. Steven Cunningham said breast cancer screenings are so important. He said mammograms are an important step to prevention, and women should use someone else's experience in their decision to get a mammogram.   "A lot of ladies who've never experienced a mammogram before may have gotten some erroneous information fr...

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        According to the American Cancer Society, many women with breast cancer have no symptoms. That is why, Merit Health Wesley's Women's Center Staff Radiologist, Dr. Steven Cunningham said breast cancer screenings are so important. He said mammograms are an important step to prevention, and women should use someone else's experience in their decision to get a mammogram.   "A lot of ladies who've never experienced a mammogram before may have gotten some erroneous information fr...

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      • Father of murder victim: "There were no warning signs."

        Father of murder victim: "There were no warning signs."

        Wednesday, October 18 2017 6:44 PM EDT2017-10-18 22:44:47 GMT
        Source:  FacebookSource: Facebook

        Family and friends of Davisha Harris said the teen was beautiful, goofy and fun to be around.

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        Family and friends of Davisha Harris said the teen was beautiful, goofy and fun to be around.

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      • MDEQ reopens five sections of beach in Harrison Co.

        MDEQ reopens five sections of beach in Harrison Co.

        Wednesday, October 18 2017 6:28 PM EDT2017-10-18 22:28:39 GMT
        (Photo Source: WLOX)(Photo Source: WLOX)

        Sections of the Mississippi beachfront closed after Hurricane Nate are reopening. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality announced Wednesday five areas in Harrison County are now safe to enjoy.

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        Sections of the Mississippi beachfront closed after Hurricane Nate are reopening. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality announced Wednesday five areas in Harrison County are now safe to enjoy.

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      • Gulfport doctor charged in pharmacy fraud scheme

        Gulfport doctor charged in pharmacy fraud scheme

        Wednesday, October 18 2017 6:15 PM EDT2017-10-18 22:15:21 GMT
        (Photo: WLOX file)(Photo: WLOX file)

        A Gulfport doctor is charged in a 16-count federal indictment for his alleged role in a scheme to defraud TRICARE, the health care program that serves members of the military, veterans, and their dependent family members.

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        A Gulfport doctor is charged in a 16-count federal indictment for his alleged role in a scheme to defraud TRICARE, the health care program that serves members of the military, veterans, and their dependent family members.

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      • Old Petal skating rink ordered to be demolished

        Old Petal skating rink ordered to be demolished

        Wednesday, October 18 2017 6:13 PM EDT2017-10-18 22:13:53 GMT
        Old Petal Skating Rink SOURCE: WDAMOld Petal Skating Rink SOURCE: WDAM
        A damaged historic skating rink has left a Forrest County official and the Mayor of Petal at odds. The building, located on South Main Street and formerly the Petal skating rink, was damaged by the tornado that struck Petal back in January. District 3 Supervisor Burkett Ross, owner of the building, said the city is preventing him from making the necessary repairs. The amount of substantial damage is in question as Ross said it only around 25 percent damaged, while...More >>
        A damaged historic skating rink has left a Forrest County official and the Mayor of Petal at odds. The building, located on South Main Street and formerly the Petal skating rink, was damaged by the tornado that struck Petal back in January. District 3 Supervisor Burkett Ross, owner of the building, said the city is preventing him from making the necessary repairs. The amount of substantial damage is in question as Ross said it only around 25 percent damaged, while...More >>
      • MS Dept. of Education releases school districts facing probation

        MS Dept. of Education releases school districts facing probation

        Wednesday, October 18 2017 6:03 PM EDT2017-10-18 22:03:21 GMT
        SOURCE: MS Dept. of EducationSOURCE: MS Dept. of Education

        On Wednesday the Mississippi Department of Education's Office of Accreditation released its report on school districts with deficiencies resulting in probation.  The report, approved by the Commission on School Accreditation, lists districts with deficiencies on record from the 2016-2017 school year, resulting in a probation status for the 2017-2018 school year. Included in the list of districts on probation is the Wayne County School District.  Ac...

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        On Wednesday the Mississippi Department of Education's Office of Accreditation released its report on school districts with deficiencies resulting in probation.  The report, approved by the Commission on School Accreditation, lists districts with deficiencies on record from the 2016-2017 school year, resulting in a probation status for the 2017-2018 school year. Included in the list of districts on probation is the Wayne County School District.  Ac...

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      • Over a thousand Puerto Rican prisoners being housed in Yazoo City prison

        Over a thousand Puerto Rican prisoners being housed in Yazoo City prison

        Wednesday, October 18 2017 6:01 PM EDT2017-10-18 22:01:11 GMT
        Source: Bureau of PrisonsSource: Bureau of Prisons

        According to U.S. Court Clerk Arthur Johnston, over the last couple of weeks since Hurricane Maria, prisoners have been moved to Yazoo City because the prison in Puerto Rico shut down altogether and is not operating at this time.

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        According to U.S. Court Clerk Arthur Johnston, over the last couple of weeks since Hurricane Maria, prisoners have been moved to Yazoo City because the prison in Puerto Rico shut down altogether and is not operating at this time.

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      • Gulfport doctor charged in compounding pharmacy fraud scheme

        Gulfport doctor charged in compounding pharmacy fraud scheme

        Wednesday, October 18 2017 5:55 PM EDT2017-10-18 21:55:01 GMT
        Source: RNNSource: RNN
        A Gulport physician was charged on Wednesday for his role in a multi-million dollar scheme to defraud TRICARE, the health care benefit program serving our nation's military, veterans and their respective family members.  Albert Diaz, M.D., was charged in a 16 count indictment in the Southern District of Mississippi and is scheduled to make his initial court appearance on Oct. 31. U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst,  FBI Special Agent Christopher Freeze and IRS-Criminal Investigation ...More >>
        A Gulport physician was charged on Wednesday for his role in a multi-million dollar scheme to defraud TRICARE, the health care benefit program serving our nation's military, veterans and their respective family members.  Albert Diaz, M.D., was charged in a 16 count indictment in the Southern District of Mississippi and is scheduled to make his initial court appearance on Oct. 31. U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst,  FBI Special Agent Christopher Freeze and IRS-Criminal Investigation ...More >>
      • Clarksdale man wanted for burglary of pharmacy

        Clarksdale man wanted for burglary of pharmacy

        Wednesday, October 18 2017 4:51 PM EDT2017-10-18 20:51:24 GMT
        (Source: CPD)(Source: CPD)

        Clarksdale Police Department is looking for a man accused of stealing medication and money from a pharmacy. 

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        Clarksdale Police Department is looking for a man accused of stealing medication and money from a pharmacy. 

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      • FBI arrests 120 suspects, recovers 84 minors in cross country human trafficking sting

        FBI arrests 120 suspects, recovers 84 minors in cross country human trafficking operation

        Wednesday, October 18 2017 4:45 PM EDT2017-10-18 20:45:56 GMT

        The FBI and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children announced on Wednesday that 84 minors were recovered and 120 traffickers arrested across the U.S. as part of Operation Cross Country XI. According to an FBI press release, the operation ran from October 12-15 in a nationwide effort focusing on underage human trafficking. The FBI Jackson Division's Child Exploitation Task Force and its partners arrested two traffickers and 20 individuals associated with prostitution...

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        The FBI and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children announced on Wednesday that 84 minors were recovered and 120 traffickers arrested across the U.S. as part of Operation Cross Country XI. According to an FBI press release, the operation ran from October 12-15 in a nationwide effort focusing on underage human trafficking. The FBI Jackson Division's Child Exploitation Task Force and its partners arrested two traffickers and 20 individuals associated with prostitution...

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      • Songwriters Alliance donates guitars to St. Martin Middle

        Songwriters Alliance donates guitars to St. Martin Middle

        Wednesday, October 18 2017 4:34 PM EDT2017-10-18 20:34:30 GMT

        Thanks to a generous donation, the next big musician could be coming from a coast school.

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        Thanks to a generous donation, the next big musician could be coming from a coast school.

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      • Future of Historic Belhaven Home causes rift between church and neighbor

        Future of Historic Belhaven Home causes rift between church and neighbor

        Wednesday, October 18 2017 4:31 PM EDT2017-10-18 20:31:44 GMT
        Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

        First Presbyterian Church on State Street in Jackson has been buying homes in the Belhaven area in order to keep up with its growing membership and elementary school.

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        First Presbyterian Church on State Street in Jackson has been buying homes in the Belhaven area in order to keep up with its growing membership and elementary school.

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      • Deadline for Governor to respond to state flag lawsuit is today

        Deadline for Governor to respond to state flag lawsuit is today

        Wednesday, October 18 2017 4:25 PM EDT2017-10-18 20:25:05 GMT
        Source: WLBT archivesSource: WLBT archives

        Attorneys for Governor Phil Bryant must reply today to the lawsuit that challenges the confederate emblem on the state flag  

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        Attorneys for Governor Phil Bryant must reply today to the lawsuit that challenges the confederate emblem on the state flag  

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      • Fire aboard Coast Guard vessel under investigation

        Fire aboard Coast Guard vessel under investigation

        Wednesday, October 18 2017 4:23 PM EDT2017-10-18 20:23:28 GMT
        Gulfport fire trucks rush to the small craft harbor because of a predawn boat fire (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)Gulfport fire trucks rush to the small craft harbor because of a predawn boat fire (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)

        Flames shot out of a Coast Guard vessel docked at the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor on Wednesday morning before sunrise. Gulfport fire trucks rushed to the harbor and quickly poured water on the burning boat.

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        Flames shot out of a Coast Guard vessel docked at the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor on Wednesday morning before sunrise. Gulfport fire trucks rushed to the harbor and quickly poured water on the burning boat.

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      • Jackson Fire Chief leaving fire department

        Jackson Fire Chief leaving fire department

        Wednesday, October 18 2017 4:23 PM EDT2017-10-18 20:23:20 GMT
        Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

        Jackson Fire Chief R.D. Simpson will be leaving the Jackson Fire Department. 

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        Jackson Fire Chief R.D. Simpson will be leaving the Jackson Fire Department. 

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      • D'Iberville High students take a stand against violence

        D'Iberville High students take a stand against violence

        Wednesday, October 18 2017 4:19 PM EDT2017-10-18 20:19:43 GMT

        The message from students at D’Iberville High School this morning was a powerful one. Several members of S. A. V. E., Students Against Violence Everywhere, set up shop in the main lobby of the school as the bell rang to open the day.

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        The message from students at D’Iberville High School this morning was a powerful one. Several members of S. A. V. E., Students Against Violence Everywhere, set up shop in the main lobby of the school as the bell rang to open the day.

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      • Ingalls to deepen channel for improved ship access

        Ingalls to deepen channel for improved ship access

        Wednesday, October 18 2017 2:09 PM EDT2017-10-18 18:09:24 GMT
        Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula (Photo source: WLOX)Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula (Photo source: WLOX)

        Work will soon begin to deepen the channel that leads into Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula.

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        Work will soon begin to deepen the channel that leads into Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula.

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      • Barrier islands reopen following Nate; West Ship Island still closed

        Barrier islands reopen following Nate; West Ship Island still closed

        Wednesday, October 18 2017 2:07 PM EDT2017-10-18 18:07:11 GMT
        (Photo source: WLOX)(Photo source: WLOX)

        Nearly all of Mississippi’s barrier islands have been reopened to the public 10 days after Hurricane Nate made landfall in South Mississippi.

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        Nearly all of Mississippi’s barrier islands have been reopened to the public 10 days after Hurricane Nate made landfall in South Mississippi.

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      • Too cloudy for Orionid Meteor Shower?

        Too cloudy for Orionid Meteor Shower?

        Wednesday, October 18 2017 1:37 PM EDT2017-10-18 17:37:47 GMT
        Meteor ShowerMeteor Shower

        The month of October brings the peak of the annual Orionid Meteor Shower. And, unfortunately, South Mississippi's forecast is calling for a chance for a few clouds to possibly block part of the show.

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        The month of October brings the peak of the annual Orionid Meteor Shower. And, unfortunately, South Mississippi's forecast is calling for a chance for a few clouds to possibly block part of the show.

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      • Man sentenced for 2016 sexual abuse of a 6-year-old

        Man sentenced for 2016 sexual abuse of a 6-year-old

        Wednesday, October 18 2017 12:59 PM EDT2017-10-18 16:59:22 GMT

        A 6-year-old girl's testimony about being sexually abused convinced a jury to convict a 32-year-old man this week of unlawful touching of a child for lustful purposes.

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        A 6-year-old girl's testimony about being sexually abused convinced a jury to convict a 32-year-old man this week of unlawful touching of a child for lustful purposes.

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      • Forrest-Lamar Republican Women gather for lunch with MS Treasurer

        Forrest-Lamar Republican Women gather for lunch with MS Treasurer

        Wednesday, October 18 2017 11:54 AM EDT2017-10-18 15:54:16 GMT
        Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

        This month's meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women featured State Treasurer Lynn Fitch, who spoke before the crowd of nearly 50 people gathered at Movie Star Restaurant in Hattiesburg.  Fitch spoke about two programs available that have long-range savings plans for children's future college education. "We have worked deliberately with our MAX and our IMPACT programs," Fitch said. "MAX has been the affordable one that we have done differently in...

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        This month's meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women featured State Treasurer Lynn Fitch, who spoke before the crowd of nearly 50 people gathered at Movie Star Restaurant in Hattiesburg.  Fitch spoke about two programs available that have long-range savings plans for children's future college education. "We have worked deliberately with our MAX and our IMPACT programs," Fitch said. "MAX has been the affordable one that we have done differently in...

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        City of Hattiesburg hires Joe Paul as new customer service coordinator

        City of Hattiesburg hires Joe Paul as new customer service coordinator

        Wednesday, October 18 2017 11:20 AM EDT2017-10-18 15:20:01 GMT
        Source: City of HattiesburgSource: City of Hattiesburg

        The Hattiesburg mayor has added a familiar face to his staff.  

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        The Hattiesburg mayor has added a familiar face to his staff.  

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      • St. Patrick students nominated for High School Heisman award

        St. Patrick students nominated for High School Heisman award

        Wednesday, October 18 2017 10:49 AM EDT2017-10-18 14:49:03 GMT

        Two St. Patrick Catholic High School students are being recognized for their academic and athletic achievements.

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        Two St. Patrick Catholic High School students are being recognized for their academic and athletic achievements.

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      • Adams County Supervisor takes a knee to pray during Pledge of Allegiance

        Adams County Supervisor takes a knee to pray during Pledge of Allegiance

        Wednesday, October 18 2017 8:25 AM EDT2017-10-18 12:25:29 GMT
        Source: brucevideoproductionsSource: brucevideoproductions

        Adams County Supervisor Ricky Gray "took a knee" during the Pledge of Allegiance" at Monday's supervisors' meeting. Gray says he knelt to pray. 

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        Adams County Supervisor Ricky Gray "took a knee" during the Pledge of Allegiance" at Monday's supervisors' meeting. Gray says he knelt to pray. 

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      • USM to host prestigious International Nursing Conference

        USM to host prestigious International Nursing Conference

        Wednesday, October 18 2017 8:22 AM EDT2017-10-18 12:22:25 GMT
        Photo credit: USMPhoto credit: USM

        On October 20th and 21st, nurses from all over the world will be on the Hattiesburg campus of the University of Southern Mississippi for the annual King International Nursing Conference. 

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        On October 20th and 21st, nurses from all over the world will be on the Hattiesburg campus of the University of Southern Mississippi for the annual King International Nursing Conference. 

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      • Parent discusses concern over To Kill a Mockingbird

        Parent discusses concern over To Kill a Mockingbird

        Tuesday, October 17 2017 11:07 PM EDT2017-10-18 03:07:57 GMT
        Williams and her mother Jessica Williams were not happy when their student came home and shared with them what was happening in her class when discussing To Kill a Mockingbird. (Image Source: WLOX News)Williams and her mother Jessica Williams were not happy when their student came home and shared with them what was happening in her class when discussing To Kill a Mockingbird. (Image Source: WLOX News)

        To Kill a Mockingbird is no longer required reading for 8th graders in the Biloxi school system.

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        To Kill a Mockingbird is no longer required reading for 8th graders in the Biloxi school system.

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        Calcasieu school bus involved in 'minor' accident, no injuries reported

        Calcasieu school bus involved in 'minor' accident, no injuries reported

        Wednesday, October 18 2017 7:51 PM EDT2017-10-18 23:51:54 GMT
        (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

        A Calcasieu Parish School bus has been involved in an accident, but authorities say no injuries have been reported. The accident happened on I-10 eastbound, between Sulphur and Westlake, said Sgt. James Anderson, Louisiana State Police Troop D spokesman. School Board spokeswoman Holly Holland students said were on the bus when the "minor" accident occurred. Both Anderson and Holland said no injuries have been reported. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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        A Calcasieu Parish School bus has been involved in an accident, but authorities say no injuries have been reported. The accident happened on I-10 eastbound, between Sulphur and Westlake, said Sgt. James Anderson, Louisiana State Police Troop D spokesman. School Board spokeswoman Holly Holland students said were on the bus when the "minor" accident occurred. Both Anderson and Holland said no injuries have been reported. Copyright 2017 KPLC. All rights reserved.

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      • Realtor warns of rental scams on Craigslist

        Realtor warns of rental scams on Craigslist

        Wednesday, October 18 2017 7:25 PM EDT2017-10-18 23:25:51 GMT

        It's hard for many to find affordable rental housing in the Lake Area - which makes those locating here from out of town perhaps even more vulnerable. Realtor Betsy Watkins says in the last couple of weeks three people sent deposit money to a scammer on Craigslist to rent a house on Hackberry Street in Lake Charles. Problem is, the house is for sale, not for rent. 

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        It's hard for many to find affordable rental housing in the Lake Area - which makes those locating here from out of town perhaps even more vulnerable. Realtor Betsy Watkins says in the last couple of weeks three people sent deposit money to a scammer on Craigslist to rent a house on Hackberry Street in Lake Charles. Problem is, the house is for sale, not for rent. 

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      • Lawsuit over St. Tammany deputies' killing of man tossed

        Lawsuit over St. Tammany deputies' killing of man tossed

        Lawsuit over St. Tammany deputies' killing of man tossed

        An attorney for Joshua Douglas' loved ones says she will ask Judge Africk to reconsider the case, after she amends her petition. (Source: FOX 8 graphic)An attorney for Joshua Douglas' loved ones says she will ask Judge Africk to reconsider the case, after she amends her petition. (Source: FOX 8 graphic)

        People suing Saint Tammany Parish sheriff's depties and the sheriff over the fatal shooting of an unarmed motorist suffer a setback.

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        People suing Saint Tammany Parish sheriff's depties and the sheriff over the fatal shooting of an unarmed motorist suffer a setback.

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