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Here’s your 2018 USPS, FedEx and UPS holiday shipping deadline guide

Wendy’s customers in Columbia upset after sudden account charges

Infants' liquid ibuprofen sold at CVS, Walmart, Family Dollar recalled

Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner is pushing for truth-in-labeling on lab-grown meat

Credit Union uses new approach to teach young adults financial literacy

Apple offers saving for Military and Veteran families

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Members petitioning vs. Arnold Line, again

A parent’s worst nightmare: Singing Baby Shark toys for sale on Amazon

FDA: Dog heart disease linked to grain-free food

HPD warns of scam targeting elderly

FDA approves groundbreaking cancer drug Vitrakvi

Watch out for Facebook hoax

Pine Belt gearing up for Small Business Saturday

Saturday is Small Business Saturday, and people are encouraged to shop local and support small business owners in the community.

Salvation Army Kettle Bell workers change lives this holiday

Salvation Army Kettle Bell workers raise money for families in need.

  Hattiesburg shoppers search for Black Friday deals

Shoppers took to the streets early Friday morning with their shopping catalogs in hand to snatch the cheapest deals.

Covington residents get incentives to holiday shop in their home county

Covington County residents have some extra reasons to shop in their home county this holiday season.

Public Service Commission charges three telemarketers for no-call violations

LIST: Black Friday deals/shopping hours in the Pine Belt

CDC: Don’t eat romaine lettuce until we tell you

LIST: Where you can get a Thanksgiving dinner

Quaker recalls popular children’s cereal for possible Salmonella contamination

Study: One energy drink can harm our blood vessels

Cookie-dunking for your convenience: Oreo releases Ultimate Dunking Set just in time for the holidays

The set, which sells for $17.98 at Walmart, features two mugs with a place to stack your Oreos, and two red tongs to dunk them in your milk.

Be aware: Postcard scam popping up in time for the holidays

It started out as a routine trip to the mailbox for Ross Jacobs, but ended in an activism on behalf of himself and his neighbors.

Why you should avoid the Secret Sister Gift Exchange on social media

The Secret Sister Gift Exchange is a popular scheme making its way around social media, but the Better Business Bureau warns to steer clear of this "illegal scam."

Dry dog food recalled over possible vitamin D toxicity

Dogs with elevated levels of vitamin D may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, excessive drooling and weight loss.

Laurel, Petal police host drug take back events

Petal Police Department collected 40 pounds of drugs and the Laurel Police Department collected about 176 pounds of medication.

PSC charges telemarketers $2 million for no-call violations

If these companies did violate the no-call law they could be charged a $5,000 fine for each call, which would total over $2 million in total.

  Body cam blast prompts NYPD recall of nearly 3,000 devices

A photo shows a police body camera that exploded inside the 121 Precinct station house on Staten Island as a patrol officer prepared to head out for the midnight shift.

Exploding toilets prompt recall of 1.4 million flushing systems

The pressure can lift the tank lid and shatter the tank, posing impact and laceration hazards to consumers and property damage, officials said. Twenty-three have been hurt so far, officials said.

Report: Walmart files patent for new shopping cart

A new shopping cart that helps to read a customer’s heart rate, temperature and pace may soon be headed to one of the nation’s largest retailers.

Mississippi imposes new tax on hybrid vehicles

Owners of hybrid and electric vehicles in Mississippi received a noticed form the state’s department of revenue informing them of the new annual tax on their vehicles.

HPD warn of scam targeting Regions Bank customers

HPD warn residents of a scam targeting Regions Bank customers.

Economics expert says USMCA is ‘refinement’ of NAFTA

Economic experts, including those at the University of Southern Mississippi, are continuing to analyze a new international trade agreement that updates NAFTA.

City of Collins increases sewer and garbage rates

The City of Collins has adopted a sewer rate increase of $14 and a residential garbage rate increase of $12 per month.

Child Passenger Safety Week reminds parents to buckle their kids correctly

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children.

Alleged “chop shop” busted in Jasper Co.

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Department is warning consumers after busting an alleged “chop shop.”

MISO cancels request for Cooperative Energy customers to reduce energy usage

The original request from MISCO to Cooperative Energy was due to the severe temperatures which have been causing a critical shortage of electricity.

City of Laurel approves pay raise for city employees

The City of Laurel approved a 5 percent pay raise for all city employees at the start of the 2018-2019 Fiscal Year.

City of Laurel approves tax increase for road improvements

Laurel City councilmen approved their budget for the 2018-2019 Fiscal year and included in the budget is a tax increase by 4 millages.

Wayne Farms issues nationwide chicken recall

A chicken processing company with ties to the Pine Belt is recalling more than 430,000 pounds of frozen chicken products.

Nearly 200,000 Prius hybrids recalled, may catch fire

The company said its 2016 to 2018 model year vehicles have a potential issue with the engine wire harness.

Meat products recalled due to misbranding, undeclared allergens

The United States Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Wednesday the recall of approximately 75 pounds of Taylor Farms Ilinoise, Inc. beef and pork meatloaf products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.

Garbage rates to increase in Ellisville

Garbage rates will increase for Ellisville residents, and some people are not happy about it.

Ellisville PD warns of scams

The Ellisville Police Department is warning residents of potential scams in their community. They department took to their Facebook page to alert people of the newest scam to hit their area.  Ellisville Police Department According to authorities, scammers are pretending to be family members when they make their calls. Once they have someone on the phone, they insist that they need money to be bonded out of jail or to get home. Officials urge before anyone provides money t...

Mississippi Power electricity rates to rise 9 percent

Mississippi Power Co. customers will see electricity rates go up about 9 percent starting in September.

Amid dispute, Mississippi Medical Center will still accept BCBS insurance coverage

Mississippi's largest hospital system says it will continue accepting policies from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi patients, despite the lack of agreement on a new contract. In May, the University of Mississippi Medical Center informed the insurer that it would stop accepting policies after June 30, a deadline later extended one month. The health system cited contract dissatisfaction. WLBT-TV reports that mediation on the contract continues, and the health system will continu...

CPSC issues recall of HP Chromebook 11 chargers

CPSC officials say if you have one, stop using it immediately and visit www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Google-and-HP-Recall-HP-Chromebook-11-Chargers/ for more details.

Greater Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church: Women's Day

The church in Beaumont will hold its women's day program September 9th.  Participants are asked to wear white.  For more details, call 601-784-3555.

Hattiesburg Clinic: Free Memory Screenings

Will be conducted March 15th from 9:00am-4:00pm in the  Dogwood Conference Room on the second floor of the clinic (415 South 28th Avenue, Hattiesburg). To  schedule an appointment, call 601-268-5606.

Forrest General Hospital's Spirit of Women: Teen Modeling Board

Auditions take place July 9 from 9:00am-6:00pm and July 10 from 2:00pm-5:00pm -- all at Turtle Creek Mall.  Auditions will be open for girls in Grades 7-12.  For more details, call 1-800-844-4445. All applicants must register by July 8.