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  Early tech training: Some kids could bypass college

Some worry early tech training could encourage students to skip college, but some educators say that doesn't have to be the case. Even if it is, it doesn't have to be a bad thing.

Miss. Forestry Commission approves burn ban in Adams Co., effectively immediately

  Learn how you can keep your kids safe during National Child Passenger Safety Week

  Zoo set to change hands Oct. 1, but questions about licensure remain

Water advisory issued for section of Mill Creek in Flowood

GM stops paying for health care for striking workers; union to cover costs as strike continues

Fred’s Pharmacy chain to be delisted from Nasdaq

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  Multiple hotels planned or under construction in metro area

16 Jackson area restaurants hosting job fair, seeking 200+ hires

Recalled hamburger buns might contain white plastic pieces

RECALL ALERT: Beauty products recalled due to presence of asbestos

Salvation Army in need of warehouse space for Angel Tree program

Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store coming to Outlets of Mississippi

Rankin tax collection satellite office to expand

The County plans to lease the old jewelry store property next door and make the office bigger, so taxpayers can have more room if they’re waiting in line.

Mom warns others about inappropriate app found on child’s phone

One Jefferson County mother was horrified by what she found on her child’s phone.

  CDC investigating death possibly linked to vaping, causing concerns

A death possibly linked to e-cigarettes is under investigation by the CDC.

  Recycling ‘not dead’: Officials say program remains strong

One metro-area city maintains that their recycling program is going strong.

5.7M kids water bottles recalled due to choking hazard

  Gift card scam robs convenience stores at gas pumps

’Batman and Robyn': Efforts to bring Waffle House to Oxford moving in the right direction

  Petal Police Chief: Lives ‘absolutely’ saved as a result of keen eyes at WalMart

  Computer glitch shut down driver’s license stations across the state Wednesday

  Kale juice may kill cancer cells, Belhaven University researchers say

  911 calls on outskirts of Clinton may end up at Hinds County dispatch

Clinton 911 calls have ended up at Hinds County dispatch on occasion, and the city wants you to be informed.

  Lawsuit challenges Mississippi licensing requirements for eyebrow threaders

In order to obtain the esthetician’s license, eyebrow threaders must complete 600 hours of instructions over a minimum of 15 weeks and pass two exams, but the classes do not cover eyebrow threading.

  Some undocumented immigrants involved in Mississippi ICE raids allegedly stole American citizens’ identities

Some undocumented immigrants have been allegedly using American citizens' identities to get jobs.

Study: Mississippi is 2019′s worst state to have a baby

WalletHub released its report Monday on 2019’s Best & Worst States to Have a Baby.

Medline Industries, Inc., opening distribution operations in Southaven, creating 450 jobs

A portion of the new jobs will be filled by Medline’s existing employees at its Memphis location, with a large number of jobs being created for Mississippi residents.

Oxford pizza shop offers free pizza for immigrants, refugees

An Oxford pizza shop is offering free pizza for immigrants and refugees.

Walmart in Southaven re-opens after shooting

The store has been closed since July 30 when a man shot and killed two employees inside the store, and then shot a police officer outside.

Powerball and Mega Millions coming to Mississippi in 2020

The MLC anticipates sales for both games to begin in the first quarter of 2020.

Restaurant group that owns ‘Babalu’ files for bankruptcy

The company behind Babalu restaurants filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Tuesday.

This company will pay you $1,000 to give up technology for a weekend

A company called SatelliteInternet.com is currently hiring someone to take a digital detox for two nights in Joshua Tree National Park in southern California. The chosen person will then report on their experience using a satellite internet connection on the third night.

  Clinton police arrest 23 in city’s first ever human trafficking operation

Clinton Police and the Hinds County Sheriff's Department arrested 23 in a human trafficking operation last week.

  How to find out if Equifax owes you money

The Equifax data breach happened in 2017. But the company may now owe you money that you are able to claim.

Canton Nissan releases statement, says they will not be affected by upcoming workforce cuts

Nissan is slashing 12,500 jobs or about 9% of its global workforce to cut costs and achieve a turnaround amid tumbling profits.

Infant bouncers could detach, pose fall hazard; recall announced

Stokke recalled about 5,400 of its bouncers sold as a connectable part of an all-in-one modular seating system because it can suddenly detach from the larger system, posing a fall hazard to the child in the bouncer.

  Sales Tax Holiday finally includes school supplies

Parents are getting a break when shopping for back to school, thanks to the state legislature.

Bayer recalls 990 vials of drug that treats serious bleeding

Bayer is voluntarily recalling nearly 1,000 vials of a biological drug used to help prevent and control serious bleeding in patients with hemophilia A.

Hummus sold at stores nationwide being recalled due to possible bacteria contamination

The products have been distributed nationwide and to United Arab Emirates.

  Authorities warn of ‘Porch Pirates’ on Amazon Prime Days

Follow these key safety tips so you can prevent dreaded porch pirates.

JPD busts ‘dispensary party,’ finds edible marijuana treats, gun, other paraphernalia

The Jackson Police Department held a press conference Tuesday to showcase a load of edible marijuana products and some other paraphernalia -- including a gun -- that they found at a party on Saturday.

Closures and cancellations ahead of Tropical Storm Barry

Here are some weekend closures and cancellations ahead of Tropical Storm Barry.

Reports: Charming Charlie closing all 261 stores after filing bankruptcy

According to Fortune, Charming Charlie plans to close all 261 stores by Aug. 31 after filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

  Fondren continues to open businesses and improve the neighborhood

The Trustmark Bank in Fondren shows promise for the developing neighborhood.

Hot Dog Etiquette: Do’s and Don’ts during Fourth of July holiday

July is National Hot Dog Month.

School supplies now included in Miss. tax-free weekend

The Mississippi Sales Tax Holiday was amended during the 2019 Legislative Session and now includes school supplies on the list of items to be sold tax free during the last weekend of July.

  Dollar General opens new store in Jackson, other retailers struggling

Dollar General plans to open 975 stores across the country.

  Local fireworks sales not impacted by trade war with China

Tariffs not impacting local fireworks sales

Fisher-Price recalls over 70k infant sleepers due to risk of death

The company's newest recall marks its exit from selling inclined sleep products completely.

  Solar panel use expands in state

Solar panels are going up on homes and businesses to save money and help the environment.

Jackson residents want citywide cleanup event more often

A “Let’s Go Clean Jackson” event was held Saturday at Smith Wills Stadium on Lakeland Drive. Resident want it to be held once a month.

Fred’s to close additional stores

The chain is closing 49 more storefronts after announcing the closing of 150 other location in April.

  Business Blooming: Amazon fuels local company’s turnaround

The next time you buy something on Amazon, you might find it was made right here in Mississippi.

Customers file lawsuit against city demanding their water not be cut off

Jackson water customers filed a lawsuit against the city Tuesday.

  Alleged Forest cattle thief got away with it - until the cows came home

One man is charged and police are looking for a second in the theft of 29 calves from a Forest stockyard.

Beemon Drugs, a Jackson fixture since 1956, to close

An independent, locally-owned drugstore that has been serving Jackson residents for more than six decades will be closed by the end of the month.

  All Jackson police officers will carry new, updated tasers

Jackson Police Department officers will be carrying new weapons in a few days.

  Public Works Director outlines penalties for tampering with water meters

Public Works Director Bob Miller held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the penalties an individual could face for tampering with water meters.

  Giant sinkhole on Mill Street nicknamed “The Swimming Pool” by local workers

This is more than just a pothole. It's a sinkhole in the middle of Mill Street.

City of Jackson files lawsuit against Siemens Corporation for “massive fraud” operation

City of Jackson has filed a lawsuit against Siemens related to the city’s dysfunctional water meter and billing system.

Public Service Commission, Secretary of State’s Office to implement new requirements to protect consumers from scams

The amendment is aimed at protecting consumers from scam callers soliciting Mississippians, through robo-calling or other means, and claiming they represent a legitimate organization.

FDA issues recall of Kroger brand frozen berries over possible Hepatitis A contamination

The FDA has advised consumers to not eat and throw away frozen fruits from Kroger.

Water line burst leaves 4,100 customers under boil water notice in Hazlehurst

The Mississippi Department of Health is notified and a boil water notice must be issued once water gets to a certain level.

  Summer safety tips - everything you need to know

So before you plan your next Summer getaway, the owner of Travelers Only Traveling Agency, Vickie Greenlee, gives out a few key safety tips!

  Authorities: Legal opioid substitute is dangerous, even deadly

The herbal opioid substitute can be bought at gas stations and vape shops, but it can be as addictive as opioids and possibly more deadly.

  Vicksburg American Legion creates dropbox for tattered flags

Vicksburg's American Legion is working to see tattered flags retired properly.

ATTN SHOPPERS: Your Guide to Memorial Day savings

With an extra day off this weekend for most consumers, retailers are offering plenty of sales. According to BlackFriday.com, Memorial Day is a particularly good weekend for mattresses, appliances and furniture.

Rainbow Co-op coming to Northpark Mall

Rainbow Co-op will continue its nearly 40 year legacy at Northpark’s southeast entrance near Med Grille, Northpark announced on Thursday.

Fred’s closing 104 additional stores across U.S., including 18 Mississippi locations

Fred’s is closing an additional 104 stores.

Fred’s closing 104 additional stores across U.S.

The Memphis-based chain announced it will close more stores, a month after they announced 159 stores closing across the U.S.

LeBron James collaborates with Walmart to invest in education, fight hunger across the US

LeBron James and Walmart have formed a partnership aimed at improving education and reducing hunger in communities throughout the country.

  Entergy offers power restoration safety tips

Entergy offers power restoration safety tips for those who may be without power throughout the weekend.

  The city of Vicksburg looking to hire student workers for summer program

The city of Vicksburg is gearing up for its annual Summer Youth Employment Program. It gives college and high school students opportunities to explore career options and learn more about the city government all while earning some cash. The deadline is looming for young people to apply.

Mississippi Lottery Corporation hires veteran lottery director as inaugural president

The Mississippi Lottery Corporation announced Wednesday that it has hired Thomas N. Shaheen to serve as the first president of the Mississippi Lottery Corporation.

Mississippi tops Amazon’s list of fastest-growing small, medium-sized businesses

Amazon recently announced the top 10 states with the fastest-growing small and medium-sized businesses that are selling in Amazon’s stores.

2 million likes later, Wendy’s announces return of spicy nuggets

Thanks to Chance the Rapper, the world might once again be reunited with the highly sought-after spicy chicken nuggets

Fighting gnats in the metro

In case you hadn’t noticed already, gnat season is upon us!

PHONE SCAM: Beware of call from Sierra Leone

Local law enforcement agencies are warning of a phone scam that spread across the nation on Thursday night.

Whole Foods now delivering in the Jackson area through Amazon Prime Now

Jackson is among 13 cities where Amazon is launching same-day grocery delivery from Whole Foods Market.

  Out-of-state company charged with alleged No-Call law violations

If you're fed up with robocalls and telemarketers, you're not alone. Mississippi can only fine those callers now but there will soon be another option.