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  Holiday crafters prepare all year for the holiday season, hope COVID stays home

Little Debbie to release Oatmeal Creme Pie cereal

Imported chicken wings test positive for coronavirus

  ‘I came here as a little girl’: Jackson business closing after 30+ years due to COVID-19 impacts

Kroger recalls cheese dips due to possible salmonella contamination

Amazon purchases land in Madison County

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Miss. Sales Tax Holiday is Friday, July 31

  Increased liquor sales halts orders for 10 days

Google Operations Center to open in Mississippi

Miss. Senate, House pass bill to raise age to 21 for tobacco sales

Simple Burger closing doors permanently

Malco Theaters to begin reopening June 15

  Firework sales suffering mightily during pandemic

Small business owners in the fireworks industry say it feels like a nightmare.

Laurel, Starkville JCPenney stores among 154 closed across U.S.

All other Mississippi stores are staying put.

  Brandon restaurant owner honors fallen mentor, promotes unity with free food for cops

In order to reach across the thin blue line and encourage officers, John Owens decided to feed as many as would come eat in the parking lot of his business in Brandon Thursday night.

  Business owners react to recession prediction

The prediction that Mississippi may not recover economically from coronavirus until 2023 is a hard pill for business owners to swallow. Some industries are optimistic that the impact will be minimal, while some are facing hard truths.

  Jackson bond rating looking up despite coronavirus outbreak, mayor says

  BBB warns of scam targeting people with Roku devices

  Going back to the gym could look different but goals are the same

Tyson Foods to temporarily cut meat prices to supermarkets, restaurants

  Shoppers, store owners look forward to Monday’s reopening

  Ridgeland business offering virtual funerals as social distancing rules linger

  Your pets can’t give you coronavirus, but you can give it to them

Experts say you may be more of a danger to your pet than they are to you.

BP offers discount gas for healthcare workers, first responders

First responders and healthcare workers can get 50 cents off per gallon to use on their next fill up at BP and Amoco stations.

  Essential or not? Some businesses close just in case, some stay open

Some essential businesses have chosen to close down for safety sake, while some say they’re staying open because it’s the right thing to do.

  MDOT: We’re not closing down interstates

“Right now there are no plans, there are no discussions that we’re aware of taking place, of any kind of border checkpoint or closures or anything like that."

Dollar General announces ten percent discount to medical, guardsmen and first responders

All medical personnel, first responders and activated National Guardsmen are eligible to receive a 10 percent discount at Dollar General stores starting Monday.

  Professionals say your gloves may not protect you if you wear them wrong

A lot of Mississippians have taken to wearing nitrile or latex gloves to battle against the spread of the coronavirus. Medical professionals say, however, the gloves won’t save you if you don’t wear them right.

  Brookhaven Little Libraries serve to feed the needy during coronavirus crisis

They are boxes where people can bring books to donate or take books they want to read. Now, they’re little grocery stores. If you see something you need, take it, and hopefully in a few weeks when you’re able, you can replace it.

Ark. group purchases largest dealership group in Miss.

Arkansas-based McLarty Automotive Group purchased the largest dealership group in Mississippi, Gray-Daniels Auto Family.

  Six coronavirus cases in Mississippi, number expected to rise quickly

Three cases in Forrest County. One each in Leflore, Pearl River, and Copiah counties. And doctors say there are more on the way.

  State Health Officer says coronavirus may be ‘pandemic scenario of our generation’

"This is something we have been anticipating and planning for for well over a decade," said Dr. Thomas Dobbs.

  Thousands of Entergy customers in Madison, Hinds counties without power after severe weather

There are currently currently more than 12,000 Entergy Mississippi customers without power.

  State Epidemiologist: Right now flu more realistic concern in Mississippi

The Health Department says watching the patterns of the Coronavirus overseas means we need to be ready to react when it happens.

  Madison prom dress shop impacted by coronavirus outbreak

If you’re planning on going to prom wearing your dream dress, your best bet is to shop early.

Blue Bell releases first new ice cream flavor of 2020

Skip the oven and go straight for Blue Bell’s newest flavor; Cookie Dough Overload Ice Cream.

McDonald’s giving away free Egg McMuffins Monday

McDonald’s lovers rejoice! On Monday, restaurants nationwide will offer a free Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich.

Shelves fill up for upcoming Costco opening

Mississippi’s first Costco is almost ready for action. The store is set to open March 12.

New business is only independent pharmacy in Jackson metro area

A new business in the District at Eastover is looking to change the way people handle their prescriptions.

Mega Millions, Powerball tickets bring in $500K of sales on first day

The Mega Millions and Powerball debuts in Mississippi were a hit.

  Powerball and Mega Millions arrive Thursday in Mississippi

If you’re feeling lucky, you will have more ways to win in the Mississippi Lottery this week.

Waffle House accepting Valentine’s Day reservations

What better way to say ‘I love you’ than with hash browns?

McDade’s grocery stores to get new name, new ownership

A Hattiesburg-based company bought four McDades’s locations around central Mississippi.

Steak ‘n Shake to open in Clinton

The city announced the new location Wednesday. It’ll open on Hampstead Boulevard, not far from Home Depot and the U-Haul Neighborhood Dealer.

  Atmos crews to shut off gas before repairing gas leak near Jackson elementary school

It happened around midnight at the intersection of McDowell and Belvedere roads.

  After Christmas shopping can make or break local businesses

More than half of shoppers will return or exchange a gift they receive from Santa.

  Shoppers return to stores to seek refunds on Christmas gifts

Foot traffic kicking back up at Northpark Mall just a day after Christmas, but some stores are putting items back on the shelves.

  Shoppers swarm Northpark Mall for last-minute Christmas shopping

December 24 represents the last Christmas shopping day of the year, and that was clear by the amount of people doi ng last-minute shopping Tuesday afternoon.

Kroger credit card system goes down companywide on Christmas Eve

Customers are reporting issues at stores across the country on Twitter.

  U.S. Attorney chastises Jackson officials, judges over crime in the capital city

U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst had strong words for criminals, but also for officials he said are not helping the problems.

Alert about plugging phone into public charging stations re-upped during holiday travel season

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) re-upped an alert about “juice jacking” as the holiday travel season enters full swing.

Kohl’s now open 24 hours a day until Christmas Eve

The retailer is keeping its doors open around the clock so last-minute holiday shoppers can check off their gift lists

  Fiber optic cables under Reservoir to boost internet speeds in rural Mississippi

C Spire and Entergy are teaming up to boost internet speeds of Mississippians living in rural areas.

  Mississippi Department of Transportation uses humor and pop culture references for memorable message boards

MDOT uses pop culture references and humor as they brainstorm ideas for message boards over the state highways.

Entergy to build $57M substation in Madison Co.

The Mississippi Public Service Commission approved Entergy Mississippi’s $57 million plan to build a substation in Madison County.

  $100K winning lottery ticket sold in Ridgeland

One lucky Mississippi Lottery winner is $100,000 richer.

Nissan forces employees to take unpaid days off as US sales slump

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Nissan Motor Co. is making its U.S. factory and office employees take two days off without pay amid slumping sales.

NFL star, former MSU Bulldog opening doughnut shop in Flowood

Former Mississippi State Bulldog and current Oakland Raider Gabe Jackson is opening up shop in Flowood.

  Financial experts offer tips to better manage your holiday spending

Don't let holiday spending put you in the red for the start of 2020. Experts offer tips and advice to prevent more debt from your shopping sprees!

  Night before Thanksgiving is a big night out, statistics show

Some people say “Drunksgiving” or “blackout Wednesday” as it’s called sometimes gets almost as busy as New Year’s eve.

Best Black Friday deals of 2019

We’ve compiled a list of some of the hottest deals this week so you can map out your strategy for scoring big while spending less.

  Mississippi Lottery sales top $2.5M on first day

The Mississippi Lottery Corporation said $570,000 of those sales will go back to the state.

  How to find which stores are selling lottery tickets at launch

Lottery tickets are officially on sale in Mississippi, and everyone wants to be the first to hit a big jackpot.

  Online appointments take hours off drivers license process

It's possible to get your drivers license in exponentially less time now, DPS officials said.

MSDH reports tenth case of vaping-related lung illness

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported one additional identified case of a vaping-related lung illness in Mississippi on Thursday.

$4.5M Entergy project minimizes power outages in service areas

Entergy Mississippi has installed dozens of new devices throughout its service area in places that have experienced multiple outages.

WalletHub’s best stores for Black Friday

WalletHub released its report on 2019′s best stores for Black Friday.

  Amazon locating second consumer goods fulfillment center in North Mississippi, creating 500 jobs

Amazon is locating its second Mississippi fulfillment center in Olive Branch.

Developer seeking approval for new Biloxi casino

A coast developer wants to turn the site of the old Tivoli Hotel into Biloxi’s newest casino resort. The 30-acre tract of beachfront land sits just west of the Biloxi Yacht Club, and has been zoned for gaming since 2007.

  3 On Your Side Investigates: Unlocked

A key duplication company highlighted two years ago by 3 On Your Side for security concerns has now expanded its services to include electronic keys, drawing more criticism in the process.

Many Entergy customers affected by power outage

Entergy customers from multiple counties are currently being affected by power outages.

Whole Foods among businesses affected by Monday night water outage in Jackson

There will be a water outage starting around 9 p.m. Monday in Jackson.

Two new cases of vaping-relating lung illness reported in Mississippi

The Mississippi State Department of Health reports two additional identified cases of a vaping-related lung illness in Mississippi.

  Mississippi Braves future hopefully secure at Trustmark Park

Could talks to do away with some minor league teams affect the M-Braves?

Man arrested for stealing water from city for two years as investigation continues

Jackson police have made another arrest in the ongoing investigation into the city’s water billing system.

Top officials from MSDH, MDPS warn public on dangers of all CBD products

The agencies are stressing that until there are scientific studies and oversight, it is not safe to use CBD oil regardless of where you purchase it.

MSDH: Two new cases of vaping-related illness brings state total to 7 with one death

Nationwide, as of October 15, there have been 1,479 cases of lung illness reported from 49 states, the District of Columbia, and one U.S. territory.

Powerball and Mega Millions to launch January 2020

Mississippians, now is your chance!

  Want to buy a haunted house? Ask about ‘stigmatized properties’

When you pay your $15 or so to go into a HALLOWEEN haunted house, you expect creepy things to happen. But not when you pay your $150,000.

Mical Seafood, Inc. expands recall for tuna products sold in 23 states

A Florida seafood company expanded a recall for some of its tuna products because of the risk of scombroid fish poisoning.