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Only 2 hours until Southern Miss faces East Carolina in the opening round of the Conference USA baseball tournament at Pete Taylor Park. Will you be there tonight?
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In case you missed yesterday's coverage of the tornado that touched down in Covington County: The National Weather Service confirmed Monday that an EF-2 tornado with winds of 125 mph and a path of 16 miles touched down in Covington County, north of the city of Collins, early Monday morning. Seven minor injuries were reported. #tornado #mississippi 

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Hattiesburg City Council will vote today on Mayor Johnny DuPree's nominees for five city departments, which include the public works manager, fire chief and water and sewer director.

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Southern Miss women's basketball coach Joye Lee-McNelis has been named Conference USA Coach of the Year. This is the first time in her 23-year career she has won the award.

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Hattiesburg City Council appears poised to support a request today by Mayor Johnny DuPree to bring a 1 percent sales tax referendum before city residents for a vote, which eventually would allow a sales tax increase that would bring a conservatively estimated $10 million annually to city coffers. The revenue could be used to pay toward the creation of and operation of a mandated wastewater treatment system, thereby mitigating the rate of any sewer hike, but funds also would be used for other infrastructure costs that the city's general fund can't be stretched to cover.

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Hattiesburg police are still investigating a shooting that took place last month at the Islamic Center of Hattiesburg, saying it is still an open investigation.

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About 30 teachers from around South Mississippi recently assembled at Oak Grove Primary School for training on how to integrate the arts into classroom instruction. The training is part of Mississippi Arts Commission's Whole Schools Initiative.

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UPDATE: Interstate 59 remains closed in both directions at U.S. 11, exit 60, after a tanker truck overturned Tuesday evening spilling a hazardous chemical on the highway. 

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Southern Miss senior guard Jamierra Faulkner was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year, the league office announced today. In addition, junior forward Tamara Jones was chosen as C-USA's Newcomer of the Year.

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After a nearly two-week search, a 37-year-old Hattiesburg woman wanted in the death of an elderly man was arrested Wednesday just outside Hattiesburg city limits in Lamar County. Carrie Lea Reynolds was booked into Forrest County Jail on a second-degree murder charge. Traxler said tips received through Metro Crime Stoppers helped lead to Reynolds' capture.

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In case you missed it: On Monday, Southern Miss senior point guard Jamierra Faulkner was awarded the Gillom Trophy, given annually to the most outstanding women's college basketball player in Mississippi.

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