Some of the top stories we covered on "Gulf Coast Mornings with Kelly Bennett and Uncle Henry":
There's another hat in the ring in this year's race for Mississippi Secretary of State. Former Hattiesburg mayor Johnny DuPree filed his paperwork yesterday, the only Democrat to announce thus far. He led the Hub City from 2001 to 2017 and was the Democratic nominee for governor in 2011. Dupree is expected to focus on election reform if elected secretary of state.
Goodloe Sutton is no longer among those in the Hall of Fame at Southern Mississippi's School of Communication. School officials announced yesterday that Sutton had been kicked out for recent racist remarks made in a Linden, Alabama newspaper that he's the editor of. Sutton called for the Ku Klux Klan to "ride again," this time in the nation's capital against so-called Democrats in the Republican Party and Democrats plotting to raise taxes in Alabama. Sutton had been honored by Southern Miss for award winning anti-corruption articles and editorials in the 1990s.
Police are warning parents about what they say is a new, risky social media challenge. The 48-Hour Challenge encourages teenagers to stage disappearances for up to two days. As mentions of their disappearance spread on social media, they rack up points. Authorities say the challenge can distract law enforcement agencies from helping people who actually are in trouble. Police and sheriff's departments are asking parents to explain to their children why reporting fake disappearances is a dangerous thing to do.
Google says it should have let customers know that its Nest Secure home security system comes with a microphone. The company told Business Insider that the microphone wasn't a secret but was left off of the device specs. Google is adding Google Assistant support to the Nest device this month, which uses voice support. The company also said that the microphones have never been turned on unless a customer specifically enabled them.