The MS Health Dept is warning about possible exposure to measles.

Some of our top local stories from this April 22 Edition of "Gulf Coast Mornings with Kelly Bennett and Uncle Henry":

Mississippi state health officials are warning the public about their possible contact with a Tennessee man confirmed to have measles. The exposure to the contagious disease would have occurred when the man visited two fast-foot restaurants in Hattiesburg earlier this month. The first was between 2 and 4 p.m. on April 9th at the Subway inside Circle K on Highway 11, and the second the following day at the Raising Cane's on Hardy Street between 10 and 11 p.m. State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Hobbs advises that if you develop symptoms of measles, contact your doctor. 

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Strange as it may seem, an arrest warrant is out for a ship accused of causing a crash at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula. The federal warrant seeks the arrest of the heavy-lift ship M/V Hawk. The vessel, owned by a Norway-based firm, is said to have collided March 28th with a test barge that was subsequently pushed into the USS Delbert Black, a Navy destroyer. Several people suffered minor injuries and property damage is estimated in the tens of millions of dollars. 

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It's getting easier to renew your hunting and fishing licenses in Mississippi. Officials with the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks say you can now go online and click on an option for automatic renewal of expiring licenses. It's located on the customer portal of the agency's website. 

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A new study says marijuana users don't gain as much weight as people who don't smoke pot. That may go against people's instincts that they may gain more weight due to the "munchies." Researchers with Michigan State University studied a group of people over three years. They found that everyone gained weight during the course of the study, but people who smoked pot gained less weight than people who didn't smoke weed. Researchers say they're not sure exactly why it happens, but they point out that no one should use marijuana as a way to maintain or lose weight.

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A handmade sign is being credited with saving some Florida drivers from getting speeding tickets. The Collier County Sheriff's Office was conducting a speed enforcement operation in the Golden State Estates neighborhood after reports of frequent speeding in the area. After time passed, they were unable to identify any speeding violations during the effort last week. They later found a plywood sign that warns of "police ahead" leaned against the nearest speed limit sign pole.

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Around 200-thousand bees living atop the Notre Dame Cathedral are alive despite the intense blaze that destroyed most of the historic church earlier this week. The cathedral's beekeeper, who has cared for the three beehives since 2013, confirmed the news. The bees reportedly survived because they sit on Notre Dame's south side, 98-feet below the main roof, which allowed them to escape the flames. The hives were installed as part of a Parisian initiative to boost bee numbers across the city.

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Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton is joining the long list of Democrats running for president. Moulton is the 19th candidate now running for the Democratic presidential nomination. He's a Marine combat veteran who was awarded a Bronze Star for his service in Iraq. 

 

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