Dorian, runoffs today, and more...

Forecasters and nervous Puerto Ricans are keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Dorian as it heads for the island. The storm is currently packing sustained winds of 50 miles per hour. It's expected to be a hurricane as it passes near or over Puerto Rico either later today or tomorrow. It's then projected to potentially move toward central and south Florida over Labor Day weekend.

Only about 36 percent of Mississippi's registered voters went to the polls three weeks ago to choose party nominees for jobs ranging from governor to county constable. And an even smaller turnout is expected today with a handful of runoffs on the ballot. The two biggest races on the ballot today are the Republican runoffs for governor and attorney general - but some legislative and county nominations still up for grabs may also help to pull voters back to the polls.

State tourism officials say it may be too little too late for hotels along the Gulf Coast to recoup losses this year cause by blue algae. According to the Mississippi Hotel and Lodging Association, even if beaches are reopened by Labor Day weekend, most vacationers have already decided to go elsewhere this year. Revenues at Gulf Coast hotels were down 18 percent in August.

A Hattiesburg man could get up to 20 years in federal prison after admitting he robbed three banks last winter, two of them in Mississippi. Clifford Montague will be sentenced in November. He told investigators he started his crime spree in Gautier, robbing a credit union in February. Just over a week later, he held up a bank in the Florida panhandle, then returned to Mississippi to rob a bank in Ellisville in March. Montague was arrested in Memphis driving a stolen car.

Police in Hattiesburg have charged a teenager with making a threat on social media against the Lamar County School District. Eighteen-year-old Xadrien Watson is also facing two counts of violating the Mississippi Terroristic Threats Law. Investigators say the threat was made on Saturday. Watson was arrested and charged Monday. Bond has been set at 50-thousand dollars for each charge.

Joe Moorhead is giving no clues about which of his players will be sitting out Mississippi State's season opener this weekend because of the academic cheating scandal. That information won't be available until Saturday. Ten players will miss eight games this year and the Bulldog coach says the suspensions will be handled on a week-by-week basis. Moorhead says the players made some bad choices and now they're facing the consequences. 

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For their unique take on this mornings top local and national stories, here's behind-the-scenes video of this Aug. 27th edition of "Gulf Coast Mornings with Kelly Bennett and Uncle Henry":

 
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