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Medical sharps program surpasses one-million milestone

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) reports the Household Medical Sharps Collection Program has collected more than one million household medical sharps since the beginning of the program in 2010. The program was developed by MDEQ to reduce the number of household medical sharps being disposed of in household garbage and toilets. Household medical sharps include such ...

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Joel Gill remembered for rural advocacy, kind demeanor

Among his many passions, there were two of Joel Gill’s that surfaced more often than the others – his love of Mississippi’s rural communities and his desire to help Mississippi cattlemen. Gill, the Pickens mayor who ran for Congress in 2008 and for agriculture commissioner last year, was killed in a car wreck Thursday evening in Holmes County. Details of ...

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Allee resigning as director of State Port as scrutiny continues

GULFPORT — The longtime director of Mississippi’s state-owned port is resigning after increasing scrutiny over how the Gulf Coast facility is spending $570 million in federal money it was given after Hurricane Katrina. Gulfport Port director Don Allee will resign Nov. 2, according to a news release distributed today at a port commission meeting After Katrina, then-Gov. Haley Barbour pitched ...

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Dredger leaves Greenville for last emergency project

VICKSBURG — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is bringing in a contract dredge from Greenville to work at the Port of Vicksburg by next week. Corps officials tell the Vicksburg Post the Dredge Iowa is, owned by Illinois-based Great Lakes Barge Dredge and Dock Company. Corps spokesman Kavanaugh Breazeale says the dredge was to leave Greenville today for the ...

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State agency exploring potential land swap on Coast

OCEAN SPRINGS and BILOXI — Lawyers at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources are looking at a proposal to swap land and businesses the DMR owns at the Ocean Springs Harbor for acreage in Biloxi. A DMR spokeswoman tells the Sun Herald legal discussions are taking place. The move would enable a 168-boat storage shed and restaurant at the harbor ...

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MDEQ lifts beach closure following sewage spill

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted a beach closure issued Oct. 13 in Biloxi. The closure extended for a section of beach from Mockingbird Lane on the west to Edgewater Drive on the east and included Beach Station 11A-Edgewater Beach. Last Saturday, the City of Biloxi reported a sewage bypass ...

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Mayor, ag commissioner candidate dies in car accident

PICKENS — Mayor Joel Gill, who was a past candidate for Mississippi agriculture commissioner and U.S. Congress, has died in a car accident. He was 61. His wife Ann Gill said he died yesterday afternoon in the accident. Gill, a Democrat, was elected mayor in 2009 and had served as an alderman before then in Pickens, a small town about ...

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Ex-bank teller indicted for stealing to support drug habit

GULFPORT — A former bank employee has been indicted on a federal charge of stealing more than $80,000 from a Hancock Bank branch in Biloxi to support her drug habit. Ashley Keel was indicted this week, but she had been charged in a criminal complaint in September. A complaint in U.S. District Court in Gulfport said Keel was the vault ...

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Four tornadoes confirmed in storm system that belted state

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The National Weather Service has confirmed that at least four tornadoes were part of the storm system that raked northern and central Mississippi on Wednesday night and yesterday morning. The biggest of the four storms was a twister that traveled 16 miles from Scott into Newton counties east of Jackson. With a half-mile-wide damage path, it was ...

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Oil seeping from failed 2010 spill-prevention equipment

GULF OF MEXICO — A sheen on the Gulf of Mexico likely came from oil seeping out of a piece of discarded equipment that failed to contain BP PLC’s massive 2010 oil spill, the company and the Coast Guard said. A statement from BP said a three-day inspection confirmed that its Macondo well, which blew out and led to the ...

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