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A Gulfport hospital is saving hundreds of endangered turtles

Imagine swallowing a hook with a large weight attached to it. Imagine spending months with that hook inside you while you try to carry on with your life. That happens to sea turtles on a regular basis when they take a fisherman’s bait. Lucky for them, there is someone here to help. Located on the industrial Canal in Gulfport, the ...

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Entergy Mississippi, Recurrent Energy partner on Sunflower County solar site

The sunlight that fuels cotton, corn and soybean growth in the Mississippi Delta will soon fuel a 100-megawatt solar energy farm. This project will be the largest utility-owned solar farm in the state, pending approval of the Mississippi Public Service Commission. The project will be built by Canadian Solar Inc. (“Canadian Solar”) (NASDAQ: CSIQ) subsidiary Recurrent Energy, LLC (“Recurrent Energy”) ...

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First new oil wells in years being drilled in shale region

An Australian company is drilling new wells in an oil formation that straddles southwest Mississippi and southeast Louisiana, the first new wells drilled in about three years, after a crash in oil prices dried up activity. Australis Oil & Gas Ltd. announced earlier this month that it had started drilling the first of at least six planned wells near Gillsburg, ...

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Official: Stranded dolphins may be related to hurricane

An official with the nonprofit Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Mississippi says the stranding of rare dolphins on the Gulf Coast may be related to Hurricane Michael. IMMS director Moby Solangi tells The Sun Herald of Biloxi that a stranded pantropical spotted dolphin was brought to the center in critical condition Tuesday night. It was found near Theodore, Alabama. ...

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Mississippi timber site removed from EPA Superfund list

A Mississippi timber site the U.S. Environmental Protection Service targeted for cleanup nearly two decades ago has been removed from the agency’s Superfund list. The Hattiesburg American reports Davis Timber Co. in Lamar County was targeted for cleanup because of groundwater, soil and sediment contamination by the facility. The 30-acre site was just one of 18 sites deleted Wednesday from ...

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Herbicide spraying to start in fight against invasive plant

Workers will soon begin spraying herbicide to remove an invasive plant from one of Mississippi’s most popular lakes. Giant salvinia was found in June in the Pelahatchie Bay area of Ross Barnett Reservoir, north of Jackson. The fast-growing aquatic fern is native to Brazil. It can form thick mats that choke aquatic life and hamper swimming and boating. The lake ...

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Senate approves bill dividing $700M in oil spill damages

Mississippi senators late Tuesday approved a bill to divide up $700 million in oil spill damages, setting aside more than $100 million overall for special projects. The Senate voted 42-8 in favor of the bill after only brief debate that included one senator reading the entire list of 128 earmarked projects. The measure moves to the House for more debate, ...

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Fuel spills into river at Mississippi ship builder

Hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel spilled into a river in Mississippi after a mechanical error at a ship builder. WLOX-TV reported the fuel spilled into the mouth of the Pascagoula River from a ship at Ingalls Shipbuilding. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality says about 500 gallons of fuel spilled into the water early Saturday afternoon. The spill occurred ...

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McDade’s sold to Louisiana chain; Rainbow Co-op to close

By JACK WEATHERLY McDade’s Market, a small family-owned chain of grocery stores, has been sold to Louisiana-based Durnin Group. McDade’s Wine and Spirits in the Maywood Mart of north Jackson also has been sold. The Durnin Group will rename the two of the four groceries as Froogel’s, a chain with stores on the Mississippi Coast, according to Find It in ...

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EPA chief defends agency approach

By JACK WEATHERLY After withholding the name of the keynote speaker for the Delta Council’s annual meeting last Friday, the group’s president revealed the day before that Environmental Protection Agency Director Scott Pruitt was to be the speaker. The council initially said that it was going to honor the White House request to keep the speaker’s identity secret. But the ...

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