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$66K owed, president of defunct business may have to testify

GULFPORT — A business that made false statements to Stennis Space Center about concrete-stress tests has failed to make payments on a judgment of $66,671, federal court documents show. The Sun Herald reports that federal prosecutors want an accounting from company president Robert C. Miller. A judge has not ruled on the request. The money includes restitution and fines against ...

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Pascagoula company to build new Deer Island pier

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources says a Pascagoula company has won the contract to build a new pier at Deer Island. Walters Diving and Marine placed the winning bid of nearly $299,000 and the money will be paid out of the Tidelands Funds. The Sun Herald reports construction on the pier will begin this summer.

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Delta faces down a threat to water sustainability

Mississippi would never be mistaken for California, but there is at least one thing they share. Each lays claim as among the most fertile and productive growing regions in the world. California’s Central Valley is about 450 miles long and 60 miles wide at the most. It looks like a large cucumber. Mississippi’s Delta, 200 miles long and 70 miles ...

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Louisiana black bear could move off threatened-species list

Federal and Louisiana officials say it’s time to get the animal that inspired teddy bears off the list of protected species. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official Steve Guertin says his agency is making a formal proposal to remove the Louisiana black bear from the list of threatened species. Removal from the list would let hunters kill at least a ...

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US says Gulf oil spill could last 100 years

WASHINGTON — A decade-old oil leak where an offshore platform toppled during a hurricane could continue spilling crude into the Gulf of Mexico for a century or more if left unchecked, according to government estimates obtained by The Associated Press that provide new details about the scope of the problem. Taylor Energy Company, which owned the platform and a cluster ...

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Nonprofit buys 170 acres from developer for endangered frogs

A Mississippi environmental nonprofit has bought more than 170 acres of land from a residential development to reforest and protect as critical habitat for the critically endangered Mississippi gopher frog. The Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain will replant it in longleaf pine as habitat for the burrowing frogs and other rare animals, according to a news release Thursday ...

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Plan OK’d to drill into BP’s ill-fated Macondo reservoir

NEW ORLEANS — Deep-water drilling is set to resume near the site of the catastrophic BP PLC well blowout that killed 11 workers and caused the nation’s largest offshore oil spill five years ago off the coast of Louisiana. A Louisiana-based oil company, LLOG Exploration Offshore LLC, plans to drill into the Macondo reservoir, according to federal records reviewed by ...

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Wildlife rescue groups: Growing number of animals need aid

GAUTIER — Recent storms that battered southern Mississippi have been hard on wildlife as well as humans — and some volunteers have been stepping up to help. The Sun Herald reports a large number of birds came in to the Wildlife Care and Rescue Center in Jackson County the past few weeks as storms damaged the trees they lived in. ...

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Mississippi oil workers feeling effects of price downturn

By JACK WEATHERLY  Rosemary Smith built her oilfield rental business from the ground up over 30 years. And the foundations of her R&R Rentals and Hotshot Inc. have been shaken twice since then. In 2008, crude oil started the year at $92 a barrel, spiked to nearly $150 in July — due in part to speculation fueled by fears that ...

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Jury trials for medical lawsuits over BP oil spill approved

NEW ORLEANS — Oil spill cleanup workers who sue BP for medical problems that surface later in life have the right to make their case before a jury, a federal judge has ruled. The BP oil spill medical settlement reached in 2012 was set up to pay cleanup workers and others who experienced certain illnesses during the immediate aftermath of ...

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