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Government shutdown leaves Mississippi’s NASA employees, contractors without pay

By LISA MONTI NASA’s name is on Stennis Space Center’s front gate but nobody in the space agency is working inside its sprawling facility in Hancock County. NASA employees and their contractors haven’t been on the payroll since the partial government shutdown began Dec. 22. Phone calls to offices go to voice mail and some parking lots are empty. The ...

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Jeff Davis’s last home looking for executive director

The board of directors for Jefferson Davis’s last home has hired a company to find a new executive director for the attraction in Mississippi. Beauvoir’s (BOH-vwahrz) development and programs director, Kitsaa Stevens, says Pace Employment Agency hopes to start interviews in January. Stevens tells WLOX-TV visitation numbers are up at the Biloxi (bih-LUX-ee) attraction, and an executive director is needed ...

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Mississippi city selling gas system to private utility

A Mississippi Gulf Coast city is moving to sell its natural gas system for cash to help avert a financial pinch. WLOX-TV reports the Pascagoula City Council voted 4-3 Wednesday to sell the city’s gas utility to Houston-based CenterPoint Energy for $3 million. The system also serves some residents in Gautier (goh-SHAY’). The Mississippi Public Service Commission must approve the ...

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Group: Tourism has good year on Mississippi coast

A tourism group reports that 2019 looks promising for the Mississippi coast. Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast says that room reservations were up for 2018 and group bookings look strong heading into 2019. The Sun Herald reported the group bookings are for business meeting and sports teams visiting places like the Gulfport Sportsplex. Milton Segarra with Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast said ...

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Mississippi agency probes school district accused of fraud

The Mississippi State Auditor’s Office is investigating the Biloxi School District over reports of fraud in a child nutrition program. The Sun Herald reported Monday that it has obtained documents indicating the investigation involves complaints by district employee and whistleblower Victoria Moon Conway. A November letter by Conway to the school board accuses the district of illegal activity and the ...

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Mississippi announces plans for $37.8M in oil spill money

Mississippi officials have outlined how they plan to spend this year’s $37.8 million installment of BP oil spill money, focusing largely on economic, environmental and transportation projects. Gov. Phil Bryant made the announcement Tuesday in Biloxi, outlining how the state will spend money from the federal RESTORE Act, which allocates 80 percent of the penalties from the 2010 BP Deepwater ...

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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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Ribbon cutting for Mississippi plant drying shrimp hulls

There’s money to be made from the hulls of peeled shrimp, material that usually ends up in landfills. A facility opening along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast will process these shrimp exoskeletons and harvest the material known as chitin for use in a variety of products. WLOX-TV reports that the Mari Signum Dragon Drying plant near the Vancleave community held a ribbon ...

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Officials say shipyard fire was arson, offer reward for info

A recent fire at a vacant Mississippi Gulf Coast shipyard is now considered arson and officials are offering a $10,000 reward for information on who set the blaze. Two large buildings burned at a VT Halter Marine site in Moss Point on Sept. 11, causing an estimated $2.5 million in damage. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ...

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Mississippi city condemns apartment complex for violations

A city in Mississippi has condemned an apartment complex because of a number of problems. WLOX-TV reported the city of Pascagoula condemned the Frances Street Apartments on Thursday, saying the complex was unsafe and posed a health problem. The city also noted electrical problems and theft of utilities. Property manager Brittany Robinson says the condemnation makes 23 people homeless. Inspectors ...

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