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Helicopter crash survivor sues for unspecified damages

GULFPORT — A Montana man injured in a helicopter crash in the DeSoto National Forest in south Mississippi has sued the manufacturers of the helicopter and the engine. Named as defendants are Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., the helicopter’s manufacturer, and Rolls-Royce Corp., which makes and distributes the 250-C30P turbo-shaft engine. Both are based in Delaware. “Our initial investigation, which included ...

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

FILE -  In this April 2010 file photo, oil can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana's tip, as a large plume of smoke rises from fires on BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. 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. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

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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Judge rejects request to delay ruling on oil spill penalties

FILE - In this June 3, 2010 file photo by Charlie Riedel, a brown pelican covered in oil tries to raise its wings on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast following the explosion of Deepwater Horizon. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has refused to delay a pending ruling on how much BP will have to pay in Clean Water Act penalties for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The request was made in a motion filed Monday by Texas lawyer Brent Coon, who represents plaintiffs with various claims against BP resulting from the spill. ...

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COMING OF AGE — Casinos look to Millennials for the survival of gaming

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By FRANK BROWN A Millennial and Baby boomer walk into a casino. Boomer: “Let’s go hit the slot machines.” Millennial: “This is a joke, right?” If you don’t find that funny, don’t worry. Neither does the established casino industry. The generation born between 1980 and 2000 has come of age and is a staggering 80 million strong. For the gaming ...

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Island View unveils new hotel tower in Gulfport

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By LISA MONTI The local owners of Island View Casino Resort in Gulfport unveiled their 18-story hotel April 29 for guests and officials from the Coast and Jackson. Rick Carter and Terry Green invested $58 million in the tower which had been vacant since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The beach tower was built on a 10-acre site on the south side ...

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Jackson County to vote on tourism tax

PASCAGOULA — Jackson County supervisors have decided to go ahead with a special election June 23 for a 2 percent tourism tax on hotel and motel rooms, rather than wait for the November general election. The Sun Herald reports voters will be asked to decide whether to institute the tax to support tourism. Renee Areng, executive director of the Mississippi ...

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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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Man sentenced for making counterfeit IDs for immigrants

GULFPORT — Prosecutors say a Louisiana man has been sentenced to 13 months in prison after selling counterfeit immigration papers to illegal immigrants in southern Mississippi. The Sun Herald reports 27-year-old Pedro Alberto Perez pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of counterfeit documents April 21 in Gulfport. Court records show Perez met with customers who wanted to buy a ...

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Island View’s $58 million Beach Tower makes its debut

GULFPORT — A $58 million transformation of the beachfront tower at Island View Casino has turned the 18-story building into a hotel and conference center with a South Beach vibe and amenities that make it a luxury beach resort. The Sun Herald reports the new project gets its wow factor from the 405 rooms and suites that all have a ...

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Coast Guard IDs 3rd victim in deadly sailboat disaster

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. — Authorities have identified the third person killed when a powerful storm struck a sailboat race on the Alabama coast. The U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday that the body of 67-year-old William Glenn Massey of Daphne was found near a gas platform in Mobile Bay. An angler spotted the body Tuesday and notified officials. Massey is the ...

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