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MSU’s Bagley takes courses southward

By BECKY GILLETTE The Mississippi Gulf Coast has one of the most robust job markets in the state for engineering due to major employers like the Chevron Pascagoula Refinery, Huntington Ingalls Industries and others. A market analysis done several years ago showed a 20 percent growth in the projected engineering jobs in the Gulf Coast area. It used to be ...

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Distinct, old highway bridge in Mississippi for sale

The Mississippi Department of Transportation has listed a highway bridge for sale. The Sun Herald of Gulfport reported on Thursday that the state will even pay the buyer what it would cost to tear down the Mississippi Highway 57 bridge over Red Creek in Jackson County. MDOT district engineer Kelly Castleberry says the bridge has been determined eligible for the ...

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MBJ wins General Excellence, 14 awards in MPA newspaper contest

The Mississippi Business Journal won 14 awards, including six first place awards and finished first in General Excellence Saturday at the Mississippi Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in Biloxi. The MBJ competed in the Weekly Division F category along with other small weeklies in the MPA contest. Contest entries were from newspapers in Mississippi for work published in 2016. It was the ...

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USM makes waves graduating first Unmanned Maritime Systems class in U.S. history

By BECKY GILLETTE It has been said that the ocean is the last frontier for exploration on Earth. According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), only about five percent of the ocean has been explored. And just as aerial drones have revolutionized flight, underwater robotic vehicles are revolutionizing ocean research, defense and natural resources exploration. But, until recently, ...

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Coast economy continues to lag behind the state in key metrics

By JUSTIN VICORY The Coast’s economy is still struggling to recover from Hurricane Katrina, the Great Recession and the BP Oil Spill, and remains behind the state curve in important economic indicators, including sales tax revenue and median income, a business expert said. In a recent PowerPoint presentation entitled “The Uphill Recovery From the BP Oil Spill,” President of the ...

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THE DAWNING SPACE ECONOMY — Governments and private companies are going all-out in what amounts to a new space race, and this region has a foot in both worlds

By DAVID TORTORANO Sometime next year at a site in south Mississippi, four RS-25 engines and the core stage of NASA’s Space Launch System will roar to life in a teeth-rattling spectacle during a static test at the historic B-2 test stand. With a combined 2 million pounds of thrust, the engine core test at Stennis Space Center (SSC) will ...

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Rain already hitting Gulf Coast as tropical storm advances

Coastal residents are feeling the effects of a severe storm system that’s churning in the Gulf of Mexico. Police say flooding already is being reported on Dauphin Island south of Mobile, Alabama. The main road leading to the island’s narrow western end is partially covered with water, and the city is moving vehicles and equipment to higher ground. Red flags ...

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SPECIAL REPORT: Rising sea levels pose business challenges for the Mississippi Gulf Coast

By BECKY GILLETTE Sea levels around the world are rising at greater rates that were initially predicted. What does that mean for coastal areas like the Gulf Coast? Rising sea levels make the Gulf Coast more vulnerable to storm surge associated with hurricanes, said Dr. Torbjorn Tornqvist, chairman of the Tulane University Department of Earth and Environmental Science, who has ...

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Ocean Springs growing with two new developments

By ALEXIS WILLIAMS Ocean Springs is poised for two new developments, both located on Highway 90, which will bring more jobs, more housing options and more retail to the Gulf Coast city. In east Ocean Springs, Tractor Supply Co. is currently under construction and plans to open in August.  A nationally known brand, Tractor Supply Co. is the largest operator of ...

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Mississippi shrimp season opens June 7

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has set the opening date of the 2017-2018 shrimp season in state territorial waters for 6 a.m. Wednesday, June 7. All regulations of the MDMR will be in full force and effect, and all boats engaged in catching or transporting shrimp from Mississippi waters must be licensed or permitted by the MDMR before beginning ...

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