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Court: No holiday pay for Gautier firefighters not working

GAUTIER — A Jackson County judge has rejected arguments from the Gautier Fire Union that its members were entitled to 24 hours of holiday pay, even if they didn’t work that day. “The ruling … means Gautier was justified in providing eight hours of holiday pay for all employees,” Mayor Gordon Gollott told The Sun Herald. Circuit Judge Kathy Jackson ...

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South Mississippi police: Texting drivers beware

BILOXI — South Mississippi law enforcement officials say they will be ready to enforce the new law that bans motorists from texting while driving. “All you’ve got to do is stand on a corner watching traffic or watching others while you drive, and you can see so many people with their hands on their phone, trying to get a text ...

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Rotate Black rotates back with 'perfect size casino' plan

GULFPORT — The rocky start for the proposed Hemingway Resort and Casino at the Gulfport Harbor is all in the past, said company CEO John Paulsen. Paulsen said the project is alive and progressing. Since missing the April 1 deadline to show it had the financial backing to build the casino resort, Paulsen tells The Sun Herald that Rotate Black ...

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Feds: Oil leasing in Gulf slows due to oil price drop

NEW ORLEANS — Regulators say only 195 bids were placed on the 41 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico up for new oil and gas leasing off of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. That’s the lowest number since 1986 when 129 bids were offered, according to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. It says the low price of oil accounts ...

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Gulfport woman accused in identity theft of hospice patient

GULFPORT — Police say a Gulfport woman is accused of using a hospice patient’s identity to set up an account for cable services. Gulfport police Sgt. Damon McDaniel tells The Sun Herald 37-year-old Melissa Nicole Suttles was arrested Tuesday after identifying her as the one who used a woman’s personal information without her permission. McDaniel says a complaint filed in ...

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Aldermen stuck: No police chief yet for Ocean Springs

OCEAN SPRINGS — Ocean Springs leaders appear to be stuck in the process of selecting a new police chief. The Sun Herald reports the Board of Aldermen and mayor interviewed the candidates — interim Chief Mark Dunston and four captains — earlier this month and the board was expected to vote on a chief Tuesday night. Instead they went into ...

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Biloxi special election for mayor is April 28

BILOXI — The Biloxi City Council has set April 28 as the date of a special election to fill the remainder of former Mayor A.J. Holloway’s term, which ends July 1, 2017. Candidates must quality for the special election by 5 p.m. April 8. A runoff, if needed, will be May 12. The Sun Herald reports those who have already ...

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Supes put own cash into hospital retirees' lobbying trip

PASCAGOULA — Jackson County supervisors are offering to personally help pay for some retirees who lost pensions to travel to the state Capitol to lobby for a bill requiring more openness from boards of publicly owned hospitals. The Sun Herald reports that Irving Tillman, a retiree of the Singing River Health System, told supervisors Monday that it would cost $1,000 ...

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Former Biloxi casino employee charged with embezzlement

BILOXI — Police say a former employee at the Imperial Palace Casino has been arrested after casino representatives accused her of embezzling casino funds. Biloxi Police Investigator Grandver Everett tells The Sun Herald a casino representative called police on Oct. 15, 2014, about Brittany Nicole Blackwelder allegedly embezzling money. Everett says an investigation revealed Blackwelder developed a process that gave ...

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Former Mississippi tax preparer pleads guilty in theft case

GULFPORT — A former Mississippi income tax preparer has pleaded guilty to theft of government funds for using people’s names and Social Security numbers to obtain $18,345. The Sun Herald reports 34-year-old Ukisha Lashay Carter is set for sentencing April 29. She’s facing a maximum prison term of three years and a fine of up to $250,000. She’s free on ...

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