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Bay St. Louis councilmen question utility account shortfall

BAY ST. LOUIS — An approximately $140,000 shortfall in a utility debt services account has prompted the Bay St. Louis City Council to hold a specially called meeting Tuesday. Councilmen Lonnie Falgout tells The Sun Herald money collected from surcharges on residents’ utility bills since October has not been deposited into the account, and the city has a bond payment ...

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$134M proposed for 10 BP-funded oil spill recovery projects

JACKSON — State and federal officials overseeing $1 billion provided by BP PLC to spur recovery from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill said Monday that they’re proposing another 10 projects totaling $134 million. About $700 million to repair environmental damage and enhance recreational access has been allocated previously, although some of that work has yet to begin. The ...

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Deepwater Horizon Five Years Later — Restoring the Mississippi coast starts with a strong foundation

Five years ago, on April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 men and kicking off the worst man-made environmental disaster in U.S. history. When the well was finally capped 87 days later, the oil had already done unprecedented damage to Gulf of Mexico waters, wildlife, and fisheries, as well as the livelihoods and businesses that depend ...

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Forecasters see fewer than average hurricanes in 2015

NEW ORLEANS — The Atlantic hurricane season in 2015 will see fewer than the average number of storms, according to Colorado State University researchers. Researchers Philip Klotzbach and William Gray say in a news release that cooler ocean temperatures and the expectation that favorable atmospheric conditions will continue through the summer months will mean fewer hurricanes. The researchers released their ...

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IRS plan to require tax forms for wins of $600

BILOXI — Casino operators in South Mississippi are coming out against an IRS proposal that would require players to file tax forms any time they win $600 or more on slot machines, keno or bingo. The threshold currently is $1,200. Hit that amount or higher and the slot machine freezes and stays locked until the Internal Revenue Service form is ...

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Dan Mullen, Hugh Freeze to play in pro-am Thursday

Dan Mullen, head football coach at Mississippi State University, and Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze will headline a group of 212 community leaders, business executives and elected officials playing in the C Spire Pro-Am golf event on Thursday at Fallen Oak in Biloxi. Freeze, Mullen and other amateur golfers will play alongside 53 professional golfers from the PGA ...

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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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