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Group pushes for bill to disclose insurance costs by area

JACKSON — A group of lawmakers and residents from the Mississippi Gulf Coast are again pushing a bill that would require insurance companies to disclose, by geographic area, how much they are charging to insure property. The idea, which originated in Alabama, is meant to provide evidence to people who are fighting for lower insurance rates. The theory is that ...

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209th Civil Engineer Squadron in Gulfport being renamed

GULFPORT — Maj. Gen. Augustus L. Collins, the adjutant general of Mississippi, will host a re-designation ceremony for the 209th Civil Engineer Squadron on Saturday in Gulfport. The unit will now be called the 209th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron. The 209th Civil Engineer Squadron began in 1969 with the activation and federal recognition of the 173d Civil Engineering Flight. ...

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Trial of former Harrison County utility boss set for Feb. 23

GULFPORT —€” The former head of the Harrison County Utility Authority is set for a Feb. 23 trial on charges that he took bribes from a contractor. U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden set the trial date in a Dec. 29 order. Kamran Pahlavan, a former executive director, pleaded not guilty in December to a five-count indictment alleging he received bribes ...

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Katrina whistleblower case set for arguments

JACKSON — State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. has appealed an order that it pay legal fees and damages of $3 million in a whistleblower lawsuit. A jury in Mississippi found the insurer defrauded the government in a policyholder claim after Hurricane Katrina. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled oral arguments for Feb. 5 in New Orleans. Sisters Cori ...

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Coast city replacing iconic mosaic that Katrina destroyed

WAVELAND — The City of Waveland is working to replace the signature mosaic that stood in front of City Hall until Hurricane Katrina destroyed it. WLOX-TV reports that artist Elizabeth Veglia is leading a community effort to create a new tile mosaic. Twenty-six community workshops have been held in the past five weeks to plan and design the mosaic. More ...

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Judge: Homeowners eligible to share damages in Chinese drywall case

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has ruled that nearly 4,000 homeowners who say Chinese drywall ruined their homes are eligible to share any further damages he may award in lawsuits against Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd., a government-owned manufacturer that failed to show up in court. Notices of U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon’s order were sent Friday to the homeowners ...

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Report: State sees slowest growth in consumer spending in nation

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Overall consumer spending grew more slowly in Mississippi than in any other state in 2012, reflecting the state’s slow recovery from the recession. A report released yesterday by the U.S. Commerce Department finds overall personal consumption spending grew 2.5 percent in Mississippi in 2012, compared to 4.1 percent nationwide. With other figures showing Mississippi’s economy grew by ...

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Victims of Katrina and Rita get letter from Corps denying claims

NEW ORLEANS — In a postscript to ill-fated damage claims made against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Corps has sent out about 565,000 letters formally notifying victims of those storms that their claims have been denied. The Corps released a copy of the one-page letter yesterday. It is signed by chief counsel Earl ...

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Hancock Bank hosting event to raise funds for lighthouse restoration

PASCAGOULA — Hancock Bank is hosting a “Come Light Up The Night” Round Island Lighthouse fundraiser Aug. 7 to complete interior and lighting work at the top of the historic structure. The event will take place under the historical oaks at Lighthouse Park, on the north side of the Pascagoula bridge. Preservationists and the city of Pascagoula have spent a ...

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