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Ingalls: Shipyard of the future

Ingalls Shipbuilding covers 800 acres at the Port of Pascagoula and and has more than 11,000 workers, making it the largest private employer in the state.

» Bond issues fund infrastructure and facility improvements By LISA MONTI Huntington-Ingalls Inc., America’s largest military shipbuilding company and Mississippi’s largest private employer, is entering the second year of its Shipyard of the Future initiative. This year, the Legislature approved a $45 million general obligation bond issue for Ingalls to go with previous issues. As in the past, the company will ...

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Ingalls Shipbuilding gets Navy contract, could total $3.1B


PASCAGOULA — Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula has been selected to build the U.S. Navy’s next large-deck amphibious assault warship. The announcement was made Thursday in a news release. The contract value for planning, advanced engineering and procurement of long-lead material, is just over $272 million. If options are exercised, the cumulative value of the contract would be $3.1 billion. Ingalls ...

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Authorities: No injuries reported in plant explosion, fire


Two explosions and a fire rocked a natural gas plant in southern Mississippi on Monday night, but no one was injured and flames continued for hours Tuesday, authorities said. Emergency Management Director Early Etheridge in Jackson County said the first explosion occurred at 11:30 p.m. and was followed by a larger explosion minutes later. Etheridge said the second blast could ...

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2 hospitals to sue state over Medicaid reimbursements

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PASGACOULA — Two health care systems plan to sue the Mississippi Division of Medicaid over what they describe as a flaw in the state’s funding formula for Medicaid. In a news release Wednesday, Memorial Hospital at Gulfport and Singing River Health System assert the payment formula used to reimburse community hospitals for care provided to the uninsured and Medicaid beneficiaries ...

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2 arrested after counterfeit money tracked back to printer


Sheriff’s deputies say two Jackson County men have been arrested on counterfeiting charges. In a news release, Sheriff Mike Ezell said deputies pulled over a car Sunday in which 27-year-old Nathan Bang, of Vancleave, was a passenger. Ezell says deputies found $400 in a clear, plastic bag inside Bang’s backpack, along with parchment paper in its original container. Ezell says ...

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New hourly pay for Jackson County sheriff’s deputies

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Deputies at the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department are getting a pay raise. County supervisors this month approved new hourly pay for 19 full-time deputies and 11 part-time deputies. The department says the new rate puts everyone at $17 per hour, which becomes the new minimum for all deputies hired. Sheriff Mike Ezell tells WLOX-TV that the new rate is comparable ...

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Settlement reached in hospital’s failed pension plan


More than 200 retirees wanted to pursue lawsuits against Singing River Health System over its failed pension plan. But U.S. District Court Judge Louis Guirola Jr. has signed off on a settlement proposed by attorneys for 17 other pension-plan members. The Sun Herald reports the settlement applies to all 3,173 current and former employees who participated in the pension plan, ...

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Ocean Springs looking at bringing Uber to the city


OCEAN SPRINGS — Ocean Springs officials are looking at bringing Uber to their city. Even a member of the city’s Economic Development Council says he can’t get a taxi in under 30 minutes. The Sun Herald reports the council meeting Monday afternoon will work on how the city can get Uber in town. The focus: How city taxi laws might ...

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Jackson County no longer sponsoring Lake George project


PASCAGOULA — The Lake George project has lost the support of Jackson County. In a split vote, The Sun Herald reports supervisors decided Monday to take Jackson County’s name off the official permit request for the project, which proposes damming a tributary to the free-flowing Pascagoula River to create two lakes for water reservoirs and recreation. It’s a George County ...

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Mississippi coast casinos roll out best year since 2008


D’IBERVILLE — The Dec. 9 opening of Scarlet Pearl Casino in D’Iberville helped push the Mississippi coast casinos to $1.14 billion in gross casino revenue for the year, squeaking revenue past the 2009 total of $1.11 billion. It was a 6 percent annual improvement over the $1.08 billion won in 2014. That’s according to a report Wednesday from the state ...

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