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Bill would open hospital meetings, expand records access

JACKSON — With troubles at a large public hospital creating political waves on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, lawmakers are trying to make the affairs of hospitals and their pension systems more open. The full House passed a bill Wednesday to require some public pension systems to report their financial status every year, while a Senate committee passed a bill to ...

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Tommy Robertson indicted on five counts of embezzlement

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering and Jackson County District Attorney Tony Lawrence announced today that former State Senator Tommy Robertson has been indicted on five counts of embezzlement, which are alleged to have occurred in April of 2013.  Robertson, 59, is accused of using his position as board attorney for the Singing River Federal Credit Union to embezzle $484,092 of loan ...

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Keel-laying ceremony held for new container ship

PASCAGOULA — VT Halter Marine has laid the keel for the first of two liquefied natural gas-powered combination container roll-on/roll-off ships for long-time customer Crowley Maritime Corp. A ceremony took place Wednesday at the Pascagoula yard. Traditionally, the keel laying marks the ceremonial beginning of the ship’s construction. The keel forms the backbone of a ship and is the first ...

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Singing River Health System sues KPMG: 'colossal' error

GULFPORT — Singing River Health System says it has sued its former accounting firm, KPMG LLP, accusing it of $88 million dollars in mistakes. Singing River said in a news release that the federal lawsuit accuses the national accounting firm of breach of contract, negligence and professional malpractice, the Sun Herald reported. “KPMG’s abject, egregious failures in auditing Singing River’s ...

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Pascagoula shipyard pays $144K fine over dust and paint

A Pascagoula shipyard is paying a $144,545 civil fine for violations including allowing sandblasting particles and paint to become airborne. VT Halter Marine agreed to pay the fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. The shipyard, owned by Singapore Technologies Engineering, has been one of several industries along Bayou Casotte that has faced complaints from nearby neighbors. A Nov. ...

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Birdwatching generates big bucks for coastal economy with room to grow

By Tammy Leytham Wildlife watching – including birding – contributes millions of dollars each year to coastal coffers and with the new Pascagoula River Audubon Center opening in 2015, the sky’s the limit. Because birders like to plan trips to areas where they can see multiple natural attractions, the coastal counties are poised for growth in nature-based tourism, said Dr. ...

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Jackson Co. occupancy tax gets board approval

PASCAGOULA — A proposed 2 percent occupancy tax to be levied in Jackson County has the support of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau board. The Sun Herald reports leaders with the organization had already made such a pitch to the Jackson County Board of Supervisors last week. Supervisors asked the officials to check with Jackson County hotel owners ...

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Ingalls to lease former SRHS clinic in Gautier for employee medical center

By Tammy Leytham Ingalls Shipbuilding will locate its employee family healthcare center in a former Singing River Health System medical office on Old Spanish Trail in Gautier, officials announced Tuesday. The facility, expected to open mid-year in 2015, will cater to 11,500 Ingalls employees and their dependents, said Edmond Hughes, vice president of human resources and administration for Ingalls Shipbuilding. ...

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Tourism group asks Jackson County for room tax

PASCAGOULA — The Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau has asked Jackson County supervisors for a 2 percent nightly occupancy tax on hotel rooms to support tourism. Harrison and Hancock counties have heads-on-beds taxes in place that raise money to support the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau. Jackson County does not. Pascagoula, Moss Point and Ocean ...

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Bath awarded $21M contract for destroyers

BATH, Maine — Bath Iron Works has been awarded a $21 million contract to continue work on a class of U.S. Navy destroyers. U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree said in a statement Thursday night that it was a modification of a previously awarded contract for construction of DDG 51 destroyers. Pingree said the shipyard was already the lead designer for the ...

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