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Chevron gets huge tax exemption on huge investment

PASCAGOULA — Jackson County supervisors have given Chevron a mega tax break on a new base oil plant that cost the company $1.56 billion. The exemption means that instead of the Chevron refinery paying the county $14.3 million in taxes on that new piece of the refinery next year, it will pay $4.2 million. And that number will go down each ...

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Settlement proposed in Pascagoula hospital pension lawsuit

PASCAGOULA — A settlement has been proposed in a lawsuit brought by several retirees against Pascagoula’s Singing River Health System when the pension plan was almost terminated last year. Local media outlets report the agreement says the health system will contribute $142 million to the floundering pension fund between 2016 and 2051. The county would give the system $13.6 million ...

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D’Iberville’s Scarlet Pearl on track for December opening

D’IBERVILLE — The city of D’Iberville is working with developers of Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort to get the project open as soon as possible. Hank Rogers, community development director, says the facility should open the first week in December. The Sun Herald reports Rogers told city officials Tuesday the miniature golf course being built as part of the resort, however, many ...

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Pascagoula Beach preparing for $3.5 million dollar makeover

PASCAGOULA — Pascagoula plans to spend $3.5 million giving its beach a face lift. The improvements are part of the city’s promenade project that began after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The city’s recreation Director Darcie Crew tells WLOX TV expanding the sidewalk more than a mile is on the to-do-list. The expansion will ensure that people who ...

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Jackson County approves hospital budget

PASCAGOULA — The Jackson County Board of Supervisors approved the county hospital system’s $325 million budget without giving the system $2 million in tax dollars. In the budget, Singing River Health System administrators promised to put $1.2 million toward the failing employee pension and projected a $700,000 profit next year, but they also asked the county for $2 million. The ...

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Mississippi Phosphates pleads guilty in pollution case

GULFPORT — A Gulf Coast fertilizer manufacturer has pleaded guilty to polluting waterways, killing fish and destroying marshy areas around Bayou Casotte in Pascagoula. Prosecutors said in a news release that lawyers for Mississippi Phosphates entered the plead Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. in Gulfport. Last October, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. A bankruptcy ...

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Mississippi Phosphates set to plead guilty in pollution case

GULFPORT — A Gulf Coast fertilizer manufacturer will plead guilty Aug. 19 to federal allegation of violating the Clean Water Act by polluting waterways. The government said Mississippi Phosphates killed fish and destroyed marshy areas around Bayou Casotte in Pascagoula. James B. Tucker, an attorney representing Mississippi Phosphates, told The Sun Herald he will enter a guilty plea on behalf ...

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Ocean Springs aldermen approve short-term rentals

OCEAN SPRINGS — The Ocean Spring Board of Aldermen has adopted a short-term rental ordinance. The Sun Herald reports the law brings into regulation the growing business of people renting out homes on a short-term basis, and charging higher rates than for monthly renters. It’s a law that will give these businesses a permit, a business license and a tax ...

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Jackson County to replace bridge in Gautier

GAUTIER — Jackson County will spend about $2 million to replace one of Gautier’s oldest bridges. Supervisor Mike Mangum told WLOX-TV in Biloxi  the LaMotte Bayou Bridge received failing grade last year from the state. “This bridge has a lot of years on it, but it has a lot of steel structure underneath it that has deteriorated because of the ...

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Jackson County voters to consider 2 percent tourism tax

PASCAGOULA — Jackson County voters will decide Tuesday whether to levy a 2 percent tax on hotel stays to pay the local share to support the work of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau. The tri-county tourism group — encompassing Harrison, Hancock and Jackson counties — was created to promote the whole Gulf Coast. The Sun Herald ...

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