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VA adds to staff as part of White House initiative

JACKSON — The G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Jackson has added 30 new mental health professionals. President Barack Obama has set a goal of adding 1,600 providers in the nation’s 152 VA medical centers. Jackson VA Medical Center Director Joe Battle says in a statement that the hirings include four marriage and family therapists and three licensed ...

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State agency continues to lose top executives

BILOXI — Another top official at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has announced he’s leaving. The Sun Herald reports Danny Guice, who had been interim director of the agency after DMR executive director Bill Walker was fired in January, announced to the staff last week he would be retiring, effective June 30. The agency is the focus of ongoing ...

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Governor's nominee for DMR chief confirmed by Senate

BILOXI — Senators have confirmed Jamie Miller of Gulfport as executive director of the Biloxi-based Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. Senate Ports and Marine Resources Committee members on Wednesday quizzed Miller about how he’ll manage the agency that has had financial problems in recent months. The agency’s former executive director, Bill Walker of Ocean Springs, was terminated Jan. 15 amid ...

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State enacts new law to help military people find work

JACKSON — A new Mississippi law could help veterans and spouses of active-duty military people find jobs. Gov. Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2419, and it becomes law July 1. It says state boards can issue a temporary or permanent license to someone transferred to Mississippi because of a spouse’s military job, if the person already has a professional license ...

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FAA grounds state agency's toy helicopter

BILOXI — A toy helicopter the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources planned to use to fly over marshland to monitor invasive species has been grounded. The Federal Aviation Administration said its regulations for a toy helicopter under such circumstances are the same as those for a military predator drone. MDMR’s project manager Mike Pursley told The Clarion-Ledger the plan was ...

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Interim agency director cannot account for $4M

BILOXI — The interim director of the state Department of Marine Resources says he cannot account for about $4 million in state Tidelands money spent over the past decade. But Danny Guice told the Sun Herald he is not calling the money missing. He said it appears the money was spent on projects. “I’ve never suggested there was any wrongdoing,” ...

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MDEQ freezes city's grant as probe at DMR continues

D’IBERVILLE — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has frozen a $3 million grant to see how D’Iberville is using the money. MDEQ spokesman Robbie Wilbur tells The Sun Herald the order was issued Jan. 28. The grant was for work at the Ocean Expo Aquarium. There may be concerns about a conflict of interest. Then-City Manager Michael Janus hired ...

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Commission to discuss finding new agency director

BILOXI — The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources is scheduled to meet Thursday to discuss the search for a new agency director. The commission fired Bill Walker Jan. 15 as executive director of the Department of Marine Resources. Walker, who was appointed head of the MDMR in 2002 by Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, has come under fire in recent months — ...

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Report shows potential conflict of interest at DMR

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has spent more than $1.4 million in public money on two recreational fishing boats leased from a foundation managed by the agency’s director. The Sun Herald reports the Mississippi Marine Resources Foundation supplies DMR with a 36-foot Topaz open fisherman and a 42-foot Californian convertible. Paid for with public money, the DMR ...

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Shipbuilder starts construction on expansion; adding 400 jobs

PASCAGOULA — VT Halter Marine has started construction on a new multimillion-dollar ship repair facility at the company’s Pascagoula yard. Gov. Phil Bryant and company officials say the expansion at the Bayou Casotte shipyard will create 400 new jobs. The company has three ship construction facilities, all located in Mississippi, with one facility in Pascagoula and two in Moss Point. ...

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