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Sunken tugboat that shut down river finally raised

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — An arduous, five-day effort to locate and surface a tugboat that rolled and sank in the Mississippi River near Venice, La., over the weekend, interrupting the flow of traffic and commerce, has finally come to an end. Crews pulled the 47-foot-long towing vessel out of the water today. It sank Saturday. The river had been closed, either ...

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River mayors press on despite Farm Bill failure in House

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Leaders of the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative (MRCTI), a mayoral-led effort to create a coordinated voice for the Mississippi River, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi Valley Division, have signed a memorandum of common purpose (MOCP) in support of meeting today’s challenges facing the Mississippi River as well as the collaborative actions needed ...

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Couple accused of running bogus shipping company gets trial date

GULFPORT — A trial date has been set for a couple accused of running a fraudulent shipping business in Biloxi. The Sun Herald reports 34-year-old Dustin Lee Griswold and his wife, 37-year-old Jennifer Lynn Griswold, pleaded not guilty Monday in U.S. District Court. Their trial date is Aug. 5 A grand jury indicted each on a conspiracy charge and the ...

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MDA says it will meet HUD's requirement for jobs at port

GULFPORT — The Mississippi Development Authority intends for 51 percent of new jobs at the state port to be filled by low- to moderate-income residents. But the agency never said current jobs would meet that goal. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has raised concerns over job numbers. The Sun Herald reports MDA secured $570 million in HUD ...

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Commission sets fee for public to buy bridge video footage

VICKSBURG — Copies of videos from security cameras on the old U.S. Highway 80 bridge over the Mississippi River will cost the public $500 each. The Vicksburg Bridge Commission voted this week to charge the fee to turn over footage from its security cameras when formally requested. The Vicksburg Post reports a federal lawsuit was filed after a soybean barge ...

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Pair charged with operating bogus shipping company

BILOXI — Two people charged with running a fraudulent shipping company in south Mississippi are scheduled for arraignment next week in federal court. Dustin Lee Griswold and Jennifer Griswold were indicted May 14 on fraud charges related to their business, Harmoni Shipping in Biloxi. The indictment doesn’t describe the relationship between the two. Court records didn’t list an attorney for ...

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Genesis Energy doubling capacity, adding workers

NATCHEZ — Genesis Energy plans to more than double its railcar capacity at its terminal in the Natchez-Adams County Port. The Natchez Democrat reports the expansion will create approximately 20 new jobs, including 15 equipment operators and five professional staff. The announcement comes as the company finalized its first phase — which includes 40 railcar spots — in Natchez. That ...

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Hearing to be held on proposed deepening of port channel

GULFPORT — A public hearing is scheduled for tomorrow on the state port’s proposal to study deepening the ship channel to as much as 47 feet. The port has asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to study the feasibility of a deeper ship channel as part of an ongoing environmental assessment of port expansion. The Sun Herald reports the ...

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Feds claims MDA has documented only handful of port workers

GULFPORT — The federal government says the Mississippi Development Authority has documented only 50 of the 1,286 direct, full-time jobs it claims at the state port, and insists MDA provide records to show all the jobs exist. The Sun Herald obtained a copy of a letter sent April 22 to the MDA from Stanley Gimont, director of block grant compliance ...

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