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Mississippi agency probes school district accused of fraud

The Mississippi State Auditor’s Office is investigating the Biloxi School District over reports of fraud in a child nutrition program. The Sun Herald reported Monday that it has obtained documents indicating the investigation involves complaints by district employee and whistleblower Victoria Moon Conway. A November letter by Conway to the school board accuses the district of illegal activity and the ...

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Mississippi announces plans for $37.8M in oil spill money

Mississippi officials have outlined how they plan to spend this year’s $37.8 million installment of BP oil spill money, focusing largely on economic, environmental and transportation projects. Gov. Phil Bryant made the announcement Tuesday in Biloxi, outlining how the state will spend money from the federal RESTORE Act, which allocates 80 percent of the penalties from the 2010 BP Deepwater ...

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Ribbon cutting for Mississippi plant drying shrimp hulls

There’s money to be made from the hulls of peeled shrimp, material that usually ends up in landfills. A facility opening along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast will process these shrimp exoskeletons and harvest the material known as chitin for use in a variety of products. WLOX-TV reports that the Mari Signum Dragon Drying plant near the Vancleave community held a ribbon ...

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Officials say shipyard fire was arson, offer reward for info

A recent fire at a vacant Mississippi Gulf Coast shipyard is now considered arson and officials are offering a $10,000 reward for information on who set the blaze. Two large buildings burned at a VT Halter Marine site in Moss Point on Sept. 11, causing an estimated $2.5 million in damage. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ...

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Official: Stranded dolphins may be related to hurricane

An official with the nonprofit Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Mississippi says the stranding of rare dolphins on the Gulf Coast may be related to Hurricane Michael. IMMS director Moby Solangi tells The Sun Herald of Biloxi that a stranded pantropical spotted dolphin was brought to the center in critical condition Tuesday night. It was found near Theodore, Alabama. ...

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New developer takes over mall site that has state tax aid

A new developer is taking over a plan to build a large shopping center on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Local news outlets report that Rise Partners has taken over development in D’Iberville with plans to begin construction next summer and complete the first phase in summer 2020. The new company, based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, says it has agreed with landowner ...

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Mississippi anglers get 1 more weekend to catch red snapper

Mississippi fishermen will get one more weekend to catch red snapper. The state Department of Marine Resources said Monday it will reopen the recreational fishing season for the prized catch at 12:01 a.m. Friday. The agency will close it again at 11:59 p.m. Sunday. The department says catch data from Mississippi’s season that closed in August shows anglers can fish ...

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Sub-dome maker celebrates $4.6M expansion, creation of 46 jobs

By JACK WEATHERLY Seemann Composites celebrated on Wednesday the company’s new submarine bow dome production facility in Gulfport. The project, a $4.6 million corporate investment, accommodates a contract with General Dynamics Electric Boat for the U.S. Navy and creates 46 jobs. “Thousands of workers on the Mississippi Gulf Coast are engaged in the production of some of the most sophisticated, ...

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Mississippi city laying off 10 employees as it faces deficit

A Mississippi city says it’s laying off 10 full-time employees as it struggles with a $14 million shortfall. News outlets reported that officials in Pascagoula said the layoffs will take effect Sept. 1. A recent audit uncovered the shortfall. The auditor told city council members that nothing indicated money had disappeared or that anyone personally profited. City manager and attorney ...

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Tourism numbers up on Mississippi coast

Tourism has been growing on the coast of Mississippi. A survey conducted for Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast and released Wednesday shows a 6.3 percent increase in visitors between 2015 and 2017. But the tourism group’s CEO Milton Segarra said he would like to see an increase in the number of people who visit the beaches for more than a day. ...

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