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Relativity builds new autonomous rocket factory and expands testing facilities at Stennis Space Center

Aerospace company Relativity is expanding its rocket component production and rocket engine testing operations at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Hancock County. The project is a $59-million corporate investment and will create 190 jobs, increasing employment at Relativity’s Stennis Space Center site to 200 workers. “Relativity‘s announcement today solidifies Hancock County’s position as a leader in commercial space activity and ...

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Mississippi kangaroo found after 2 days ‘on the hop’

A missing kangaroo has been found after two days “on the hop” along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Cody Breland and Gulfport police tell news outlets Jojo was found about 1 a.m. Friday in a Gulfport neighborhood. Breland owns Wild Acres Wildlife Photography & Mobile Petting Zoo. He says he was showing animals to children on Wednesday morning when Jojo got ...

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Crikey! Kangaroo on the loose in south Mississippi

It isn’t Australia but residents of a Mississippi town might be feeling like they’re down under. News outlets report that Jojo the kangaroo went missing from an elementary school in Gulfport Wednesday morning. Cody Breland of Wild Acres Wildlife Photography & Mobile Petting Zoo was showing children various animals when Jojo got scared and hopped away. Breland says residents shouldn’t ...

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Mississippi man leaves $642K to county school district

A Mississippi man who died in April left more than $642,000 to the Harrison County School District. News outlets report the donation by 84-year-old Darrell Saucier is the largest in the district’s 63-year history. Superintendent Roy Gill says there isn’t yet a concrete plan on how the money will be used. He says the money has been deposited in a ...

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Mississippi shipyard expanding for Coast Guard icebreaker

A shipbuilder is expanding on the Mississippi Gulf Coast after receiving a $746 million contract to make a heavy icebreaker for the U.S. Coast Guard. Mississippi officials say Monday that VT Halter Marine will invest $37.5 million at its Pascagoula shipyard and is expected to create 900 jobs the next five years. Mississippi Development Authority is providing a $12.5 million ...

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Ocean Springs will build beach sidewalk after legal battle

A city on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is moving ahead with plans to build a new sidewalk by a beach, after homeowners lost a legal battle to block the project. The Mississippi Press reports Ocean Springs is receiving $384,000 from the Mississippi Department of Transportation for the East Beach sidewalk. The city will contribute another $96,000, and work could begin ...

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Teenage brothers open seafood market, all on their own

Make no mistake, Drake and Chase Killingsworth are not your typical teenagers. Drake, 18, is a graduating senior at Gautier High School, where Chase, 16, is a freshman. They are also businessmen — successful ones, too. The brothers recently opened Killer Crab Company on Ladnier Road in Gautier. They own and operate two fishing boats and 1,000 crab pots, which ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Mobile: not all sleepy time down South

We are driving through southeast Mississippi, heading toward Mobile. Richton is a sleepy little town whose underground salt dome was to be the site of the U.S. strategic petroleum reserve. That didn’t happen.  A fighter jet escorts us as it swoops and loops overhead when we enter Alabama at Wilmer. Other than  maybe an imagined whiff of jet fuel, the ...

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USM joins newly formed $94 million Ocean Exploration Institute

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is joining four other nationally renowned ocean science institutions to form The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute (OECI). USM’s School of Ocean Science and Engineering (SOSE), Ocean Exploration Trust, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, University of New Hampshire, and the University of Rhode Island will work with NOAA’s Office of ...

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Company to pay $3.5M after Mississippi, Alabama oil spills

An oil company has agreed to pay federal and Mississippi regulators $3.5 million in penalties and do more to prevent oil spills under a legal settlement filed last week. Federal and state regulators sued Denbury Resources of Plano, Texas, on Thursday, and filed a proposed consent decree at the same time. Members of the public have 30 days to comment ...

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