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Attorney: Bookkeeper with ‘shopping compulsion’ stole $303K

A Mississippi bookkeeper is accused of embezzling $303,000 from her employer to make online purchases because she had a “shopping compulsion,” according to court testimony from her attorney Tuesday. Elizabeth Rose O’Neil, 36, and her attorney said in Circuit Court in Biloxi that she stole $1,400 to $1,600 a week over a five-year period while working for J.O. Collins Contractor ...

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Biloxi hires new schools superintendent

A longtime school system educator has been named superintendent of Biloxi’s 6,300-student public school district. The district’s school board voted Thursday to hire Marcus Boudreaux, 42, at a salary of $140,000 a year, The Sun Herald reported. Boudreaux, the principal at Biloxi High School, replaces interim superintendent Larry Drawdy, who agreed to fill the post temporarily after the resignation last May ...

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OSHA cites Mississippi construction contractor for exposing employees to cave-in hazards

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Advanced Construction & Development LLC – based in Biloxi, Mississippi – for exposing employees to excavation hazards at a D’Iberville, Mississippi, worksite. The contractor faces $79,559 in penalties. OSHA initiated the inspection after a compliance officer observed employees installing a storm drainpipe in an excavation without cave-in ...

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Biloxi gets more time on grant to renovate downtown theater

A city on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is getting more time to repair and renovate a downtown theater that hosts musicals and other productions. Biloxi’s Saenger Theatre is temporarily closed for the $2.3 million project. A grant from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History required that the work be done by the end of this year, WLOX-TV reported. The department has ...

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Lawsuit: Mississippi police sexually harassed teen girl

Police officers of a Mississippi city are accused of sexually harassing a teen girl during a traffic stop. The girl’s mother is now suing the city of Biloxi in the hopes of preventing other girls from suffering the same treatment, The Sun Herald reported. The lawsuit alleges that the the pajama-clad girl was driving to pick up her older sister from a ...

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Sea turtles released after rehab from pneumonia, fish hook

Two endangered sea turtles are swimming again in the Mississippi Sound after rehabilitation in south Mississippi. One is a 115-pound (52.1-kilogram) loggerhead that developed pneumonia while a Louisiana spillway was open. The other is a Kemp’s ridley that needed throat surgery after it swallowed a fisherman’s hook. Dr. Moby Solangi of the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport attached satellite tags ...

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Mississippi Aquarium will reach hearts and minds beginning in April

By LYNN LOFTON Occupying 5.8 acres in downtown Gulfport, the Mississippi Aquarium expects to open on April 30, 2020. All Mississippians can be proud of this new attraction that’s located on Highway 90 across from Jones Park and Gulfport Harbor. It will contain more than 80,000 square feet of exhibits connected by landscaped walkways with plants representing all the physiographic ...

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Algal bloom cost Mississippi Coast tourism $4.1 million in June, July

By JACK WEATHERLY Beaches on the Mississippi Gulf Coast were given the green light earlier this month after a summer-long shutdown of coastal waters were declared free of  harmful algal bloom caused by an influx of fresh water from upstream flooding. The good news follows a loss of $4.1 million, or 3 percent to 8 percent, in room revenue for ...

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Mississippi Aquarium sets opening date in 2020

The Mississippi Aquarium is now set to open on April 30, 2020. The Sun Herald reports that the opening date for the Gulfport attraction was announced at the recent Splash Bash fundraiser for the aquarium. Aquarium supporters are aiming to raise $10 million so the aquarium can open debt-free. The aquarium will include a 360-degree tunnel where sharks, rays and ...

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Most of a human skeleton found on a Mississippi roof

Police say most of an adult human skeleton has been found on the roof of a building in downtown Biloxi, Mississippi. Investigators say no foul play is suspected. Harrison County Deputy Coroner Brian Switzer tells WLOX-TV that the bones were found Sept. 19 and are being examined by a forensic anthropologist. Biloxi Police Maj. Chris De Back says officers have ...

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