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Police: Woman shoots man, takes him on a drive as he dies

Police say a Mississippi woman shot a man, put him in her vehicle and drove at least an hour before taking him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Gulfport police have charged 20-year-old Breanna McClendon of Hattiesburg with second-degree murder. They say she arrived at a Gulfport gas station Sunday morning with an unnamed man, got into a ...

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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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Suspect’s brother accused of helping him

The brother of a man accused of gunning down a police officer is accused of aiding him. Davian Lewanika Atkinson was booked into the Harrison County jail late Monday on accessory charges. Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania confirms to The Associated Press Tuesday that the 21-year-old Atkinson is accused of aiding his brother, 19-year-old Darian Tawan Atkinson. The younger brother ...

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Mississippi Aquarium spurs development in downtown Gulfport

By LISA MONTI The $93 million Mississippi Aquarium is coming out of the ground on the East Beach service road in Gulfport, on track to open late this year or by early 2020. The attraction is expected to draw as many as 500,000 visitors a year and generate $340 million in annual revenue. It’s also gotten the attention of  developers, ...

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Renovation will turn former library into public transit hub

A former library on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is being turned into a public transit center. WLOX-TV reports the transformation of the old Harrison County Library in Gulfport should be complete by January, before the Mississippi Aquarium opens next door. Coast Transit Authority executive director Kevin Coggin says the $9 million renovation got off to a slow start. Officials had ...

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Ambassadors visit Mississippi in program to build ties

More than three dozen ambassadors from countries on four continents are on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. They’re part of a federal government program that brings international diplomats to different parts of the United States. The State Department’s Experience America program is designed to help diplomats learn about the country and to help local groups develop global partnerships including investment and ...

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Gulfport-Biloxi to Austin, Ft. Myers flights to be offered

MBJ staff Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport will offer flights to Austin, Texas and Fort Myers, Fla., starting July 19. One-way fares start at $59, according to carrier Sun Country Airlines. Service will last through Dec. 16. “We appreciate the expanded partnership with Sun Country Airlines and look forward to having service to these rapidly growing markets,” said Gulfport Executive Director Clay ...

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Mississippi Gulf Coast city considers $45M harbor expansion

A Mississippi Gulf Coast city is considering a $45 million expansion of its small craft harbor, aiming to better shelter it from storms. WLOX-TV reports Long Beach would like to expand its harbor 500 feet southward into the Mississippi Sound to provide better protection. Mayor George Bass says the number of boat slips wouldn’t increase, but some individual slips might ...

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