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Navy considers shipbuilding cuts for upcoming budget

The Navy is proposing construction cutbacks and accelerated ship retirements that would delay, or sink, the Navy’s goal of a larger fleet — and potentially hurt shipyards, according to an initial proposal. The proposal would shrink the size of the fleet from today’s level of 293 ships to 287 ships, a far cry from the official goal of 355 ships ...

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Lawsuit: Diabetic Mississippi inmate died asking for insulin

A wrongful death lawsuit claims a diabetic Mississippi inmate, jailed for allegedly violating her own protection order, died while pleading for insulin from authorities and medical personnel who largely ignored her. The woman’s daughter, Kayla Rush, is suing Jackson County, the sheriff’s office, sheriff, jailers and the then-contracted health care provider, The Sun Herald of Biloxi reports. She’s seeking unspecified punitive and ...

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VT Halter Marine boats win international honor

VT Halter Marine Inc., a Pascagoula company that is part of ST Engineering North America, received top honors during the International WorkBoat Show. Two of its vessels were selected as Boat of the Year. Built by VT Halter Marine for Crowley Maritime Corp., the Taino and El Coqui were selected based on criteria set by WorkBoat Magazine and by popular ...

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Mississippi city works to resolve Thanksgiving cyber attack

Officials in one Mississippi city have confirmed the local government fell victim to a cyber attack on Thanksgiving. Computer systems in the city of Pascagoula are almost all up and running again after they were infected with malware from a third-party contractor connected to city data systems on Nov. 28, Acting City Manager Frank Corder announced on Monday. No data ...

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Dad testifies against bus driver accused of sex abusing girl

A Mississippi man says he first thought bullies were behind his daughter’s hesitation to ride the school bus when she was 8 years old. Instead, she told him she was being sexually abused by the bus driver. News outlets report the girl’s father testified Monday at Sergio Sandoval’s retrial. The man said his daughter told him in 2014 that Sandoval ...

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Retired police chief to leave new city role after 3 weeks

A retired Mississippi police chief appointed to act as the temporary city manager of Pascagoula has announced he’s leaving the role after less than a month. The Sun Herald reports Kenny Johnson announced his Oct. 31 retirement less than two weeks after city leaders appointed him to the role. The former Pascagoula police chief says he notified officials about his impending retirement ...

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Mississippi grand jury clears officer in fatal shooting

A Mississippi grand jury has cleared a police officer in the fatal shooting of a felony suspect. News outlets report a Jackson County Grand Jury on Tuesday found no criminal conduct on behalf of a Moss Point police officer in the Aug. 8 death of Toussaint Diamon Sims. The police department has not released the officer’s name. The grand jury ...

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Hearing delayed for school bus driver accused of sex assault

PASCAGOULA — A hearing has been delayed for a former Mississippi school bus driver accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old student on his route. The Sun Herald of Biloxi reports this week’s competency hearing for Sergio Sandoval has been pushed to October. Prosecutors and the defense agreed to the delay after Sandoval’s lawyer said they didn’t get the reports they ...

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That vanilla smell? It’s the wastewater treatment plant

The air is a little sweeter now that a Mississippi Gulf Coast community is spraying a vanilla scent to mask the odor of its wastewater treatment plant. More than two dozen machines recently started blowing scented mist into the air 19 hours a day at the Pascagoula-Moss Point wastewater plant. The owner of a wig and jewelry boutique near the ...

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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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