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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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Former clerk pleads guilty to taking more than $100,000

A former Hancock County Justice Court employee is pleading guilty to two counts of embezzlement after investigators found she stole more than $100,000. Local news outlets report Dana Sue Beaman pleaded guilty Monday in Hancock County Circuit Court. The state auditor’s office found Beaman took more than $110,000 over three years she worked for the court. The inquiry began after ...

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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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Closed golf course could be sold to new owner for $1.5M

The owners of a closed Mississippi Gulf Coast golf course say there’s a $1.5 million offer to buy it. WLOX-TV reports current owners have voted 211-57 to accept the offer, and that a contract could be signed in early December. It would likely be complete in early 2020. The course is part of a historic resort that frequently hosted Elvis ...

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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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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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Mississippi hospital gets upgrades as part of takeover

WIGGINS — A Mississippi hospital is getting some upgrades as it gets taken over by another hospital. WLOX-TV reports that Memorial Hospital at Gulfport is assuming control of Stone County Hospital in Wiggins. Chas Pierce, Senior Director of System Development for Memorial Hospital, tells the news station Stone County Hospital is getting updated lighting and paint. Floors and patient rooms are also ...

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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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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 announces nearly $12M for waterfront projects

Nearly $12 million from a Mississippi public trust fund will go toward waterfront projects and park improvements along the state’s Gulf Coast. Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann presented the $11.74 million from the Public Trust Tidelands fund on Wednesday. The Biloxi Sun-Herald reports the money will finance new boardwalks, boat ramps, park features, restoration initiatives, educational facilities and other ...

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