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SPECIAL REPORT: Rising sea levels pose business challenges for the Mississippi Gulf Coast

By BECKY GILLETTE Sea levels around the world are rising at greater rates that were initially predicted. What does that mean for coastal areas like the Gulf Coast? Rising sea levels make the Gulf Coast more vulnerable to storm surge associated with hurricanes, said Dr. Torbjorn Tornqvist, chairman of the Tulane University Department of Earth and Environmental Science, who has ...

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Diamondhead projects moving forward

The City of Diamondhead has more than $2.2 million worth of projects under way to improve the city’s recreational assets, drainage and economic development. Here’s a look at the projects and their progress: The half-mile City Hall Exercise Fitness Trail should be completed by the end of April. Officials say the trail is centrally located for the convenience of residents. ...

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Shrimp season closes west of Gulfport Ship Channel; additional waters south of Intracoastal Waterway remain open

Officials with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources announced Friday, April 28, that beginning May 1, all waters south of the Intracoastal Waterway and west of the Gulfport Ship Channel are closed to shrimping. The closure takes effect at 6:01 a.m. Mississippi territorial waters south of the ICW and east of the Gulfport Ship Channel will remain open to shrimping. ...

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Candidate online forum in Bay St. Louis may be the first of its kind

A unique online forum for municipal candidates in Bay St. Louis may be the first of its kind in the state, say volunteers who created the website. According to Serve Bay St. Louis website (www.servebsl.com), the community project aims to help voters “compare answers, not ads.” The website calls itself a one-stop-shop for local voting and offers comprehensive election information, ...

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NASA eyes fusion reactor engines, extraterrestrial drilling, other far-out technologies

NASA has selected 399 research and technology proposals from 277 American small businesses and 44 research institutions that will enable NASA’s future missions into deep space, and advancements in aviation and science, while also benefiting the U.S. economy. The awards have a total value of approximately $49.9 million. These include 13 projects tied to Stennis Space Center. The agency received 1,621 proposals in response ...

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Legislature drops key part of motion picture rebate package

By JACK WEATHERLY The bad news is that a key component in the Mississippi Motion Picture Incentive Program will fade to black after July 1. The good news is that the cash rebate on 25 percent of the salaries paid to nonresidents of Mississippi is the only part that was lost. Going into the current session of the Legislature, talk ...

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Mississippi Senate approves bill sending BP damages to coast

Mississippi senators want to create a new savings account channeling damage payments from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill to projects on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to approve Senate Bill 2634 , which would create an account to $750 million in receive economic damages that BP has agreed to pay to Mississippi over 17 years. The measure ...

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