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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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Another Mississippi city lowers Confederate-themed flag

A city that relies heavily on tourism is joining several other local governments in abandoning the Mississippi flag because it contains the Confederate battle emblem. Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gillich has ordered the state flag pulled from display at all municipal buildings. City spokesman Vincent Creel said Monday that Gillich believes removing the flag will help the city’s 5.7 million ...

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Guice, Biloxi mayor during Hurricane Camille, dies at 92

Former Biloxi mayor Daniel “Danny” Guice Sr., who led the city during the devastation of Hurricane Camille in 1969, has died at age 92. Danny Guice Jr. says his father died Thursday at home. The elder Guice was a state legislator before serving three terms as mayor, from 1961 to 1973. He was later a county court judge. Guice served ...

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$87 million each for lead firms in 2010 oil spill litigation

NEW ORLEANS — A committee of attorneys involved in litigation arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has made its recommendation for dividing some $700 million in fees among 122 law firms involved in years of complex legal work. Two Louisiana law firms involved in the litigation from its early days each will get roughly $87.8 million if ...

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Ethics group: Diamondhead council improperly closed meeting

The Mississippi Ethics Commission says local officials on the Gulf Coast improperly held a closed-door meeting with the state auditor earlier this year. In a preliminary ruling the commission issued Friday, a hearing officer found the Diamondhead City Council “violated” the Open Meetings Act when four of five council members met Jan. 31 with Auditor Stacey Pickering. The ruling said ...

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New accelerated pharmacy school planned at William Carey

By BECKY GILLETTE A groundbreaking is planned soon for a school of pharmacy at William Carey University Tradition campus, which will bring pharmacy education closer to residents of South Mississippi while helping meet a shortage of pharmacists in rural areas of the region. Dr. Michael Malloy, who has been named dean of the new pharmacy school, said the closest pharmacy ...

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Wind Creek Hospitality to build a casino in D’Iberville

Wind Creek Hospitality, the casino division of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, has acquired more land and has a preliminary drawing for a casino in D’Iberville. The Sun Herald reports the company bought the Royal D’Iberville land west of Interstate 110 and has since then expanded into Back Bay. The company acquired land adjacent to the Royal D’Iberville land ...

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Newest Navy destroyer to be christened at Pascagoula

PASCAGOULA — The Navy’s newest guided missile destroyer will be christened in a weekend ceremony at the Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard at Pascagoula. A news release from Huntington Ingalls says Saturday’s christening will be attended by the man for whom the ship is named: 96-year-old Paul Ignatius. According to biographical information from Huntington Ingalls, Ignatius held key military leadership positions ...

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Split results for stocks on Syria strike and weak jobs gains

Following a somewhat disappointing jobs report and U.S. missile strikes against Syria, stocks aren’t much changed Friday as investors buy gold and high-dividend stocks and sell banks and other assets. Defense contractors are making substantial gains and the price of oil is rising. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 held steady at 2,356 at noon Eastern time. The Dow ...

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HealthSouth Corporation and Memorial Hospital at Gulfport launch joint venture

HealthSouth Corporation (NYSE:  HLS) and Memorial Hospital at Gulfport recently began joint operations of a 33-bed physical rehabilitation hospital at Memorial Hospital at Gulfport.  The hospital was previously operated by Memorial Hospital at Gulfport as a unit within its acute care hospital. The inpatient rehabilitation hospital will remain in its current location at 4500 13th St. in Gulfport. There will be no interruption to care provided to patients. ...

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