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MDEQ director: Perception still a problem with oil spill

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The director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality says she's pleased with the response and clean-up of the oil on this week's one year anniversary of the BP oil spill. Trudy Fisher says the biggest challenge still remaining is perception. More>>

Cat Island clean-up crews making progress

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Clean-up crews contracted by BP are making progress clearing the tar balls and waste oil from Cat Island. The oil giant recently purchased a portion of the island from private owners. More>>

Mississippi barrier islands still recovering from spill

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Louis Skrmetta is hoping for a busy summer season for Ship Island Excursions. Opening day, the family ferry business took more than 500 visitors to the island. That's good news, since last year his business was down by about 60 percent because of the oil spill. More>>

A year after the spill, tourists trickle back to the Gulf Coast

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One year after the BP oil spill in the Gulf, tourism related businesses on the Mississippi Gulf Coast are still struggling to recover their losses. Most business owners are cautiously optimistic that things will be better this year, but they know nothing is certain. More>>

NOAA: All federal waters now open after oil spill

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Just one day before the one year anniversary of the Gulf oil spill, NOAA announced that the last area of federal waters has reopened to fishing. The last 1,041 square miles of Gulf waters immediately surrounding the Deepwater Horizon wellhead is now open to commercial and recreational fishing. More>>

Workers making progress on cleaning barrier islands

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Removing all the oil from Mississippi's barrier islands is a bit like chasing a moving target. As soon as one section of beach is cleaned, the dynamics of wind and waves take over, shifting sand to reveal new sections of tar balls and oil patties. More>>

Are stall tactics delaying BP payments?

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Many individuals and businesses along the Mississippi Gulf Coast continue to wait for final payments for costs and damages as a result of the BP oil spill. AJ Giardina spoke with a few individuals who say the Gulf Coast Claims Facility is using delay tactics in sending out checks. More>>

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  • Armed suspect shot by Harrison Co. deputy identified as teenage boy

    Armed suspect shot by Harrison Co. deputy identified as teenage boy

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 2:50 PM EST2017-11-22 19:50:22 GMT
    (Photo source: File)(Photo source: File)

    We now know the armed person shot and killed by a Harrison County deputy Monday night was a teenage boy. 

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    We now know the armed person shot and killed by a Harrison County deputy Monday night was a teenage boy. 

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  • $1M bond set for Hancock Co. murder suspects

    $1M bond set for Hancock Co. murder suspects

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 1:48 PM EST2017-11-22 18:48:15 GMT

    The father and son charged with killing Philip Whitaker are now each being held on a $1 million bond. Terry and Carl Smith made their initial appearance in court Wednesday.

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    The father and son charged with killing Philip Whitaker are now each being held on a $1 million bond. Terry and Carl Smith made their initial appearance in court Wednesday.

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  • Ingalls launches National Security Cutter Midgett

    Ingalls launches National Security Cutter Midgett

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 1:16 PM EST2017-11-22 18:16:58 GMT
    Ingalls Shipbuilding launched the National Security Cutter Midgett (WMSL 757) on Nov. 22. (Photo source: Lance Davis/HII)Ingalls Shipbuilding launched the National Security Cutter Midgett (WMSL 757) on Nov. 22. (Photo source: Lance Davis/HII)

    Workers at Ingalls Shipbuilding launched the National Security Cutter Midgett on Wednesday. It's the eighth NSC Ingalls has built for the U.S. Coast Guard, and is set to be christened Dec. 9.

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    Workers at Ingalls Shipbuilding launched the National Security Cutter Midgett on Wednesday. It's the eighth NSC Ingalls has built for the U.S. Coast Guard, and is set to be christened Dec. 9.

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