It's WLOX News Director Brad Kessie.
I'll start today's newsletter with this traffic update. I just checked the MDOT camera @ I-10 and Cowan Lorraine Road. The eastbound lanes still look like a parking lot. We're told 10 cars may have been involved in three separate accidents. And that's created quite a traffic jam between Cowan and Highway 49.
If you go to WLOX.com, you'll read the story that's picked up the most clicks today. It's about a $75 million lawsuit that claims workers at the IP Casino let a man drink himself to death. The casino can't comment on the pending litigation. Click here to read about the suit.
We heard from Governor Bryant today about the Port of Gulfport. The governor sounded somewhat frustrated that the port expansion project is suddenly caught in the middle of another controversy. "I think one of the problems everyone has is my sense of urgency. I think it should be done sooner. And I won't take excuses," Gov. Bryant said. You'll hear excerpts of his interview on WLOX News at 6:00.
Port commissioners held a workshop today, and the port of the future project was the focal point of that meeting. Commissioners steadfastly support the port management team that's overseeing the $600 million expansion. Yet, lawmakers who attended the meeting say they're disappointed with what they're hearing. Steve Phillips has that story on WLOX News at 6:00.
Here's some breaking news. We just received an email from Huntington Ingalls Industries. The U.S. Navy today awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries a $1.5 billion fixed-price incentive contract for the detail design and construction of the amphibious transport dock LPD 27. The ship will be built at the company's Ingalls Shipbuilding division.
Ingalls is about to christen LPD 25. That ship is over at the Avondale yard near New Orleans. It was supposed to be an emotional day over there. Family members of United 93 were there to see the Navy ship named for their loved ones. The Somerset honors the men and women on the plane that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania on 9/11.
Just as today's media day was starting, the weather turned nasty, and the media portion of the weekend christening had to be postponed. Nevertheless, Danielle Thomas had a chance to talk with several United 93 family members. You'll hear just how meaningful Saturday's christening really is on WLOX News at 6:00.