Today marks the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

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Lt. Gov. Reeves briefed on gulf crisis during Gulfport visit

Lt. Gov. Reeves briefed on gulf crisis during Gulfport visit

Trillions of gallons of freshwater from the Mississippi River are pouring into the Mississippi Sound.

Oyster reefs have been all but destroyed, salinity levels are near zero, meaning the seafood industry and commercial fishing are being impacted, and, of course, 125 dolphins and more than 145 sea turtles have died.

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, on the campaign trail for governor, arrived at The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies Wednesday for a briefing from Coast officials and scientists.



“The fact of the matter is there are challenges to be creative. We have to be prepared to deal with it long term. It’s not just to deal with it in this particular year. We have to work long term to find solutions that protect our gulf,” Reeves said.

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State Auditor issues demand letters to former Pascagoula City Manager and Comptroller

See the source imageIn December 2014 and again in June 2017, the City of Pascagoula entered bond agreements totaling over $27 million. The bond proceeds should have been deposited into a bank account separate from the general fund account to ensure adherence to bond terms, which mandated the bond revenue be spent on infrastructure and other specific projects in the city.

After receiving a complaint, audit investigators determined Parker and Huffman knowingly and improperly transferred bond proceeds into the City’s general fund account. This practice caused the city to forego over $31,500 in interest revenue which would have accrued in the appropriate account. It also created the illusion of a budget surplus. While payments for bond debt were made in a timely fashion, and no money was stolen from the City of Pascagoula, mixing bond money into the general fund account is improper.

“The taxpayers of Pascagoula should know that $14 million is not missing from their bank account, but millions in bond money was spent on general operations in 2014 and 2017,” said White.

“These laws about bond money exist for an important reason. They exist to make sure policymakers don’t tell the public they are taking on a bond debt for one purpose but then actually spend the money on something else. They exist to avoid confusion about how much a city or county actually has to spend on general expenditures, like salaries and administration. The law about spending bond money was not followed in this case, creating a lot of turmoil in Pascagoula.”

District Attorney for the 19th District Angel Myers McIlrath said, “The State Auditor’s Office conducted a thorough investigation into the City of Pascagoula’s finances, as a result of concerns brought to them and my office by Mayor Maxwell.



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Congressman Palazzo issues release on concerns of impacts on MS Sound

Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4) sent a letter to Major General Richard G. Kaiser, President of the Mississippi River Commission (MRC) and Commander of the Mississippi Valley Division for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), expressing his concerns about the devastating impacts on Mississippi’s coastal ecosystems caused by the re-opening of the Bonnet Carré Spillway (BCS).

“My constituents in south Mississippi are facing the realities of the spillway’s opening for a second time this year. The discharge of freshwater into the Mississippi Sound is proving to be fatal for our marine life, having already killed more dolphins than the BP oil spill,” Palazzo said. 

“The livelihood of south Mississippi depends on our coastal ecosystems, which is why I am calling for the state of Mississippi to be granted a permanent position on the MRC to represent the interests of our fishery and tourism communities that support our local economy. I am also asking for an immediate study of the impact on Mississippi’s marine ecosystems to be conducted, and request that the USACE clearly communicate their mitigation plan to protect our ecological systems,” Palazzo continued.

“The damage caused by the spillway’s openings could be irreversible and I am committed to mitigating as much of this catastrophe as possible. My office will continue working with the USACE, the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, and the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) moving forward. We will not stand idly by as our way of life deteriorates in front of us,” Palazzo concluded.

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