Hancock County School Bond, great news for Ingalls...

Voters in Hancock County passed the $16-million School Bond by 85% yesterday, with 975 residents casting their vote. The measure does NOT include a tax increase.

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The state lottery could run into problems even before it begins. That's what Attorney General Jim Hood is worried about. He says a new legal opinion from the Justice Department could jeopardize the lottery in Mississippi and our participation in multi-state games like Powerball and Mega Millions. Hood says there's concern that interstate transmission of bets and wagers might become subject to federal law interfering with a state's ability to operate a lottery.

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Ingalls has received a $1.47 billion contract from the U.S. Navy for the detail design and construction of the amphibious transport dock LPD 30. The ship will be the 14th in the San Antonio class and the first Flight II LPD. Like the first 13 ships in the class, will be used to accomplish a full range of military operations—from major combat to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. The ship’s versatility—from its well deck, flight deck and hospital facilities to its self-defense and survivability features—provides a viable platform for America’s global defense needs.

Ingalls has delivered 11 San Antonio-class ships to the Navy and has two more under construction.

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A Biloxi man linked to a 400-million-dollar scheme to defraud TRICARE and other health care benefit providers is headed to prison. A federal judge in Hattiesburg yesterday sentenced Jay Schaar, a former pharmaceutical sales rep, to 27-months in prison and ordered him to pay two-point-two-million-dollars in restitution. Another man, Glenn Doyle Beach Junior, pleaded guilty to two counts of a 16-count indictment and will be sentenced in July. He owned and managed Advantage Pharmacy that was at the center of the scheme that involved the writing of bogus prescriptions, many of them for expensive compounded medications.

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