fire pumpersD’IBERVILLE, Miss. (AP) – D’Iberville was able to buy two new fire pumpers this year, thanks in part to revenue generated by the new Scarlet Pearl Casino. The Sun Herald reports Fire Chief Gerald Smith donated Thursday one of the trucks being replaced to the Diamondhead Fire Department. Diamondhead Fire Chief Jerry Dubuisson the city has had to borrow a truck from other cities for its 15-person, two station department.

CLINTON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi College plans to renovate its main on-campus arena this summer. The Baptist college says it will spend $2.7 million to repair the domed A.E. Wood Coliseum. The school plans to fix damage from a 2013 hail storm that knocked loose insulation, re-caulk the roof, plus upgrade lighting.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) – An organization of veterinarians who work with animal reproductive biology has given its highest honor to a professor at Mississippi State University. The American College of Theriogenologists (THEHR-ee-oh-jen-AH-luh-jists) has named Richard Hopper its “Theriogenologist of the Year” for 2016. Hopper came to Mississippi State in 1993 after operating his own private veterinary practice for 15 years in Oneonta, Alabama.

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi officials say restoration and conservation projects that will use $34 million from the BP settlement money have begun on the Coast or will soon start. The Sun Herald reports officials with the state departments of Environmental Quality and Marine Resources, at their annual State of the Coast meeting, announced the money has been allocated for a wide range of projects from Hancock County to Pascagoula.

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