Latest Biloxi News

Biloxi backlash after city tries to relabel Esters Boulevard

Jan. 16, 2022 00:15 AM EST

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — The signs that triggered outrage in Biloxi’s Ward 2 last week looked ordinary enough. In blue font on a white background, they announced that the Biloxi Planning Commission would hold a public hearing on “street name change from Esters Blvd. North to...

Sea turtle swims wild after long rehab at 2 aquariums

Jan. 15, 2022 10:23 AM EST

GULFPORT, Miss (AP) — An endangered sea turtle is back in the ocean after more than a year of rehabilitation at aquariums in Boston and Mississippi. The Mississippi Aquarium released the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle named Typhoon on Thursday into the Mississippi Sound at Biloxi. ...

Mardi Gras rolling on Mississippi coast despite virus surge

Jan. 10, 2022 09:56 AM EST

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Plans are moving ahead to hold Mardi Gras parties and parades on the Mississippi coast despite a surge in COVID-19 cases linked to the highly contagious omicron variant. Large gatherings are the surest way to transmit the illness, health officials say, so the...

Upscale Mississippi Coast restaurant hosts drag brunch

Jan. 08, 2022 00:20 AM EST

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — It was an hour into brunch at the White Pillars restaurant in Biloxi when Lexis Redd D’Ville lifted a thigh-high white stiletto boot and stepped onto a solid oak dining table. Around the room, 100 people waved $1 bills in her direction. The dining table on...

Parents face upgraded charges in toddler's death

Jan. 07, 2022 14:48 PM EST

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Charges have been upgraded against the parents of a 2-year-old who died last month at a Mississippi hospital, authorities said. Joseph David Heard, 38, and Hailey Leann Heard, 21, of Biloxi, the child's stepfather and mother, were arrested Wednesday on felony...

Mississippi hires new forensics laboratory director

Jan. 05, 2022 17:09 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Forensics Laboratory has hired a new director. Mary Dukes, who has worked in the private sector and at crime labs in Louisiana, will now join Mississippi's crime lab. Dukes is taking over for the state’s previous forensics lab director, Sam...

Travis Lunn named new president of Atlantic City's Borgata

Jan. 05, 2022 11:44 AM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Travis Lunn, a veteran casino executive, was named Wednesday as the new president of Atlantic City's Borgata casino. He most recently served as the southeast group president and chief operating officer for MGM Resorts, where he led Beau Rivage Resort...

Mississippi projects aim at improving oyster reefs

Dec. 27, 2021 16:59 PM EST

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A test project to raise tiny baby oysters on shells to add to oyster reefs has succeeded beyond expectations, says the head of Mississippi’s Department of Marine Resources. The department obtained 98 million oyster larvae from the University of Southern...

Spanish-speaking Santa greets Mississippi immigrant children

Dec. 21, 2021 11:40 AM EST

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Employees of a Mississippi shipyard donated gifts for immigrant children who got to visit with Spanish-speaking Santa Claus. WLOX-TV reports the jolly old elf recently appeared at the Biloxi office of El Pueblo, a nonprofit organization that provides low-cost...

Mississippi coast man pleads guilty to triple homicide

Dec. 16, 2021 14:49 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi coast man has pleaded guilty to shooting and killing three people during a robbery in the Jackson metro area in 2016. Joshua Michael Garcia, 42, of Biloxi, faces a maximum penalty of life in prison for discharging a firearm that led to the deaths...