Secretary of State’s Naughty List: Still no campaign finance reports from …

The Secretary of State’s office late Thursday published the names of all candidates for statewide or legislative offices who failed to file a campaign finance disclosure report. The reports were due at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The reports provide information to the public about from whom candidates are receiving funds, whether individuals or political action committees. The reports also help ensure that candidates are operating within campaign financing limits set by law. The statute provides a nine-day grace period following the January 31 filing deadline.

Coast areas get a billion-plus in rail grants

More than a billion dollars in grants are being awarded by the Federal Railroad Administration to re-establish passenger rail along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast. The City of Pascagoula received the largest amount — $659,000 — to restore it’s railroad station. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, the Louisville and Nashville Railroad Depot once served as a hub connecting Pascagoula to the rail line along the coast. The Mobile Register reported that three other cities will also benefit from the Federal Railroad Administration grants: Biloxi will get $252,000; Gulfport $190,000; and Bay St. Louis $55,000.