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Isle of Capri celebrating 20th anniversary of riverboat gaming

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Isle of Capri is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary and its pioneering U.S. riverboat gambling operations. When the Diamond Lady left Bettendorf, Iowa, April 1, 1991, as the first riverboat casino to set sail in the nation, Bill Gustafson embarked on a journey of his own that he would begin as a security supervisor. Today, four ...

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Entergy Mississippi touts DOE rate report

JACKSON — A recently completed analysis of 2010 electricity prices for 160 operating companies shows that Entergy Mississippi Inc.’s residential electric rate for 2010 was the lowest in the South and was 28 percent below the U.S. average, the utility reports. That is according to rate information from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, an arm of the Department of Energy. ...

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Presley to ask utilities for small business-friendly plan

JACKSON — Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced that he plans to ask the major corporate utilities in Mississippi to submit their ideas to the Public Service Commission to create incentives to help small business owners to open, expand and create jobs. Presley will hold a conference call tomorrow with representatives of the five major electric and natural ...

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MSU receives FAA approval for Stark Aerospace flights

COLUMBUS — The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a Certificate of Authorization (COA) to Mississippi State University for Stark Aerospace to fly the Heron Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) from Golden Triangle Regional Airport (GTRA). A COA is a waiver issued by the FAA to allow limited UAS flight in National Air Space. MSU is the public sponsor of the COA, ...

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Coast Guard finally removes barge from river bridge

VICKSBURG — A damaged barge has been removed from the Interstate 20 bridge on the Mississippi River. The wayward barge crashed into a bridge support March 23. The United States Coast Guard had tried several methods to remove it, but all had been unsuccessful before yesterday. It was finally removed with cranes and chains that pulled the barge away from ...

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Man gets jail time for fraudulent oil spill claims

PORT GIBSON — Authorities say a Mississippi man has been sentenced to 13 months in federal prison for making $90,000 in fraudulent claims after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The U.S. attorney’s office in Jackson says 39-year-old Dennis L. Moore of Port Gibson was sentenced yesterday. He pleaded guilty Jan. 21 to mail fraud for defrauding BP PLC ...

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Bounds gives new timeline for MUW president search

COLUMBUS — Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Hank M. Bounds has released the updated timeline for the presidential search for the Mississippi University for Women. “The Board of Trustees is currently calling for nominations for members of the Campus Search Advisory Committee,” said Bounds. “Representatives from all stakeholder groups, including students, alumni, faculty, staff and the community are needed on ...

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RealtyTrac: State's foreclosures fell during first quarter

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The number of Mississippi homeowners ensnarled in foreclosure dropped during the first quarter of 2011, although lenders still seized 594 properties, a national foreclosure tracking firm said today. For January-through-March, 1,083 properties in the state were hit by some kind of foreclosure-related action, ranging from an initial default notice to outright repossession, Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac said. Those ...

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