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Report: State's casinos recovering from recession

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Recovery from the recession began at the Mississippi Gulf Coast casinos in the spring of 2010 and likely will continue over several years, according to the newly-released State of the State annual report on Mississippi casinos. Presented by the Mississippi Casino Operators Association and compiled by economist Scott King, the report shows casino revenue fell by $500 ...

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The First acquires eight Whitney branches

HATTIESBURG — The First Bancshares Inc.’s subsidiary, The First, A National Banking Association, has acquired eight Whitney branches, seven on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and one in Bogalusa, La. Terms were not disclosed. The First now has 11 locations on the Coast from Pascagoula to Bay St. Louis and has expanded into neighboring Louisiana. President and CEO Hoppy Cole, a ...

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MDES needs workers for STEPS2 program

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Employment Security is seeking workers to take advantage of Mississippi Subsidized Transitional Employment Program and Services (STEPS2). STEPS2 subsidizes wages of new employees, helping businesses add workers. The four-month program pays 100 percent of new employees’ wages for the first 160 regular hours worked. That subsidy gradually decreases to 25 percent during the fourth ...

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State wraps up work on improving oyster reefs

GULF OF MEXICO — Oyster fishermen in Mississippi will be facing a tough season this year. Scott Gordon, who oversees the oyster industry for the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, said the agency is wrapping-up the most recent cultch planting on the oyster reefs south of Pass Christian. The process helps revive and restore the reefs by spreading limestone or ...

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Bounds: Loss of federal funding to impact universities

JACKSON — Mississippi’s commissioner of higher education says he expects a loss of federal funding to hurt the state’s eight public universities. Hank Bounds spoke yesterday to legislators who are starting to plan state spending for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Federal earmarks have been stopped and stimulus dollars are phasing out. Bounds said he’s also concerned about ...

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Cancer doctor petitions court for release from jail

SUMMIT — A Mississippi cancer doctor wants a federal appeals court to let her out of jail as she awaits trial on charges that her clinic diluted chemotherapy drugs and used old needles as part of a multi-million-dollar Medicaid and Medicare fraud scheme. Dr. Meera Sachdeva, the 50-year-old owner of Rose Cancer Clinic in Summit, has been jailed in the ...

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Health Department reports five new cases of West Nile virus

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Nine newly reported cases of West Nile virus bring the total in Mississippi this year to 33. Yesterday, the state Health Department says new cases were found in Forrest, Hinds, Jasper, Jones, Lincoln, Madison (three) and Rankin counties. So far this year, cases have been confirmed in Forrest (four), Hinds (five), Jones (four), Madison (five), Pearl River ...

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Sportsplex backers await vote on hotel tax

GREENVILLE — Supporters say the Delta Sportsplex will have a place everyone can play sports and help economic development. The Delta Democrat Times reports Britt Virden, vice president of the Sportsplex Foundation, says the plan is for 15 baseball fields, 26 soccer fields and three concession stands. It will cost about $20 million. Virden says the sportsplex also can be ...

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