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Read the December 5th issue of the MBJ online

In this week’s MBJ — FEDS INVESTIGATING FOX: Clay Chandler breaks the story of federal authorities looking into misuse of funds by CEO Karen Fox. This list of alleged items that money was spent on is shocking. Also in this week’s paper: >> E-MAIL GONE WILD: In connection with the Fox investigation, an e-mail was sent in relation to former ...

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Keeping the Christmas tree green

One of the reasons people choose artificial Christmas trees over live ones is upkeep. Dry, dead trees are messy and present a fire hazard, artificial tree proponents say. However, there are ways to keep a live tree green and safe throughout the holiday season. Here are a few tips from the Mississippi State University Extension Center: • Place trees in ...

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Christmas tree growers feel 'Grinch-ed' by tax stories

Mississippi’s Christmas tree growers are optimistic about this year’s sales season despite national reports of a new “tree tax” to fund promotional efforts. Growers now hope consumers visit their operations and see prices are generally the same as last year. “Here we are trying to self-promote our industry, and we get this,” said Michael May, owner of the Lazy Acres ...

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Majestic Star emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy

ROBINSONVILLE — Majestic Star Casino, which owns Fitzgeralds Casino Hotel in Robinsonville, has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. The Las Vegas company said it had eliminated more than $500 million in debt. The company is now owned by former lenders, with Minnesota-based Wayzata Investment Partners the largest shareholder. Fitzgeralds, one of nine casinos in Tunica County, had 666 employees ...

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Boardwalk completes purchase of gas storage assets

HATTIESBURG and PETAL — Boardwalk HP Storage Company, LLC, a Houston, Texas-based joint venture between Boardwalk Pipeline Partners and Boardwalk Pipelines Holding Corp. (BPHC), an affiliate of its general partner, has completed the previously announced acquisition of Petal Gas Storage, LLC, Hattiesburg Gas Storage Company and related entities from Enterprise Products Partners, LP. The joint venture funded the acquisition with ...

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Singing River EPA to distribute $1.5M to customers

PASCAGOULA — Singing River Electric Power Association will distribute $1.5 million in capital credits to customers who purchased power from 1953 to 1964. CEO Lee Hedegaard tells The Mississippi Press about 138,982 currently active and inactive accounts are eligible to receive a capital credit refund beginning in December. As an electric cooperative, Singing River is owned by those who use ...

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Residents protest against proposed Coast hotel

BILOXI — A developer wants to build a $12-million Fairfield Inn hotel next to the new Biloxi Visitors Center, but the people who live in the area said it doesn’t fit in their historic neighborhood. The Sun Herald reports the Biloxi Planning Commission yesterday tabled the request for a zoning change and variances until the project is brought to Biloxi’s ...

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Delta town finally gets gas after failing to pay bill

WINSONVILLE — People in a struggling Mississippi Delta town will soon have natural gas service after six months of heating bath water on electric stoves or cooking on hot plates because the town failed to pay its gas supplier for years. Utility crews are restoring service in Winstonville this week just as the first blast of wintry air is moving ...

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State's November revenue collections miss projection

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Gov. Haley Barbour issued the following statement on revenue collections in Mississippi last month: “The monthly report from the Department of Revenue shows that Mississippi’s November revenue collections are below the estimate by 1.5 percent, or almost $4.9 million less than anticipated. “Our national economy continues to be sluggish. The state’s economy is no different. Individual income ...

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UMMC, HMA mulling possible affiliation

JACKSON — The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) and Health Management Associates Inc., which owns 10 hospitals in Mississippi, are exploring a possible affiliation to expand health professions education in the state, enhance the delivery and quality of medical services and prepare both organizations for a changing national health-care landscape in the years ahead. Officials said the potential affiliation ...

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