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Golden Nugget coming to Biloxi with conversion of Isle Casino

Golden Nugget Casinos is expanding to include what will be The Golden Nugget Biloxi, complete with enhancements to the existing 720-room hotel and new amenities. The expansion is coming via the acquisition of the Isle Casino Hotel in Biloxi, said Tilman J. Fertitta, chairman, CEO & owner of Landry’s Inc. Fertitta’s gaming companies include Golden Nugget Casinos in Las Vegas, ...

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AP analysis shows schools' reserves, impact of proposed cuts

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Gov. Phil Bryant wants to cut funding to local public schools in grades kindergarten through 12 by 3.7 percent, an amount equal to almost $150 per student. He wants the districts to make up the reductions by tapping their reserve savings. The state’s 152 districts had more than $450 million in the bank on Dec. 31. But ...

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SoS review shows state owns nearly 400,000 acres of land

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — As state land commissioner, the Secretary of State’s Office recently reviewed all deeds and records of land owned by State agencies. “When I first took office, no one could tell me exactly how much land the State of Mississippi owned,” said Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “The initial findings of our inventory of state-owned lands indicate that ...

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Leaders go to Washington for White House business briefing

JACKSON — More than 25 Jackson business leaders, including Mayor Harvey Johnson, former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove and State Sen. John Horhn, traveled to Washington, D.C., late last week to participate in a White House business leader briefing. Leaders from the Jackson business community provided feedback to Obama Administration officials on ways to work together to support economic competitiveness, job creation, ...

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Group wants legislation requiring midwife certification

JACKSON — A Mississippi group is seeking legislation to require certification for midwives, but the state Medical Association opposes the bills. The Mississippi Friends of Midwives says lack of certification standards is dangerous for mothers and children. More women are giving birth at home and the group argues that standards of qualification would increase the likelihood of safe births. The ...

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Voter ID will not be required during March 13 elections

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says Mississippi voters won’t have to show identification to cast ballots in the March 13 presidential and congressional primaries. That’s because the state has not yet sought federal approval for a voter ID state constitutional amendment that voters approved this past November. The U.S. Justice Department must approve any changes to voting ...

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Alabama says immigration reform costly; Mississippi calls it a moneymaker

Alabama’s immigration ID law will cost the state 70,000 to 140,000 direct and indirect jobs annually and could put a dent of $2.3 billion to $10.8 billion in the state’s GDP. So says a report issued Jan. 30 by the University of Alabama’s Center for Business and Economic Research. Mississippi’s is making a far different calculation. Gov. Phil Bryant said ...

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Hancock, Whitney to make operational conversion official March 16

The combined Hancock and Whitney banks will mark an operational milestone March 16, when Gulfport-based Hancock Holding Co. begins changing all Hancock Bank signs in Louisiana and Texas into Whitney Bank signs and Whitney signs in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida into Hancock signs. The two former regional banking competitors, which completed their merger in June, will convert to a uniform ...

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WILLOUGHBY: C Spire's Hankins adapts style to business

Leadership theories tend to come and go like fads. However, one of the most enduring leadership concepts has been situational leadership. The Situational Leadership Theory was created in 1969 by Dr. Paul Hersey, the author of “The Situational Leader” and Ken Blanchard, the author of the international best seller “The One Minute Manager.” The theory was first published in Management ...

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