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Developers finally get nod from Gaming Commission

GULFPORT — Gulfport casino developers have finally made their casino big enough to win Mississippi Gaming Commission approval. The commission voted 3-0 to approve Rotate Black MS to begin construction on what would be a $112 million project. It would overlook the city of Gulfport’s small craft harbor, and the city has been eager for the project to go ahead ...

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Storm-tossed Isle reopens after damage repairs

NATCHEZ — The Isle of Capri Casino in Natchez is back in business after being temporarily closed to repair damage from a weekend storm. Isle spokeswoman Jill Alexander says the damage was sustained last Friday night during a severe thunderstorm. The casino reopened Tuesday night. Alexander says the boat was hit with high wind, causing damage to the entry ramps ...

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Agritourism Sign Program launches at Mitchell Farms

COLLINS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) yesterday introduced a new Agritourism Sign Program at Mitchell Farms in Collins. The Agritourism Sign Program is a result of joint efforts between MDAC and the Mississippi Development Authority to introduce members of the Mississippi Agritourism Association to various resources available to their ...

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Errors, miscalculation lead to $1.5M budget shortfall

GAUTIER — After learning this week that Gautier will face a significant shortfall over the next several months, city leaders say tax increases will not be part of the solution. Interim city clerk Teresa Montgomery projected that the city can go into fiscal year 2013 with $493,200 in the general fund if money is transferred from other funds. But she ...

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Johnsonville recalls sausage; may contain pieces of glove

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Sheboygan Falls, Wis.-based Johnsonville Sausage is recalling some packages of turkey sausage with cheddar cheese because the product may include pieces of glove. The company is recalling select 13.5-ounce vacuum packages of Johnsonville “Turkey Sausage with Cheddar Cheese” with a “Best By” date of Aug. 20, 2012, and the establishment number “EST. P-34224.” Nearly 49,000 pounds of ...

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Sen. Burton will head new energy committee; Polk to lead education panel

Mississippi state Sen. Terry Burton has been picked to chair the newly created Senate Energy Committee and Sen. John Polk has been chosen to lead the Universities and Colleges Committee, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Thursday after making the appointments. Burton, R-Newton, will lead the 15-member Energy Committee, which oversees legislation related to the oil and gas industry, public utilities ...

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Jackson Hilton’s new owners get $16 million loan on hotel

August Group Ventures has received a $16 million loan to complete its acquisition of Jackson’s Hilton Hotel at 1001 County Line Road. August Ventures is taking over the 276-room hotel as part of its April acquisition of the hotel’s previous owners, Lane Hotels. The hotel will remain a Hilton, according to Adam Robinson, loan officer for American Real Estate Capital, ...

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Ratepayers watching closely as TV board meets to craft budget

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — Electricity rates for Tennessee Valley Authority customers in seven states are on the agenda for the utility’s board of directors. The board meets today in Knoxville and will vote on the budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. Part of the financial plan will be deciding whether to raise or lower the price that wholesale ...

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Court upholds sentences of Minor, Teel, Whitfield

NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court has upheld the sentences of a once-successful attorney and two former judges in a Mississippi corruption case. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans affirmed the sentences of former lawyer Paul Minor and former judges Wes Teel and John Whitfield in a decision released yesterday. Prosecutors say Minor backed loans ...

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Coast company getting piece of $58.5M Defense contract

LONG BEACH — A Mississippi company is getting a chunk of a $58.5 million contract to design, build and demonstrate a prototype unmanned trimaran for anti-submarine warfare. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded the contract yesterday to Science Applications International Corp. of McLean, Va. According to a news release from the Pentagon, the work is being divided among 13 ...

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