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Pentagon furloughs to cost Miss. over $50 million in payroll

The numbers are starting to come in on the cost of the $86 billion federal budget sequester that kicks in March 1. For starters, Mississippi stands to lose $50.4 million in civilian defense payroll this year. That loss is to come from the planned furloughs of 800,000 Department of Defense civilians workers as part of the approximate $ 5 billion ...

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Ranks of Bryant’s Medicaid holdout partners thins as Fla.’s Scott takes deal

The number of governors refusing to accept the federal offer of hundreds of millions of dollars for expanding Medicaid to their state’s working poor is dwindling, with Florida Gov. Rick Scott Wednesday joining Ohio’s Gov. John Kasich and Michigan’s Rick Snyder in accepting the offer. More than two dozen governors continue to hold out against federal Medicaid expansion efforts. However, ...

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Mississippi Gaming Commission OKs new casino application regulations

After making few adjustments, the Mississippi Gaming Commission gave unanimous approval Thursday to a change in application regulations, intended to make future state casinos more attractive to visitors. “The environment has changed,” John Hairston, chairman of the Mississippi Gaming Commission, said at Thursday’s monthly meeting. “And we’re responding to that change.” Continued growth of gambling in other states has been ...

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Commission approves new rules for casino construction

JACKSON — Mississippi Gaming Commission has approved a new rule that would require new casinos to be sturdier and with larger gambling space larger and restaurants and hotels. The new regulations approved today would raise the required number of hotel rooms from 250 to 300 and hotel quality to a three-diamond. New casino resorts would have to have a 40,000-square-foot ...

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Welcome Center's reopening delayed as repairs continue

PIKE COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) reports that the reopening of the I-55 Welcome Center in Pike County has been delayed. Last week, the facility was closed due to plumbing problems. The center was scheduled to reopen Feb. 16, but due to the extent of the plumbing repairs did not open as planned. At this time, MDOT ...

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Senators push for end to Russian ban on U.S. meat

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking member of the committee, is urging U.S. trade representative Ron Kirk to quickly address Russia’s new import ban on U.S. beef, poultry and turkey. According to release from Stabenow, the ban would cost the U.S. economy ...

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Mayor arrested on federal bribery charges, no details released

VICKSBURG — Mayor Paul Winfield has been arrested on federal bribery charges. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden says Winfield was arrested in Vicksburg by federal agents. No details of Winfield’s arrest have been released. The 39-yar-old Winfield is being held in the Madison County Detention Center in Canton. No initial court appearance has been announced. He is completing his first term ...

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Alabama, Florida banks vote to merge with Community

BILOXI — The boards of directors of Community Bank, National Association, based in Alabama and the recently acquired Community Bank, Destin, Fla., have voted to merge with Community Bank, Coast, headquartered in Biloxi. Terms were not disclosed. According to Community Bank, the merger creates a $588-million bank consisting of 15 offices of Community Bank from Gulfport to Panama City Beach, ...

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City faces retroactive fines for Clean Water Act violations

STARKVILLE — The city of Starkville faces retroactive fines due to past overflow incidents involving its sanitary sewage system. The Commercial Dispatch reports public works director Doug Devlin did not have a fine estimate for aldermen, but did say a scheduled March conference call with Environmental Protection Agency regulators could shed light on the penalties associated with the Clean Water ...

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City officials offer tax breaks to two companies

SOUTHAVEN — Southaven has approved 10-year tax exemptions for two companies that will bring jobs to the city. The Commercial Appeal reports EXCEL and Creedence Holdings, doing business in the city as West Coast Novelty, received unanimous approval from the seven-member Board of Aldermen. Mayor Greg Davis said EXCEL would bring 127 jobs to the city and an estimated annual ...

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