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‘Fierce’ competition changing the face of Southern Gaming Summit

It’s time once again for the annual Southern Gaming Summit in Biloxi, but next week’s gathering of industry leaders from the Southern region and across the country is developing a different aura. “It’s changed over the years,” said Larry Gregory, executive director of the Mississippi Casino Operators Association. “While we want to showcase gaming in Mississippi, it’s no secret that ...

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Grisham sequel to 'A Time to Kill' to be published

NEW YORK — The defense attorney in John Grisham’s first novel, “A Time to Kill,” is returning to the courtroom. Grisham’s new book, “Sycamore Row,” will be published Oct. 22, the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group announced Wednesday. Like “A Time to Kill,” it will feature Jake Brigance as a lawyer in a small Mississippi town. Knopf Doubleday promises a trademark ...

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Shipbuilder wins contract to build sixth Coast Guard cutter

PASCAGOULA — The U.S. Coast Guard has awarded a $487-million, fixed-price-incentive-fee contract to Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division to build the sixth national security cutter, Munro (WMSL 755). “Our Coast Guard customer continues to be extremely pleased with the performance of the NSC, and this contract proves that,” said Jim French, Ingalls’ NSC program manager. NSCs, the flagships of ...

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City gets getting six-digit grants from MDOT for depot project

NATCHEZ — The city of Natchez’s plans to renovate the former railroad depot downtown have picked up a little steam. Mayor Butch Brown tells The Natchez Democrat the Mississippi Department of Transportation awarded the city $250,000 for the depot project and will award another $250,000 in the fall and $200,000-$250,000 next spring. The city is partnering with Alcorn State and ...

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SoS to watch absentee ballots after complaints

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Secretary of State’s Office will conduct a thorough review of absentee ballots cast in some cities in the upcoming municipal primary election. This review comes on the heels of several complaints from municipal clerks, elected officials and citizens regarding a high number of absentee ballots cast thus far in the primary. The Secretary of State’s Office ...

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PEER reviews wildlife programs, makes recommendations

JACKSON — Questions have arisen over the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks’ management of selected wild game in Mississippi (i.e., the waterfowl, turkey and deer management programs), according to the PEER Committee. Also, some citizens have questioned the expanded use of privately owned pens for deer management and whether the use of such is consistent with state law. ...

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Defense honors sheriff's office, automaker, pawn shop

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense operational committee, has selected three Mississippi employers as semifinalists for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the DoD’s highest honor for employers that provide extraordinary support to their Guard and Reserve employees. This year, 138 semifinalists stood out ...

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Solar power company inks letter with manufacturer

GULFPORT — Solar America Corp. has signed a letter of intent with L&G Energy Solutions, a commercial manufacturer of energy management devices including LED lighting and solar equipment. L&G Energy Solutions, based in Round Rock, Texas, is a clean tech company building products aimed at reducing energy consumption. According to the provisions of the LOI, L&G Energy Solutions will supply ...

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Three health care-related projects receive CONs

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health has issued certificates of need (CONs) for three projects. Universal Health System (d/b/a Parkwood Behavioral Health System) in Olive Branch has received a CON for the construction, renovation and addition of 20 acute adult psychiatric beds. These beds will be housed in new construction to be added to the hospital, totaling ...

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Items from suspect's karate studio test positive for ricin

TUPELO — When poison-laced letters were sent to President Barack Obama and two other officials, it didn’t take long to track down a suspect based on a phrase in one of the letters often used by a 45-year-old Elvis impersonator named Kevin Curtis: “I am KC and I approve this message.” Curtis was soon arrested at his house in north ...

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