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Hay and forage producers hoping for blue skies

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — As pastures transition from cool-season to warm-season grasses, the state’s hay and forage producers hope for sunny days that are better suited to growing and harvesting quality crops. “We’re finishing up with our cool season forages, which are annual ryegrass, wheat and oats with some clovers mixed in,” said Mark Mowdy, an area agent with the Mississippi ...

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Deadline approaching for Hurricane Isaac assistance

SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes that June 3 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans available in Clarke, George, Greene, Jackson,Lauderdale and Wayne counties as a result of Hurricane Isaac. Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to ...

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State leaders ask Washington for more offshore drilling

GULF OF MEXICO — Six coastal governors have called on Washington to open up more waters to offshore drilling and to make permitting a quicker, more efficient process. The governors of Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi and Alaska spoke Monday at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston. Officials from Louisiana and Virginia also spoke. They say a federal ...

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Employment agency agrees to pay workers for overtime

LAFAYETTE, La.  — An industrial services employment agency has agreed to pay nearly $2 million in back wages to more than 2,000 employees following a U.S. Labor Department investigation. The Labor Department said Lafayette, La.-based Hutco Inc. employees in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas were denied overtime compensation as a result of the company’s improper payment and record-keeping practices. The department ...

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Coast casinos adding rooms, restaurants, venues

There’s a 150-room hotel tower sprouting at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The Isle of Capri is undergoing a major transformation before it becomes the Golden Nugget Biloxi later this year. The Palace Casino in Bilxoi is renovating 236 rooms, and Island View Casino in Gulfport has a new entertainment venue. And there may be more on the way ...

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Casino survey reveals national, Mississippi data

The American Gaming Association has compiled its annual “State of the States” report and survey, which shows that gaming nationally continues to grow and is almost back to its 2007 pace. And while Mississippi is struggling a bit in the face of increased competition, the state continues to be a major player in the industry. Twenty-three states now offer gaming, ...

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Report: BancorpSouth offering early retirements

Arkansas Business is reporting today that Tupelo-based regional banking company BancorpSouth Inc. is asking for voluntary early retirements for some of its workers. The article says the Tupelo-based financial holding company and parent of BancorpSouth Bank is making the offers to those 60 and over and with 10 consecutive years of experience with the company. Arkansas Business also quoted a ...

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Casino survey reveals national, Mississippi data

The U.S. commercial casino industry realized its second-largest year in gross gaming revenues ever in 2012, according to a economic impact study released today by the American Gaming Association. The annual State of the States: The AGA Survey of Casino Entertainment shows an industry that has now seen three consecutive years of escalating growth — reaching its highest levels of ...

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Neel-Schaffer ranks 197 on ENR Top 500 design firms

Neel-Schaffer, Inc, a consulting engineering and planning company, earned the ranking of 197 in the 2013 Top 500 Design Firms in the country by Engineering News-Record (ENR). “As we celebrate our 30th year of operation, our employees’ commitment to client service continues to be the driving force of the ranking of Neel-Schaffer,” Hibbett Neel, President, Neel-Schaffer said in a released ...

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