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Rain, cold cause crop plantings to lag far behind

Weather weirdness has become the new normal for Mississippi farmers this spring as they watch for forecasts of warm, dry days they would routinely expect in most years. Even before temperatures in the low 40s or even lower combined with the near daily rainfall, planting averages were falling far below last year’s levels and levels based on 5-year averages. U.S. ...

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Casinos on the watch for thieves, cheats and scams

BILOXI, Mississippi – The side of a casino operation familiar to most people is the one that aims to keep customers playing, entertained and well fed. On the other, less visible side is a full out effort to protect the casino’s bottom line by catching cheaters and fighting against fraud. Panelists at the Southern Gaming Summit session entitled “Thieves, cheats ...

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BOOK BIZ: Intrigue, code breaking, mystery at No. 10 Downing Street

Mr. Churchill’s Secretary is a work of fiction, but there are enough historical figures and facts to make it authentic. It’s a blend of fact and fiction. The author researched many sources, including journals and other accounts written by real people who worked on Winston Churchill’s staff during the turbulent days of World War II. This book is Susan MacNeal’s ...

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Casinos on the watch for thieves, cheats and scams

BILOXI, Mississippi – The side of a casino operation familiar to most people is the one that aims to keep customers playing, entertained and well fed. On the other, less visible side is a full out effort to protect the casino’s bottom line by catching cheaters and fighting against fraud. Panelists at the Southern Gaming Summit session entitled “Thieves, cheats ...

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Federal White Paper sets stage for payday lending deposit curbs

Mississippi Department of Banking & Finance expects cooling off period, caps on number of loans An analysis of payday lending by the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau may be a prelude to establishing a “cooling off” period between loans taken out by chronic borrowers. The move could have a huge impact in Mississippi, where approximately 1,000 payday lending outlets do ...

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Port of Pascagoula’s wood pellet facility gets final funding piece

The Port of Pascagoula has gotten the last funding piece in place for its wood pellet facility. The $196 million bond bill approved during the legislative session that ended in April includes $10 million that will round out the money needed for the $30 million project. The facility will be built along two terminals on the port’s Bayou Casotte. Port ...

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Communities with closing centers scramble to fill void

Come July, four Mississippi communities will lose almost $18 million in free labor. The Mississippi Department of Corrections announced in late April that it was closing four of its community work centers – in Yazoo City, Cleveland, Lucedale and Fayette – to cut costs. Corrections commissioner Chris Epps said the closures would save his agency $2.3 million. The centers will ...

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Full Spectrum scales back to focus on Old Capitol Green ‘one block at a time’

Developer sets sights on 2.74-acre retail-and-residential project just south of Pascagoula Street A once far-reaching plan to redevelop nine city blocks below Mississippi’s Old Capitol has been scaled back to a single mixed-use building on 2.74 acres just south of Pascagoula Street. Branded by developer Full Spectrum South as 1822 Square at Old Capitol Green to commemorate the founding of ...

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Social media marketing allows casinos to give – and take

BILOXI, Mississippi — You can be sure the casino industry knows a good bet when it sees one. And perhaps the most valuable tool to help revive a sluggish gaming industry in Mississippi is marketing through social media. “We look at social media, and there are a lot of different ways to approach it,” Brian Best, corporate president of e-commerce ...

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