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Casino revenue up, but gaming along river remains depressed

It has been an easy year so far for the state’s casinos, but there is finally some good news, at least for venues on the Coast. Mississippi Department of Revenue figures show casinos took in about $179.1 million in August, compared to about $178.4 million a year ago, according to The Associated Press. The 12 casinos in coastal counties won ...

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New farmer's market opening delayed by bad weather

The popularity of farmer’s markets continues to grow, though some residents in North Mississippi are having to wait just a little longer to purchase fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. The Frisco Homegrown Market will open tomorrow night at Frisco Park in Amory. It was scheduled to kick off this past weekend but was delayed by the heavy rains that ...

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Yokohama Tire breaks ground for new East Miss. plant

WEST POINT — Yokohama Tire Corporation has broken ground for a manufacturing facility in Mississippi. Gov. Phil Bryant, company executives and others gathered for the ground breaking ceremony today in West Point, where the company will manufacture commercial truck tires. A news release from the governor’s office says the first phase of the project represents a $300 million investment by ...

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Airport gets funding for improvements to handle larger aircraft

COLUMBUS — Golden Triangle Regional Airport has obtained $3.4 million in grants to pay for upgrades to the airport’s runway and taxiway and widening of the exits and entrances from the runway to the taxiway. Airport executive director Mike Hainsey told WTVA the work should allow the airport to handle larger aircraft with greater safety. “We might be able to ...

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MDEQ issues water contact advisory on Coast beach

LONG BEACH — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has issued a water contact advisory for a sampling station in Harrison County. This segment of beach is not closed; however, there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in this area. The stretch of beach is at Station 7A in Long ...

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Hog farmers continue to see obstacles, but market improving

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Swine producers are discovering the only constant in their industry is change. John Michael Riley, agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said a variety of challenges have kept the state’s swine producers adjusting their strategies to avoid financial losses in recent decades. Just when producers adjust to overcome one hurdle, another one develops to ...

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Zoo loses accreditation; location keeping visitors away

Mississippi no longer has a fully-accredited zoo. The national Association of Zoos & Aquariums has pulled its accreditation the Jackson Zoo, which keeps 773 animals on 30 acres next to Livingston Park in west Jackson, though it will keep provisional accreditation during an appeal process that ends in March, according to The Clarion-Ledger. Financial instability due to a lack of ...

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Hospital to look for buyer with 'stalking horse' bid

NATCHEZ — Natchez Regional Medical Center will seek a “stalking horse” bid in which a potential buyer makes an initial offer to set the floor for an auction. Hospital officials tell The Natchez Democrat that three health care providers have agreed to participate. “We are hopeful that within a matter of weeks we will have identified a stalking horse,” said ...

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FWS wants new national wildlife refuge on Ross Barnett

JACKSON — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed a new national wildlife refuge at the Ross Barnett Reservoir. The Clarion-Ledger reports that it would include up to 5,000 acres between the reservoir and Lakeland Drive. The Mississippi Department of Transportation owns more than half the land but would give it to Fish and Wildlife if the refuge is ...

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City looking to hire consultant to recruit retailers

HORN LAKE — The city of Horn Lake is proceeding with plans to hire a consultant to help the city attract retail development. Mayor Allen Latimer and aldermen agree outside help is needed to bolster the city’s efforts to compete with neighboring Southaven and Olive Branch, as well as other Memphis area communities battling for growth in a still-struggling economy, ...

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