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After dropping Jackson, Southwest adds service to Memphis, Pensacola and Richmond

Southwest Airlines is leaving Jackson but still giving Mississippians flight options by adding service to Memphis. However, in adding Southwest flights to Memphis the airline is eliminating AirTran service from Memphis to Atlanta. Southwest won’t be an option for getting to Atlanta, either, because its Memphis flights will not include Atlanta. Southwest acquired AirTran a couple of years ago and is just ...

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TED CARTER: Digital daredevils bringing new mojo to telecom world

I imagine a Washington, D.C., newsroom back in May 1844. The city editor gets a tip that a guy named Morse was about to use something called “electricity” to send a letter to Baltimore. One lucky reporter gets grabbed as he passes the city desk on returning from lunch. Get over to Samuel Morse’s place and find out what’s going ...

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MBJ BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR — Forward thinking: C Spire's Hu Meena has made the most of 2013

C Spire’s Victor Hu Meena Jr. will tell you it’s not business anxieties that keep him awake at night but rather opportunities on the digital horizon. In Meena’s world of wireless technology, opportunities come at hyper speed. If you don’t grab them the other guys will. “I’m not good at sleeping anyway,” Meena says. “I’m always thinking about what we’re ...

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Target: 40 million card accounts may be breached

Target says that about 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been affected by a data breach that occurred just as the holiday shopping season shifted into high gear. The chain said that accounts of customers who made purchases by swiping their cards at terminals in its U.S. stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 may have been ...

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Entergy hands grid management to MISO

NEW ORLEANS — There’s a new traffic cop directing electricity flows to 2.8 million power customers in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas. New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. handed over management of its grid late yesterday to the Midcontinent Independent Transmission System Operator. MISO, based in Carmel, Ind., already directed electricity movement in parts of 11 Midwestern states and Canada’s Manitoba province. ...

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Unfinished Margaritaville casino to be razed

BILOXI — An unfinished casino on the beach at Biloxi is coming down, Jonathan Jones, general manager of Grand Biloxi Casino, told the Biloxi City Council this week that the framework of what was going to be a $700 million Margaritaville resort will be demolished immediately. The Sun Herald reports that Jones said the company plans to construct a boardwalk ...

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Mayor takes blame not telling council of gas card investigation

HATTIESBURG — Mayor Johnny DuPree is taking the blame for failing to notify Hattiesburg City Council members about an investigation into fraudulent city employee gas charges. Ward 3 Councilman Carter Carroll complained at Tuesday’s council meeting that he and his colleagues were kept in the dark about the six-month Hattiesburg Police Department investigation into fraudulent gas card expenses. Two of ...

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Hood files lawsuit against Chase for collection activities

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood has filed a lawsuit in Hinds County saying JPMorgan Chase should pay up to $10,000 per violation for fraudulently trying to collect debts from Mississippians who did not owe the company money. Hood said in a written statement that a state investigation found that Chase pursued Mississippi consumers for debt that they had paid ...

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Attorney does not want newspaper to have MDMR records

JACKSON — The U.S. Attorney’s Office wants a federal judge to deny State Auditor Stacey Pickering’s request to authorize the release of Mississippi Department of Marine Resources records being sought by a Gulf Coast newspaper. Pickering asked on Dec. 5 for the records to be released in response to an order by Harrison County Chancery Judge Jennifer Schloegel, who said ...

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