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D'Iberville casino approved; Diamondhead site rejected

The Mississippi Gulf Coast is gaining one casino, but a second casino proposal was denied by the Mississippi Gaming Commission at its monthly meeting Thursday in Jackson. After receiving approval for its financing plan, Land Holdings 1 was given the okay to begin construction on the Scarlet Pearl casino, which will be located east of Interstate 110 on the Back ...

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Georgia woman gets jail time for bribing ex-Delta school superintendent

GREENVILLE — A federal judge has sentenced Georgia businesswoman Edna Goble to 30 months in prison for bribing a former Greenville Public Schools superintendent to use her reading program for children. Goble, who owned Teach Them To Read in Conyers, Georgia, pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of conspiracy to pay bribes in connection with federal program funds. Authorities say ...

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Horizon 'optimistic' after testing in Texas shows oil, gas

GULFPORT — Horizon Energy Corporation is “optimistic” after fracture stimulation testing at the Holmes Oil Unit Number 1 in Cherokee County, Texas. Swabbing procedures have confirmed the presence of oil and gas in sufficient quantities to warrant scheduling production. A workover rig will arrive onsite within the next two weeks to put pump equipment back into the well and the ...

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MDHS postpones implementation of new TANF law; awaits hearing

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) has agreed to a request to delay the implementation of House Bill 49, a law that would require TANF applicants to complete a questionnaire and possibly be drug tested, until the end of a public hearing comment period. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi (ACLU ...

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TODD SMITH — The Spin Cycle: O.J.’s wild ride 20 years ago ushered in new era of journalism

It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since our world was transfixed by an astonishing, slow-motion car chase – O.J. Simpson in that white Bronco, pal Al Cowlings at the wheel, more than a dozen police cars in pursuit, TV helicopters looming overhead. Simpson’s former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, had been murdered, and the ...

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WILLOUGHBY: Scherry Gilliland leads The Rotary Club of Jackson

Prior to moving to Memphis, I was a member for a number of years of The Rotary Club of Jackson, which is the State of Mississippi’s largest service club.  Most readers are probably familiar with Rotary, but for those who aren’t, it is an international service organization formed in 1905 with over 1.2 million members worldwide. On July 12, The ...

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BOOK BIZ: Lisa Howorth's first novel opens old family secrets

In the spirit of supporting Mississippi writers and Mississippi independent bookstores, we’re doing both this week by shining the spotlight on Flying Shoes by Lisa Howorth, co-owner of Square Books in Oxford. It’s her first novel and is receiving high praise from reviewers across the country. Although not a native Mississippian, Howorth moved to Oxford in the early 1970s because ...

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A Q&A with Gov. Phil Bryant — Energy, oil and other things

Gov. Phil Bryant earlier this month delivered a keynote address to oil company executives and others gathered in Houston for the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale Summit. Upon his return, the governor’s office agreed to answer a series of questions on the subject of the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale. Here is the Q&A: Q — Does the governor have plans in the remainder ...

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Big investment in Halcón drilling reflects confidence in a lucrative TMS

A private equity firm’s pledge to invest up to $400 million in Halcón Resources’ deep drilling in Mississippi and Louisiana could lead to a doubling of Halcón’s 2015 operations in the region. The investment from Apollo Globe Management allows Halcón to accelerate its drilling for oil and gas on the 314,000 acres the Houston-based company has leased within the Tuscaloosa ...

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Revised home-mortgage rules seen as threat to home ownership in rural Mississippi

New home mortgage lending rules that threaten to end  balloon mortgage lending in Mississippi likely will top the list of concerns the Mississippi Bankers Association will note in a reply to federal regulators who have initiated a series of  comment periods on banking regulations. The replies by Mississippi bankers and their advocacy organization, the MBA, will come in response to ...

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