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FRANK BROWN: A pitch for kindness could become a big hit

My brother had alerted me that a package was heading my way, but I was a still slightly surprised and even more curious when I pulled the rectangular, hand-addressed cardboard box from my mailbox. His work is about to uproot him from his Florida home and send him overseas, so I suspected he had found some childhood memory during packing ...

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AGA Survey: Mississippi casinos employ 22,770; pay them $831M

Mississippi’s 30 commercial casinos employed 22,770 permanent workers and paid its employees $831 million in wages, benefits and tips, according to new jobs numbers for 2013 released today by the American Gaming Association. Mississippi ranks third nationwide for casino employment behind only Nevada and New Jersey; Louisiana ranks fourth with nearly 16,000 casino employees. One casino — Harrah’s Tunica — ...

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Gulf Coast casino revenues up for June and first half of 2014

Mississippi Gulf Coast casinos flexed their muscles in June, beginning the summer with a 13 percent increase over last year’s June and posting their most-profitable June since 2008 in Gross Gaming Revenue numbers released today by the Mississippi Gaming Commission. The coast also showed a modest increase over 2013 for the first six months of 2014. The $95.7 million won ...

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Wasted away — Margaritaville in Biloxi to close by Sept. 19

Just a little more than two years after it opened, Margaritaville Casino in Biloxi will close its doors on or before, Sept. 19, the casino said today in a memo to its employees. “MVB Holding, LLC has been actively working to resolve a dispute with its landlords to secure financing to build a hotel and other amenities that it believes ...

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UMMC, St. Dominic among 'most wired' health care facilities

Special to the MBJ JACKSON, Mississippi – The University of Mississippi Medical Center and St. Dominic Hospital were recently named to the 2014 “Most Wired” list for health-care facilities by Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine. This is the second time UMMC has been recognized with the honor. “I am proud that UMMC has been recognized for 2 years in a ...

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Starkville's Cotton Mill Marketplace hotel breaks ground Wednesday

STARKVILLE, Mississippi — Groundbreaking is scheduled for noon Wednesday in Starkville for a 117-room Holiday Inn hotel, part of the the of the Cotton Mill Market Place project now under way at the intersection of Spring Street and Highway 12. The $20 million investment in the hotel and 15,000-square-foot retail center now under construction should create more than 150 jobs, ...

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MORA recognizes groups with first Spero Awards

Special to the MBJ The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) served as host for the inaugural Spero Awards presented by Donate Life Mississippi today at the Old Capitol Inn in downtown Jackson. The awards ceremony recognized hospital partners, medical professionals, corporate partners and donor ambassadors that work with MORA to promote organ, eye and tissue donation. A total of 15 ...

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C Spire to launch home automation, security and monitoring services

Special to the MBJ Ridgeland-based C Spire, a diversified telecommunications and technology services company, plans to introduce a suite of next-generation home automation, security and monitoring services by the end of the year. C Spire says its all-digital, IP-based services will be the first in Mississippi offered by a telecommunications provider. It will give consumers control and security of their ...

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Gillespie named UMMC's chief nursing executive officer

Special to the MBJ JACKSON, Mississippi –  Terri Gillespie, a veteran nursing leader and Children’s of Mississippi chief nursing and clinical services officer, has been named the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s chief nursing executive officer and chief nursing officer of the adult hospitals. Effective Sept. 1, she will succeed Dr. Janet Harris, who will move to a full-time role ...

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Biloxi baseball stadium bids $5M above budget

BILOXI, Mississippi — Construction of a new minor league baseball stadium in Biloxi hit another snag Wednesday afternoon when the lowest construction bid opened was $5 million more than budgeted. The lowest contractor bid opened at city hall for MGM Park at Beau Rivage of $32.37 million. “I’m a little disappointed, but that’s what the game is all about. We ...

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