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New hurricane awareness alerts aimed at those who ignore evacuation notices

Just as hurricanes approach the Gulf Coast every year, the nation’s hurricane emergency managers arrive at the National Hurricane Conference in New Orleans every year with the same question: “How do we get the public to understand why they need to follow evacuation orders issued by public officials?” The four-day conference full of workshops, speakers and training sessions is under ...

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Coast casino fined for shortage of cash

The last problem you would expect from a casino would be for it to be short on cash, but that’s exactly what happened to Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Casino and Restaurant in Biloxi — and it will pay for it. The Mississippi Gaming Commission fined Margaritaville $10,000 during today’s monthly commission meeting because wasn’t keeping enough cash on site to bankroll ...

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Lockheed Martin hosts annual IT Day Friday in Jackson

“The “Power of Information” is the theme for Lockheed Martin’s IT Day, scheduled for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday at the Jackson Convention Center in downtown Jackson. The free, day-long information technology event is open to the public and offers topics for technology and business professionals, students and job seekers. Lockheed Martin is hosting the event in partnership with area colleges ...

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Coast casino awaits disciplinary vote at commission meeting

The Mississippi Gaming Commission moves its March meeting to the Gulf Coast on Friday, but other than a disciplinary vote there is little on the agenda concerning South Mississippi casinos. A few routine items will be brought up at the 11 a.m. meeting at Palace Casino in Biloxi. Next month’s meeting will return to the commission’s headquarters in Jackson on ...

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Hail damage closes Clinton school for rest of the year

Hail damage Monday at Clinton’s Lovett Elementary School is enough to close the school for the rest of the school year. Parents, teachers, school district employees and volunteers were busy Wednesday packing up and preparing for a move into the old Eastside Elementary campus. Lovett’s roof was badly damaged by baseball-size hail in the area and will have to be ...

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Mississippi Gaming Commission OKs new casino application regulations

After making few adjustments, the Mississippi Gaming Commission gave unanimous approval Thursday to a change in application regulations, intended to make future state casinos more attractive to visitors. “The environment has changed,” John Hairston, chairman of the Mississippi Gaming Commission, said at Thursday’s monthly meeting. “And we’re responding to that change.” Continued growth of gambling in other states has been ...

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Gov. Bryant to make 'huge' announcement in Hattiesburg

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is scheduled to make a major economic announcement Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg. The Governor’s office and an official of the Area Development Partnership of Greater Hattiesburg would not disclose the nature of the project. The press release only said it is a major economic development announcement impacting the ...

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Mourner hits $7.2 million jackpot on Biloxi penny game

He drove from Michigan to Biloxi for a friend’s funeral, then felt obligated to play penny slots in honor of his friend instead of his normal table game. So, of course, he hits the jackpot — worth $7.2 million. Tyler Morris of Montague, Mich., won the jackpot Friday night between 10 and 10:30 with a $3.50 wager on a Lord ...

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Lockheed Martin IT Day is March 22 in Jackson

“The Power of Information” is the theme of the fifth annual Lockheed Martin Information Technology Day on March 22 at the Jackson Convention Center. The day-long event is intended to increase IT education and awareness, and encourage networking and collaboration in industry, academia and the community. The free event begins at 9 a.m. and is open to the public. The ...

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A tale of the chase: the Hattiesburg tornado

It is one of the lasting images of the recent Hattiesburg tornado. Almost a half-million people have clicked on the 5 and-a-half-minute YouTube video of a stormchaser racing down Hardy Street, only to be cutoff by an EF4 tornado as it plows into the south side of the University of Southern Mississippi campus. Harrowing, awe-inspiring and scary. But for John ...

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