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State Health Department says pair of casino workers contracted TB

TUNICA, Mississippi – The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) has confirmed two recent cases of active tuberculosis (TB) contracted by workers at two casinos in Tunica. Health officials have yet to identify the casinos. Tuberculosis is an airborne infectious disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The MSDH has been working closely with the […] [...]

State’s MAGIC accounting system works, albeit with glitches

by Published: August 21,2014

Tags: accounting, Business, JACKSON, Mississippi

Mississippi state government’s $100 million accounting system that launched July 1 made nearly 100,000 employee and vendor payments in July, but came in late on slightly more than two dozen contract worker payments. Human error caused the 26 contract payments to be a few days late, the Department of Finance & Administration said. In the […] [...]

MBJ Special report: MDA numbers help with cities’ retail pitches

by Published: August 21,2014

Tags: Business, commercial development, Mississippi, real estate

Mississippi communities looking to land a big retailer such as Walmart or Target often give the Mississippi Development Authority a call. That is where they will get the retail sales numbers for their area broken down to nearly a dozen categories. The numbers, through “pull-factor” calculations, also give an idea of whether the buyers live […] [...]

MBJ Special Report: Cities learn value of partnering for retail

Mississippi’s mayors and county supervisor chairs relish putting on hardhats and grabbing a shovel for groundbreakings on new retail developments. But to get to that point, communities are learning they must shape partnerships with developers instead of depending on a developer’s determination to walk over hot coals in bare feet to get a project built. […] [...]

MBJ Special Report: Commercial development incentives are available — if you can find them

by Published: August 21,2014

Tags: Business, commercial development, Mississippi

Mississippi let die on July 1 any new sales tax rebates for development of large retail complexes designated as “heritage centers,” a name given for their supposed ability to draw visitors from near and far. The rebates, worth a few hundred million dollars to individual projects, went to a handful of retail developments around the […] [...]

What you and the airlines pay

by Published: August 14,2014

Tags: air fares, airports, Business, Mississippi, transportation

Here’s a rundown on fees charged airlines and passenger at Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport: Jackson Evers’s landing fees for commercial aircraft are assessed at $2.71 per 1,000 pounds of landed aircraft weight, according to the Airport Authority. Rental for ticket counters, administrative office spaces, boarding area/gate or passenger lounges is $77.89 a square […] [...]

For best air fares, learn the yield management game

by Published: August 14,2014

Tags: air fares, airport, Business, Mississippi

The Wall Street Journal in a 2011 article likened the pricing of airline tickets to a rug bazaar where the airlines try to get as much as they can out of each passenger. But the passenger can bring some savvy to the bargaining as well, says Glenn McGehee, who learned the airline ticket buying trade […] [...]

Jackson air fares among most expensive in the nation

» Fitch forecast for Southwest departure to increase costs for airlines and passengers looking accurate Passengers at Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport may already be feeling a fare pinch from the regional airport’s loss of discount carrier Southwest Airlines. First quarter figures from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics show average […] [...]

Landmark’s future under new owner is anyone’s guess

» Mystery man said to have placed winning bid for Jackson office building The new owner of Jackson’s Landmark Center is reported to be of foreign descent, though Central Business District leaders say the buyer’s plans for the vacant seven-story Capitol Street building are a mystery. The building sold at a minimum bid auction for […] [...]

Jackson-Orlando air service depends on how low Allegiant can keep its costs

Prospects for Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport landing ultra-low-cost carrier Allegiant Air  for service to Orlando hinge on how well the airport can help the carrier shave its operating costs at the airport. A U.S. Department of Transportation grant subsidy the airport expects to receive would ease the cost burden early. But  the Las […] [...]

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