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Plane makes emergency landing in Jackson

by Associated Press Published: March 18,2014

Tags: airplane, Boeing 777, Business, Medgar Evars, Mississippi, transportation

JACKSON, Mississippi — A United Airlines flight from Chicago to New Orleans made an emergency landing at the Jackson-Evers International Airport Monday night after the plane developed a mechanical problem Bonnie Wilson, spokeswoman for the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority, says in a statement that United Flight 1263 landed about 9:30 p.m. She says there were […] [...]

Boyd Gaming reports drop in in-state net revenue

LAS VEGAS — Boyd Gaming Corporation reports fourth-quarter 2013 net revenues of $681.5 million, up 9.1 percent from $624.7 million during the same quarter in 2012. Total Adjusted EBITDAwas $131.5 million, an increase of 30.4 percent from $100.9 million in the year-ago quarter. Results reflect the addition of the operations of Peninsula Gaming, LLC, which […] [...]

Quapaw Canoe Company gains legislative support in battle with tax department

by Becky Gillette Published: March 3,2014

Tags: Business, Clarksdale, ecotourism, environment, John Ruskey, Mississippi, Quapaw Canoe Company, river, tourism

A small business owner fighting what he feels is unfair state taxation can feel pretty lonely. John Ruskey of Quapaw Canoe Company of Clarksdale has run up $20,000 in legal and accounting bills fighting a $41,000 bill from the Mississippi Department of Revenue (DOR) for sales taxes on Quapaw’s educational canoe tours from 2009 to […] [...]

White House hotel making comeback in Biloxi

by Lisa Monti Published: February 28,2014

Tags: Business, hotels, Mississippi, tourism

One of the Gulf Coast’s flagship beachfront hotels is being restored from top to bottom and its long awaited reopening is set for mid summer. The historic White House Hotel, which sat empty for years, dates back to the 1890s and is the last of Biloxi’s popular 1920s era tourist hotels that included the Edgewater […] [...]

Local travel agents are in it for the long haul

by Lisa Monti Published: February 28,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, tourism, travel

Travelers have loads of online options when they’re buying plane tickets, booking cruises or just researching vacation destinations. But, travel agents say websites can’t match the expertise, experience and personal touch they can provide, especially when things go awry. As one Jackson travel agency says on its own website, “The Internet is for looking. McGehee […] [...]

John Ferrucci’a perfect voice is perfect for the Silver Slipper Casino

by Lisa Monti Published: February 28,2014

Tags: Business, casinos, gambling, gaming, Gulf Coast, Hancock County, Mississippi

John Ferrucci keeps a high profile as the general manager of Silver Slipper Casino on the beach in Hancock County, but he’s probably better known for his Jersey-tinged voice in the casino’s radio and TV commercials. The ad’s catchy jingle to “Come on down to the Silver Slipper. Pass a good time at the Silver […] [...]

Isle of Capri records loss; says state properties face ‘pressure’

by MBJ Staff Published: February 27,2014

Tags: casino, gambling, gaming, Isle of Capri Inc., net loss, publicly traded company, revenue

ST. LOUIS — Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. has reported financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2014 ended Jan. 26. Diluted income (loss) per share from continuing operations for the quarter was $0.24 compared to ($0.06) for the third quarter last year. Income from continuing operations was impacted by the reversal of […] [...]

Gaming company shuffles leadership at three casinos

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Penn National Gaming Inc. has made leadership changes at its three Mississippi properties. Effective next month, Steve Lambert, acting general manager of Hollywood Casino Perryville (now owned and operated by Gaming & Leisure Properties Inc.) since July 2013, has been named general manager of Hollywood Casino Tunica. In addition, under a change […] [...]

Bill’s demise ends state sales tax rebates for retail development

by Ted Carter Published: February 21,2014

Tags: Business, economic development, economy, Legislature, Mississippi

Mississippi’s tourism tax development incentives failed to gain enough legislative support for renewal last week and will expire July 1, ending the state’s practice of awarding tens of millions of dollars as incentives for development of shopping malls and retail plazas. The Mississippi Development Authority so far has awarded up to $155 million in potential […] [...]

Quapaw Canoe runs into turbulent waters with bills from state tax department

by Becky Gillette Published: February 21,2014

Tags: business Clarksdale, Mississippi, outdoors, tourism

CLARKSDALE — The only nature tourism business in Mississippi that takes people out in canoes padding the Mississippi River has run into a major logjam that threatens to force it out of business. Quapaw Canoe Company, which builds the large canoes used to take people on educational canoeing trips on the river, has been hit […] [...]

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