Archive | March 22nd, 2013

Air control towers at Golden Triangle Airport, Meridian’s Key Field get reprieves on closings

March 22, 2013

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Ties to military operations have exempted Golden Triangle Regional Airport near Columbus and Key Field in Meridian from closing under a funding cutoff set to begin April 7 under the federal budget sequester. Five other “contract towers” in the state — Tupelo, Greenville, Oliver Branch, Jackson, and Bay St. Louis – failed to gain exemptions […]

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OP-ED — Wicker: Reform at Jackson VA long overdue

March 22, 2013

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Last week’s headlines about the quality of management and care at Jackson’s G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center were not a surprise to those of us who have sought reform for the past two years. In fact, national attention – heralded by a comprehensive article in the New York Times – was long overdue. Under […]

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Coast casino fined for shortage of cash

March 22, 2013

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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 […]

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Effort to consolidate state offices to ‘Capitol Complex’ fails

March 22, 2013

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Legislation supporters say would save Mississippi $5 million a year on office leasing costs and whittle the space state workers occupy to levels consistent with federal standards died earlier this month. The bill authored by Sen. David Blount and backed by a Millsaps College analysis easily passed the Senate but failed to make it onto […]

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Punxsutawney Phil hit with felony charge after botched spring forecast

March 22, 2013

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Officials in Butler County, Ohio, have indicted a famous groundhog for the rash of cold winter-type weather we’ve been having, television news station Fox 19 in Cincinnati reports. The indictment, filed by Butler County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Gmoser, alleges that on or about February 02, 2013, at Gobbler’s Knob, Punxsutawney Phil did purposely, and with […]

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