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Mississippi Coliseum’s deterioration may cost it MHSAA hoops championship

March 16, 2015

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With the “Big House” in Jackson all but crumbling down, the Mississippi High School Activities Association is considering moving the state basketball championship tournament to Tupelo, Mississippi Coliseum officials say. The 11-day tournament that wrapped up over the weekend drew thousands of fans to the 53-year Mississippi Coliseum. But it also drew the frustration of […]

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Lowndes supervisors vote to fund small Riverwalk extension

March 16, 2015

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COLUMBUS — The Columbus Riverwalk is getting another extension. The Commercial Dispatch reports Lowndes County supervisors have voted to approve a Mississippi Department of Transportation proposal that would extend the just-extended Riverwalk an additional 120 feet. Kevin Stafford of Neel-Schaeffer engineering said the idea of adding the extra paved walkway came at the suggestion of […]

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2 Gulfport men nominated to Mississippi Gaming Commission

March 12, 2015

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BILOXI — Two Gulfport men could take their seats on the Mississippi Gaming Commission next week in Biloxi — if the state Senate can confirm their nominations in time. The Sun Herald reports the Gaming Commission meeting scheduled for March 19 at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino will have to be postponed if one […]

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Fed’s Beige Book shows sustained rise in economic activity

March 5, 2015

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Reports from the 12 Federal Reserve Districts indicate that economic activity continued to expand across most regions and sectors from early January through mid-February. Central and South Mississippi are part of the Fed’s Atlanta District while North Mississippi is in the St. Louis District. The Beige Book, last published on Jan., details economic assessments from […]

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$2 million makeover for Jackson’s Smith Park in conceptual stage

February 23, 2015

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A vision for the first revamp of downtown Jackson’s Smith Park in more than 40 years is taking shape. A project committee of downtown business leaders hope to raise private money to secure a contribution from state government for a $2 million redo that involves opening up the 2.4-acre park’s visibility and access, building a […]

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Visitors’ center in Tunica offers intro to blues heritage

February 23, 2015

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TUNICA — Mississippi has a small new museum dedicated to the state’s blues heritage. Gateway to the Blues Museum opened this past week inside a visitors’ center on U.S. Highway 61 in Tunica. It’s in a new building attached to a restored train depot that dates back to 1895. Webster Franklin, president and CEO of […]

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Mississippi casino revenues rise, driven by coast winnings

February 21, 2015

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JACKSON — Gamblers lost more money at Mississippi casinos in January, as Gulf Coast gambling halls continued gains of recent months. State Department of Revenue figures show casinos statewide won $165 million from gamblers in January, up 3.4 percent from $159 million in January 2014. The 11 coastal casinos won $87.3 million, up 7 percent […]

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National beef symposium heads to Biloxi in 2015

February 20, 2015

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BILOXI — A national organization dedicated to improving the beef industry will hold its annual meeting on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in June and bring together cattle producers from across the world. The 2015 Beef Improvement Federation Convention, themed “Rebuilding a Cowherd,” will take place June 9-12 at the Beau Rivage Hotel and Conference Center in Biloxi. […]

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D’Iberville holds off selling Ocean Expo land

February 19, 2015

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D’IBERVILLE — D’Iberville officials have tabled a development agreement with RAMCO Real Estate to buy the site that was to become Ocean Expo. Councilman Henry Toncrey said Wednesday after an executive session he wants more time to study the proposal. In 2011, the city bought the land at the southwest quadrant of interstates 10 and […]

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Stennis Space Center ranked fourth in nation among places to work

February 12, 2015

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STENNIS —  The Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions (EIGS) announced today a recent survey named NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center (SSC) the fourth best place to work in the country for Agency Subcomponents. The Partnership for Public Service (PPS) surveyed over 392,700 civil servants on a wide range of workplace topics to rank Stennis […]

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