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Experts: Spill not campaign weapon

Strategists say it is hard to attack opponent on such an issue when there is a shared enemy like BP   It figures that only two of Mississippi’s four congressional races will have much drama at all between now and November.  The 1st District race between incumbent Travis Childers, D-Booneville, and challenger Alan Nunnelee, R-Tupelo, is tight, with the Nunnelee ...

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No stellar solutions for businesses

Despite availability of SBA loans, many small business owners may be down for the count Despite the offer of loans from the U.S. Small Business Association and small payments from BP, there are no good immediate economic solutions for Gulf Coast business owners who are suffering from revenue losses of more than 60 percent. State Attorney General Jim Hood has ...

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Cianciola comes to Metropolitan with new perspective on business

CEO has been in the industry for more than 30 years With 34 years in the banking industry, Frank Cianciola has served as a CEO, president and chairman for a handful of financial institutions in Tennessee and Mississippi. But Metropolitan BancGroup’s new chairman says a brief stint in private business offered him a new perspective on the banking industry. The ...

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‘We just hope our luck holds out’

State Port not yet affected by spill but officials are wary Late last week, the only oil or remnants of oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill that’s been inundating the Gulf of Mexico since April 21 that officials know had reached Mississippi soil was a two-mile long strand of residue that beached on Petit Bois Island May 31. With clean-up ...

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No oil or business

Gulf Coast beaches are fine for now, but tourism business is not   GULFPORT — For the most part so far, the only thing the BP oil disaster has done to the Mississippi Gulf Coast is hurt businesses dependent on tourism dollars. Residents and experts alike can only speculate about when and how much oil from the still-gushing Deepwater Horizon ...

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Weidmann’s still cooking

Historic restaurant gets new life In late April, Meridian received some sad news — Weidmann’s restaurant had closed with no fanfare. It seemed an inglorious end to the iconic downtown establishment that had been entertaining patrons for 140 years. It was also a blow to Meridian’s downtown development plans. City officials said immediately after the announcement of the closing that ...

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Waide: Petition drive is ‘on schedule’

Farm Bureau has been leading the charge to get the issue on the statewide ballot since 2009 It has been several months since the effort to get eminent domain on the 2011 statewide ballot started, and the head of the organization spearheading the movement is confident the required number of signatures is within reach. “We’re doing well,” said David Waide, ...

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Spill creates a river of concerns

  While the Gulf oil spill has the Coast waiting and wondering, it also has ratcheted up concerns along the Mississippi River. Handling hundreds of millions of tons of goods annually, a stoppage or interruption of river traffic could create an economic disaster for the state and nation on an industrial scale. So far, the impact of the oil spill ...

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Gulf Coast fishermen really hurting

BILOXI — While other Mississippi Gulf Coast tourism workers are feeling the pinch of the BP oil disaster, deep sea fishermen are for the most part already unemployed. Following Memorial Day weekend, federal waters outside the Mississippi state line were closed to fishing, shutting down charter boat captains who make their livings taking tourists out for red snapper. Other popular ...

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Promise of GreenTech empty for many

Locals say something other than casino jobs need to be available, but GreenTech looks like a tease   TUNICA — Not much has changed on Scenic Route 304 that runs east and west from Interstate 55 to Tunica County. After you circle around the square in Hernando and head west toward the Delta, there isn’t much to see other than ...

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