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Coast casinos adding rooms, restaurants, venues

There’s a 150-room hotel tower sprouting at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The Isle of Capri is undergoing a major transformation before it becomes the Golden Nugget Biloxi later this year. The Palace Casino in Bilxoi is renovating 236 rooms, and Island View Casino in Gulfport has a new entertainment venue. And there may be more on the way ...

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Report: BancorpSouth offering early retirements

Arkansas Business is reporting today that Tupelo-based regional banking company BancorpSouth Inc. is asking for voluntary early retirements for some of its workers. The article says the Tupelo-based financial holding company and parent of BancorpSouth Bank is making the offers to those 60 and over and with 10 consecutive years of experience with the company. Arkansas Business also quoted a ...

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Neel-Schaffer ranks 197 on ENR Top 500 design firms

Neel-Schaffer, Inc, a consulting engineering and planning company, earned the ranking of 197 in the 2013 Top 500 Design Firms in the country by Engineering News-Record (ENR). “As we celebrate our 30th year of operation, our employees’ commitment to client service continues to be the driving force of the ranking of Neel-Schaffer,” Hibbett Neel, President, Neel-Schaffer said in a released ...

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(VIDEO) Timothy Bartik: The economic case for preschool

In this Ted Talk, Timothy Bartik makes the macro-economic case for preschool education — and explains why you should be happy to invest in it, even if you don’t have kids that age (or kids at all). The economic benefits of well-educated kids, it turns out, go well beyond the altruistic. The author of “Investing in Kids,” Timothy Bartik studies ...

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Mississippi ranked 5th-best state for retirement

Mississippi is the 5th-best state for retirement, according to new research that Bankrate.com released today. The analysis included cost of living, taxes, healthcare, crime and climate. According to the website, Mississippi is a great place to retire … The Magnolia State is not just one of the warmest in the U.S., it also has relatively low state and local taxes ...

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Cashmans sell The Vicksburg Post after 130 years

According to the The Vicksburg Post website, it has been sold to another newspaper company, Boone Newspapers, ending 130 years of ownership and operation by the Cashman family of Vicksburg. The sale, which was completed Thursday, came after “a lot of study, prayer and thought,” said Louis P. “Pat” Cashman III, the great-grandson of John Gordon Cashman, who founded the ...

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St. Andrew's ranked the 18th best private school in America; only Mississippi school to make the list

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School of Ridgeland has been ranked as the 18th best private day school in America by Thebestschools.org. It is the only school in Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas or Louisiana to make the list. Thebestschools.org also has a Top 50 public schools list. However, no Mississippi school made that list. Below is a synopsis of what the website ...

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Grisham sequel to 'A Time to Kill' to be published

NEW YORK — The defense attorney in John Grisham’s first novel, “A Time to Kill,” is returning to the courtroom. Grisham’s new book, “Sycamore Row,” will be published Oct. 22, the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group announced Wednesday. Like “A Time to Kill,” it will feature Jake Brigance as a lawyer in a small Mississippi town. Knopf Doubleday promises a trademark ...

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GE’s Ellisville jet composites plant cleared for take off

GE Aviation officially opened its second aviation composites factory in Mississippi Tuesday, putting into operation its new 340,000-square-foot facility in South Mississippi’s Ellisville. The plant joins a composite and jet fans plant in Northwest Mississippi. The new plant is to be known as GE Aviation’s Ellisville Composites and will add around 250 jobs, company officials say. The Ellisville facility will ...

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