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Scenic roadways receiving grants

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Communities in 43 states will receive $40.7 million for 160 projects to improve and promote highways designated as scenic byways from the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) The grants are part of the FHA’s National Scenic Byways Program, which recognizes and provides funding for roads designated either locally or nationally as having outstanding scenic, historic, cultural, natural, recreational ...

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New-look hotel opens in Rankin County

FLOWOOD — The 113-room Candlewood Suites Flowood is now open, featuring a new prototype design. The Candlewood Suites Flowood incorporates the new exterior design with a straight, forward-facing rectangular building including a new entry way and roofline for curb appeal. In addition to the new building shape, the exterior color scheme features light khaki, olive green, tan and dark blue. ...

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Airlines' service improves

The nation’s largest airlines had a higher on-time performance rate in Aug. 2009 than both July 2009 and Aug. 2008, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). According to information filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), the 19 carriers reporting on-time performance recorded an overall on-time arrival rate of 79.7 ...

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The Shed, Friedman honored for community work

The Shed BBQ and Blues Joint-Gulfport was the winning recipient of the Mississippi Restaurant Neighbor Award. And, Ridgeland-based McAlister’s CEO Phil Friedman has won Mississippi’s Cornerstone Humanitarian Award. The National Restaurant Association and founding partner American Express developed the Restaurant Neighbor Award to raise awareness about the restaurant industry’s contributions in local communities across the country and to inspire other ...

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Another blues marker to be erected

JACKSON — On Oct. 5, the Mississippi Development Authority/Tourism Heritage Trails Program, the Mississippi Blues Commission and the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau will unveil a historic marker honoring Ace Records. Ace Records, a major player in the development of New Orleans rhythm and blues and subsequently rock and roll, was the first local record company of New Orleans based ...

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State's hotels offer lowest price

According to the hotels.com Hotel Price Index (HPI), Mississippi had the lowest average price per room per night among Southern states, dropping 11 percent from last year. The HPI also found that Florida cities were among the most popular U.S. destinations for domestic and international travelers. Florida and Georgia experienced the greatest drop in lodging prices among Southern states with ...

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Airline employment continues to plummet

U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 5.9 percent fewer workers in July 2009 than in July 2008, the 13th consecutive decrease in full-time equivalent employee (FTE) levels for the scheduled passenger carriers from the same month of the previous year, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reports. According to the BTS, the July FTE total of 386,900 ...

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Hospitality training center earmarked for Coast

GULFPORT — The U.S. Department of Commerce will invest more than $2 million in a planned resort and hospitality training center at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) Jefferson Davis Campus in Gulfport, according to Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). The Economic Development Administration (EDA), an agency within the Commerce Department, awarded the competitive grant to help construct a state-of-the-art ...

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Airlines' operating margins improve

The network, low-cost and regional airline groups all reported improved operating margins in the second quarter of 2009, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reports. According to the BTS, network carriers as a group posted their smallest operating margin loss for any quarter since Sept. 2007 while the low-cost and regional groups reported profit margins. The low-cost group’s profit margin ...

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Senate passes funding bills

WASHINGTON — The Senate has approved an appropriations bill containing $500,000 requested by Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., for the Pascagoula beach park promenade. The funding was contained in the FY 2010 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill, which passed yesterday by a vote of 73-25. Wicker noted that before the bill can be signed into law, the measure must ...

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