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Claudette weakens; Bill forms in Atlantic

PENSACOLA BEACH, FLA. — A quick-forming tropical storm blew into the Florida Panhandle on Monday and quickly lost steam while the first hurricane of this year’s Atlantic season took shape over the open ocean on a track for Bermuda. Claudette was downgraded to a tropical depression Monday morning with top sustained winds near 35 mph after coming ashore a few ...

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DMR seeking public comment on CIAP

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) is proposing the addition of seven projects to the Mississippi Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) Plan. DMR is seeking public input before the revised plan is submitted for federal approval. The state CIAP Plan was approved in Feb. 2009 by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Minerals Management Service (MMS) and included ...

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Small group of governors meet in Biloxi to discuss key issues

The spotlight was on Mississippi as the 101st National Governors Association summer conference was held in Biloxi. There were some notable, even surprising, absences among the governors.  NGA staff members and Gov. Haley Barbour’s office were hesitant to say how many governors attended. Some estimates were 19 and others were as low as 15. A few governors, including New Mexico ...

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Old Waverly reworking greens

WEST POINT — Old Waverly is replacing its bent grass greens with Champion Ultra dwarf Bermuda grass. The renovations include the re-contouring of the greens built in 1988 and enlarging several by up to 15 percent. “We visited courses throughout the country and met with some of the most reputable experts in the field leading up to the decision to ...

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Tale of Two Cities

The City of Jackson can create a successful revitalization program in its central business district just like the one now shared by neighboring Baton Rouge, La., and East Baton Rouge parish. More than 60 Jackson area business and civic leaders heard that message often last week, spending parts of two days in the Louisiana capital, admiring the progress in person ...

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Airline traffic continues nosedive

WASHINGTON — The number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on U.S. airlines in April 2009 declined by 5.6 percent from April 2008, dropping by 3.6 million to 59.5 million, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reports. April was the 14th consecutive month with a decrease in passengers from the prior year. BTS, in a release of preliminary data, reports ...

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Airlines' performance improves

WASHINGTON — The nation’s largest airlines had a rate of on-time flights this past May that was higher than both the same month last year and the mark posted in April 2009, 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, the 19 carriers ...

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Early hunting seasons to be set

The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks will consider dates for the 2009-2010 early hunting seasons for migratory game birds July 22 at its monthly meeting, according to the MDWFP. The meeting will be held at 9 a.m. at the MDWFP office in Jackson. On June 26, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released early-season frameworks that provide a window ...

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Chamber awards small business grants

BILOXI — On July 8, the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce awarded $12,000 in small business grants during “Breakfast with the Mayor” held at Edgewater Mall. The board of directors of the chamber of instituted a small business grant program to assist with small business development in the Biloxi area. The program’s aim is to assist small businesses in development and ...

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Waterfowl study complete

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Breeding waterfowl populations have increased or remained similar to last year for the 10 duck species surveyed; and overall, duck populations rose 13 percent from last year to 42 million birds. The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Canadian Wildlife Service conduct annual waterfowl population surveys on the breeding grounds to monitor waterfowl populations and help ...

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