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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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Palace unveils major expansion

BILOXI — The Palace Casino Resort has announced a 110,000-square-foot project, of which 64,000 square feet is an expansion of its facilities and amenities. This is the largest casino expansion on the Mississippi Gulf Coast since Hurricane Katrina. Upon completion of the new construction, the property will include 38,000 square feet of gaming space with more than 1,000 slot machines ...

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New saltwater fishing guide released

BILOXI — The 2009-2010 edition of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources’ free booklet, “Guide to Mississippi Saltwater Fishing Rules and Regulations,” is now available at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) office located in Biloxi. The guide incorporates new and revised saltwater fishing regulations for the State of Mississippi. The 36-page fishing regulations book includes information on commercial ...

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Exhibit to feature local artists' work

RIDGELAND — The exhibit “A Place Like Mississippi” will open June 30 at the Mississippi Craft Center with an artist reception. The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Three Mississippi natives and members of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi, Rhonda Blasingame, Carmen Gettis-Castilla and Anne Campbell, will showcase their artwork. Blasingame, a fiber artist, will feature ...

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Lawmakers approve funding

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), the ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee, reports committee passage of the FY2010 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill, which contains specific funding for projects in Mississippi. The following are items of interest to Mississippi included in the appropriations bill: • $200,000 to support the creation of the Choctaw Native American Business ...

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Two new businesses hold ribbon-cuttings

BRANDON — On June 23, ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held for two new businesses in Rankin County. The Rankin County Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Flowood held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Hanging Out, a specialty shop offering a wide variety of flags, wind chimes and gifts. It is located at 1139 Old Fannin Rd., Ste. K, in Brandon. The ...

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