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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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Restaurants join boycott

COLUMBUS — Eat With Us Group is participating in the ProtectSeals boycott of Canadian seafood. company has pledged to boycott seafoord from the Canadian sealing provinces in all 26 locations of its restaurants, which include Sweet Peppers Deli, Bulldog Deli, Cotton District Grill, Fairpark Grill, Jackson Square Grill, Harvey’s and Park Heights. “It was an easy decision to change our ...

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'Saints' bill clears Louisiana Senate

NEW ORLEANS — The AP reports the Louisiana Senate has approved an essential part of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s deal to keep the New Orleans Saints in the state. There was little discussion about the bill before it was unanimously approved. It heads back to the House for approval of changes before it heads to Jindal. The measure, which allows the ...

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Katrina recovery package approved

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) announced funding for Mississippi to assist in continued Hurricane Katrina recovery. The funding was approved through the FY 2009 Supplemental Appropriations bill. The Conference Report, which was agreed to by the Senate and the House of Representatives, was approved yesterday by the U.S. Senate. “Final passage of the federal supplemental appropriations bill ...

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Downtown Jackson getting new hotel

JACKSON — Visitors to the Capital City will soon have new place to stay in the downtown area. On June 17, city leaders and company officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Downtown Sleep Inn and Suites at the site on Gallatin Street. “This project is another component of the changing landscape of downtown Jackson, and will be valuable ...

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