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JACK WEATHERLY: Healing on the coast — A sunny mortality

BAY ST. LOUIS – We sit on the porch of our rental cottage two blocks from the Gulf. Palmettos embrace the screened enclosure with their large fronds resembling the human hand. Hence their name. It’s hard not to think we’re in paradise. Or should I say paradise regained? The lane is always quiet, but more so in the morning, disturbed only ...

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Visit Oxford to get new headquarters

OXFORD — A historic building that most recently housed the Freeland Law Firm and was once home to the practice of Phil Stone, William Faulkner’s attorney and friend, will be the new headquarters for the city of Oxford’s tourism promotion agency. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1J5ByXe) the building is currently undergoing minor renovations such as new roofing, restoration ...

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Convention center hotel proposals ask for $41M in loan support

By TED CARTER Two of the three convention center hotel proposals presented to the Jackson Redevelopment Authority rely heavily on public-sector backing for development loans, though both forgo asking for direct financial contributions from either the City or JRA. A JRA-appointed review committee will look over the proposals and recommend a developer to the Authority in time for a selection or ...

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Ameristar owner Pinnacle reaches real estate deal with GLPI

Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. and Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc., today jointly announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which GLPI will acquire substantially all of Pinnacle’s real estate assets in an all-stock transaction. The properties include Ameristar Casino in Vicksburg, which will be leased from GLPI and continue to be operated by Pinnacle. “There’s only a limited ...

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Downtown Jackson Westin plans Aug. 4 construction start

By TED CARTER The newest entry to downtown’s Jackson’s hotel market, a 204-room Westin, will break ground at 9 a.m. on Aug. 4, developer Joseph Simpson says. The $60 million hotel is planned for 315 Tombigbee St. at the site of the vacant Mississippi Valley Title building. Project funding includes $10 million in urban renewal bonds issued by the Jackson ...

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Grammy Museum receives $100,000 from Entergy

The Mississippi Grammy Museum has received a $100,000 gift from Entergy Mississippi to support the museum’s operations, education outreach and public programs, according to a news release. The Museum expects to see 15,000 to 20,000 students per year and 80 percent of its focus will be on education, according to Jane Marie Dawkins, manager of education and public programs for ...

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Vicksburg military park: Little impact from flag proposal

JACKSON — Congress is arguing over a proposal to ban Confederate flags on rebel graves in cemeteries run by the National Park Service. But even if the plan survives the Senate and becomes law, it would have little effect in the only Park Service cemetery in Mississippi. Only two Confederate soldiers are buried at the Vicksburg National Military Park. The ...

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Reviews are previews for potential hotel guests

By BECKY GILLETTE Years back, Marion Wingo, owner of Oak Shade Bed and Breakfast in Ocean Springs, used to get most of her bookings from advertising with the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce and then by word-of-mouth. “Now, of all the ways I get guests, the online reviews are the single greatest factor,” Wingo said. Wingo’s location a block off ...

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Trade groups book conventions early to get wishes

By LISA MONTI  Trade association annual conventions typically are a blend of business meetings, networking sessions and vendor expos mixed with a round of golf or other diversions. The locations for these meetings are generally decided by the group’s board of directors with deference to what the membership favors. For some groups, when the association finds a spot its members ...

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Biloxi settles with BP for $4.9 million

BILOXI — The city of Biloxi is accepting $4.9 million from BP as part of a group settlement of local government claims for economic losses caused by the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Last week, BP and five coastal states announced a deal to provide $18.7 billion in new money to the states. The company said ...

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