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Biloxi turns corner in economic recovery

By JACK WEATHERLY Biloxi has turned a corner in its long recovery from Hurricane Katrina, the recession and the BP oil spill. It has begun negotiating tougher deals in its economic rebuilding. Its first contract under new guidelines calls for construction of a 100-room hotel that will employ 45. In some cases,  the city had been giving 100 percent exemption ...

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Mississippi hotel group racing to become major player

By JACK WEATHERLY A whippet is a small racing dog related to the greyhound. It seems a fitting image for MY Hospitality Investments LLC, whose top officers hail from Kosciusko, where the high school mascot is the whippet. President and Chief Executive Chico Patel, 34, said that in the past seven years, MY Hospitality has built 35 hotels, with 22 ...

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NY’s Mississippi Picnic in The Park cancelled over anti-gay law

Mississippi Picnic in New York’s Central Park, a major showcase for the state, won’t be held this year, say organizers, attributing the cancellation to the state’s “unfortunate adoption” of a religion-focused law allowing discrimination against gay people and others. This would have been the 37th year for the picnic sponsored by the New York-Mississippi Society. The event held each June ...

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Dems seek to undo Mississippi anti-gay law, but likely to fail

More than a dozen Democratic lawmakers are calling for repeal of an incoming Mississippi law that will let workers cite religious beliefs to deny services to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. But, the Democrats are unlikely to succeed because filing a new bill this late in a legislative session requires a high margin of support in a Legislature where ...

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With land ready for market, Jackson-Evers CEO looks to do deals

By TED CARTER If you’re in the flying business, whether from the air or ground, Carl Newman wants to talk to you. He has lots of land to lease and soon will have roads that can reach it. “We’ll be primarily focused on aeronautical,” said Newman, a veteran airport operations executive who since becoming CEO of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority ...

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Parkway extension sets stage for airport land leasing

By TED CARTER A ceremonial highway groundbreaking that got rained out last week represented the start of a new era for Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport’s long-held vision to develop hundreds of acres the airport owns between Lakeland Drive and Old Brandon Road. While the rainout may mean the first turning of dirt for the second phase of the East Metro ...

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Casino properties add amenities to stay competitive in tourism industry

By LISA MONTI In its latest annual report on the state’s casino industry, officials with the Mississippi Gaming and Hospitality Association acknowledged the good and the bad for state casinos during 2015. The industry “drives tens of millions of visitors to our state each year, generating hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue for our state, employs thousands of great ...

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Swamp, river tour puts Mississippi’s amazing nature in spotlight

By LISA MONTI For 17 years, McCoy’s River & Marsh Tours has been giving nature lovers of all ages a closeup look at the creatures and natural beauty found on one of America’s most pristine river swamps. Captains Benny, Garrett and Lynn McCoy take their passengers on a circular two-hour ride along the beautiful Pascagoula River. The brothers turned their love of ...

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Mississippi plays host to tourists, business travelers by the millions

By LISA MONTI Leisure and business travelers arrive in Mississippi by the millions every year to play or work at the state’s wide ranging event and entertainment venues, historical sites, state parks and various attractions. For small groups and family reunions to major conventions, meeting planners can choose from a variety of outstanding attractions and accommodations across the state. Options are ...

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Expect selection of new Jackson airports board right after bill signing

By TED CARTER The author of the successful Senate bill to transfer control of Jackson’s airports to a state board with metro-wide representation expects appointments to the new board will begin soon after Gov. Phil Bryant signs the bill. “I would assume that they will appoint right away,” said Sen. Josh Harkins, a Flowood Republican whose bill, SB 2162, led ...

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