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Sequester yet to burden Jackson International but airport in busy period

That worrisome federal budget sequester – the latest fiscal drama brought to us by a White House and Congress that can’t play nice in the same sandbox – has not yet hurt operations at Jackson’s Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. Passengers are nonetheless advised to show up early for their flights, say airport officials, citing delays that cutbacks in air ...

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Anti-Lane Linger Enforcement: A law we could learn to love here

Georgia is considering a law we can only hope speedily finds its way from Atlanta’s Gold Dome, west on Interstate-20 through Alabama and on to Mississippi’s Capitol in Jackson. Call it the “Get Out of the Way” law drafted in a state where left lane slow-pokes are typically advised to “either run with the big dogs or get back on ...

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Atlanta lays claim to Dixie's 'Most Miserable' metropolis

The late humorist Lewis Grizzard had a standard refrain for Northerners who complained about life in his beloved Atlanta: “Delta is ready when you are.” For a little variation, he would sometimes remind them that “Interstate-75 goes both ways.” It’s perhaps well and good that the longtime Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist is not around to hear today’s news. Atlanta landed the ...

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Mississippi Gaming Commission OKs new casino application regulations

After making few adjustments, the Mississippi Gaming Commission gave unanimous approval Thursday to a change in application regulations, intended to make future state casinos more attractive to visitors. “The environment has changed,” John Hairston, chairman of the Mississippi Gaming Commission, said at Thursday’s monthly meeting. “And we’re responding to that change.” Continued growth of gambling in other states has been ...

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Mourner hits $7.2 million jackpot on Biloxi penny game

He drove from Michigan to Biloxi for a friend’s funeral, then felt obligated to play penny slots in honor of his friend instead of his normal table game. So, of course, he hits the jackpot — worth $7.2 million. Tyler Morris of Montague, Mich., won the jackpot Friday night between 10 and 10:30 with a $3.50 wager on a Lord ...

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CARTER: Just another Carnival bummer

This Carnival business and its drifting ship of horrors is so not a surprise to me. Valentine’s Day or not, I don’t figure Carnival Cruise Line is getting much love from those poor souls aboard the disabled Triumph. With an engine fire having knocked out the ship’s power four days ago, they’ve gone with little or no food or bathroom ...

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Mississippi Economic Council tour wants ideas on making business better

The Mississippi Economic Council Insight Tour has a couple of more weeks to go before arriving in Hattiesburg on March 1 for its final stop. The tour, which began in Gulfport on Jan. 24, is gathering thoughts and suggestions on strengthening the state’s business climate and offers participants a chance to network with business people from around the state. The ...

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Carnival cancels 12 more cruises on Galveston-based ship of despair

Carnival Cruise Lines has canceled voyages through April aboard the Triumph, a ship that has been plagued by mechanical problems in recent weeks and was finally left powerless in the Gulf of Mexico after an engine-room fire, the Associated Press reports.. Carnival’s announcement of the 12 canceled trips came Wednesday as the Triumph was being towed by two tugboats to ...

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DiamondJacks owner countersues over $6.25 million deposit

VICKSBURG — An Oklahoma Indian tribe and the bankrupt owner of two DiamondJacks casinos are suing each other over the collapse of the tribe’s plan to buy the gambling halls. Global Gaming Solutions, a unit of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, wants a federal bankruptcy judge to declare that it didn’t break its agreement to buy gambling halls in Bossier ...

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