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Two storms could threaten Gulf — one as quickly as this weekend

Two possible tropical storms are developing just in time for the traditional peak of the Atlantic hurricane season. One system is forming between Cuba and Central America and the National Hurricane Center estimates it has a 50 percent chance of forming into a tropical cyclone in the next 2 days, and a 60 percent chance of doing so within five ...

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Pipeline cutting through wetlands to Chevron plant

JACKSON COUNTY — Heavy machinery is cutting wide ditches through 41 miles of wetlands in Jackson County. The Sun Herald reports that Plains Southcap ,LLC of Mobile, Ala., is getting its two-foot-wide pipeline for crude oil into the ground rapidly. The pipeline’s path runs from 10 miles northwest of Mobile through eastern Jackson County to the Chevron Pascagoula refinery on ...

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Wildlife tourism a $19 billion industry to Gulf of Mexico states

The wildlife tourism industry in the Gulf of Mexico states is a $19 billion industry and generates 2.6 million jobs, according to a report released today by Datu Reseach, an economic research firm. The study was funded by Environmental Defense Fund with support from the Walton Family Foundation. “Wildlife Tourism and the Gulf Coast Economy” concluded that wildlife tourism is extremely ...

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Southern Gaming Summit: Tribal gaming growing in the South

BILOXI — Tribal gaming is expanding in the Southern region of the U.S. with the addition of gaming space, hotels and amenities such as spas, to keep gamblers longer and the casinos profitable for tribe members. Session attendees heard regional reports from Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, North Carolina and Oklahoma Wednesday at the Southern Gaming Summit in Biloxi. Holly Gagnon, president ...

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Neel-Schaffer ranks 197 on ENR Top 500 design firms

Neel-Schaffer, Inc, a consulting engineering and planning company, earned the ranking of 197 in the 2013 Top 500 Design Firms in the country by Engineering News-Record (ENR). “As we celebrate our 30th year of operation, our employees’ commitment to client service continues to be the driving force of the ranking of Neel-Schaffer,” Hibbett Neel, President, Neel-Schaffer said in a released ...

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Jackson area housing prices up nearly 4 percent

In Jackson, home prices, including distressed sales, increased by 3.8 percent in February 2013 compared to February 2012. On a month-over-month basis, home prices, including distressed sales, decreased by 1.2 percent in February 2013 compared to January 2013. Excluding distressed sales, year-over-year prices increased by 6.2 percent in February 2013 compared to February 2012. On a month-over-month basis, excluding distressed ...

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James Rollins new CEO at BancorpSouth

TUPELO — James D. Rollins III has been named chief executive officer of BancorpSouth Inc., a financial holding company headquartered in Tupelo. Rollins will succeed Aubrey B. Patterson, BancorpSouth’s current CEO, on Tuesday. The 53-year-old Rollins has served as president and chief operating officer at Prosperity Bancshares, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, since April 2006. Rollins served as senior vice ...

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Study: Dispersants may have hurt Gulf food chain

A study on possible effects of the 2010 BP oil spill indicates dispersants may have killed plankton — some of the ocean’s tiniest plants and creatures — and disrupted the food chain in the Gulf of Mexico, one of the nation’s richest seafood grounds. Scientists who read the study said it points toward major future effects of the spill. One ...

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Hispanic homebuyers: A wave to lift the housing industry?

At a time when the housing industry needs an infusion of hope, the demographic gods are poised to unleash what some realtors, lenders and builders say will be the industry’s salvation: waves of young Hispanic workers and families hungry for houses of their own. For the moment, however, holding back that salvation are such economic factors as tight credit and ...

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