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Mississippi city laying off 10 employees as it faces deficit

A Mississippi city says it’s laying off 10 full-time employees as it struggles with a $14 million shortfall. News outlets reported that officials in Pascagoula said the layoffs will take effect Sept. 1. A recent audit uncovered the shortfall. The auditor told city council members that nothing indicated money had disappeared or that anyone personally profited. City manager and attorney ...

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Tourism numbers up on Mississippi coast

Tourism has been growing on the coast of Mississippi. A survey conducted for Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast and released Wednesday shows a 6.3 percent increase in visitors between 2015 and 2017. But the tourism group’s CEO Milton Segarra said he would like to see an increase in the number of people who visit the beaches for more than a day. ...

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Mississippi military shipbuilding firm to hire hundreds

A shipbuilding firm in Mississippi is hiring hundreds of skilled workers after it was awarded several contracts for the U.S. military. The Sun Herald of Biloxi reported Thursday that Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula is searching for test engineers, first class welders, pipefitters, pipe welders and shipfitters. Company spokesman Bill Glenn says Ingalls is planning to hire 500 people by the end of ...

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Mississippi casino revenue falls as coast gamblers lose less

Casino revenue fell in Mississippi in June, as a hot streak at Gulf Coast casinos turned cold. State Revenue Department figures released last week show gamblers lost $170 million statewide in June, down 3 percent from $174 million in June 2017. Receipts fell to $97 million at the 12 coastal casinos, down 4 percent from June 2017. Those casinos had ...

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Island View Casino Resort opens $75 million smoke-free beach casino

Officials with Island View Casino Resort opened the doors today to a $75 million casino expansion during a ceremony attended by several local and state dignitaries. Island View’s Beach Casino is located on the south side of U.S. Highway 90 adjacent to its Beach Tower. The Beach Casino is a 43,000-square-foot smoke-free casino. This expansion is the fourth phase of ...

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Coast Coliseum to get food overhaul starting July 1

Visitors to the Coast Coliseum & Convention Center in Biloxi will soon be in for some new food. The Sun Herald reports that Levy Convention Centers will become the new food service provider as of July 1. Matt McDonnell, executive director of the Center, said Levy will invest $2.5 million in new equipment and venues. New concession stands, cafes and a VIP ...

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Former Biloxi mayor A.J. Holloway dead at 79

A.J. Holloway, who oversaw an unprecedented number of quality-of-life improvements during his unprecedented 22 years as Biloxi’s mayor, died early Tuesday morning. He was 79. He was elected to the City Council in 1989 and elected mayor in 1993, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, and 2013, before resigning in 2015. Holloway became mayor a year after casino gaming was legalized. The ...

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Mississippi coast casinos break April revenue record

Casinos on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast are setting revenue records before tourists arrive for the summer. The Sun Herald of Biloxi reports that gross casino revenue at the 12 Gulf Coast gambling centers hit an all-time high of $108.6 million in April. That’s $1.4 million more than the previous high set in April 2007 when volunteers and contractors were flooding the coast following ...

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Long-time Mississippi mayor announces his retirement

The long-time mayor of a Mississippi city has announced his retirement. News outlets report D’Iberville Mayor Rusty Quave announced at the State of the City address Wednesday that he will not run for an eighth term in 2021. He was elected in 1993. Quave is noted for rebuilding the city after Hurricane Katrina, and during his tenure as mayor the ...

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Hancock Bank and Whitney Bank are now Hancock Whitney Bank

  By BECKY GILLETTE GULFPORT — When Hancock Bank and Whitney Bank merged in 2011, they kept their respective names due to each being so large and well known in their respective markets for nearly 100 years. But now the banks are merging in name, as well.  The banks will be renamed Hancock Whitney Bank on May 25. The bank ...

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