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MELINDA DUFFIE: Don’t let vacation derail your fitness routine

‘COME SEE US’ – The MBJ’s annual Meetings, Conventions and Tourism magazine (Spring 2014 edition) Do you struggle with continuing your exercise program and eating healthy when you are going on vacation? You are not alone! Most people find it difficult to integrate change into their schedule on a daily basis let alone when they travel. The propensity is to ...

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Paddleboat to dock in Vidalia, La., not Natchez

VIDALIA, La. — The Queen of the Mississippi paddleboat will dock at the Vidalia Riverfront, just across the Mississippi River from Natchez, six times before the end of the year. The Natchez Democrat reports that the first of those stops will be 7:30 p.m. Monday until 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Other stops will be Nov. 19 and 25, and Dec. 2, ...

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Supervisors OK with regional tourism, but questions remain

PASCAGOULA — Jackson County supervisors say they are sold on a regional concept for attracting visitors to the Coast. But there are still details to work out about how the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau will serve the county, how the county will pay and what will be a reasonable contribution. The Sun Herald reports convention board ...

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Casino developers given more time to sign lease, make payment

D’IBERVILLE — The developers of the proposed Oyster Bay Casino have gotten a reprieve from the D’Iberville City Council. WLOX-TV reports that council members voted unanimously yesterday to give the Pivotal Group five days to sign a new lease agreement with the city. The group must also make a $25,000 payment. Officials with the development company say they will sign ...

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Oil spill trial begins look into how much oil leaked into Gulf

NEW ORLEANS — The focus of a trial over BP’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has shifted to the multibillion-dollar question of how much crude gushed from BP’s blown-out well. Lawyers for BP and the federal government began Monday presenting U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier with conflicting scientific theories to explain their different estimates. Government experts estimate ...

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Casino developers given 15-day deadline for lease renewal

D’IBERVILLE — The developers of Oyster Bay Casino have 15 days to renew their lease for Fountain Beach and they say they will. The Sun Herald reports the lease has expired today on the city-owned Back Bay land where the developers want to build a casino. The mayor and City Council voted this week to notify the developers they have ...

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Judge suspends some oil spill settlement payments

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has ordered the administrator of a multibillion-dollar settlement over BP’s 2010 Gulf oil spill to immediately suspend making settlement offers and payments to some businesses that claim the company’s 2010 oil spill cost them money. U.S. District Carl Barbier issued Thursday’s order a day after an appeals court reversed his rulings in a dispute ...

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Federal shutdown closes Natchez Trace; road remains open

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Because of the shutdown of the federal government caused by the lapse in appropriations, the National Park Service (NPS) has closed all 401 national parks, including the Natchez Trace Parkway. The Parkway motor road remains open, but no government facilities are available. All restrooms, visitor centers, sites, campgrounds, etc. are closed.  Law enforcement rangers remain on-duty for ...

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Council rejects rezoning plan for future casino site

BILOXI — The Biloxi City Council has tabled rezoning a possible casino site — for now. During a public hearing yesterday, land owners who want to see a $200 million casino built on their property west of Interstate 110 envisioned the site as the gateway to the city with a beautiful new casino a bookend to the IP casino resort, ...

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Corps to shut down campgrounds due to federal budget impasse

VICKSBURG — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is preparing for the closure of USACE-operated campgrounds and day-use parks nationwide beginning today if the potential shutdown of the federal government goes into effect for lack of fiscal 2014 funding legislation. Affected recreational areas would not reopen until after the shutdown is lifted. Some USACE-operated campgrounds and day-use parks may ...

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