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Airlines trim more workers

U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 4.4 percent fewer workers in Sept. 2009 than in Sept. 2008, the 15th consecutive decrease in full-time equivalent employee (FTE) levels for the scheduled passenger carriers from the same month of the previous year, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported. BTS reported that the September FTE total of 380,014 for ...

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Travelers staying on the ground

The number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on U.S. airlines in Aug. 2009 declined by 4.1 percent from Aug. 2008, dropping by 2.8 million to 65 million, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). August was the 17th consecutive month with a decrease in passengers from the prior year. BTS, in a release of preliminary data, reported international ...

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Diamondhead Casino still in game

DIAMONDHEAD — Deborah Vitale says jokingly that one day she will write a book, then a musical, on the saga of her professional struggles over the last decade-plus to get a gaming venue built on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. President of Diamondhead Casino Corporation (OTBB: DHCC), she can only chock up her company’s survival to divine intervention. “It is almost ...

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Diamondhead Casino still in the game

DIAMONDHEAD — Deborah Vitale says jokingly that one day she will write a book, then a musical, on the saga of her professional struggles over the last decade-plus to get a gaming venue built on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. President of Diamondhead Casino Corporation (OTBB: DHCC), she can only chock up her company’s survival to divine intervention. “It is almost ...

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Airlines' performance improves

Flights operated by the nation’s largest airlines arrived on time at a higher rate this past September than in either September of last year or in Aug. 2009, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). According to information filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), the 19 carriers reporting on-time performance ...

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Diamondhead Casino still alive

DIAMONDHEAD — Diamondhead Casino Corporation, which for years has been trying to build a gaming venue on approximately 404 acres of land in Diamondhead, has released an update on its activities. In September, the company entered into an agreement with EDSA Inc. to design and prepare a master plan for the Diamondhead property. The master plan, which is water-themed, is ...

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Weakened Ida still caused damage

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi was spared the full wrath of Tropical Storm Ida, but the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency reports there were damages. Damages reported as of Nov. 10 to the State Emergency Operations Center are: • Forrest County — Debris and flooded roads; minor power outages • Hancock County — Roads flooded around Shoreline Park • Harrison: 150 residents ...

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Dirt moving on hospitality/resort training center

HARRISON COUNTY — One of the key issues facing the tourism industry on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is workforce development. Finding and retaining personnel post-Hurricane Katrina has proven challenging. So, hopes are high for a new, state-of-the-art Hospitality and Resort Management Center on the Jefferson Davis campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC). The design work has been completed, ...

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Ray stepping down at MDA

JACKSON — Craig Ray, director of the Mississippi Development Authority’s (MDA’s) Tourism Division, announced his resignation to take place at year end and his plans to pursue new opportunities in the industry. “We appreciate Craig’s leadership,” said Gray Swoope, executive director of MDA. “Under his direction, Mississippi’s tourism programs have become a significant part of the state’s economic development strategy.” ...

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MGM MIRAGE's Mississippi operations slumping

MGM MIRAGE reported a third quarter diluted loss per share of $1.70, compared to income per share of $0.22 in the prior year third quarter. The current year results were impacted by non-cash impairment charges totaling $1.17 billion, or $1.72 loss per diluted share net of tax, including a pre-tax non-cash impairment charge of $956 million related to the company’s ...

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