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Former Choctaw chief hospitalized

JACKSON — Phillip Martin, the former longtime chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, has been hospitalized in Jackson. His condition was not immediately available. A member of the tribe referred questions to Martin’s daughter, who he said was at St. Dominic Hospital with the 84-year-old former chief. Daughter Debbie Lewis told The Associated Press she would not release ...

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Gaming 'father' dies at age 62

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Richard J. Schilling Jr., successful restaurant, nightclub and casino owner considered the “Father of Mississippi Gaming,” has died at the age of 62 at his home in Boca Raton, Fla. Schilling started in the restaurant and entertainment business when he was 13 years old and since owned some of the most successful and legendary entertainment venues ...

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Air fares fall to five-year low

Average domestic air fares in the third quarter of 2009 fell to their lowest July-to-September level since 2005, dropping 14.4 percent from the third quarter of 2008 in the largest year-to-year decline on record, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reports. BTS, a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, reports average fares based on domestic itinerary fares, round-trip ...

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Beauvoir restoration draws honor

BILOXI — The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Honor Awards for Architecture Jury, has selected Albert and Associates Architects of Hattiesburg to receive a 2010 award. The award is for the restoration of Beauvoir, the last home of Jefferson Davis, in Biloxi that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Sarah Newton, AIA, project architect of Albert and Associates Architects, said the ...

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Bus company gets stimulus funding

GREENVILLE — Funding provided by the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has allowed a Greenville-based bus company to expand its fleet of vehicles. MDOT recently announced the purchase of five new 55-passenger buses, which will be operated by Delta Bus Lines Inc., an Intercity Bus Carrier. Through the Section 5311 (f) Intercity Bus ...

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British Airways' crews may strike

LONDON — British Airways PLC cabin crew begin voting today on whether to strike in a long running dispute over pay and working conditions — while the airline starts training other workers to take over their duties. The Unite union called the vote after BA won a court order stopping workers from carrying out a planned walkout over the Christmas ...

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Business leaders pick Saints over Brett and the Vikings

Deep in their heart of hearts, many Mississippians are torn by whom to root for this Sunday when the New Orleans Saints host the Minnesota Vikings in the National Football League’s NFC Conference Championship Game and the right to go to the Super Bowl. The Saints and their loyal fans hope to blow the lid off the Superdome by outscoring ...

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American Airlines to send pilots home

FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines says it will lay off up to 175 pilots beginning next month because it needs fewer pilots after cutting some flights . American today sent notices to 80 pilots, telling them that they will lose their jobs at the end of February. A spokesman said there could be a second round of furloughs in ...

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McDonald's net revenues slumping

CHICAGO — More hungry diners gobbling its cheap eats helped McDonald’s Corp.’s sales and profit grow in its fourth quarter, the company said today in an earnings report showing it continued to weather the downturn better than many of its fast-food competitors. But sales growth at its U.S. restaurants continued to slow and net revenue fell for the year. For ...

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MDOT to hold I-69 meetings

NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), in cooperation with local governments, will host two public meetings Jan. 25 to discuss high-capacity transit service along the Interstate 69 (I-69) corridor from DeSoto and Tunica counties in Northwest Mississippi to the Memphis Central Business District. The upcoming meetings are the first in a series of public meetings scheduled for ...

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