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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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Champions Tour stopping on Coast

BILOXI — The PGA TOUR’s Champions Tour, in conjunction with the Gulf Coast Business Council, announced the addition of a new tournament to the Champions TOUR schedule for 2010 – the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, to be held April 26-May 2. The tournament will feature three days of competitive play, a Pro-Am as well as numerous special events including a ...

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The Valley gets new life

VICKSBURG — After sitting gutted and empty for years, an historic, pioneering department store is getting new life as a luxury corporate apartment building. In 1909 a group of men came together and broke ground for The Valley, a six-story department store. It became the biggest department store between New Orleans and Memphis. It was also the first store in ...

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Airfares take historic dive

Average domestic airfares in the second quarter of 2009 fell to their lowest April-to-June level since 1998, dropping 13 percent from the second quarter of 2008 in the largest year-to-year decline on record, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reports. The 13 percent year-to-year drop exceeded the previous largest decline of 11.8 percent from the fourth quarter of 2000 to ...

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Casinos' performance up and down

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Penn National Gaming Inc. reports net revenues for the quarter ended Sept. 30 of $620.4 million, up from $617.9 million during the same period last year. However, net income was well down — $21.4 million during the quarter of this year, compared to $147.5 million during the same quarter a year ago. Peter M. Carlino, chairman and ...

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