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Barbour: Rescuers to comb isolated rural areas

YAZOO CITY — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says a devastating tornado that left 10 people dead severely damaged at least 100 homes in one area alone, and there may be more in isolated rural areas that rescuers have not yet reached. The governor said Sunday that search and rescue missions would continue throughout the day. He said at least 100 ...

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Searching begins in Yazoo City

YAZOO CITY — Rescuers stood ready Sunday to comb neighborhoods of splintered homes and twisted debris in Mississippi, a day after a devastating tornado sliced through the state and killed 10 people, including three children.James Jackson, a deputy state fire marshal, said crews took a break overnight but were organizing at first daylight to resume search and rescue operations. All ...

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Morgan Stanley taking $932M loss on casino

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey — Just how bad have things gotten in the second-largest U.S. gambling market? Wall Street giant Morgan Stanley decided it was better to take a $932 million loss on a casino-hotel it was developing in Atlantic City than spend the $1 billion it will take to finish Revel. “We chose to dispose of our investment in ...

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MDOT to hold I-69 meetings

SOUTHAVEN and MEMPHIS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), in cooperation with local governments, will host two public meetings April 27 to discuss high-speed transit service from DeSoto and Tunica counties to the Memphis Central Business District along the Interstate 69 corridor. The upcoming meetings are the second round of a series of public meetings scheduled for the I-69 ...

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Emeril closing Coast restaurant

GULFPORT — Emeril’s Gulf Coast Fish House, located in the Island View Casino Resort in Gulfport, will close May 29. The announcement was made by Emeril’s Homebase, the celebrity chef’s corporate headquarters in New Orleans. The Gulfport restaurant opened in June 2007. “It’s very difficult to end this business venture with our friends at the Island View. We’ve worked hard ...

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State casino revenues down for March

JACKSON  — Mississippi’s state-licensed casinos reported March revenues of $212.5 million, down about $8.3 million from February. The March figures were released last week by the Mississippi State Tax Commission. The casinos reported revenues of $220.8 million in February. The casinos had revenues of $232.7 million in March 2009. Mississippi Gaming Commission officials had no immediate comment on the dip ...

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CCVB offers funds for bridge work

COLUMBUS — The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau (CCVB) has offered to pay one-third of the $400,000 match needed to finance the renovation of the old U.S. 82 bridge across the Tombigbee River into a pedestrian walkway. The Mississippi Department of Transportation is providing $2 million for the work. The city and Lowndes County has asked the CCVB to provide ...

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Delta loses $256M in one quarter

ATLANTA — Heavy winter storms and one-time merger-related expenses and severance charges hurt Delta Air Lines Inc.’s results as the world’s largest carrier reported today that it lost $256 million in the first quarter. The red ink was still far less than a year earlier, thanks to rising demand for air travel, and the company predicts a solid profit for ...

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Volcano costs airlines $1B-plus

PARIS — As airline losses from the volcanic ash cloud spiraled over $1 billion today, the industry demanded EU compensation and criticized European governments for relying too much on scientific theory — not fact — in their decisions to shut down airspace across the continent. Shares of some European airlines fell as flight disruptions from the volcanic cloud moved into ...

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Small Business Spotlight: Crossroads Pottery, Baldwyn

Crossroads Pottery finds plenty of buyers After two years of building their pottery business, two sisters, Sheila Hall and Anita Sandlin, took a leap of faith, quit their jobs and began working full-time on Crossroads Pottery in their hometown of Baldwyn. Hall quit her job in the spring of 2007, and Sandlin followed suit that fall. “I quit when I ...

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