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FAA completing American Airlines probe

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration is close to wrapping up a two-year investigation of safety violations at American Airlines that could result in one of the largest fines in the agency’s history, according to government and industry officials familiar with the investigation. Separately, the Transportation Department’s inspector general is due to release an audit in the next several days ...

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Lawmakers approve new tourism trail

JACKSON — Mississippi has already put up 100 roadside markers to highlight its blues music heritage. Now, officials are considering a broader approach to cultural and historical tourism. A bill that passed the House 117-0 Feb. 9 would authorize the Mississippi Development Authority to create a Mississippi heritage, history and culture trail. Lawmakers say the trail could have signs highlighting ...

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Palace Casino still in the dark

BILOXI — Palace Casino is expected to reopen at 10 a.m. Thursday. The Sun Herald reports the parts needed to repair a primary power panel were located but delivery to the East Biloxi resort was delayed by snowstorms in the North. The power has been out since Sunday, when a short in the main power panel forced the evacuation of ...

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Japan Airlines sticking with American

TOKYO — Japan Airlines, wooed for months by Delta Air Lines with promises of cash and a broad global network, spurned the world’s biggest carrier and opted to keep its alliance with American Airlines. The Japanese carrier said today it would strengthen its partnership with Fort Worth, Texas-based American, and the two airlines will jointly seek antitrust immunity on trans-Pacific ...

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Mesaba ordered to continue service

TUPELO — The U.S. Department of Transportation has directed Mesaba Airlines to continue air service in Tupelo through at least March 15, or until replacement service begins. The USDOT is weighing options for federally subsidized air service in the city, including the number of flights. Mesaba is a subsidiary of Delta Air Lines. Last July, Mesaba notified USDOT of its ...

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Saints march to highest rated TV show of all time

The New Orleans Saints have another big win to celebrate just one day after claiming the Super Bowl crown: the title of ratings champion. Last night’s Super Bowl broadcast grabbed a crushing 46.4 rating and 68 share for the Saints 31-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts. Those numbers are up eight percent over last year’s game between the Pittsburgh Steelers ...

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Lights out at Palace, forces evacuation

BILOXI — The power is out at Biloxi’s Palace Casino Resort. An electrical short yesterday forced an evacuation of the entire property. General manager Keith Crosby said the cause of the outage might be a rodent that fell into the wiring in the casino’s primary power panel. Crosby said a technician from Baton Rouge, La., was expected to fix the ...

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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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