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New OT threshold ‘palatable’ to hospitality industry, others

By TED CARTER New proposed federal worker overtime rules that would mandate time-and-a-half pay for many workers earning less than $35,308 annually would force Mississippi restaurants and other businesses to dig deeper to cover payroll. But businesses can still avoid paying overtime to executive, administrative or professional employees who spend less than half their work time on non-managerial tasks. The ...

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Braves want to win hearts as 15th anniversary season begins

By TED CARTER A Wikipedia report has it that at least a dozen Jackson Mets players wed young ladies they met while in Jackson. That’s a lot of love. That the game was played on a diamond probably didn’t hurt. And with both love and baseball blooming in the spring, the Mississippi Braves are throwing in a diamond ring of ...

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A Shuck Nation is born as Biloxi Shuckers embark on 4th year

By TED CARTER A Shucker uprising at the turnstiles requires a Shuck Nation. So goes the thinking from the winter brain storming of the Biloxi Shuckers on strategies for filling up MGM Park, the baseball venue adjoining MGM’s Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. The idea is to make the product stickier. In the Shuckers new world, you make “sticky”  by ...

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Coast sees rising visits as it rebrands region as a ‘secret’ to discover

By TED CARTER Hey, look down here. We’re the Mississippi coast. Coastal Mississippi’s visitor and convention bureau officials have revamped their promotion efforts to recognize a shortcoming they say has become far too clear: Too few potential visitors know about the Magnolia State’s 62 miles of white sand shoreline. Coastal competitors don’t seem to share the same obscurity, says Coastal ...

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Mississippi Aquarium spurs development in downtown Gulfport

By LISA MONTI The $93 million Mississippi Aquarium is coming out of the ground on the East Beach service road in Gulfport, on track to open late this year or by early 2020. The attraction is expected to draw as many as 500,000 visitors a year and generate $340 million in annual revenue. It’s also gotten the attention of  developers, ...

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Ambassadors visit Mississippi in program to build ties

More than three dozen ambassadors from countries on four continents are on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. They’re part of a federal government program that brings international diplomats to different parts of the United States. The State Department’s Experience America program is designed to help diplomats learn about the country and to help local groups develop global partnerships including investment and ...

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Gulfport-Biloxi to Austin, Ft. Myers flights to be offered

MBJ staff Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport will offer flights to Austin, Texas and Fort Myers, Fla., starting July 19. One-way fares start at $59, according to carrier Sun Country Airlines. Service will last through Dec. 16. “We appreciate the expanded partnership with Sun Country Airlines and look forward to having service to these rapidly growing markets,” said Gulfport Executive Director Clay ...

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Northeast Mississippi airport adds fourth daily flight

A northeast Mississippi airport is adding a fourth daily flight to Atlanta. WTVA-TV reports a new early afternoon flight will begin on June 8 from Golden Triangle Regional Airport near Columbus. The flight connects to Delta Air Lines’ hub in Atlanta. The airport set a record for passenger traffic in 2018, with nearly 49,000 passengers boarding planes last year. That ...

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No Trump brand, but prime Cleveland hotel will open in fall

By JACK WEATHERLY In case you missed it, Trump Hotels announced last Thursday that it was parting ways with a Mississippi hotel chain with which it had planned to open a prime lodging complex in Cleveland. Chawla Hotels Inc., headed by brothers Suresh and Dinesh Chawla, were working toward adding what they were calling the Lyric to their chain of ...

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