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Gulf states reach $18.7 billion settlement with BP over 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill

NEW ORLEANS — BP and five Gulf states announced a record $18.7 billion settlement Thursday that resolves years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the energy giant’s oil spill in 2010. The settlement, if accepted by a federal judge, would end a yearslong battle between BP and the U.S. government over Clean Water Act penalties after ...

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Airport aims to reverse declining passenger numbers

GULFPORT — Officials at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport have so far been unable to stem a four-and-a-half year trend of falling passenger numbers but they are hopeful new grants and partnerships can attract more travelers. In the first five months of 2015, the number of passengers flying into and out of the airport fell by 5.9 percent compared to the ...

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Madison named best place to live in Mississippi

According to homesnacks.com, Madison is the best place to live in Mississippi. The website also seemed to like town that were a suburb of Jackson, while not necessarily liking Jackson. Here is some of that the website had to say … Mississippi is a truly glorious state. A place of historical relevance, high religious identity, deep cultural roots, and perhaps, ...

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Hannah Roberts crowned Miss Mississippi 2015

VICKSBURG — Hannah Roberts has won the Miss Mississippi pageant and will compete for the crown of Miss America in September. The Clarion-Ledger reports the 21-year-old winner represented Miss University of Southern Mississippi in the competition Saturday night in Vicksburg and earned a $10,000 scholarship. Roberts plans to attend the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Miss Riverland Laura Lee Lewis was ...

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Official: La movie credit cap may send business to Ga, Miss

BILOXI — Louisiana’s new cap on film tax credits could send more movie business to Georgia and Mississippi, says the Mississippi Film Office’s Gulf Coast project manager. As one of the top film locations outside of California, Georgia is likely to get some of the business that might otherwise have gone to Louisiana, sometimes called “Hollywood South,” Bill Webb said. ...

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Former Casino Magic to get new life as resort, water park

BILOXI — Plans for a new resort and water park at the former Casino Magic on the beach in East Biloxi have been presented to the Biloxi Architectural and Historical Review Commission and approved. The Sun Herald reports developer Cono Caranna with Biloxi Lodging LLC said Thursday the resort will have 373 hotel rooms, two restaurants and a water park ...

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Search for Coast Coliseum director down to 4

BILOXI — Four candidates remain for the jobs of executive director of the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center. The Coliseum Commission on Thursday whittled the applications down from 18 to four. The new director will replace Bill Holmes, who is retiring in August. The names of the four candidates have not been released. Commission member Mark Mavar told The ...

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Work begins on District at Eastover’s Residence Inn

Construction has started on the hotel component of the $115 million District at Eastover mixed-use development at Interstate 55 and Eastover Drive. Developers say the four-story, 95-suite Residence Inn by Marriott, a business-class extended stay hotel, is expected to be completed by March 2016. The hotel is a joint venture of The District Land Development Co., the master developer of ...

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Jackson County voters to consider 2 percent tourism tax

PASCAGOULA — Jackson County voters will decide Tuesday whether to levy a 2 percent tax on hotel stays to pay the local share to support the work of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau. The tri-county tourism group — encompassing Harrison, Hancock and Jackson counties — was created to promote the whole Gulf Coast. The Sun Herald ...

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Columbus lands 2016 rural tourism conference

COLUMBUS — The Mississippi-Alabama Rural Tourism Conference is coming to Columbus. The conference will be held Oct. 24-26, 2016, at the Courtyard Marriott The annual conference is hosted alternately between Mississippi and Alabama. This year’s conference will be held Oct. 19-21 in Rogersville, Alabama. Greenwood, Mississippi, hosted the 2014 conference Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Nancy Carpenter says ...

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