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Margaritaville Resort Biloxi debuts Thursday

The new Margaritaville Resort Biloxi opens Thursday with arcade games, zip lines, restaurants and a water park. The Sun Herald reports it’s billed as the largest family entertainment center on the Gulf Coast. Kids will swoop overhead on the indoor zip line roller coaster. Like a roller coaster, it starts with a climb, and like a zip line, it’s a ...

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OPINION — How Mississippi can benefit from the U.S.-Cuba relationship

Despite the fact that Cuba is located just across the Gulf, Mississippi farmers are losing out on Cuba’s growing market to foreign competitors around the world. Given Mississippi’s world-class ports and proximity to our island neighbor, as well as Cuba’s reliance on food imports, Mississippi is uniquely positioned to be a world leader in exports to Cuba. But Congress must ...

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L.A. Grammy director cancels trip with gay son to Mississippi museum

MBJ staff and wire reports After the opening of a Grammy Museum in the Mississippi Delta, the first  outside Los Angeles, the California museum’s’ director,  Bob Santelli, said he and his 28-year-old gay son have canceled plans to visit the high-tech facility in Cleveland, Mississippi. The Delta museum opened March 5 and Executive Director Emily Havens said in a recent interview ...

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Biloxi turns corner in economic recovery

By JACK WEATHERLY Biloxi has turned a corner in its long recovery from Hurricane Katrina, the recession and the BP oil spill. It has begun negotiating tougher deals in its economic rebuilding. Its first contract under new guidelines calls for construction of a 100-room hotel that will employ 45. In some cases,  the city had been giving 100 percent exemption ...

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Mississippi hotel group racing to become major player

By JACK WEATHERLY A whippet is a small racing dog related to the greyhound. It seems a fitting image for MY Hospitality Investments LLC, whose top officers hail from Kosciusko, where the high school mascot is the whippet. President and Chief Executive Chico Patel, 34, said that in the past seven years, MY Hospitality has built 35 hotels, with 22 ...

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NY’s Mississippi Picnic in The Park cancelled over anti-gay law

Mississippi Picnic in New York’s Central Park, a major showcase for the state, won’t be held this year, say organizers, attributing the cancellation to the state’s “unfortunate adoption” of a religion-focused law allowing discrimination against gay people and others. This would have been the 37th year for the picnic sponsored by the New York-Mississippi Society. The event held each June ...

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