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Carnival cancels 12 more cruises on Galveston-based ship of despair

Carnival Cruise Lines has canceled voyages through April aboard the Triumph, a ship that has been plagued by mechanical problems in recent weeks and was finally left powerless in the Gulf of Mexico after an engine-room fire, the Associated Press reports.. Carnival’s announcement of the 12 canceled trips came Wednesday as the Triumph was being towed by two tugboats to ...

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DiamondJacks owner countersues over $6.25 million deposit

VICKSBURG — An Oklahoma Indian tribe and the bankrupt owner of two DiamondJacks casinos are suing each other over the collapse of the tribe’s plan to buy the gambling halls. Global Gaming Solutions, a unit of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, wants a federal bankruptcy judge to declare that it didn’t break its agreement to buy gambling halls in Bossier ...

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Buyer sues DiamondJacks owner to get back deposit

The Oklahoma Indian tribe that planned to buy DiamondJacks casinos in Bossier City, La., and Vicksburg is now suing to get back the $6.25 million deposit it put down on the purchase. Global Gaming Solutions, a unit of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, wants a federal bankruptcy judge to declare it didn’t break its agreement to buy the two gambling ...

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THE MBJ VIEW: Saving downtown Jackson and big dollars to boot

Say a cash-strapped state like Mississippi had an opportunity to save tens of millions of dollars on office space in the coming decades while injecting new economic life into its capital city. How fast would you give the idea a thumbs-up – or at least an in-depth look ? State Sen. David Blount wants the state to initiate a phased-in ...

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Mississippi stops slide in casino revenues – sort of

Mississippi casinos have halted their four-year slide in annual gross gaming revenues — or have they? In records released recently by the Mississippi Department of Revenue, gaming revenue in 2012 showed an increase of $12 million over 2011. That stopped a streak of four consecutive years where gaming revenues dropped by an average of about $160 million per year. “Yes, ...

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Beau Rivage guest rooms go smoke-free

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi has banned smoking in its 1,740 hotel rooms. The move is based on feedback from hotel guests, spokeswoman Mary Cracchiolo-Spain told The Sun-Herald. Smoking is still allowed in the resort’s 95 suites. It also is allowed on most of the gaming floor, and in the gourmet restaurants. Smoking has been banned in the ...

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Saints egged on in Atlanta; Mississippi Fruit & Vegetable Growers wrap up Jackson trade show

  A claim by New Orleans Saints players that airport workers pelted their bus with eggs after they touched down in Atlanta for tonight’s game in the Georgia Dome brought this headline on Charlie Harper’s PeachPundit.com website: “Atlanta Airport Workers Promote GA Agribusiness To Arriving Tourists.” Why the poultry party? Perhaps it’s because the Saints own the Falcons,  often seen ...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Barbour sets record straight on Kemper County Coal Plant

Recently Louie Miller, spokesman for the Sierra Club, criticized the Legislature and me for “costing Kemper County residents millions.” Let me set the record straight. The Sierra Club is fighting the construction of a cutting edge, clean coal electric power generation facility by Mississippi Power in Kemper County. It will be the first commercial scale carbon capture and sequestration system ...

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Bill Yates to be honored at Innovators Hall of Fame Awards Gala Nov. 13; Fred Haise to headline Conference on Technology Innovation Nov. 14

The Mississippi Technology Alliance (MTA) will host the Mississippi Innovators Hall of Fame Awards Gala, Nov. 13. The 13th Annual Conference on Technology Innovation, hosted by MTA, will be held Nov. 14. Both events will be held at the Jackson Convention Complex. The Mississippi Innovators Hall of Fame was established in 2008 as a tribute to the many innovative and ...

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