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State casino revenue drops $6 million in September

September was a down month at Coast casinos. The year started with slow but steady growth. Revenue increased in five of the first seven months, and despite slipping in August and September, remains $5.8 million ahead of last year’s pace. August’s $10 million drop in gross casino revenue was followed by a $6 million decrease in September on the Coast. ...

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BP Gulf spill compensation fund to be audited

WASHINGTON — An independent audit will be performed on the $20 billion fund set up to compensate victims of last year’s BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Wednesday. In a letter to the fund’s administrator, Kenneth Feinberg, Holder stressed that the goal is to balance the need for resolving claims quickly and fairly ...

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Study: Drilling stoppage to cost state $8.4M

The Obama administration’s six-month moratorium on oil and natural gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico could mean an $8.4 million decrease in state and local tax revenues for Mississippi, according to a new study. The study released by LSU professor Dr. Joseph Mason examined 33 deepwater rigs in the Gulf, from which the United States gets approximately 10 percent ...

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Fishing ban expanded; one-third of Gulf closed

NEW ORLEANS — A ban on fishing in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico has been estended to an area south of Vermilion Bay, La., roughly the western edge of oil spreading from the broken BP well. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the closing brings to more than 81,000 square miles of federal Gulf waters closed to ...

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Oil spill challenges research universities

Scientists asked to do a lot with a little   Scientists at Mississippi’s four public research universities find themselves on the front lines of the oil spill battle. Researchers are being asked to collect data on everything from the effects on wildlife and plants to the socio-economic impact.  Yet, it could not have come at a worse time for the ...

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Wiesenburg named research VP at USM

Dr. Denis Wiesenburg, a seasoned researcher and oceanographer, assumes his new role at the University of Southern Mississippi as vice president of research at a time when the university is extensively involved in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. He has worked on five oil spills during his career, including the Exxon Valdez ...

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BP's ability questioned as Gulf oil chokes marshes

BARATARIA BAY, La. — The Gulf of Mexico oil spill seeped miles deeper into Louisiana’s fragile marshes, making it tougher to clean up or to rescue wildlife like the brown pelican, as the federal government questioned whether BP will be able plug its blown-out well on the seabed. With frustration mounting at the global oil giant and at the government, ...

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BP exec: Doing all we can, understand frustration

NEW ORLEANS — The executive in charge of fighting BP’s massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill says the company is doing everything it can to plug the seabed gusher but understands everybody is frustrated. Doug Suttles, chief operating officer at BP PLC, went on all three network morning talks shows Monday with the same message: BP knows frustration is growing ...

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Despite gusher, Gulf Coast open for business

For Laura Allen, the waiting is the hardest part. An employee at Mississippi State Hospital in Whitfield, Allen booked a condo on the Alabama Gulf Coast months ago, well before the Deepwater Horizon explosion that is still spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico. As her refund deadline approached, she agonized over whether or not to cancel her reservation. In ...

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NewsBreak: Boat with containment box at oil site

ON THE GULF OF MEXICO — With success uncertain, a boat carrying a 100-ton concrete-and-steel contraption designed to siphon off the oil fouling the Gulf of Mexico arrived at the scene Thursday in an unprecedented attempt to cap a blown-out well spewing hundreds of thousands of gallons a day. Another boat with a crane would start lowering the box to ...

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