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Columbus Riverwalk may be extended to Air Force base

COLUMBUS — The city of Columbus is planning to extend the Riverwalk to Columbus Air Force Base with some state and federal help. Mayor Robert Smith tells WTVA-TV in Tupelo that the Mississippi House has voted to provide $5 million to the project. The bill is pending in the Senate. Under the plan, the trail would extend to the south ...

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Mississippi casino revenues rise, driven by coast winnings

JACKSON — Gamblers lost more money at Mississippi casinos in January, as Gulf Coast gambling halls continued gains of recent months. State Department of Revenue figures show casinos statewide won $165 million from gamblers in January, up 3.4 percent from $159 million in January 2014. The 11 coastal casinos won $87.3 million, up 7 percent from January 2014. The 17 ...

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(UPDATED — BREAKING NEWS) American Specialty Alloys won’t locate $1.2B mill in Mississippi

By JACK WEATHERLY American Specialty Alloys, a startup aluminum manufacturer that had been in negotiations with the Mississippi Development Authority and the Golden Triangle development agency since last spring, announced late Friday it has signed a deal with the state of Louisiana to build a $1.2 billion mill in Pineville, which is adjacent to Alexandria on the Red River. Rumors ...

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TVA changing the way in charges for electricity

CHATTANOOGA — The Tennessee Valley Authority is giving notice that it plans to change the way it charges customers for electricity. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the nation’s largest public utility notified local power companies this month that its pricing schedules will be tweaked when the board meets in August to adopt a budget for next year. TVA officials ...

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Federal highway money to Mississippi flattens as needs eyed

JACKSON — As Mississippi leaders study ways to deal with the state’s crumbling highways and bridges, declining federal funds aren’t helping the situation. The Federal Highway Trust Fund allotted $1.4 billion to Mississippi in 2013. After adjusting for inflation, that’s 3 percent less than in 2008, though it’s 10 percent more than 10 years ago. The money comes from federal ...

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Jim Hood qualifies for re-election bid

By Bobby Harrison JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood of Chickasaw County, Mississippi’s sole statewide elected Democrat, has confirmed that he has qualified to seek re-election. The qualifying deadline is Feb. 27, and the three-term attorney general has caused some speculation by not committing earlier to a re-election effort. Thus far no other candidate has qualified for the office of ...

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Judicial watchdog agency seeks suspension for Madison judge

JACKSON — A judicial watchdog commission is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to suspend a Madison County judge recently arrested for simple assault on a vulnerable person. The Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance filed the petition Thursday with the court. The petition cites Justice Court Judge Bill Weisenberger for assaulting a mentally disabled African-American male at a flea market last ...

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National beef symposium heads to Biloxi in 2015

BILOXI — A national organization dedicated to improving the beef industry will hold its annual meeting on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in June and bring together cattle producers from across the world. The 2015 Beef Improvement Federation Convention, themed “Rebuilding a Cowherd,” will take place June 9-12 at the Beau Rivage Hotel and Conference Center in Biloxi. The annual conference allows participants ...

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Mississippi’s official state website awarded for excellence

JACKSON The State of Mississippi’s award-winning website has been nationally recognized again for excellence in interactive media. Ms.gov was recently honored with the Interactive Media Awards (IMA) Best In Class Award and the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts W3 Award. These mark the third and fourth awards the innovative, mobile-oriented site has received this year. “The State of Mississippi’s website was chosen out of ...

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