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Supervisors vote down Coast marina project

ST. MARTIN — The Jackson County Board of Supervisors has rejected plans for a new marina in St. Martin. Board president Melton Harris said the developer wanted to build a 21-slip marina and a restaurant on St. Martin Bayou. A supporter of the plan estimated that it would have been a $12-million investment. Harris said the board rejected the proposal ...

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New Coast Visitors Center officially opens

BILOXI — Biloxi’s new Visitors Center has officially opened. WLOX TV reports that the $13-million center doesn’t just offer brochures about local attractions. It also provides tourists with an in-depth lesson about the Biloxi area’s history, using multi-media displays. Manager Ed Miles said he expects the center, which officially opened Aug. 8, to be a destination for teachers and students ...

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Cruise line bringing larger ship to Big Easy

NEW ORLEANS — Norwegian Cruise Line is replacing its New Orleans-based ship with a larger one. CityBusiness of New Orleans said the company will send the Spirit to the Mediterranean on April 15 to spend the summer in Europe. It has a capacity of 2,018 passengers. Coming to New Orleans on Nov. 4, 2012, will be the Norweigian Star, with ...

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City taking over ownership of historic hotel

GULFPORT — Gulfport’s City Council has voted to take ownership of a closed, historic hotel that needs major repairs, although a current owner says that effort will be fought. The Markham hotel was built in the 1920s. In later years it was used for office space but now officials describe it as a blighted home for vagrants and rodents. It ...

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Construction underway on new Coast hotel

D’IBERVILLE — Early stages of construction are underway in D’Iberville on one of the latest Home2 Suites by Hilton. This will be the entry of the recently launched brand into the Mississippi market. The property was the ninth Home2 Suites to break ground since Hilton Worldwide first introduced the brand concept in early 2009, and is slated for completion in ...

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Mayor: No more taxpayer money for museum

BILOXI — Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway is making it clear that he does not want to use tax dollars to support the Ohr O’Keefe Museum of Art. Holloway discussed the issue yesterday morning at his annual “Breakfast with the Mayor.” As he discussed the city budget that he and the City Council are working on, Holloway said the museum has ...

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Delta flights continuing as airport seeks replacement

HATTIESBURG — Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport officials say Delta Airlines will continue service to the airport until a replacement carrier is found. On July 15, Delta announced its intentions to discontinue service to 24 smaller, more rural markets, including Hattiesburg-Laurel. Airport executive Thomas Heanue tells The Hattiesburg American that he’s hoping local residents will support Delta as a way of showing ...

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Moody's downgrades Choctaws' securities post-raid

CHOCTAW — Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded $200 million in securities borrowed by the Choctaw Resort Development Enterprise to junk bond status. That action came two days after the FBI raided the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians’ casinos at the Pearl River Resort near Philadelphia, The Clarion-Ledger reported. The FBI’s investigation may “indicate potential internal control weaknesses and could affect ...

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Senators urge panel to approve battlefield expansion bill

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are encouraging a Senate panel to advance their legislation authorizing the expansion of three units of the Vicksburg National Military Park. The National Park Subcommittee of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has received testimony on the Champion Hill, Port Gibson and Raymond Battlefield Addition Act (S.265). Cochran ...

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With train depot dry, city officials plan for future

VICKSBURG — When the Mississippi River climbed to historic heights nearly three months ago, it dumped four feet of water into the former railroad depot that became the icon of the city’s tragedy as the story was told across the nation. Now, with the depot once again high and dry, city officials are hoping work that began on paper 10 ...

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