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AirTran discontinuing Coast flights in March

GULFPORT — AirTran Airways has announced that it is ending its flights to Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. Christopher White, an AirTran spokesman, tells The Sun Herald that flights will end March 6. The low-fare airline offers flights from Gulfport to Atlanta and Tampa, Fla., three times a week. White says the airline looked at the performance at the Gulfport airport and ...

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Churchill Downs finalizes acquisition of Harlow's

GREENVILLE — Churchill Downs of Louisville, Ky., has completed its purchase of a Mississippi casino and hotel for about $138 million. The company, which owns Churchill Downs in Louisville and three other racetracks, will have a public ceremony today to mark the transfer of ownership of Harlow’s Casino Resort & Hotel in Greenville. Harlow’s sits on about 69 acres of ...

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Casino workers might get oil spill assistance

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The agency in charge of paying Gulf of Mexico oil spill claims is requesting information from casinos that could lead to payments to hundreds of gambling employees previously denied damage claims, the head of an industry trade group says. Beverly Martin, executive director of the Coast Casino Operators Association, told The Sun Herald that she talked ...

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Welcome Center reopens following renovations

PEARL RIVER COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has completed a $910,000 construction project involving site improvements to the Welcome Center on Interstate 59 in Pearl River County. The center opened to the public yesterday. This project is the second of two projects that included renovating the existing Welcome Center hospitality building, adding security features, widening the parking ...

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Analyst: Casinos to see mixed results

GULF COAST — A Jefferies & Co. analyst said casinos along the Gulf Coast should report mixed results in upcoming revenue reports, noting the region still lags other markets. Analyst David Katz said he expects Penn National Gaming Inc.’s Hollywood Casino to report a 12.2 percent decline in fourth-quarter revenue at $27.9 million. Pinnacle Entertainment Inc.’s Boomtown property should post ...

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Destination: Vicksburg wedding

VICKSBURG — Vicksburg’s antebellum homes, its history, its Southern charm and the Mississippi River are assets the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau hopes will draw brides and grooms to the city. “Destination weddings are big business for tourist locations,” said Bill Seratt, VCVB executive director. “For years, people have gone off to the islands and Colorado.” To keep up, VCVB ...

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Jackson Blues Trail marker unveiled Thursday

JACKSON – A Mississippi Blues Trail marker will be unveiled Thursday in downtown Jackson to honor was one of the first businesses to offer professional recording technology. The marker will honor Scott Radio Service Company, which was used by Jackson-based Trumpet Record Label for its first sessions with blues artists from 1950 to 1952. The business closed in the 1970s. ...

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Manning to open restaurant in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning will open a restaurant in association with the Harrah’s Hotel and Casino complex in downtown New Orleans. The Times-Picayune reports the restaurant, called Manning’s, will have a bar and courtyard. It is scheduled to open in fall 2011. Manning, a Mississippi native, starred at Ole Miss before joining the ...

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City to vote on proposed tourism tax

SOUTHAVEN — A 1 percent tourism tax is on the ballot Tuesday in Southaven. The Commercial Appeal reports the money generated from the tax on restaurant bills is expected to pay for the proposed $35 million parks expansion and improvement plan. The city received clearance last week from the U.S. Justice Department to hold the special election. Southaven Mayor Greg ...

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