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Gulfport firm adds partners

Kimberly Marmalich Debbie Vignes Kimberly Marmalich, CPA, Cr.FA, and Deborah L. Vignes, CPA have been admitted as partners with Alexander, Van Loon, Sloan, Levens & Favre, PLLC, which has offices in Gulfport and Wiggins. Marmalich is a native of Long Beach. She joined Alexander Van Loon in 1996.  Since 2012, she has served as Director of the firm’s Audit and ...

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S&P upgrades Cooperative Energy

S&P Global Ratings has raised Cooperative Energy’s issuer credit rating from ‘A-’ to ‘A’. S&P Global Ratings also raised its rating on the cooperative’s series 2009A Mississippi Business Finance Corporation’s $40 million Gulf Opportunity Zone Bonds from ‘A-’ to ‘A’ with a stable outlook. Cooperative Energy (Cooperative), which recently changed its name from South Mississippi Electric Power Association, is a not-for-profit ...

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Mississippi Senate approves bill sending BP damages to coast

Mississippi senators want to create a new savings account channeling damage payments from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill to projects on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to approve Senate Bill 2634 , which would create an account to $750 million in receive economic damages that BP has agreed to pay to Mississippi over 17 years. The measure ...

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Former Hancock CEO to lead troubled New Orleans bank

The former CEO of Hancock and Whitney banks is taking over the reins of a troubled New Orleans bank. First NBC Bank Holding Co. said Monday that it has named Carl Chaney as CEO, pending regulator approval. Chaney retired from Hancock Holding Co. in 2015 after six years as co-CEO with John Hairston. First NBC is selling nine branches and ...

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Port director confident of meeting jobs requirement

The director of Mississippi’s port authority says the port of Gulfport has created 425 of the 1,300 new jobs required in exchange for $570 million in federal assistance granted after Hurricane Katrina. Jonathan Daniels discussed the progress Tuesday at a Gulfport Chamber of Commerce meeting. The Sun Herald reports that the federal money has been used since 2008 to restore ...

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Mississippi mulls regulations for fantasy sports betting

Fantasy sports betting operators could soon face an 8 percent tax on their Mississippi revenue. House Bill 967 would establish the tax and authorize the Mississippi Gaming Commission to regulate sports betting operations online or in casinos. The bill passed the House Gaming Committee on Thursday and moves to the full House for more debate. Mississippi legalized fantasy sports betting last ...

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Mississippi casino revenues rise in December and all of 2016

Mississippi casinos ended 2016 on a high note, with revenue rising in both December and the year. State Revenue Department figures show gamblers lost $171 million in December, up 2 percent from $167 million in the same month in 2015. Revenue rose 1 percent in 2016 to $2.12 billion. That’s the second yearly increase after seven declines, but statewide collections ...

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Hotel Pass Christian is big on amenities

By LISA MONTI Hotel Pass Christian, under construction on the beachfront in the small town it is named for, will open late next month with plenty of amenities plus more to come in the spring. Owner Jourdan Nicaud’s Bacchus on the Beach restaurant, across Scenic Drive from the boutique hotel, will prepare all room service for guests. Nicaud also owns ...

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New steakhouses heading to Coast

By LISA MONTI In the heart of the seafood loving Mississippi Coast, where menus tend to be top- heavy with shrimp, oysters, crabs and fish dishes, a couple of new restaurants are specializing in sizzling steaks served with traditional sides and top brands of wine and liquor. In Pass Christian, restaurateur Thomas Genin has opened a small steakhouse on the ...

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Pearl River Community College president to retire in June

Pearl River Community College President William Lewis is set to retire this summer. News outlets report that school officials in a news release that Lewis notified the college’s Board of Trustees on Tuesday that he will retire June 30. He has been president of PRCC since 2000. Adam Breerwood, vice president for the Poplarville campus and Hancock Center, will take ...

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