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Reworking the way casinos are made in Mississippi

“You need more than just casinos. Slot machines are slot machines. You need to have a reason to come.” That basic logic by Executive Director Allen Godfrey is the impetus behind a sweeping proposal by the Mississippi Gaming Commission to modify regulations for new casinos in the state. Among the new regulations are requirements that properties have at least 40,000 ...

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Section 42 dispute in a familiar place

The dispute over the methods used to calculate tax liabilities for Section 42 housing developments is essentially where it was this time last year. The litigation brought by cities and counties against the Department of Revenue awaits a court ruling, and bills designed to clarify the situation circulate through the Capitol. The disagreement over how to assess tax value for ...

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Rep. Gardner 4th Mississippi lawmaker to die since November

JACKSON — Mississippi state Rep. Joe Gardner of Batesville, known for his quiet demeanor and carefully considering all sides of complex issues, died Monday. He was 68. Gardner died of “an apparent heart attack,” said Madison Drake, spokeswoman for Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville. The Democrat served in the 122-member House since 2007 and had been chairman the House Ethics ...

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Red Tide: ’Bama displaces Mississippi as most ‘conservative’ state

Alabama has taken the crown previously held by Mississippi as the most conservative state in the union, according to a new Gallup poll. Last year the top four were Mississippi, Utah, and Wyoming, with Alabama coming in fourth, Time magazine reports. Overall, Americans in 2012 remained more likely to identify as conservative (38 percent) than as moderate (36 percent) or ...

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Downtown group terminates leader — again

COLUMBUS — The group that promotes commercial development in downtown Columbus has fired it director and will launch a search for her replacement. The Commercial Dispatch reports it’s the second time in less than six months that Main Street Columbus is looking for a new director. The group’s board said in a statement that Nickie Nicholson had been fired, just ...

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Reeves tops state leaders for most campaign cash

JACKSON — Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves leads other Mississippi statewide elected official with campaign cash. The Clarion-Ledger reports Reeves had $853,571 in his campaign as of Jan. 31, according to records in the secretary of state’s office. Reeves was elected lieutenant governor in 2011 after two terms as state treasurer. Records show Gov. Phil Bryant ended the year with $606,058 ...

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Officials seize illegal nets, hundreds of pounds of fish

BILOXI — Mississippi marine officers have seized 11 gill nets — a total of 1,310 feet — and 333 pounds of illegal red drum from a man who was removing fish from his nets off in the Ansley community in Hancock County. The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources says Herman William Rieux of Hancock County was cited on 11 counts ...

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Fired agency director denies wrongdoing

BILOXI — A Jackson law firm is representing the fired executive director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, and says he has not done anything wrong. State and federal investigators are looking at spending under Bill Walker, of Ocean Springs, who was fired Jan. 15. The state Commission on Marine Resources said the dismissal was with cause, but did ...

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Delta creek restocked with fish following drought

LELAND, Miss. (AP) — State wildlife officials have restocked Deer Creek near Leland with bluegill fish. Leland Mayor James Lowe tells the Delta Democrat Times the creek’s fish population had dwindled during the summer when the creek reached near record low levels. Lowe says a fish kill last year also depleted the number of fish in the creek. Ronnie Yarbrough, ...

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Sentencing date set in antique store arson case

ABERDEEN — A sentencing date has been set for a man convicted of participating in the March 2011 arson at Lindley’s Antiques Mall in Oakland. Federal court records say James Flemons and Larry Loftis bought pump sprayers to use in the arson a month before burning the building. Prosecutors said they poured gas and kerosene in the building. Flemons reached ...

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