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Coast casinos' revenues up, but riverboats continue to struggle

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi Gulf Coast casinos won a bit more from gamblers in February but that increase couldn’t overcome bigger revenue declines at casinos along the Mississippi River. Mississippi Department of Revenue figures show statewide casino revenue to $182 million in February, down fell 3 percent from 2013’s second month. Revenue has fallen in 18 of the last 20 ...

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Farmer-owned coop pays patronage for 19th year in a row

RIDGELAND — First South Farm Credit member-borrowers will receive approximately $13 million in patronage refund checks in April. Patronage, which is a form of dividend payment, is based on the association’s year-end earnings. Shep Morris, chairman of the First South board of directors, said, “This is the 19th consecutive year we’ve paid a patronage refund. Over that period of time ...

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Man arrested for selling bogus goods at flea market

JEFFERSON DAVIS COUNTY — A Mississippi man has been arrested for the sale of counterfeit goods in the Columbia area, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. Willie “Bo” Lorenzo Greer, 60, of Jefferson Davis County was arrested following an undercover investigation by the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division. Greer is accused of selling the items at a flea market in ...

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Two men lose appeal of health care bribery, kickback charges

BATESVILLE — A federal appeals court has reinstated the convictions of two men involved in a case of bribery and kickbacks involving a north Mississippi hospital. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled yesterday in cases against Ray Shoemaker and Lee Garner. The government alleges Shoemaker, a former administrator at Tri-Lakes Medical ...

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Bad rap? County cancels contract for Lil Boosie concert

Folks planning on seeing rap artist Lil Boosie in a concert at the Jackson County Fairgrounds may be in for a disappointment An attorney for a spring break promotion group say they are still hoping to host a Lil Boosie rap concert at the Jackson County Fairgrounds despite a contract dispute with Jackson County. The county has canceled a contract ...

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MEC poll: Health care ranks tops among Jackson businesses

JACKSON — Business and community leaders in the Jackson area believe health care tops the list of opportunities for future economic growth in their area, according to a Dec. 17, 2013, survey. The survey was part of the Mississippi Economic Council’s Blueprint Mississippi Pathway to Progress Tour that traveled to 19 cities in all regions of Mississippi over the last ...

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Court of Appeals upholds Madison's rental ordinance

MADISON — The state Court of Appeals has denied property owner Mike Crook’s challenge to a city of Madison ordinance he argues was designed to keep renters out of the Jackson suburb. Crook was convicted in 2011 of violating the ordinance and fined $600. City officials say Crook, a former Madison County chancery clerk and ex-Ridgeland aldermen, didn’t post a ...

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Lawmakers recommend six members for charter school board

JACKSON — A Mississippi Senate panel is endorsing all six members of the state’s first charter school governing board. The Education Committee voted to recommend that the full Senate confirm the six. They have been serving since last summer, since three were nominated by the governor and three by the lieutenant governor. The 52-member Senate will consider the confirmations this ...

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