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Judge refuses to suspend oil spill settlement payments

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has rejected BP’s latest request to suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast residents and businesses while former FBI Director Louis Freeh leads an independent investigation of the program, which compensates victims of the company’s 2010 oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s order today says an internal probe by […] [...]

Voters say no to new tax for recreational development

GAUTIER — The Gautier recreation department will not be getting any improvements. At least not right now. The Sun Herald reports residents voted down a referendum Tuesday in a special election to levy a 2 percent tax on hotels, motels and prepared food and beverages. The referendum received only 54 percent of vote. It needed […] [...]

Another city approves liquor sales at restaurants

BRANDON — Liquor will flow in Brandon. The Clarion-Ledger reports voters yesterday approved a referendum that will allow liquor sales within the city limits. Including absentee ballots, 3,051 voters said yes and 1,190 said no. As a cost-saving measure, all six wards voted in City Hall and paper ballots were used. Brandon is the seventh […] [...]

Road project expected to spur casino development

BILOXI — The extension of Back Bay Boulevard won’t quite complete “the loop” around East Biloxi but it will be enough for casino developers to invest millions in the city. The Sun Herald reports city council members heard a proposal yesterday for using $5 million from the Mississippi Development Authority to complete Phase I of […] [...]

Casino planning $50M hotel tower renovation on Coast

GULFPORT — Island View Casino Resort is expanding with a planned $50 million investment to transform a hotel tower vacant since Hurricane Katrina into a 400-room hotel and convention center. The Sun Herald reported the tower on the south side of U.S. Highway 90 had been part of Grand Casino Gulfport before Katrina struck in […] [...]

Judge sets deadline for oil spill claims administrator to respond to BP allegations

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has set an Aug. 26 deadline for court-supervised claims administrator Patrick Juneau to respond to BP’s allegations that it has uncovered new allegations of fraud and conflicts of interest inside a settlement program that has awarded billions of dollars to Gulf Coast businesses and residents. In an order yesterday, […] [...]

City leaders approve new liquor law in hopes of attracting businesses

BROOKHAVEN — Aldermen have chosen to adopt a comprehensive liquor law, which city attorney Joe Fernald says could attract new businesses to the city. The Daily Leader reports the action by the Board of Aldermen followed a June 4 referendum in which 69 percent of those voting approved of liquor sales in Brookhaven. The aldermen […] [...]

Judge rules BP must pay oil spill settlement administrator

NEW ORLEANS — A federal magistrate has ordered BP to pay more than $130 million in fees to the court-supervised administrator of its multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents after the company’s 2010 oil spill. U.S. Magistrate Sally Shushan ruled that BP is obligated to fund the settlement program’s third-quarter budget even though […] [...]

Halliburton to plead guilty to obstruction in oil spill investigation

NEW ORLEANS — Halliburton Energy Services has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence in connection with the 2010 Gulf oil spill, the Department of Justice said yesterday. Federal officials said in a news release that a criminal information charging Halliburton with one count of destruction of evidence was filed in federal court in Louisiana. […] [...]

State’s casinos see 7 percent drop in revenue

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi casino revenue resumed its year-over-year slide in June after showing positive results in May. Statewide casino revenue fell nearly 7 percent from June 2012 to $174.5 million, according to Mississippi Department of revenue figures. The state’s gambling halls eked out a 1 percent gain in 2012, because revenue rebounded after most […] [...]

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