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D’Iberville casino approved; Diamondhead site rejected

June 26, 2014

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The Mississippi Gulf Coast is gaining one casino, but a second casino proposal was denied by the Mississippi Gaming Commission at its monthly meeting Thursday in Jackson. After receiving approval for its financing plan, Land Holdings 1 was given the okay to begin construction on the Scarlet Pearl casino, which will be located east of […]

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Potential casinos in D’Iberville, Diamondhead await Gaming Commission rulings

June 25, 2014

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Two new potential Gulf Coast casinos hope to take their next steps toward reality Thursday at the 9 a.m. monthly meeting of the Mississippi Gaming Commission in Jackson. Developers of the Scarlet Pearl Casino in D’Iberville, hope to receive approval to begin construction on a site east of the I-110 bridge across the Back Bay […]

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Jackson to host free fireworks and show July 3 at Smith Wills

June 24, 2014

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Special to the MBJ The City of Jackson will host its first Fireworks Extravaganza July 3 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Smith Wills Stadium, 1200 Lakeland Dr. The event, which the city hopes to hold annually, is free and open to the public. The event will feature a 20-minute fireworks display and entertainment […]

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Gaming revenues down again in May

June 23, 2014

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The fall in gross gaming revenues at Mississippi’s 30 casinos continued in May, according to figures released by the Mississippi Gaming Commission. Statewide, revenue fell from $192.2 million in May of 2013 to $171.8 million this year that’s a drop of 10.6 percent. As has been the trend, the Mississippi River casinos, which stretch from […]

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Fixing leaks and turning back old age: Capitol getting specialized face lift

June 20, 2014

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Restoration of the Capitol will continue through late 2016.

JACKSON, Mississippi – The Mississippi State Capitol building here is getting its first restoration and repair in 30 years, the state Department of Finance & Administration said in announcing the start of the 2-year, $6.9 million project. Work crews are installing massive construction scaffolding that will envelop different parts of the 110- year-old structure over […]

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Natchez Trace officials warn of dogs following cyclist’s attack

June 17, 2014

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Bicyclists using a stretch of the Natchez Trace in the Madison area have more to look out for than just vehicular traffic, and this hazard really bites. Yesterday morning, a 64-year-old bicyclist was attacked and bitten by a pack of dogs near mile marker 113.5 on the Natchez Trace Parkway. The cyclist was traveling southbound […]

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Mississippi State Fair gets new executive director

June 16, 2014

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Veteran venue manager Rick Reno has been named to replace Billy Orr as executive director of the Mississippi Fair Commission.   Reno is currently executive director of VenuWorks in Dodge City, Kan. The Louisiana native has more than 40 years in facilities management and is a certified facilities executive recognized by the International Association of […]

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MGM granted Massachusetts’s first casino license

June 13, 2014

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted unanimously today to issue the state’s first casino operators license to MGM, which plans to build an $800 million casino, hotel, and entertainment and shopping complex in downtown Springfield. MGM also owns the Beau Rivage in Biloxi and the the Gold Strike in Tunica Resorts.   Now, concerned parties must […]

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NY Times: Tunica’s casino closing impacts more than gambling

June 12, 2014

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Apparently, Mississippi’s successful venture into the casino industry 20 years ago was so outstanding that it ultimately led to the industry unraveling in the Tunica market — once the third-largest casino market in the country. “No one knew in 1993 or 1994 what it was going to be like, and then Mississippi showed the world […]

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Voters view casinos more favorably, industry poll shows

June 10, 2014

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In an attempt to find national political support for the gaming industry, the American Gaming Association Tuesday released highlights of a poll that it says shows voters view gaming more favorably than in previous years. According to the poll, more Americans embrace gaming, and more Americans believe casinos create jobs and strengthen local communities. It […]

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