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November Mississippi casino revenue dips after October rise

Mississippi casinos saw revenue fall in November, with gamblers losing 4 percent less statewide. Figures released by the state Revenue Department show casinos won $155 million in November, down from $161 million in 2015’s same month. Gamblers lost $88 million at the 12 coastal casinos — 4 percent less than last November. It’s only the sixth decrease for coastal casinos ...

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Feds: Man faces charge in illegal sports betting case

Court records show a South Mississippi man faces prosecution in an illegal sports betting enterprise involving internet-based sports books in Costa Rica and the United States. The Sun Herald reports Kenneth Schmitt, accused of committing his crimes in Diamondhead and Biloxi, is set for an initial appearance Dec. 20 in federal court. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has charged Schmitt in ...

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Mississippi joins fight for legal sports betting

Mississippi and several other states have joined New Jersey’s fight to legalize sports betting in a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court. The Clarion-Ledger reports Attorney General Jim Hood signed onto the brief submitted by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, as did the attorneys general of Arizona, Louisiana and Wisconsin. New Jersey in October appealed a lower court’s ...

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Biloxi council wants to know more about waterfront plan

The Biloxi City Council had the first reading on rezoning the land around Margaritaville Resort but slowed down action on the proposed waterfront plan. The Sun Herald reports the council voted unanimously Tuesday to table the first reading and hold a public hearing to get more information about what the plan involves, the cost and possible funding. City Attorney Gerald ...

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Mississippi casino revenue rises strongly in September

Mississippi casinos raked in the chips from gamblers in September, with statewide casino revenue increasing nearly 4 percent. Figures released by the state Revenue Department show casinos won $171 million from gamblers in September, up from $165 million in September 2015. Gamblers lost $98 million at the 12 coastal casinos, up 7 percent from last September. It’s the 23nd increase ...

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Biloxi planning panel tables rezoning around Margaritaville

The Biloxi Planning Commission has delayed a hearing on the rezoning of land around the Margaritaville Resort. The Sun Herald reports five minutes before the planning commission meeting Thursday, a decision was reached between attorneys for the city and the Secretary of State’s Office to slow down the rezoning process. The planners meet again on Nov. 3. The planning commission ...

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Rezoning near Margaritaville could cost Coast millions

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says the Mississippi Gulf Coast will lose millions of dollars in tax revenue if Biloxi’s proposal to rezone 20 acres of waterfront property where Margaritaville developers want to build a $140 million expansion. Hosemann says rezoning the property and leasing it for only $2 per square-foot would result in the Coast losing $25 million. Local ...

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Biloxi budget approval vote set for Sept. 20

The Biloxi City Council has questioned the budget for the coming year that has the city spending $60.4 million while taking in revenue of $57.3 million. The Sun Herald reports Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said Tuesday the administration expects to start the fiscal year Oct. 1 with a $5 million balance. Gilich expects to end the fiscal year with $1.9 million ...

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Developers look at Long Beach for new casino

Developers are looking at Long Beach as a possible casino site and have made an offer to buy the city’s yacht club. The Sun Herald reports the company was registered with the Secretary of State in May and lists James Parrish, owner of The Inn at Magnolia Alley in Bay St. Louis and other businesses in South Mississippi, as manager. ...

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Natchez officials hope casino can help with city’s cash woes

Natchez city officials are asking Magnolia Bluffs Casino to pay one-quarter of its annual lease payment in advance so the city can pay employees and its bills on time. The Natchez Democrat reports that Ward 1 Alderwoman Joyce Arceneaux-Mathis told the Natchez Board of Aldermen at a Tuesday meeting the city does not have enough cash to pay employees or the ...

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