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'Scoping deer — Lab looking to boost public awareness

For decades now, the Deer Ecology and Management Lab at Mississippi State University has been conducting cutting-edge research into the understanding of whitetail deer and what they require to grow and prosper. The work is well-known among biologists and researchers, but outside of academia the lab’s work is generally unknown. However, the Deer Lab’s tag as one of Mississippi State’s ...

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Trophy season? Deer herd looking good for upcoming season

According to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, the state’s whitetail deer herd is smaller than it was last year as hunters prepared to take the field. And, that is a good thing. “Our deer population last year was high — extremely high; ridiculously high,” said Lann Wilf, leader of the MDWFP’s Deer Program. Wilf said the whitetail ...

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City council to hold hearing concerning zoning for new casino

BILOXI — The Biloxi City Council will hold a public hearing on Oct. 1 on a zoning change for an area west of Interstate 10 on the Back Bay for a $220 million casino. The Sun Herald reports that developers told the council last night that new flood regulations make the 18-acre site unaffordable for residential or small business development. ...

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Katrina-wrecked bed and breakfast prepares to reopen

BAY ST. LOUIS — A bed and breakfast destroyed eight years ago by Hurricane Katrina is about to re-open on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The Sun Herald reports the Bay Town Inn in Bay St. Louis is set to re-open on Sept. 21. Owner Nikki Moon says the project to bring the Bay Town Inn back had help from a ...

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Full House closes on financing, signs contracts for Silver Slipper hotel

HANCOCK COUNTY — Full House Resorts has closed on an amendment to its first lien credit agreement to provide for a $10-million loan from its first lien facility lenders, which will be used to fund a portion of the approximate $17.7-million construction of a 142-room hotel at the Silver Slipper Casino in Hancock County. Full House also has signed construction ...

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New CVB targets trash, blighted property to boost tourism

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Members of the new Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau are developing a vision and plan to increase tourism, starting in part by cleaning up South Mississippi. John McFarland, Tourism Partnership chairman, says a report presented by members of the Gulf Coast Regional Tourism Partnership showed the No. 1 negative perception of tourists is the ...

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Casino revenue down statewide, worst on Coast

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A sharp drop in coastal casino revenue contributed to a 6 percent drop in Mississippi gambling revenue in July. Mississippi Department of Revenue figures show statewide casino revenue fell 6 percent to $192.1 million. The 12 coastal casinos won $97 million from gamblers, down 8 percent from the $105.4 million they won in July 2012. The 18 ...

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Developer proposes new hotels, restaurants, office building

MERIDIAN — Two new hotels and two restaurants are on the drawing board for Meridian. Developer John Tampa of Ascent Hospitality Management Co. told the Meridian City Council that he wants to build a Marriot Fairfield Inn and Suites, a Marriott TownePlace Suites, an office building and two restaurants on a 16-acre site off Interstate 20. Tampa tells The Meridian ...

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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 the road construction. They also ...

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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 August 2005. Island View owners ...

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