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Project manager proposes green space for ex-casino site

BILOXI — Land south of U.S. Highway 90 where Harrah’s Entertainment planned to build the original Margaritaville Casino would become green space under a proposal presented this week to Biloxi officials. Jason Wald, a project manager with Yates Construction, met this week with members of the city’s development review committee. Wald said Harrah’s officials want the area to be open ...

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Plane makes emergency landing in Jackson

JACKSON, Mississippi — A United Airlines flight from Chicago to New Orleans made an emergency landing at the Jackson-Evers International Airport Monday night after the plane developed a mechanical problem Bonnie Wilson, spokeswoman for the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority, says in a statement that United Flight 1263 landed about 9:30 p.m. She says there were no injuries to any passengers ...

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Boyd Gaming reports drop in in-state net revenue

LAS VEGAS — Boyd Gaming Corporation reports fourth-quarter 2013 net revenues of $681.5 million, up 9.1 percent from $624.7 million during the same quarter in 2012. Total Adjusted EBITDAwas $131.5 million, an increase of 30.4 percent from $100.9 million in the year-ago quarter. Results reflect the addition of the operations of Peninsula Gaming, LLC, which was acquired by the company ...

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Quapaw Canoe Company gains legislative support in battle with tax department

A small business owner fighting what he feels is unfair state taxation can feel pretty lonely. John Ruskey of Quapaw Canoe Company of Clarksdale has run up $20,000 in legal and accounting bills fighting a $41,000 bill from the Mississippi Department of Revenue (DOR) for sales taxes on Quapaw’s educational canoe tours from 2009 to 2012. Ruskey hasn’t been collecting ...

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White House hotel making comeback in Biloxi

One of the Gulf Coast’s flagship beachfront hotels is being restored from top to bottom and its long awaited reopening is set for mid summer. The historic White House Hotel, which sat empty for years, dates back to the 1890s and is the last of Biloxi’s popular 1920s era tourist hotels that included the Edgewater Gulf Hotel and Tivoli Hotel. ...

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Local travel agents are in it for the long haul

Travelers have loads of online options when they’re buying plane tickets, booking cruises or just researching vacation destinations. But, travel agents say websites can’t match the expertise, experience and personal touch they can provide, especially when things go awry. As one Jackson travel agency says on its own website, “The Internet is for looking. McGehee Cruise & Vacation is for ...

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John Ferrucci'a perfect voice is perfect for the Silver Slipper Casino

John Ferrucci keeps a high profile as the general manager of Silver Slipper Casino on the beach in Hancock County, but he’s probably better known for his Jersey-tinged voice in the casino’s radio and TV commercials. The ad’s catchy jingle to “Come on down to the Silver Slipper. Pass a good time at the Silver Slipper,” was written by longtime ...

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Isle of Capri records loss; says state properties face 'pressure'

ST. LOUIS — Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. has reported financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2014 ended Jan. 26. Diluted income (loss) per share from continuing operations for the quarter was $0.24 compared to ($0.06) for the third quarter last year. Income from continuing operations was impacted by the reversal of a $2-million litigation accrual due ...

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Gaming company shuffles leadership at three casinos

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Penn National Gaming Inc. has made leadership changes at its three Mississippi properties. Effective next month, Steve Lambert, acting general manager of Hollywood Casino Perryville (now owned and operated by Gaming & Leisure Properties Inc.) since July 2013, has been named general manager of Hollywood Casino Tunica. In addition, under a change in leadership structure for the ...

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Bill’s demise ends state sales tax rebates for retail development

Mississippi’s tourism tax development incentives failed to gain enough legislative support for renewal last week and will expire July 1, ending the state’s practice of awarding tens of millions of dollars as incentives for development of shopping malls and retail plazas. The Mississippi Development Authority so far has awarded up to $155 million in potential subsidies for three shopping malls ...

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