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Mississippi casino sale canceled after antitrust questions

The sale of a Mississippi casino has been canceled in the face of antitrust concerns. Eldorado Resorts of Reno, Nevada, says it won’t sell Lady Luck Casino in Vicksburg to Churchill Downs of Louisville, Kentucky. The sale was supposed to be a package deal in which the Kentucky company is also buying Presque Isle Downs & Casino in Erie, Pennsylvania. ...

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Lawsuit: Mississippi legislative district dilutes black vote

A state Senate district in Mississippi dilutes black voting power and should be redrawn, three African-American plaintiffs say in a federal lawsuit filed Monday. The suit asks a judge to order legislators to reconfigure the district before the 2019 state elections. District 22 has a 51 percent black voting-age population, and the suit says it lacks “real electoral opportunity” for African-Americans. ...

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Yokohama tire plant fires 29 for fake work certificates

A Mississippi tire factory says it has fired 29 employees for using fake worker certifications to get jobs. The unit Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. tells WCBI-TV that the workers didn’t meet requirements to get a job at the West Point plant. The Japanese company says it’s investigating and has created safeguards to prevent it from happening again. The workers obtained fraudulent certificates ...

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Agency: ‘Political pressure’ drives $2M road to Reeves’ home

The head of the Mississippi’s road-building agency says political pressure is why her cash-strapped department is building a $2 million access road to a gated subdivision where Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves lives. “Yes. Political pressure. From the Legislature,” Mississippi Department of Transportation Executive Director Melinda McGrath told the Clarion Ledgerwhen asked why construction is starting this month on the road. “We ...

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Butler Snow names Mandy Pope new chief financial officer

Butler Snow has announced that Mandy Pope has been named the firm’s new chief financial officer after an expansive search. Pope will fill the role formerly held by Rance Sapen who was recently promoted to chief operating officer of the firm. “We are thrilled to welcome Mandy to our firm,” said Donald Clark, Jr., chairman of Butler Snow. “Her extensive experience in strategic ...

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5 in special election to succeed Gipson in Mississippi House

Five candidates are competing in a special election to fill a seat in the Mississippi House. Polls are open until 7 p.m. Tuesday in District 77 in parts of Rankin and Simpson counties. If a runoff is needed, it will be July 31. The winner will serve until January 2020, finishing a term started by Republican Andy Gipson of Braxton. ...

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Topazi, who led Mississippi rebuild post-Katrina, dies at 68

The man credited with helping to “get the lights back on in 11 days” as Mississippi’s Gulf Coast recovered from Hurricane Katrina has died at the age of 68. News outlets report former Mississippi Power Co. President Anthony Topazi died Friday from complications from ALS, known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The Alabama native was at the utility’s helm in when ...

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Mississippi governor names Shad White as new state auditor

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Friday named an attorney who leads a conservative legal group to be the new state auditor. Shad White, 32, has been Mississippi Justice Institute director since December. He has also been involved in Republican politics for years, including working as a policy adviser in 2011 for then-Lt. Gov. Bryant and running Bryant’s campaign for a ...

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