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Buyer sues DiamondJacks owner to get back deposit

The Oklahoma Indian tribe that planned to buy DiamondJacks casinos in Bossier City, La., and Vicksburg is now suing to get back the $6.25 million deposit it put down on the purchase. Global Gaming Solutions, a unit of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, wants a federal bankruptcy judge to declare it didn’t break its agreement to buy the two gambling ...

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THE MBJ VIEW: Saving downtown Jackson and big dollars to boot

Say a cash-strapped state like Mississippi had an opportunity to save tens of millions of dollars on office space in the coming decades while injecting new economic life into its capital city. How fast would you give the idea a thumbs-up – or at least an in-depth look ? State Sen. David Blount wants the state to initiate a phased-in ...

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Mississippi stops slide in casino revenues – sort of

Mississippi casinos have halted their four-year slide in annual gross gaming revenues — or have they? In records released recently by the Mississippi Department of Revenue, gaming revenue in 2012 showed an increase of $12 million over 2011. That stopped a streak of four consecutive years where gaming revenues dropped by an average of about $160 million per year. “Yes, ...

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Beau Rivage guest rooms go smoke-free

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi has banned smoking in its 1,740 hotel rooms. The move is based on feedback from hotel guests, spokeswoman Mary Cracchiolo-Spain told The Sun-Herald. Smoking is still allowed in the resort’s 95 suites. It also is allowed on most of the gaming floor, and in the gourmet restaurants. Smoking has been banned in the ...

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Saints egged on in Atlanta; Mississippi Fruit & Vegetable Growers wrap up Jackson trade show

  A claim by New Orleans Saints players that airport workers pelted their bus with eggs after they touched down in Atlanta for tonight’s game in the Georgia Dome brought this headline on Charlie Harper’s PeachPundit.com website: “Atlanta Airport Workers Promote GA Agribusiness To Arriving Tourists.” Why the poultry party? Perhaps it’s because the Saints own the Falcons,  often seen ...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Barbour sets record straight on Kemper County Coal Plant

Recently Louie Miller, spokesman for the Sierra Club, criticized the Legislature and me for “costing Kemper County residents millions.” Let me set the record straight. The Sierra Club is fighting the construction of a cutting edge, clean coal electric power generation facility by Mississippi Power in Kemper County. It will be the first commercial scale carbon capture and sequestration system ...

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Bill Yates to be honored at Innovators Hall of Fame Awards Gala Nov. 13; Fred Haise to headline Conference on Technology Innovation Nov. 14

The Mississippi Technology Alliance (MTA) will host the Mississippi Innovators Hall of Fame Awards Gala, Nov. 13. The 13th Annual Conference on Technology Innovation, hosted by MTA, will be held Nov. 14. Both events will be held at the Jackson Convention Complex. The Mississippi Innovators Hall of Fame was established in 2008 as a tribute to the many innovative and ...

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No full Ms. jobs rebound until end of decade, Outlook report predicts

Mississippi will be nearing the end of this decade before job numbers in manufacturing, leisure & hospitality and several other sectors returns to the pre-recession levels of 2007, state economists say in a new report. The news is not entirely bad, however. The November issue of the Mississippi Economic Outlook reports that the leading indicators by which state economists gauge ...

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CARTER: As in Mississippi, Florida’s jobs chief Gray Swoope exports jobs

Here’s a question most all home-state business services professionals  eager to get a public contract have ponder: Why is it that a public official tends to think an “expert” is anyone who lives at least one state away? Which brings us to the latest episode of things that Gray Swoope, former executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, is doing ...

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