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Man accused of trying to trade sports bar for cocaine

GULFPORT — Federal authorities in south Mississippi have charged a man with trying to trade a Gulfport bar for a large quantity of cocaine. Victor Darnell Williams was arrested Friday. He appeared in U.S. District Court in Gulfport on Monday for a preliminary hearing. The judge said there was enough evidence to send the case to a grand jury. He ...

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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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State's casinos see 7 percent drop in revenue

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi casino revenue resumed its year-over-year slide in June after showing positive results in May. Statewide casino revenue fell nearly 7 percent from June 2012 to $174.5 million, according to Mississippi Department of revenue figures. The state’s gambling halls eked out a 1 percent gain in 2012, because revenue rebounded after most Mississippi River casinos were affected ...

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New mayor says new ordinace on nightclubs 'too broad'

TUPELO — Questions about Tupelo’s new nightclub ordinance have prompted the city council to hold another public meeting on the regulations on Friday. City officials, including Tupelo Police Chief Tony Carleton, have said enforcement will be “complaint driven.” Mayor-elect Jason Shelton, who will take office Monday, tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal the ordinance appears too broad and he wants ...

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Gaming expert: City could wait years for casino growth

NATCHEZ — Despite increased revenues since the city’s second casino opened in December, a Mississippi gambling expert says it could take several years for Natchez to see substantial growth to the local casino market. Former University of Southern Mississippi professor, researcher and author Dr. Denise Runge said she would, of course, not have expected local gambling revenues to instantaneously double ...

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Casino hotel construction playing beat the clock

BILOXI — The countdown is on and those driving by the new hotel construction on U.S. 90 are watching to see if the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi can make its planned opening by New Year’s Eve. Todd Raziano, CFO at the casino, tells The Sun Herald Premier Entertainment Biloxi and Hard Rock International are investing $32.5 million for ...

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State's casinos finally see an increase in revenue over 2012

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi casino revenue rose in May, the first month in 2013 that state’s gross casino revenue was higher than in 2012. Revenue was up 3 percent statewide to $192.7 million in May, according to the report from the Mississippi Department of Revenue. South Mississippi’s 12 casinos won $95.1 million in May, up more than $4 million from ...

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Commission approves sale of Ameristar to Pinnacle

JACKSON — The Mississippi Gaming Commission has unanimously approved the Pinnacle Entertainment’s proposed acquisition of Ameristar Casinos. According to a release from Pinnacle, completion of the transaction remains subject to the receipt of additional required regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. “Ameristar Casino Hotel Vicksburg is a terrific addition to our portfolio and nicely complements our existing operations in the ...

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South's oldest casino to reopen as Golden Nugget

BILOXI — Although its hotel is still in the middle of a $100 million makeover, the oldest casino in the South will reopen at 1 p.m. Friday with a new look as the Golden Nugget Casino Biloxi. Changes range from new windows and fewer walls to new carpet and new nametags, The Sun Herald reported. They are only the first ...

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