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Casino revenue up, but gaming along river remains depressed

It has been an easy year so far for the state’s casinos, but there is finally some good news, at least for venues on the Coast. Mississippi Department of Revenue figures show casinos took in about $179.1 million in August, compared to about $178.4 million a year ago, according to The Associated Press. The 12 casinos in coastal counties won ...

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Great River Road celebration set for 75th anniversary

ST. LOUIS — The Great River Road, a 3,000-mile stretch of highway along the Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, is turning 75. The Mississippi River Parkway Commission is gathering tomorrow in St. Louis to celebrate the milestone. A ceremony on the significance, economic and tourism impact of the road is planned at the riverfront stage beneath ...

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Commission votes to retain Louisiana firm for bridge inspections

VICKSBURG — A Louisiana company will continue to do annual inspections of the old U.S. 80 Mississippi River bridge in Vicksburg. The Vicksburg Bridge Commission voted Wednesday to keep Baton Rouge-based G.E.C. on retainer for $15,000 a year. The company writes reports annually that note the structural stability of the 83-year old railroad crossing. This year’s report concluded the span ...

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Contract awarded to demolish flood-damaged homes on lake

GREENVILLE — The Washington County Board of Supervisors has awarded a contract for $33,455 to demolish five Lake Ferguson houses acquired this summer. The Delta Democrat Times reports that the work is being funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The supervisors began last year acquiring the five houses, which were among more than a dozen damaged by the May ...

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Delayed by high water, mat sinking unit prepares to launch

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Vicksburg District’s Mat Sinking Unit (MSU) is scheduled to begin laying articulated concrete mats on the banks of the Mississippi River Aug. 26. The MSU is the only one of its kind in the world and performs one of the most important jobs in the Corps’ river stabilization program. ...

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Magnolia Marine adds new towboats, plans further expansion

VICKSBURG — Magnolia Marine Transport Co. has added two new towboats to its fleet and is planning for additional expansion. Vice president of operations Roger Harris tells The Vicksburg Post the vessels Miles Madison and Anna Elise were christened on June 29. Magnolia already has 19 towboats and 68 barges in service, Harris says. The company’s clients include its parent, ...

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With gambling revenues falling, Tunica looks for an ace in the hole

The people of Tunica County have toiled through the worst of economic times, and basked in the bright lights of success. But their King Midas, better known as the gaming industry, is losing its touch. Recently released numbers for the first half of this year support the trend that Mississippi is on pace for one of its lowest gaming revenue ...

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Officials hope legislation passes to allow return of Delta Queen

NATCHEZ — The Delta Queen could resume her reign of the Mississippi next summer. The Delta Queen made its final tour of the Mississippi River in 2008 after the federal government ended an exemption to the 1960 Safety of Lives at Sea Act that allowed the wooden vessel to operate. The Natchez Democrat reports a piece of legislation has made ...

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Dropping river allows Corps to reopen flood gates

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — After recently enduring near record high stages, the Mississippi River has begun to decrease in water levels, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Forecasters predict the Mississippi River will fall rapidly over the next seven to ten days, from 36 feet to approximately 21 feet on the Vicksburg gauge. The falling Mississippi River levels enabled ...

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