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City borrowing for convention center improvements

COLUMBUS — The city of Columbus will borrow up to $2.5 million to finance renovations at the Trotter Convention Center. The city council voted to borrow the money from the Mississippi Development Bank. The city also will use in-lieu fees from Columbus Light & Water of about $225,000 a year to service its debt. The Commercial Dispatch reports that MDB ...

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Casino taking gamble — proposes to move gaming inland in Port City

Talk about your radical ideas. A group is proposing to move the gaming operations of Greenville’s Trop Casino inland, and in its place add a new restaurant and create an outdoor entertainment area that is family-friendly. More surprising still, the proposal is from the casino itself. Trop Casino in Greenville, along with its parent, Las Vegas, Nev.-based Tropicana Entertainment Inc., ...

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City, county hope data processing facility announcement comes soon

STARKVILLE — Starkville and Oktibbeha County officials are hoping for an announcement as early as October on a proposed $20 million data processing facility. The Commercial Dispatch reports that Joey Deason, Oktibbeha County’s representative with the Golden Triangle Development Link, said a tentative announcement date of Oct. 3 has been set for what is called “Project Cumulus.” Deason released no ...

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Officials vote for referendum on proposed lodging tax

HORN LAKE — Aldermen have approved a resolution confirming the Oct. 8 referendum date for a proposed hotel/motel tax levy designed to boost the city of Horn Lake’s tourism and economic development funds. The Commercial Appeal reports the board in August voted to hold a referendum on the proposed tax, which would place a $2 per night tax on hotel ...

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Hosemann orders observers for special mayoral election

HATTIESBURG — The secretary of state’s office will have observers in all 14 precincts and for the vote count in the Sept. 24 election for mayor of Hattiesburg. Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree’s 37-vote victory in June over former City Councilman Dave Ware was challenged in court and eventually led to the second election. The new election was called by Judge ...

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Fight between property owner and city goes to appeals court

MADISON — Property owner Mike Crook’s fight with the city of Madison over an ordinance he claims is designed to keep renters out of the Jackson suburb has made its way to the state Court of Appeals. Oral arguments are set Oct. 15 in Jackson. Crook was convicted in 2011 of violating the ordinance and fined $600. City officials say ...

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Baseball team owner wants quick vote on stadium

BILOXI — Ken Young is ready to bring a minor league baseball team to Biloxi. He said yesterday he’s hoping for a vote by the end of the month so the stadium can be built in time for the start of the 2015 season. The Sun Herald reports the vote isn’t on the agenda for the city council’s Tuesday meeting, ...

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City to hike water rates, fees but not raise taxes

NATCHEZ — The city of Natchez may not be raising taxes, but an increase in water rates and inspection fees may be in residents’ futures. In an effort to prevent a city-wide tax increase, The Natchez Democrat reports Mayor Butch Brown and the board of aldermen discussed both issues during a work session yesterday. Aldermen will take up the issue ...

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Ex-Vicksburg mayor to get change-of-plea hearing

VICKSBURG — A change of plea hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 16 for former Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield, who is charged in federal court with seeking $10,000 in cash in exchange for a city contract. In an order filed yesterday, U.S. District Judge David C. Bramlette III scheduled the change of plea hearing for 10:30 a.m. in federal court ...

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Legislators, group want PEER to review State Port expansion

GULFPORT — Two lawmakers and a community coalition are asking a legislative committee to release a report that analyzes spending on state port expansion. “This is public monies, so it should be public knowledge,” Rep. Sonya Williams Barnes, D-Gulfport, said at a news conference held yesterday in Gulfport. Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, said the report by the Performance ...

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