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Alabama bans smoking on public beach

The sugar-white sand in Gulf Shores is Alabama’s most popular half-mile stretch of public beachfront. This area also is undergoing $15 million in renovations and city officials want to keep it looking nice. So, in June, city officials adopted a wide-ranging list of regulations that included an Alabama first: The public beachfront became smoke-free. The ban is part of a ...

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Investigators looking at Coast store fire, suspect arson

MOSS POINT— Authorities suspect arson in a fire at a Moss Point convenience store. Fire Chief Clarence Parks tells The Sun Herald  a passer-by saw the fire at the store on Main Street about 4:15 a.m. yesterday and alerted firefighters. The state Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the fire along with the Moss Point Fire Department. Parks says the building ...

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Tobacco companies win, have decision overturned

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has sided with tobacco companies who argued that a state tax on cigarettes sold at retail outlets outside the state was unfair. Yesterday’s decision overturned a 2011 decision by a Hinds County judge who found the tax fair. However, the issue is moot because lawmakers repealed the tax in 2011 while the lawsuit was ...

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Officials to decide if hooka lounge violates smoking ban

CORINTH — Alex Al-Quawwas wants to expand his business with a hookah lounge, where people would be able to smoke a non-tobacco product using a hookah. The issue before Corinth officials is whether the activity violates the city’s public smoking ban, according to the Daily Corinthian. A hookah is an instrument generally used for smoking flavored tobacco. It includes a ...

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Tennessee man to be sentenced for role in contraband cigarette scheme

TUPELO — A Tennessee man will be sentenced July 30 for his role in routing tobacco through Mississippi to avoid taxes, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports. Randy Benham of Cordova, Tenn., pleaded guilty in 2009 in U.S. District Court to counts of fraud, false statements and money laundering. Benham, along with Jerry G. Burke of Tupelo, helped run a ...

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