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Renovated Palace Casino to reopen smoke-free

BILOXI — When the Palace Casino Resort in Biloxi opens the second floor of its expansion and renovation project June 14, the casino, hotel, restaurants and lounge/sports bar will all be smoke free. Smoking will be allowed outside the main building, and a new $1-million smoking lounge has been created to accommodate smokers. The smoking lounge is conveniently located in ...

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Man sentenced for role in contraband cigarette operation

OXFORD — A Florida man convicted in Mississippi for his role in a multistate cigarette smuggling operation has been sentenced to 31 months in federal prison. Mitchell Sivina, of Doral, Fla., pleaded guilty a year ago to money laundering and transporting stolen cigarettes. He was sentenced this week in U.S. District Court in Oxford. Federal prosecutors had told the court ...

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Sentencing in contraband cigarette case postponed

OXFORD — A federal sentencing hearing has been rescheduled in the case of a Florida man convicted in Mississippi for his role in a multistate cigarette smuggling operation. Mitchell Sivina, of Doral, Fla., pleaded guilty in May in U.S. District Court in Oxford to money laundering and transporting stolen cigarettes. Court records show Sivina’s sentencing has been delayed from March ...

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FDA sends warning to retailers about tobacco sales

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing its first warning letters to retailers for the illegal sale of tobacco products to minors in violation of the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act). Using state inspectors who have been commissioned by the agency, the FDA visited 493 different retail establishments in Mississippi ...

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Contraband cigarette scheme lost millions in taxes

OXFORD — A multi-state contraband cigarette case that involves Mississippi cost the State of Kentucky millions of dollars in uncollected taxes, according to a federal investigator. Lousiville, Ky., businessman Israel Chavez sold cigarettes online and didn’t make an attempt to hide that he wasn’t making an effort to see that sales taxes were collected, according to The Associated Press. That ...

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Burke gets time for smuggling cigarettes

GREENVILLE — A Tupelo man who took part in a multi-state cigarette smuggling operation has been sentenced to 34 months in prison. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Jerry Burke was sentenced Dec. 22 in U.S. District Court in Greenville. Burke pleaded guilty in 2009 to defrauding the federal and local governments out of millions of dollars in taxes and ...

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Two plead guilty in contraband cigarette case

OXFORD — Two Kentucky men have pleaded guilty in Mississippi to federal charges of falsifying documents to evade the payment of taxes through the sale and distribution of contraband cigarettes. Acting U.S. Attorney William C. Martin said Robert Ammerman of Falmount, Ky., and Mike Ammerman of Cynthiana, Ky., entered the pleas yesterday before a judge in Oxford. A sentencing date ...

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Aldermen vote down city smoking ban

BOONEVILLE — The Booneville Board of Aldermen has voted down a proposed ban on smoking in public places. The vote was 3-2. The motion to pass the ordinance was made by Alderman David Bolen and seconded by Alderman Wilda Pounds. Aldermen Harold Eaton, Mark McCoy and Jeff Williams voted against the measure. Aldermen who were contacted by the Northeast Mississippi ...

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Guilty plea entered in cigarette smuggling case

OXFORD — Federal prosecutors say a Florida man who took part in a multi-state cigarette-smuggling operation was once paid with a box containing $350,000 cash that was tossed over the fence of a northern Mississippi airport. Mitchell Sivina, 38, of Doral, Fla., pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Oxford to money laundering and transporting stolen cigarettes. Records show ...

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Tobacco companies cutting contracts with farmers

CYNTHIANA, Ky. — After years of faithfully supplying leaf to tobacco giant Philip Morris International, farmer Jess Burrier received a postcard, thanking him for his contributions and telling him his service wasn’t needed this year. “They were very courteous, but a Dear John letter’s still a Dear John letter,” said Burrier, who has seen the amount of tobacco he grows ...

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