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Judge accepts Transocean's oil spill agreement

NEW ORLEANS  — A federal judge has approved Transocean Ltd.’s agreement with the Justice Department to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge and pay $400 million in criminal penalties for its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo accepted Transocean’s plea and imposed the agreed-upon sentence during a hearing today. The Swiss-based ...

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CVB creating heritage trails in city, county

TUPELO — New markers are planned in Tupelo to point out special places in the city’s history. WTVA-TV in Tupelo reports the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau is creating heritage trails featuring Chickasaw Indian, civil rights and Civil War sites in Tupelo and Lee County. CVB director Neal McCoy says the first marker could go up in April with one ...

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Tourism tax collections up in the Land of Elvis

TUPELO — Tourism tax receipts in Tupelo hit at least $300,000 benchmark in three of the first four months in the current fiscal year, the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau says. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports tax revenue rose almost 4 percent for the fiscal year. November’s revenue was $311,809 — a record for the month — compared to ...

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City leaders want U.S. 90 named a scenic byway

GULFPORT — The Gulfport City Council has voted to support naming U.S. 90 a scenic byway, along with Harrison County. If that designation is approved by the state, Gulfport can apply for grants to market the highway as a scenic byway. Currently, only Hancock County has roads designated scenic byways on the Coast. Tish Williams, executive director of the Hancock ...

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Lease signed for site of Grammy Museum Mississippi

CLEVELAND — Delta State University has entered into a lease agreement with the Cleveland Music Foundation to provide the property for the construction of the Grammy Museum Mississippi in Cleveland. Delta State University president Dr. John M. Hilpert and Lucy Janoush, president of the Cleveland Music Foundation, the non-profit entity set to build the museum, signed a 99-year lease agreement ...

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Tribe decides against buying bankrupt casinos

VICKSBURG — An Oklahoma Indian tribe is no longer planning to spend $125 million to buy the bankrupt DiamondJacks casinos in Bossier City, La., and Vicksburg from Legends Gaming. Global Gaming Solutions, a unit of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, wrote in court papers filed Jan. 25 that the DiamondJacks operations had run further downhill since owner Legends Gaming filed ...

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Downtown group terminates leader — again

COLUMBUS — The group that promotes commercial development in downtown Columbus has fired it director and will launch a search for her replacement. The Commercial Dispatch reports it’s the second time in less than six months that Main Street Columbus is looking for a new director. The group’s board said in a statement that Nickie Nicholson had been fired, just ...

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BP oil spill committee to release plan in July

NEW ORLEANS — The committee set up to manage most environmental fines going to the states affected by the BP oil spill of 2010 says it will release its plan July 6. The Courier of Houma, La., reports that a seven-page document released last week by the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council includes a list of projects that would meet ...

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Expansion project nears completion at Coast museum

OCEAN SPRINGS — Rosemary Roosa and her staff at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs are awaiting the completion of the museum’s $750,000 expansion project. Roosa, the museum’s executive director, says the end of January is the deadline. Groundbreaking on the project was in July. The project is being paid for through a $700,000 federal grant and ...

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Casino officials want tougher facility regulations

JACKSON — Mississippi regulators want new casinos to be sturdier and gambling space larger with better restaurants and hotels. And the Mississippi Gaming Commission is ready to put the new requirements in writing. The Sun Herald reports the Gaming Commission is accepting written comments on the regulations. Commission executive director Allen Godfrey says depending on the comments, regulators could vote ...

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