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City wants lodging tax; money collected in error placed in escrow

HORN LAKE — Horn Lake hopes to get the ball rolling soon on a referendum for a hotel-motel tax that could generate thousands of dollars in revenue without taxing residents. The referendum is the latest chapter in the troubled history of the city’s hotel-motel tax, which dates back to 2002. State legislators approved a four-year tax and renewed it in ...

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Judge declines to shut down BP oil spill payments

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge refused Friday to temporarily shut down a multibillion-dollar settlement program for compensating victims of BP’s 2010 Gulf oil spill, saying he has seen no evidence of widespread fraud among the tens of thousands of claims. The judge also said he was offended by what he saw as attempts to smear the lawyer administering the ...

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New regional tourism group on Coast holds first meeting

BILOXI — Representatives from the three Coast counties arrived ready to work at the first meeting of the new Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Tourism Commission. Yesterday, the commission began by establishing accountability and setting goals to increase visitors to South Mississippi resorts. The Sun Herald reports Duncan McKenzie was elected president and Kim Fritz vice president. Both represent Harrison County. ...

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Delays with aquarium project leave taxpayers on the hook

D’IBERVILLE — City officials expected D’Iberville’s Ocean Expo Aquarium to be built and open by now and ticket prices to cover the cost of repaying the bond to purchase the land. Instead the city may have to make the initial $318,668 payment — due in September — out of the general fund. Unless the payments can be deferred or otherwise ...

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MDEQ seeking public comment on post-oil spill restoration

LONG BEACH — On July 16 in Long Beach, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) will seek public input on the types of early restoration they would like to see implemented as part of the ongoing Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA). “Making the Gulf whole following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and providing citizens the opportunity to ...

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MMI takes over operation of downtown hotel; LEAD still owners

JACKSON — MMI Hotel Group has assumed management of the 67-room Sleep Inn and Suites Downtown-Convention Center located across the street from the to-be-opened Iron Horse Grill. The LEAD Group, LLC continues to own the property serving the downtown Jackson market. “This is our first management agreement with The LEAD Group,” said Scott Sledge, vice president of operations for MMI ...

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Gaming expert: City could wait years for casino growth

NATCHEZ — Despite increased revenues since the city’s second casino opened in December, a Mississippi gambling expert says it could take several years for Natchez to see substantial growth to the local casino market. Former University of Southern Mississippi professor, researcher and author Dr. Denise Runge said she would, of course, not have expected local gambling revenues to instantaneously double ...

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Casino hotel construction playing beat the clock

BILOXI — The countdown is on and those driving by the new hotel construction on U.S. 90 are watching to see if the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi can make its planned opening by New Year’s Eve. Todd Raziano, CFO at the casino, tells The Sun Herald Premier Entertainment Biloxi and Hard Rock International are investing $32.5 million for ...

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State's casinos finally see an increase in revenue over 2012

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi casino revenue rose in May, the first month in 2013 that state’s gross casino revenue was higher than in 2012. Revenue was up 3 percent statewide to $192.7 million in May, according to the report from the Mississippi Department of Revenue. South Mississippi’s 12 casinos won $95.1 million in May, up more than $4 million from ...

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