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Percy Quin lake to be drained for dam, spillway repairs

MCCOMB — Visitors to Percy Quin State Park will see a rare sight this fall — the bottom of the lake. Park manager Will Busby said the lake would be lowered an estimated six feet to 10 feet for repairs to the dam and spillway valve. Busby said the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks would take bids in ...

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County residents being polled on mass transit service

DESOTO COUNTY — DeSoto County residents are being asked to participate in a survey to determine the support for a mass transit service. The Memphis Area Transit Authority and regional planners are promoting the survey. The Commercial Appeal reports the scope of the DeSoto survey doesn’t include service to Memphis. Results of the survey are expected sometime in the next ...

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Commission gives nod to site for proposed Boardwalk Casino

BILOXI — The Mississippi Gaming Commission has given site approval to the proposed Biloxi Boardwalk Casino & Resort. It’s the first in a series of approvals required for the casino proposed by Louisiana businessman Chris Ferrara. Ferrara also owns a fire truck manufacturer in Holden, La. He bought the site after a former Heinz pet food factory closed. He wants ...

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Elvis museum targets August for completion of expansion

TUPELO — The Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum in Tupelo is planning for an August completion of a $4.3 million expansion. The expansion includes a 120-seat theater where fans can watch films and live performances in a 120-seat theater and an outdoor amphitheater with seating for 75. Rock seats have been installed and will be planted with sod to accommodate ...

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First post-spill offshore oil and gas lease auction brings $1.7B

GULF OF MEXICO — The federal government’s first auction of offshore petroleum leases in the same area where the Deepwater Horizon exploded in 2010 brought in $1.7 billion in winning bids yesterday, prompting Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar to declare great strides are being made to get drilling back on track in the Gulf of Mexico. Salazar called the sale ...

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State's casinos record drop in revenue in May

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Revenue for Mississippi casinos dropped about $2 million in May from April. The Mississippi Department of Revenue released figures that show casinos took in $185.3 million may compared to $187 million in April. And the figures showed casino revenue was 26 percent higher in May than a year ago, when river casinos were forced to close by ...

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Casino developer seeking site approval from Gaming Commission

BILOXI — The developer of the Biloxi Boardwalk Casino and Resort will ask the Mississippi Gaming Commission to approve the site for his gambling house. The commission meets Thursday in Jackson. The Sun Herald reports Louisiana businessman Chris Ferrara wants to locate the casino in the former Heinz pet food plant on the Back Bay of Biloxi. Ferrara says the ...

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Dredging for beach restoration forces another beach closure

BAY ST. LOUIS — Dredging for beach restoration has closed a second section of beach at Bay St. Louis. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality says dredging can release large numbers of bacteria trapped in the floor of Mississippi Sound. They say it also can cause dangerous physical conditions including unpredictable terrain, surf, and quicksand. And it brings heavy equipment ...

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Silver Slipper's new owners say they need new hotel

BAY ST. LOUIS — The new owners of the Silver Slipper Casino in Hancock County have told county officials that construction of a new hotel is a priority. In April, Las Vegas-based Full House Resorts purchased the Slipper for $70 million in a cash and financing deal. The Silver Slipper is one of the few Mississippi casinos without a hotel. ...

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