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City leaders want extension of tourism tax

SOUTHAVEN — The city of Southaven’s 1-cent tourism tax on restaurant tabs is set to expire this year, and officials are working to stop that from happening. The Commercial Appeals reports the Board of Aldermen this week unanimously passed a resolution asking that the Mississippi Legislature to remove the repealer clause that would cause the tax to expire. The board ...

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Hard Rock Casino sells to Rhode Island company for $250M

BILOXI — A company from Rhode Island is buying the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi for about $250 million. Twin River Worldwide Holdings of Lincoln, R.I., made the announcement yesterday. The sale is expected to be complete in June. The casino is currently owned by Premier Entertainment Biloxi LLC, a subsidiary of Leucadia National Corporation. The casino property boasts ...

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HOME RUN! Tupelo lands 2014 national softball convention

Like a number of communities across the state, the city of Tupelo has targeted sports and sports-related events as source of new money into the community. And officials have snagged a gem. The city of Tupelo has won a bid to host a national softball convention in 2014. Mayor Jason Shelton and Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau executive director Neal ...

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Bryant proclaims 'Year of the Creative Economy'

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has announced a yearlong celebration in 2014 to showcase Mississippi people, communities and enterprises that are moving the state’s economy forward. Bryant made the announcement yesterday with state tourism officials. He says the “Year of the Creative Economy” will bring home many well-known artists, performers and others to join the festivities in their respective home ...

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Council wants more info on proposed baseball stadium

BILOXI — The Biloxi City Council has tabled a vote on a minor league baseball stadium while those working to bring a team to the city are in Orlando at the Major League Baseball’s winter meetings. On yesterday’s Council agenda was an application for conditional use to build the stadium north of the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. City attorney ...

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Public meeting called to mull future of convention center

OXFORD — The city of Oxford is planning a public meeting for Dec. 17 about the future of a local convention center. The city took back control of the Oxford Conference Center in November from the Oxford Tourism Council. Mayor Pat Patterson said at that time that no decisions had been made as to its future. Patterson said he had ...

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Gaming Commission gives nod to Coast city's first casino

D’IBERVILLE — The Mississippi Gaming Commission started the Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort on a path that could have D’Iberville’s first casino open by mid-2015. Jay McDaniel, deputy director of the commission, tells The Sun Herald that construction on the casino is expected to begin early next year on the Back Bay east of Interstate 110. Gaming Commission chairman John Hairston ...

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Coast city to repay BP grant funding for Ocean Expo

D’IBERVILLE — D’Iberville must refund more than $1 million of a $3-million BP grant awarded to cover some of the expense of bringing Ocean Expo aquarium to the city. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality administered the grant for BP. The agency has spent nine months reviewing the circumstances that led to the firing of city manager Michael Janus and ...

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State of Louisiana mulling plan for Amtrak route

NORTH LOUISIANA — Louisiana is studying a plan for Amtrak passenger trains to cross north Louisiana, connecting Texas to Mississippi. Department of Transportation and Development secretary Sherrie LeBas tells the Minden (La.)  Press-Herald she’s ready to start, using $250,000 secured by state Rep. Roy Burrell of Shreveport. Existing Kansas City Southern Railway tracks could connect Amtrak routes in Marshall, Texas, ...

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Cochran introduces bill to preserve nation's battlefields

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the program that helps preserve historic battlegrounds in the United States, including battlefields in Mississippi. Cochran joined Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) to introduce the American Battlefield Protection Program Amendments Act (S.916). The bill reauthorizes the Civil War Battlefield Preservation Program (CWBPP) that provides competitive federal grants to match ...

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