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Gulf Coast casinos power Mississippi’s February revenue gain

Booming Gulf Coast casino revenues continue to buoy Mississippi’s statewide totals. Figures from the state Revenue Department show casinos won $190 million in February, up 5 percent from $181 million in February 2015. Gamblers lost $105 million at the 12 coastal casinos, 10 percent more than last February. Strong performance has continued through December’s opening of D’Iberville’s Scarlet Pearl casino. ...

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Reeves, senators renew push for $575 million in tax cuts

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Republican senators are renewing their effort to push through a $575 million package of tax cuts, even as Mississippi officials consider a revenue shortfall and the prospect of raising other taxes for transportation. The Senate Finance Committee approved Senate Bill 2858 on a split voice vote Wednesday, and Reeves said the full Senate could take ...

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Indictment: Downtown Jackson leader stole and misused money

An indictment says the head of a downtown Jackson development group misused money in an investigation that has also led to two high-ranking employees of the Mississippi Audit Department being charged with hindering prosecution. Ben Allen, executive director of Downtown Jackson Partners, was charged with stealing nearly $55,000 of the nonprofit group’s money and misusing another $190,000 in a 10-count ...

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