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Republicans favor new federal regulation on sports gambling

House Republicans strongly favor new federal regulations on sports gambling after the Supreme Court allowed states to open sports books. At a hearing of a House Judiciary subcommittee, GOP members expressed concerns Thursday about advertisements and online gambling platforms targeting minors, as well as the potential for match-fixing. “For Congress to do nothing is the worst possible alternative,” said Rep. ...

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Convenience stores expect boost from Mississippi lottery

By TED CARTER Mississippi’s convenience store operators have heard the cautions that some of the money customers previously spent on dish soap, soda and bread will be diverted to lottery tickets. But the prospect of making a nickel or more on each one-dollar ticket has the retailers saying, “Bring it on.” Philip Chamblee, head of the Mississippi Petroleum Marketers and ...

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Group asks Arkansas court to strike casinos ballot measure

A group asked Arkansas’ highest court on Monday to disqualify a ballot measure that would legalize four casinos in the state, claiming the proposal’s wording is ambiguous and misleading to voters. The group, Ensuring Arkansas’ Future, asked the state Supreme Court to not cast any votes on the proposed constitutional amendment that election officials approved last week for the November ...

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Mississippi says $9.8 million wagered on sports in 1st month

Mississippi officials say gamblers bet $9.8 million on sporting events from Aug. 1 through Labor Day. State Gaming Commission Director Allen Godfrey says that’s the total amount bet in the first 34 days of wagering in Mississippi. Casinos earn about 5 percent off bets, and Mississippi gets an 8 percent tax on the casino’s take. Sports betting has now expanded ...

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IP recognizes employees for June and Second Quarter

IP Casino Resort Spa in Biloxi recently recognized team members for their service, dedication and work ethic, honoring the Team Members of the Month for June, as well as honorees for Team Leader and Part-Time Team Member of the second quarter of 2018. June’s honorees were Tammy Golladay (Food and Beverage-Bakery), Joseph Bean (Facilities-Lead Technician), Tatiana Watson (Finance-Financial Analyst), Norveshia ...

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Mississippi governor has September deadline on lottery bill

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has a mid-September deadline to sign a bill creating a state lottery to help pay for roads and bridges, and he has promised to do so. Bryant said getting a lottery up and running will take at least six months. Some lawmakers said it could take a year. The governor will appoint five people to serve ...

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Mississippi lawmakers approve bill to create a state lottery

The Mississippi House reversed itself Tuesday and passed a bill to create a state lottery in the Bible Belt state where churches have long opposed it. The vote came during a special session, less than 24 hours after the House originally voted to kill the bill that the state’s Republican governor promises to sign into law. There was no debate ...

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Lottery bill passes Mississippi Senate but falters in House

Mississippi legislators split late Monday on whether to create a state lottery, leaving uncertainty about what will happen. Senators voted 31-17 to pass a lottery bill , moments after the House rejected the same proposal. Sixty House members voted against the bill, and 54 voted for it. The issue is not going away. The bill was held for the possibility ...

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Bryant: Open-government laws should apply to lottery group

Gov. Phil Bryant says that if Mississippi creates a state lottery, the public should have access to information about the group that operates it. Reporters asked the governor Friday about a lottery bill that legislators are debating during a special session. The bill passed Thursday by the Senate says a Mississippi lottery corporation wouldn’t be subject to state laws on ...

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Lottery and aid to localities advance in special session

Mississippi is closer to having a state lottery and diverting existing tax money, all to improve roads and bridges. The state Senate voted 30-20 on Thursday, the first day of a special session, to pass legislation to create a state lottery, despite questions about the sweeping powers proposed for the lottery corporation in Senate Bill 2001 . Meanwhile, House members ...

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