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State's casinos see continued drop in winnings

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Month after month, Mississippi’s casinos are winning less from gamblers. Some months, such as August, see a blip, and revenue rises a little. But those are exceptions. After hitting nearly $2.9 billion in 2007, revenue fell 22 percent to $2.25 billion in 2012. And the take is on track to dip another $100 million in 2013, state ...

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USA International Ballet kicks off in June in Jackson

JACKSON — Top young dancers from around the globe will perform next June during the festival of dance, also known as the 2014 USA International Ballet Competition. USA IBC will celebrate 35 years in Jackson during the two-week event that begins June 14, 2014. USA IBC Executive director Sue Lobrano said organizers expect between 30,000 and 40,000 to attend some ...

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Bay St. Louis' Second Street School sale finally closes

BAY ST. LOUIS — The sale of the old Second Street Elementary School is finally complete. Bay-Waveland School District attorney Ronnie Artigues Jr. said in an email this week, “The last two documents were actually signed this morning. It is now closed.” New Orleans developer Jim MacPhaille and his wife are the new owners of the property and building. He ...

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OUR VIEW: ‘King of Torts’ has finally abdicated

Dickie Scruggs’ drama is finally over. The U.S. Supreme Court has chosen not to hear an appeal from the former attorney who earned the nickname “King of Torts” and amassed a fortune from the tobacco-related lawsuits in the 1990s. Scruggs, who practiced out of Oxford, pleaded guilty to trying to influence a Mississippi judge back in 2009. Scruggs offered to ...

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Voters approve new lodging tax in Horn Lake; turn out low

HORN LAKE — Horn Lake voters handily approved a $2-per-night tax on hotel and motel stays, providing a financial boost that city officials will use to promote economic development. According to complete but unofficial totals, the proposed tax got 415 favorable votes, or 91.4 percent, compared to 39 votes, or 8.6 percent, against it. As expected, turnout was low yesterday, ...

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Mississippi's Nature tourism back on the table

It’s been several post-Katrina years since the groups involved in ecotourism gathered to inventory natural resources and talk about how to spread the word to birdwatchers, kayakers, hunters, hikers and others. In fact it’s been so long that ecotourism is known by a new name: nature tourism. The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources hosted a Nature Tourism Summit recently in ...

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BRIDGING THE BLUES — Multi-state effort expects to boost blues-related development

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c–FPRn95PA&feature=youtube_gdata_player[/youtube] At first take, the Bridging the Blues initiative sounds like a case of misplaced loyalty. Why would a bunch of Mississippians work so hard to boost attendance at the upcoming King Biscuit Blues Festival in Arkansas, and why would Mississippi tourism organizations and leaders — and their counterparts in Tennessee — back their effort? However, organizers of Bridging the ...

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