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Hard Rock Casino unveils plans for hotel tower

BILOXI — The management of Hard Rock Casino plans a 12-story, 154-room hotel tower along U.S. 90 in Biloxi. The company says the $32.5-million project is expected to be completed by New Year’s 2014. The addition will create 90 permanent jobs and 250 construction jobs. The Sun Herald reports Premier Entertainment Biloxi, LLC and Hard Rock International explored the viability ...

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Magaritaville Casino laying off approximately 200 workers

BILOXI — Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Casino & Restaurant Biloxi is laying off about 50 full-time and 150 part-time workers as the summer tourist season ends. CFO Scott King tells the Sun Herald for six weeks the company has been informing employees their jobs would end with summer. Margaritaville hired nearly 1,000 people for its opening May 22. Traditionally, Coast casinos ...

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Number left without power by Isaac rises to 90,000+

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A tow truck driver was killed this morning in Pearl River County when a tree fell on his truck, the first death in Mississippi from Isaac. The death of the unidentified driver on a Picayune street came during heavy rain and wind from Isaac, said Pearl River County Emergency Management director Danny Manley. Manley said a tree ...

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UKC Winter Classic poised to pump $2M into Batesville

For the past 25 years, the United Kennel Club has held its Winter Classic raccoon hunt in Albany, Ga. That changes in January, when Batesville will host the event. An animal generally considered a nuisance could generate a lot of revenue for Batesville and Panola County. An analysis of the event’s finances performed two years ago found that it had ...

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Coast City Council: Repair abandoned hotel or raze it

BILOXI — The Biloxi City Council says the White House Hotel should be repaired or demolished. Councilman George Lawrence told The Sun Herald he would vote to force repairs of the hotel on U.S. 90, which has sat vacant for more than 20 years, but not for demolition. Jerry Creel, community development director, says he recommended the city direct owner ...

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State's casinos took in less winnings in July compared to 2011

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s Gulf Coast casinos won more money from gamblers in July than in any month since August 2008. But the state’s river region casinos continued to lag their historical performance, meaning casinos statewide won less money than in July 2011. Overall revenue fell 3.3 percent from July 2011, to $203.6 million, according to Mississippi Department of Revenue ...

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Ex-gaming commissioner Harvey dies in Jackson

JACKSON — Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Paul A. Harvey of Madison, who oversaw Mississippi’s casino industry during the early 1990s as the first executive director of the state Gaming Commission, died yesterday at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. He was 75. Harvey died after a brief illness, said his son, Air Force Col. James Paul Harvey. The family ...

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Developers finally get nod from Gaming Commission

GULFPORT — Gulfport casino developers have finally made their casino big enough to win Mississippi Gaming Commission approval. The commission voted 3-0 to approve Rotate Black MS to begin construction on what would be a $112 million project. It would overlook the city of Gulfport’s small craft harbor, and the city has been eager for the project to go ahead ...

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