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State's casinos get off to slow start in 2012

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Revenue figures show the new year got off to a slower-than-average start for Mississippi casinos. January’s $87.8 million revenue at the 11 coast casinos was down $10 million from a year ago, according to Mississippi Department of Revenue figures. The decline was about $3 million at the 19 riverside casinos, to $89.2 million. Revenue for January totaled ...

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Commission rejects proposal for Deer Island development

BILOXI — The Biloxi Planning Commission has rejected a proposed development on the west end of Deer Island. The Sun Herald reports the commission recommended denial of a zoning change. The issue next goes to the Biloxi City Council for a decision. Larry Mitrenga has proposed the Oasis at Deer Island. Mitrenga has described the resort with eight three-story buildings, ...

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Margaritaville closes on financing for Louisiana casino

BOSSIER CITY, La. — Bossier Casino Venture, LLC (d/b/a Margaritaville Resort Casino) has closed its project financing for the Margaritaville Resort Casino to be built in Bossier City, La. Construction on the $197 million casino and hotel resort is expected to commence immediately and extend for approximately 16 months, with a targeted opening date in June 2013. The resort will ...

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City asking lawmakers for 'qualified resort status'

PHILADELPHIA — The city of Philadelphia has asked the Mississippi Legislature to give it “qualified resort status.” The Neshoba Democrat reports the city wants the designation to attract national chain restaurants and to allow all restaurants in the city to serve wine and liquor by the glass. The issue could require a citywide referendum. Mayor James Young says he’s fielded ...

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Casinos voice concerns about offshore drilling leases

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Mississippi casino operators say they trust state leaders that exploration and drilling would be low-key for natural gas and out of sight of most of the mainland. However, the operators say in a letter to the Mississippi Development Authority, that they don’t want tourist areas overrun by industrial equipment, boats and workers. The Sun Herald reports ...

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Zoo owners ask judge to return animals

COLLINS  —  The owners of the Collins Zoo have asked a judge to return 11 animals seized for relocation on state wildlife officers in January. The owners, Gus and Betty White, are asking the Covington County Circuit Court to review a justice court order that led to the Jan. 25 seizure of tigers, wolf hybrids, leopards, cougars and a Rhesus ...

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Diamondhead becomes a city

DIAMONDHEAD — Diamondhead officially becomes a city today when state officials present a charter to the prospective government. The Sun Herald reports the move comes after five years of legal wrangling over incorporation — a hotly contested case that opponents took all the way to the Mississippi Supreme Court, which upheld the incorporation in a decision last month. The mayor ...

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'Candy Land' — King has fulfilled her dream while sweetening customers’ lives

To open the door of Nandy’s Candy in Jackson is to beoverwhelmed with the smell of real chocolate. Rich, dark, velvety chocolate. Not the overly sugared, artificially flavored, cheap disappointment. Nandy’s is the real deal. Display cases filled with American truffles, amaretto truffles, Bailey’s Irish cream, walnut clusters, pecan, cashew and almond clusters, marzipan, chocolate marshmallow, butter crisp, raspberry chips, ...

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MHRA launches program promoting locally grown produce

JACKSON — The Mississippi Hospitality & Restaurant Association has unveiled a statewide initiative called “Eat Healthy Mississippi” that aims in helping Mississippi remove its status as the “fattest state in the nation.” “Eat Healthy Mississippi” is designed to promote locally grown produce in the preparation of dietitian-approved, Healthy Dining menu options at restaurants throughout Mississippi. All approved menu choices will ...

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Casino developers to send lease agreement with city to commission

NATCHEZ — Roth Hill casino developers have been asked to send a copy of their finalized lease with the city of Natchez to the gaming commission because the recently proposed lease amendment ties the lease to the funding of the casino. The Mississippi Gaming Commission deputy director Eddie Williams tells The Natchez Democrat Natchez Gaming Enterprises, LLC is not required ...

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