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Coast servers: Tipping is down by half

BILOXI — Hard times are showing up along the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the form of lower tips for those in the service industry. Waitresses and others who work in the various service industries on the Coast say tips are down by about half this year and they don’t expect it to jump much during the holidays. Brenda Guichet, who ...

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NJ casino secondhand smoke suit settled for $4.5M

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — A former casino employee who said his lung cancer was caused by 25 years of exposure to secondhand smoke at work has settled a lawsuit against his ex-employer for $4.5 million. Vince Rennich’s lawsuit against the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City became a rallying cry for the ultimately unsuccessful effort to ban smoking in ...

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Miss. Children's Museum hosts first visitors

JACKSON — The new Mississippi Children’s Museum has received its first visitors – a Rankin County fifth-grade class and local officials. The Clarion-Ledger reports the museum officially will open to the public on Saturday, but welcomed the visitors Thursday as part of its opening celebration. Planning for a children’s museum began in 1994. The Junior League of Jackson adopted the ...

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Jones Co. casino set to open Dec. 20

SANDERSVILLE — The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is scheduled to open its new casino in less than a month on tribal land near the south Mississippi town of Sandersville. The Bok Homa Casino project in Jones County has drawn sharp opposition from religious groups and some political leaders, including Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. Tribal spokesman Warren Strain tells The ...

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Casinos struggle back from recession

NEW ORLEANS — Amid a new reality – casinos are not recession-proof – gambling in Louisiana and Mississippi is staging a slow comeback from the economic meltdown of 2008, aggravated for a time by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill that chased away some tourists. But at least for the rest of 2010 and into 2011, industry analysts expect many ...

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Plan would expand Vicksburg military park

VICKSBURG — Mississippi Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker have proposed expanding the Vicksburg National Military Park to add the battles of Champion Hill, Port Gibson and Raymond. A bill by the two Republicans would allow the National Park Service to acquire about 10,000 acres to preserve the Civil War battlefields. The proposal includes three parcels: the Port Gibson Unit ...

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Miss. casino revenue up from last year

JACKSON – Mississippi’s state-licensed casinos reported revenue of $191.5 million in October, down about $2 million from the same month last year. The casinos reported revenues of $193.5 million in September 2009. However, the take from gamblers was up from the $191.2 million that the 30 casinos along the Gulf Coast and the Mississippi River won from players in August. ...

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Harrah's corporate changes name

LAS VEGAS — Harrah’s Entertainment Inc., the world’s largest casino company, has changed its name to Caesars Entertainment Corp. Harrah’s will continue to be one of the company’s brands, along with Caesars, Horseshoe, Total Rewards, and World Series of Poker. Chairman and president Gary Loveman said Tuesday the new name can open new opportunities for the company in the future. ...

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Gulfport casino gets site approval

GULFPORT — Rotate Black has been given one year site approval by the Mississippi Gaming Commission to present plans for a casino on the site of the former Marine Life property in Gulfport. Gaming Commission Chairman Jerry St. Pe tells The Sun Herald that the approval process took less than five minutes at Thursday’s meeting in Jackson. St. Pe said ...

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Welcome Center reopens following renovations

PEARL RIVER COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has completed a $910,000 construction project involving site improvements to the Welcome Center on Interstate 59 in Pearl River County. The center opened to the public yesterday. This project is the second of two projects that included renovating the existing Welcome Center hospitality building, adding security features, widening the parking ...

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