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Casinos' revenues down slightly from last year

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s 30 state-licensed casinos last month almost matched the take from gamblers recorded in August 2009. The state revenue department says the casinos won $202 million, down only 1.6 percent from the previous August. Along the Gulf Coast, 11 casinos won $101.3 million, up 5.6 percent from August 2009. On the Mississippi River, 19 casinos experienced a ...

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Rails-to-trails project getting TEP assistance

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — According to Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) executive director Larry L. “Butch” Brown, MDOT has committed funding for a Transportation Enhancement Project in Chickasaw, Pontotoc and Union counties. Funding in the amount of $4.5 million is to be allocated to The GM&O Rails to Trails Recreational District for the construction of a multi-purpose public trail along a ...

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Churchill Downs buying Delta casino

GREENVILLE — The parent of Churchill Downs race track is getting into the full-fledged casino business. Churchill Downs Inc. said it has agreed to acquire Harlow’s Casino Resort & Hotel in Greenville for about $138 million. Churchill said the cash deal is subject to regulatory approval but is expected to be completed in the next three to six months. Harlow’s ...

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State's second entertainment district unveiled

TUPELO — The state’s second official entertainment district will be in Tupelo. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann joined city leaders to make the announcement Friday. The site will be located at the Elvis Presley birthplace. Meridian was named Mississippi’s first entertainment district in July. Hosemann says the designation will provide incentives to developers looking to move into the Tupelo. The ...

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One Block East bought by California company

GREENVILLE — A long-time Greenville nightspot has been sold to a California company, and the new owners are mulling plans for its future. Commercial Realtor Mal Kretschmar, GRI, CRB, RIM, reports that Jet Stream Limited, LLC, of Santa Barbara, Calif., has purchased One Block East. Terms were not disclosed. One Block East has operated as a bar/lounge/restaurant for approximately 40 ...

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McAlister's names Paci as new president, CEO

RIDGELAND — McAlister’s Deli has named Frank G. Paci as its new president and CEO effective Sept. 27. He is replacing Phil Friedman. “We are delighted to welcome Frank as the new leader of McAlister’s Deli. He brings with him a broad range of experience in strategic planning, operations, franchise development and finance,” said Steve Romaniello, member of the board ...

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Horseshoe asks that ruling be overturned

TUNICA — Horseshoe Casino has asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to overturn at $1.1-million judgment related to a fatal accident in Tunica County in 2002. The money was awarded in February in connection with a 2002 accident along U.S. 61 in which three people died. Circuit Judge Albert Smith found Horseshoe and its owner at the time, Robinson Property Group, ...

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Crews in race to clean barrier islands

GULF OF MEXICO — BP and the federal Park Service have brought in some heavy machinery to remove oil debris on Mississippi’s barrier islands before shifting winter tides bury it too deep. Gulf Islands National Seashore superintendent Dan Brown tells The Mississippi Press that people using small sifters and hand shovels continue to work on the islands. The cleanup comes ...

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Deer Island finally getting Katrina repairs

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The job of repairing hurricane damage to Deer Island has begun. WLOX-TV reported today that a Louisiana company will spend the next five months filling in the gap Hurricane Katrina cut in the island, just off shore in Biloxi. Sand is being dredged from a barge about a mile west of the island and is being ...

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NOAA reopens federal waters to fishing

GULF OF MEXICO — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has reopened federal waters adjacent to Mississippi waters to commercial and recreational fishing previously closed in response to the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The re-opened area was originally closed because oil was present in the area; however, no oil has been documented in the area since July 12 and ...

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