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Vicksburg's Ameristar will remain Ameristar when sale goes final

In a business where property name changes are a good bet to follow ownership changes, it appears Vicksburg’s Ameristar Casino will maintain its long-standing identity when it merges with Pinnacle Entertainment later this summer. “There won’t be any name changes,” said Anthony Sanfilippo, chief executive officer of Pinnacle said following the company’s suitability and licensure hearing Thursday at the Mississippi ...

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Biloxi council moves closer to selling stadium bonds

The Biloxi City Council took another step Tuesday in an effort to attract a minor league baseball team to the city by passing a resolution to issue $21 million in general obligation bonds to help finance a $35 million a $35 million stadium. The measure passed 4-2. There was no significant opposition to Major A.J. Holloway’s request for the bond ...

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FAA fiscal ’14 budget would keep threatened Mississippi air control towers open

The Federal Aviation Administration’s budget for fiscal 2014 assumes an end to the federal fiscal sequester and proposes including money to keep open 149 contract air traffic control towers around the country, including five in Mississippi, previously targeted for loss of FAA funding. The tower funding is proposed to continue under the FAA’s fiscal 2014 budget request of $15.6 billion. ...

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Pinnacle resolves FTC complaint in purchase of Ameristar Casinos

The sale of Ameristar Casinos to Pinnacle Entertainment is ready to move forward after Pinnacle said it has reached a tentative agreement on a complaint by the Federal Trade Commission. The sale includes Ameristar in Vicksburg, which employs 800 at its 72,210-square-foot casino and hotel. In addition to Vicksburg, Ameristar owns and operates casino facilities in St. Charles near St. Louis, Mo.; ...

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Black bear sightings up in Mississippi, especially on coast

JACKSON, Mississippi — Wildlife officials say coastal Mississippi is seeing higher than normal black bear activity this year and residents should remove attractants if one’s spotted in a residential area. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks says black bears mainly eat foods like berries, acorns, grasses and insects. They’re also attracted to open garbage containers, pet food, bird ...

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Ameristar-Pinnacle deal slowed by FTC issues in Missouri, Louisiana

A complaint by the Federal Trade Commission has slowed Pinnacle Entertainment’s attempt to purchase Ameristar Casinos, which includes Vicksburg’s largest casino. The stockholders of Las Vegas-based Ameristar Casinos Inc. on April 25 approved the company’s planned acquisition by Pinnacle Entertainment, which had been disclosed in December. But Pinnacle is believed to be in talks with the FTC, which last week ...

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Casinos ban gamblers from using Google Glass

Casinos in Mississippi, New Jersey and Nevada are among those forbidding gamblers from wearing Google Glass, the tiny eyeglasses-mounted device capable of shooting photos, filming video and surfing the Internet. Regulators say the devices could be used to cheat at card games. “Any cheating device is illegal,” said Allen Godfrey of the Mississippi Gaming Commission. “So if the glasses allow ...

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New York Times gives readers a 36-hour visit to Jackson

When movie crews descended on Jackson in 2010 to film “The Help,” based on Kathryn Stockett’s novel about the city’s maids in the 1960s, they transformed the streets of its trendiest neighborhood into a retro backdrop. Given locals’ loyalty to mom-and-pop stores like Brent’s Drugs, where you can still sit at the counter and order a chocolate malt, it didn’t ...

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