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Ex-lobbyist details how he bilked Choctaws for $20M

PHILADELPHIA — Convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff writes in his new book that he spent $20 million from the Choctaw Indians in Mississippi to defeat gambling expansion in Alabama because it would compete with the Choctaws’ casinos. Abramoff writes that he funneled the money from the Choctaw tribe through nonprofit groups over a five-year period to oppose Gov. Don Siegelman’s lottery ...

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Aldermen keeping close tabs on new casino development

NATCHEZ — Natchez aldermen are making clear that they want the city to keep close tabs on development of a new casino by Premier Gaming Corp. The board voted 5-1 Tuesday to require the company to give updated current site plans to the Natchez planning department and to require the planning department to maintain a complete, current and consistent set ...

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Palace Casino to celebrate major renovations

BILOXI — Palace Casino Resort has revealed Pure, The Palace Spa; Mignon’s Lounge; a new hotel lobby; VIP check-in; and, gift shop.  The completion of construction will be celebrated Nov. 11 with a one-day “11.11.11” event and special promotions. Pure, The Palace Spa offers a variety of services including facials, massages and advanced skin resurfacing.  Keith Crosby, general manager of ...

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New casino might pay for city's fire protection

Adams County officials looking for a way to pay for fire protection are discussing the possibility that the money could come from a new Natchez casino. The Adams Board of Supervisors voted Monday to enter a $566,000 contract with the City of Natchez for fire protection of residents outside the city limits. However, the city recently asked for an additional ...

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Supreme court will hear Kemper Coal Plant arguments

The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear arguments from the Sierra Club challenging the state Public Service Commission’s approval of the project in Kemper County by Mississippi Power Co. Mississippi Power has started construction of the $2.4 billion coal plant. Oral arguments are scheduled for Dec. 14. The suit was filed and heard in Harrison County Chancery Court. Judge Jim Persons ...

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Warren named president, CEO of Pearl River Resorts

CHOCTAW — Bryce A. Warren has been named president and CEO of Pearl River Resort. The announcement came yesterday from Phyliss J. Anderson, Tribal Chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Warren replaces Paul Harvery who was hired in 2007. Harvey is the former executive director of the Mississippi Gaming Commission. Warren most recently served as general manager of ...

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State's casinos saw decreased winnings in September

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — September was a down month at Coast casinos. The year started with slow but steady growth. Revenue increased in five of the first seven months, and despite slipping in August and September, remains $5.8 million ahead of last year’s pace. August’s $10 million drop in gross casino revenue was followed by a $6 million decrease in September ...

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Caesar’s executive predicts Mississippi gaming will prevail

The experience of working through lean economic times will make the Mississippi gaming industry better and stronger in the future, says Tunica-based R. Scott Barber, regional president of Caesars Entertainment Mid-South Region. “Our biggest challenge is the economy. Akin to most other markets, the gaming market is down and has been for some time,” he said. “These challenges have made ...

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Read the October 10th issue of the MBJ online

In this week’s MBJ, Amy McCullough examines the explosion of solar companies in Mississippi and whether the companies can keep up with the technology. Only time will tell how Twin Creeks and Stion hold up as Mississippians have bet nearly $400 million on green energy companies Also in this week’s paper: >> ‘YES ON 26’ CREATES UNCERTAINTY FOR STATE BUSINESSES: ...

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Boyd takes over management of IP Casino

BILOXI — The IP Casino Resort and Spa in Biloxi is now open under new management. Boyd Gaming officially took over the property today. The Mississippi Gaming Commission ordered the doors shut at midnight Monday so an audit could take place before the property officially changed hands. Boyd Gaming of Las Vegas struck a deal in June to buy the ...

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