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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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EDP to match grant dollars for airport improvements

WIGGINS — The Stone County Economic Development Partnership (EDP) board of directors has agreed to provide the local match dollars for a federal/state grant to improve the Dean Griffin Memorial Airport. The airport, located in Wiggins, serves the entire Stone County area. The facility, jointly owned by the city of Wiggins and Stone County, is open to the public and ...

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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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Delta airport receives bids from two more airlines

GREENVILLE — Two more airlines have filed bids with the U.S. Department of Transportation to provide service the Greenville Mid-Delta Airport. The Delta Democrat Times reports the bids came from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.-based Sun Air and Dallas-based Blue Sky Airlines. The companies are hoping to get a federal subsidy to provide air service through the USDOT’s Essential Air Service program. ...

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US Airways to offer Jackson-to-Washington service; replacing Delta

JACKSON — The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) has granted US Airways the temporary authority to operate nonstop service from the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (JAN) to Ronald Regan Washington National Airport (DCA). The announcement was made jointly by Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) and the chairman of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA), Dr. Glenda B. Glover. ...

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Casinos won more money from gamblers in December

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi casinos won more money from gamblers in December, the only month in 2011 that gaming revenues were higher than in 2010. For the year, gamblers lost $2.24 billion in the state’s casinos, down 6.3 percent from 2010 and the lowest amount since 1998. The take at Gulf Coast casinos dropped only marginally, but winnings at river ...

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Caesars exploring what to do with Coast casino

BILOXI — The new regional president for Caesars Entertainment South says the company is looking at what to do with the skeleton of a casino that stands uncompleted on the Biloxi beach. Daniel T. Real tells The Sun Herald he and the new general manager of the Grand Biloxi, Jonathan Jones, are putting together updated options for the site. Real ...

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Hard Rock considering new 154-room hotel tower

BILOXI — Hard Rock Casino Biloxi is considering building a 12-story hotel tower that would add 154 hotel rooms. The resort presently has 317 rooms. The Sun Herald reports Hard Rock officials met yesterday with Biloxi’s Development Review Committee to show preliminary plans for a tower to be built along U.S. 90 north of the resort’s swimming pool. Karl Bulot, ...

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Margaritaville Casino sets May opening date

BILOXI — Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Casino and Restaurant is scheduled to open the week of May 20 in East Biloxi. Karen Sock, general manager of Margaritaville, made the announcement yesterday during a meeting of the Biloxi City Council. Sock says the resort will create 1,000 new jobs and open up the Point Cadet area of Biloxi for future development. That ...

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