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State's casinos see worst revenue in April since 1998

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi casino revenue kept falling in April, with gamblers losing less than in any other April since 1998. Mississippi Department of Revenue figures show statewide casino revenue fell 6 percent to $176.3 million. » READ MORE: Details on declining casino revenues in April. Year-over-year casino revenue has fallen in every month since July 2012. The state’s casinos, ...

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Island's future still being weighed as committee starts work

COLUMBUS — There has been much talk over the years about what kind of economic development projects could be lured to the Island, but so far, no one has been able to come to agreement. Now, the Island’s future is on the table again, with the formation of an ad hoc committee to explore options for the once-popular property. Created ...

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Research firm: CVB should not manage historic homes

OXFORD — The Cedar Oaks Mansion and L.Q.C. Lamar House Museum were once dilapidated buildings in danger of either being torn down or falling down on their own until concerned citizens got together to save the two homes from disrepair. The Cosmopolitan and Centennial clubs revived Cedar Oaks and the Oxford-Lafayette County Heritage Foundation bought and renovated the Lamar house. ...

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New post-oil spill restoration plan lacks requirements

GULF OF MEXICO — There’s now a draft plan for using fines from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill to restore the Gulf Coast’s natural resources and economy. But the document doesn’t include two items required by federal law: a 10-year allocation plan or a three-year priority list of projects and programs, The Times-Picayune reports. There are several reasons, ...

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Mayor wants 'trial run' of hotel/restaurant tax next month

GAUTIER — At the end of the this week’s Gautier City Council meeting, Mayor Tommy Fortenberry made a motion to use the June 4 ballot as a “trial run” for the 2 percent tax-levy issue. Fortenberry said he was concerned at the low turnout of the primary election and wants to make sure residents are fully educated on the issue. ...

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Commission wants home to be national landmark

OXFORD — The Oxford Historic Preservation Commission wants the 165-year-old antebellum Shaw House registered as a national landmark so someone will buy and restore it. The home was built in 1848 by Oxford brick maker Dave Kennedy and has been in the Shaw family since 1929. It’s located on 5.8 acres of land and is 6,386 square feet in size ...

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USDA revokes zoo's license; owners plan appeal

COLLINS — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has revoked the exhibitor’s license of the Collins Zoo following a hearing before an administrative law judge. The decision adds to the stack of legal troubles facing zoo owners Gus and Betty White following the most recent Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks raid of the U.S. 49 facility in Collins in ...

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Trace to celebrate its 75th 'birthday' this weekend

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Saturday marks the paradoxical 75th anniversary of one of Natchez’s oldest connections with civilization. The National Park Service will mark this weekend the day (May 18) in 1938 when the NPS assumed control of the historic Old Natchez Road — today known as the Natchez Trace Parkway — and began turning the 444-mile stretch into the seventh-most ...

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