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Judge rules raid on Collins zoo was unconstitutional

COLLINS — A judge has ruled that a January raid on a zoo in Collins and the seizure of animals there was unconstitutional. The Hattiesburg American reports Circuit Judge William Barnett ruled the seizure of the animals without notice to the owners or an opportunity for a hearing violated due process clauses. Barnett said Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and ...

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Alderman wants referendum on bringing in gaming

LONG BEACH — Long Beach alderman Leonard Carrubba has suggested putting a nonbinding casino referendum on the November ballot. Carrubba tells WLOX-TV he wants to know if Long Beach voters are for or against a casino in their city. Long Beach voters have turned down gaming before — during two countywide votes. They rejected a gaming referendum again in 1993 ...

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Councilmen vote to lease land for proposed Oyster Bay Casino

D’IBERVILLE — The city of D’Iberville will share in the profits of Oyster Bay Casino if the resort is built. The city council yesterday agreed to lease the waterfront land on the Back Bay near the Jackson County line. City Manager Michael Janus told The Sun Herald the city’s parcel is needed to make the property a legal casino site ...

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Nevada firm looking to buy Silver Slipper Casino for $70M

HANCOCK COUNTY — Full House Resorts of Las Vegas, Nev., has entered into definitive agreements with Silver Slipper Casino Venture, LLC to acquire all of the outstanding membership interest of the entity operating the Silver Slipper Casino in Hancock County. The purchase price is $70 million, exclusive of estimated cash, net working capital balances, fees and expenses and other adjustments ...

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Creditor looking to buy bankrupt Grand Soleil, casino property

NATCHEZ — Bankruptcy court filings show that a creditor is buying the Grand Soleil Hotel and proposed casino property for about $5.6 million. The Natchez Democrat reports RJB Financing, LLC will pay with about $4.1 million cash and a $1.5 million letter of credit. In May 2011, businesses reportedly owed a total of $1.6 million petitioned to force Grand Soleil ...

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New Orleans-based company buying bankrupt Monmouth

NATCHEZ — A New Orleans hotel management company is purchasing Monmouth, a historic plantation property. The Natchez Democrat reports New Orleans Hotel Consultants, a hotel management company, is taking over operations at Monmouth after United Mississippi Bank initiated foreclosure proceedings on the property Feb. 29. Warren Reuther, president of New Orleans Hotel Consultants, declined to say how much the property ...

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Ceremony to celebrate completion, opening of $19M seawall

BAY ST. LOUIS — A ceremony Wednesday will mark the opening of Bay St. Louis’ new $19 million seawall, which should give much better protection from storms than the one that was there before Hurricane Katrina’s surge flooded into the city in 2005. The Sun Herald reports the completion of the work, which began in November 2010, will also allow ...

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Unable to reach deal with Bally, Grand Station Casino closes

VICKSBURG — Grand Station Casino has closed in Vicksburg, affecting 230 employees. The Vicksburg Post reports casino officials began escorting employees from the casino about 11 a.m. yesterday and security guards turned prospective gamblers away. Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield says the city would work with companies interested in acquiring the casino. The action came after Bally Gaming Inc. told the ...

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Casino's foreclosure sale postponed; Bally agrees to discuss unpaid debt

VICKSBURG — Bally Gaming Inc. and the owners of Vicksburg’s Grand Station Casino have agreed to discuss unpaid $3 million debt. Vicksburg City Attorney Lee Thames tells the Vicksburg Post the foreclosure sale of the Grand Station Casino scheduled for yesterday has been postponed indefinitely. The casino was expected to be sold to settle all or part of an unpaid ...

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Transocean chief executive hoping for comprehensive oil spill settlement

NEW ORLEANS — The head of Transocean Ltd. says the company is hoping for a comprehensive legal settlement of claims resulting from the BP oil spill. Transocean chief executive Steve Newman told a conference of investment analysts in New Orleans today such a settlement would have “to recognize the relationship” between a drilling company and a drilling site operator. The ...

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