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Gaming Commission gives nod to Coast city's first casino

D’IBERVILLE — The Mississippi Gaming Commission started the Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort on a path that could have D’Iberville’s first casino open by mid-2015. Jay McDaniel, deputy director of the commission, tells The Sun Herald that construction on the casino is expected to begin early next year on the Back Bay east of Interstate 110. Gaming Commission chairman John Hairston ...

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Coast city to repay BP grant funding for Ocean Expo

D’IBERVILLE — D’Iberville must refund more than $1 million of a $3-million BP grant awarded to cover some of the expense of bringing Ocean Expo aquarium to the city. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality administered the grant for BP. The agency has spent nine months reviewing the circumstances that led to the firing of city manager Michael Janus and ...

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State of Louisiana mulling plan for Amtrak route

NORTH LOUISIANA — Louisiana is studying a plan for Amtrak passenger trains to cross north Louisiana, connecting Texas to Mississippi. Department of Transportation and Development secretary Sherrie LeBas tells the Minden (La.)  Press-Herald she’s ready to start, using $250,000 secured by state Rep. Roy Burrell of Shreveport. Existing Kansas City Southern Railway tracks could connect Amtrak routes in Marshall, Texas, ...

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State erects 173rd Blues Trail marker; honors Handy

CLEVELAND — The “Enlightenment of W.C. Handy” is the subject of the next Mississippi Blues Trail marker to be unveiled Thursday at the Bolivar County Courthouse. The Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division says in a news release that Handy’s account of his “enlightenment” in Cleveland is one of the most widely circulated stories in blues history. Handy, a composer and ...

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Cochran introduces bill to preserve nation's battlefields

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the program that helps preserve historic battlegrounds in the United States, including battlefields in Mississippi. Cochran joined Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) to introduce the American Battlefield Protection Program Amendments Act (S.916). The bill reauthorizes the Civil War Battlefield Preservation Program (CWBPP) that provides competitive federal grants to match ...

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JRA starts again to find developer for convention complex hotel

JACKSON — The Jackson Redevelopment Authority will start anew in finding a developer to build a long-delayed hotel across from the Jackson Convention Complex. JRA interim executive director Willie Mott tells The Clarion-Ledger the agency hopes to issue a formal request for proposals early next year after agency officials said a deal announced in June for Savannah, Ga.-based Robinson Callen ...

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Need a pedicab? Head to Oxford

Ever seen those pedal-powered rickshaws in Asia and wondered what it would be like to ride in one? Well, don’t update your passport — you will soon have the chance to grab one in Oxford. Oxford aldermen have amended the city’s taxi cab ordinance to allow pedicabs, also known as cycle rickshaws, which transport passengers in a carriage-styled seat hooked ...

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Are those reindeer or Clydesdales?

If you hear the clatter of hooves this holiday season, it might be reindeer. Then again, it might be some really big horses. The Budweiser Clydesdales, the symbol of quality and tradition for Anheuser-Busch since 1933, are scheduled to make several appearances in the area in December. The eight-horse hitch, along with the famous red beer wagon, will start the ...

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